2008–09 NBL season

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2008–09 NBL season
League National Basketball League
Sport Basketball
Duration 13 September 2008 – 14 February 2009
18 – 28 February 2009 (Finals)
4 – 13 March 2009 (Grand Finals)
Number of teams 10
TV partner(s)
Regular season
Top seed South Dragons
Season MVP Kirk Penney
Finals
Champions South Dragons
  Runners-up Melbourne Tigers
Finals MVP Donta Smith
NBL seasons

The 2008–09 NBL season was the 31st season of competition since its establishment in 1979. A total of 10 teams contested the league.

2008–09 league participants[edit]

Team Region CEO Coach Home ground Capacity
Adelaide 36ers SA Mal Hemmerling Scott Ninnis Distinctive Homes Dome 8,000
Cairns Taipans QLD Denis Keeffe Mark Beecroft Cairns Convention Centre 5,300
Gold Coast Blaze QLD David Claxton Brendan Joyce Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre 5,269
Melbourne Tigers VIC Seamus McPeake Alan Westover State Netball Centre 3,500
New Zealand Breakers NZL Richard Clarke Andrej Lemanis North Shore Events Centre 4,400
Perth Wildcats WA Nick Marvin Conner Henry Challenge Stadium 4,500
South Dragons VIC Ryan Gardiner Brian Goorjian Hisense Arena 10,500
Sydney Spirit[1] NSW Steve Aquilina[2] Rob Beveridge State Sports Centre 5,006
Townsville Crocodiles QLD Ian Smythe Trevor Gleeson Townsville Entertainment Centre 5,257
Wollongong Hawks NSW TBD Eric Cooks WIN Entertainment Centre 6,000
  • On 30 June 2008 the Brisbane Bullets confirmed they would be handing back the team's license to the NBL. The NBL confirmed there will be no Brisbane team participating in the 2008/09 season.[3]
  • On 2 July 2008 the NBL announced that two bids for the Sydney Kings license had failed and that there would be no second Sydney team in the 2008/09 season.[4]
  • On 29 July 2008 the Singapore Slingers announced that they had decided to withdraw from the competition permanently due to the dramatic increase in international travel costs.[5]

Pre-season Transactions[edit]

