NBL Australia Game One match report: Melbourne United squeeze past Perth Wildcats to win first game of final series

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๐Ÿ”ธ 18 goals (98th percentile)
๐Ÿ”ธ 12.2 xG (97th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 35 shots on target (97th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 22.8% conversion rate (94th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 133 touches in opp. box (98th)

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Sources: Nottingham Forest have made a bid to sign FC Cincinnati forward Brenner. Offer was a loan with purchase obligation. Cincy countered. Two days left in transfer window.

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United go 1-0 up

Melbourne United held off Perth Wildcats by three points, 73-70, to win the first game of the five match series in the NBL.


The match

In a tense and high-quality encounter, it was the third quarter which proved to be decisive as United turned around a four point deficit at half-time to lead by seven going into the final quarter. Jesse Wagstaf, Perth’s captain, had a shot on the buzzer to tie the game but missed and Melbourne secured the win.

Wildcats were without key man Luke Travers, who was ruled out on the day of the game, as well as Bryce Cotton, but they made a good start to the match.

They led 35-31 at half-time with Blanchfield their star man, making seven rebounds. But their lack of depth and injury problems were punished as the hosts took advantage with an excellent third quarter.

The match looked over when Melbourne opened up a 10 point lead with 2 and a half minutes to go but the visitors responded brilliantly and reduced the deficit to two points to set up a dramatic finish. United held on to go 1-0 up in the series, ahead of Sunday’s meeting.


Player stats

Chris Goulding, who was Grand Final MVP when Melbourne won the championship, was influential once again – scoring 23 points, including five three pointers.

Jock Landale also added 17 points and seven rebounds for Dean Vickerman’s side.

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Sory Kaba currently has the 7th-highest xG (4.9) of any player in the #sldk so far this season, despite scoring just 2 goals for @fcmidtjylland. ๐Ÿ“Š

He has underperformed his xG (scored less than expected) more than any other player. ๐Ÿ“‰

#CCFC | #Midtjylland

BBC Sport Wales @BBCSportWales

Cardiff City are looking to bring in Guinea international Sory Kaba on loan from Danish club Midtjylland โšฝ๏ธ

Read more ๐Ÿ‘‡ #BBCFootball

๐Ÿ”ฅ 23-year-old #FCCincy forward Brenner’s 2022 stats (& rank among other #MLS players):

๐Ÿ”ธ 18 goals (98th percentile)
๐Ÿ”ธ 12.2 xG (97th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 35 shots on target (97th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 22.8% conversion rate (94th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 133 touches in opp. box (98th)

He’s highly sought after by #NFFC. โšก๏ธ

Tom Bogert @tombogert

Sources: Nottingham Forest have made a bid to sign FC Cincinnati forward Brenner. Offer was a loan with purchase obligation. Cincy countered. Two days left in transfer window.

Brenner sat out of training today as he hopes to make the move.

Forest are 13th in the Premier League.

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