Coach Recruited From Signed By
Phil Smyth Adelaide 36ers Released[6]
Scott Ninnis 36ers Academy Adelaide 36ers[7]
Scott Fisher Perth Wildcats Released[8]
Bill Tomlinson Sydney Kings Sydney Kings[9]
Brian Goorjian Sydney Kings South Dragons[10]
Conner Henry Perth Wildcats Perth Wildcats[11]
Player Recruited From Signed By
Lanard Copeland Adelaide 36ers Retired[12]
Darryl McDonald Melbourne Tigers Retired[13]
Jason Crowe Gold Coast Blaze Released[14]
Nic Campbell Gold Coast Blaze Released[14]
Jared Newson Cairns Taipans Released[15]
Sean Lampley Melbourne Tigers Released[16]
Galen Young Townsville Crocodiles Released[17]
Mike Helms Singapore Slingers Released[18]
John Philip Wollongong Hawks Released [19]
Darren Ng Adelaide 36ers Singapore Slingers[20]
Jacob Holmes South Dragons Adelaide 36ers[21]
Mark Worthington Sydney Kings South Dragons[22]
Mika Vukona New Zealand Breakers South Dragons[22]
Daniel Johnson Pepperdine University Melbourne Tigers[23]
Brad Hill South Dragons Adelaide 36ers[24]
Rod Grizzard Singapore Slingers Melbourne Tigers[16]
Jason Smith Sydney Kings Sydney Spirit
Luke Schenscher Brose Baskets Adelaide 36ers[25]
C. J. Bruton Brisbane Bullets New Zealand Breakers[26]
Dillon Boucher Brisbane Bullets New Zealand Breakers[26]
Ryan Kersten New Zealand Breakers Adelaide 36ers[27]
Sam Harris Old Dominion Singapore Slingers[28]
Jayson Castro Harbour Centre Batang Pier Singapore Slingers[29]
Drew Williamson Townsville Crocodiles West Sydney Razorbacks [30]
Cameron Rigby Wollongong Hawks Brisbane Bullets [31]
Chris Daniel New Zealand Breakers Singapore Slingers [32]
Brad Williamson Brisbane Bullets Townsville Crocodiles [33]
Shane Heal South Dragons Gold Coast Blaze [34]
Paora Winitana New Zealand Breakers Adelaide 36ers[35]
David Gruber Frankston Blues West Sydney Razorbacks[36]
Steven Broom Brisbane Bullets Townsville Crocodiles[37]
Darnell Hinson West Sydney Razorbacks Perth Wildcats[38]
Darius Rice Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants Singapore Slingers[39]
Thomas Abercrombie Washington State New Zealand Breakers[40]
Corey Webster Lambeth College New Zealand Breakers[40]
Rhys Martin Brisbane Bullets Wollongong Hawks[41]
Adam Tanner University of Denver New Zealand Breakers [42]
Glen Saville Sydney Kings Wollongong Hawks [43]
Eric Sandrin Ulsan Mobis Phoebus Singapore Slingers [44]
Kerry Williams Cairns Marlins Cairns Taipans [45]
Adam Gibson Brisbane Bullets South Dragons [46]
Stephen Weigh University of Utah Perth Wildcats[47]
Anthony Petrie West Sydney Razorbacks Wollongong Hawks[48]
Russell Hinder Sydney Kings Townsville Crocodiles[49]
Ian Crosswhite Sydney Kings Cairns Taipans[50]
Dave Thomas Melbourne Tigers Cairns Taipans[51]
Sam Mackinnon Brisbane Bullets Melbourne Tigers[52]
Jason Smith Sydney Kings Sydney Spirit[53]
Isiah Victor Sydney Kings Perth Wildcats[54]
Rhys Carter West Sydney Razorbacks South Dragons[55]
Dusty Rychart Brisbane Bullets Wollongong Hawks[56]
Derrick Low Washington State Sydney Spirit[57]
Aaron Bruce Baylor University Adelaide 36ers[58]
Steve Constanzo Townsville Heat Townsville Crocodiles[59]
Greg Vanderjagt Townsville Crocodiles Gold Coast Blaze [60]
James Quinn Illawarra Hawks Wollongong Hawks [61]
Mark Tyndale Temple University Adelaide 36ers [62]
Chris Goulding Brisbane Bullets Perth Wildcats [63]
Cameron Tovey Sydney Kings Townsville Crocodiles [64]
Ben Knight Singapore Slingers Perth Wildcats [65]
Tim Labka Bankstown Bruins Wollongong Hawks [66]
Anthony Olah Gold Coast Goannas Gold Coast Blaze [67]
James Orr Frankston Blues South Dragons [68]
Peter Hoban Forestville Eagles Adelaide 36ers [69]
Zac Carter Southern Districts Spartans Gold Coast Blaze [70]
Ebi Ere Brisbane Bullets Melbourne Tigers[71]
Tremmell Darden Spirou Charleroi South Dragons[72]
Daniel Dillon University of Arizona South Dragons[73]

Mid-season Transactions[edit]

Coach Recruited From Signed By
Alan Black Cairns Taipans Released[74]
Mark Beecroft Cairns Taipans Cairns Taipans[74]
Player Recruited From Signed By
Tariq Naqqash East Central University South Dragons[75]
Luke Kendall Sydney Kings Perth Wildcats[76]
Anthony Susnjara Keflavik Townsville Crocodiles[77]
Juaquin Hawkins Gold Coast Blaze Released[78]
Justin Bowen Austin Toros Gold Coast Blaze
Mark Tyndale Adelaide 36ers Released[79]
Julius Hodge Free Agent Adelaide 36ers[80]
Cortez Groves South Dragons Released[81]
Liam Rush Sydney Spirit Sundsvall Dragons[82]
Larry Abney Cairns Taipans Released[83]
Blagoj Janev Singapore Slingers Sydney Spirit[84]
Stephen Black Cairns Taipans Released[85]
Donta Smith Shanxi Zhongyu South Dragons[86]
Luke Kendall Perth Wildcats Melbourne Tigers[87]
Dave Thomas Cairns Taipans Melbourne Tigers[88]
Rod Grizzard Melbourne Tigers Released[88]
Julian Khazzouh Sydney Spirit Hanzevast Capitals[89]
Shane McDonald Singapore Slingers Perth Wildcats[90]
Julius Hodge Adelaide 36ers Released[91]
Rod Grizzard Melbourne Tigers Adelaide 36ers[92]

Sponsors[edit]

Team Major sponsor
Adelaide 36ers Sprint Auto Parts
Cairns Taipans Skytrans Airlines
Gold Coast Blaze QDeck
Melbourne Tigers OAMPS Insurance Brokers
New Zealand Breakers Bartercard
Perth Wildcats Saville Australia
South Dragons Crazy John's
Townsville Crocodiles McDonald's
West Sydney Razorbacks Westbus
Wollongong Hawks Australian Health Management [93]

Apparel[edit]

Team Provider Home colour Away colour
Adelaide 36ers Adidas Blue Yellow
Cairns Taipans Kombat Orange White
Gold Coast Blaze G2 Game Gear [94] Sky Blue White
Melbourne Tigers Kombat Red Yellow
New Zealand Breakers SAS Sports Black White
Perth Wildcats Hoop 2 Hoop Red White
South Dragons Kombat Black White
Townsville Crocodiles Kombat Green White
Sydney Spirit Blades Blue White
Wollongong Hawks G2 Game Gear Red White

Regular season[edit]

Home and away season[edit]

The home and away season will take place over 22 rounds between 13 September 2008 and 14 February 2009 with finals starting 18 February 2009. It has been confirmed that each team will still play 30 games in the season, with each team playing 15 home games.[95]

Round 1[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
13 September Cairns Taipans 98–92 South Dragons Cairns Convention Centre 3,830 box score report
14 September Sydney Spirit 102–112 Melbourne Tigers State Sports Centre 1,573 box score report
17 September South Dragons 97–81 Perth Wildcats Hisense Arena 3,202 box score report
18 September New Zealand Breakers 114–93 Wollongong Hawks North Shore Events Centre box score report
19 September Gold Coast Blaze 75–85 Cairns Taipans Gold Coast Convention Centre 3,031 box score report
19 September Adelaide 36ers 109–82 Townsville Crocodiles Distinctive Homes Dome 4,749 box score report
20 September Melbourne Tigers 92–76 Gold Coast Blaze State Netball and Hockey Centre 2,497 box score report
20 September Wollongong Hawks 111–99 Sydney Spirit WIN Entertainment Centre 2,834 box score report
21 September Perth Wildcats 87–91 South Dragons Challenge Stadium 4,400 box score report

Round 2[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
24 September Adelaide 36ers 99–89 Sydney Spirit Distinctive Homes Dome 4,010 box score report
25 September New Zealand Breakers 120–111 Melbourne Tigers North Shore Events Centre box score report
25 September South Dragons 89–91 Townsville Crocodiles Hisense Arena 3,413 box score report
26 September Perth Wildcats 94–80 Gold Coast Blaze Challenge Stadium 4,000 box score report
27 September Townsville Crocodiles 100–96 Cairns Taipans Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,511 box score report
27 September Sydney Spirit 112–105 Adelaide 36ers AIS Arena 1,322 box score report

Round 3[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
1 October Perth Wildcats 105–92 Wollongong Hawks Challenge Stadium 4,200 box score report
2 October New Zealand Breakers 118–80 Adelaide 36ers North Shore Events Centre 3,200 box score report
2 October Gold Coast Blaze 90–107 South Dragons Gold Coast Convention Centre 2,786 box score report
3 October Cairns Taipans 77–101 Melbourne Tigers Cairns Convention Centre 3,969 box score report
4 October Townsville Crocodiles 97–80 Perth Wildcats Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,184 box score report
4 October Wollongong Hawks 95–114 South Dragons WIN Entertainment Centre 2,516 box score report

Round 4[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
8 October Melbourne Tigers 101–105 Perth Wildcats State Netball and Hockey Centre 2,074 box score report
9 October New Zealand Breakers 111–122 Cairns Taipans North Shore Events Centre 4,066 box score report
10 October Gold Coast Blaze 92–98 Sydney Spirit Gold Coast Convention Centre 3,091 box score report
10 October Wollongong Hawks 85–82 Perth Wildcats WIN Entertainment Centre 2,338 box score report
11 October Melbourne Tigers 119–91 Adelaide 36ers State Netball and Hockey Centre 2,636 box score report
11 October Sydney Spirit 101–86 Perth Wildcats State Sports Centre 1,624 box score report

Round 5[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
15 October Perth Wildcats 89–77 Wollongong Hawks Challenge Stadium 3,800 box score report
16 October New Zealand Breakers 120–108 Gold Coast Blaze North Shore Events Centre box score report
17 October Townsville Crocodiles 93–107 Perth Wildcats Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,274 box score report
17 October Sydney Spirit 101–106 South Dragons Sydney Entertainment Centre 1,476 box score report
17 October Wollongong Hawks 105–95 Adelaide 36ers WIN Entertainment Centre 2,329 box score report
18 October Cairns Taipans 102–87 Gold Coast Blaze Cairns Convention Centre box score report
18 October South Dragons 108–80 Melbourne Tigers Hisense Arena 9,308 box score report

Round 6[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
22 October Townsville Crocodiles 103–101 Sydney Spirit Townsville Entertainment Centre 3,858 box score report
22 October Cairns Taipans 101–92* New Zealand Breakers Cairns Convention Centre 3,258 box score report
24 October Wollongong Hawks 98–96 Gold Coast Blaze WIN Entertainment Centre 2,646 box score report
25 October Adelaide 36ers 93–104 Perth Wildcats Distinctive Homes Dome 5,238 box score report
25 October Gold Coast Blaze 113–116 New Zealand Breakers Gold Coast Convention Centre box score report
25 October Melbourne Tigers 110–97 Townsville Crocodiles State Netball and Hockey Centre 2,780 box score report
25 October South Dragons 94–65 Cairns Taipans Hisense Arena 4,200 box score report
26 October Sydney Spirit 99–86 Wollongong Hawks State Sports Centre 1,350 box score report

Round 7[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
29 October Wollongong Hawks 101–93 Cairns Taipans WIN Entertainment Centre 1,877 box score report
30 October New Zealand Breakers 103–99 Perth Wildcats North Shore Events Centre box score report
1 November Cairns Taipans 87–89 Wollongong Hawks Cairns Convention Centre 3,390 box score report
1 November Melbourne Tigers 123–111 Gold Coast Blaze State Netball and Hockey Centre 2,074 box score report
1 November South Dragons 96–87 Sydney Spirit Hisense Arena 3,851 box score report
1 November Townsville Crocodiles 97–106 New Zealand Breakers Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,212 box score report
2 November Adelaide 36ers 108–76 Sydney Spirit Distinctive Homes Dome 3,890 box score report

Round 8[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
5 November Gold Coast Blaze 115–106 Townsville Crocodiles Gold Coast Convention Centre 2,388 box score report
6 November New Zealand Breakers 86–96 Adelaide 36ers North Shore Events Centre box score report
7 November Sydney Spirit 80–98 Melbourne Tigers State Sports Centre 1,680 box score report
8 November Adelaide 36ers 70–71 Cairns Taipans Distinctive Homes Dome 4,565 box score report
8 November Melbourne Tigers 84–86 New Zealand Breakers State Netball and Hockey Centre box score report
8 November Perth Wildcats 115–78 Townsville Crocodiles Challenge Stadium 4,223 box score report
8 November South Dragons 95–83 Gold Coast Blaze Hisense Arena 3,812 box score report

Round 9[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
12 November South Dragons 97–82 Adelaide 36ers Hisense Arena 3,318 box score report
12 November Sydney Spirit 115–93 Gold Coast Blaze State Sports Centre 1,430 box score report
12 November Cairns Taipans 81–93 New Zealand Breakers Cairns Convention Centre 3,243 box score report
14 November Wollongong Hawks 110–111 Gold Coast Blaze WIN Entertainment Centre 2,585 box score report
15 November Perth Wildcats 86–78 Cairns Taipans Challenge Stadium 4,200 box score report
15 November Townsville Crocodiles 108–119 New Zealand Breakers Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,152 box score report
16 November Gold Coast Blaze 96–108 Adelaide 36ers Gold Coast Convention Centre 2,238 box score report

Round 10[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
19 November Melbourne Tigers 99–98 Cairns Taipans State Netball and Hockey Centre 2,480 box score report
20 November New Zealand Breakers 112–98 South Dragons North Shore Events Centre box score report
21 November Sydney Spirit 110–108 Adelaide 36ers State Sports Centre 1,456 box score report
22 November Adelaide 36ers 100–106 South Dragons Distinctive Homes Dome 5,358 box score report
22 November Cairns Taipans 85–101 Perth Wildcats Cairns Convention Centre 3,340 box score report
22 November Townsville Crocodiles 121–113 Wollongong Hawks Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,046 box score report

Round 11[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
26 November South Dragons 102–64 Cairns Taipans Hisense Arena 3,894 box score report
26 November Townsville Crocodiles 113–105 Melbourne Tigers Townsville Entertainment Centre 3,762 box score report
27 November New Zealand Breakers 108–94 Perth Wildcats North Shore Events Centre box score report
29 November Adelaide 36ers 101–96 Wollongong Hawks Distinctive Homes Dome 4,462 box score report
29 November Cairns Taipans 90–94 Townsville Crocodiles Cairns Convention Centre 3,483 box score report
29 November Gold Coast Blaze 88–110 New Zealand Breakers Gold Coast Convention Centre 2,551 box score report
29 November Perth Wildcats 95–108 Melbourne Tigers Marrara Indoor Stadium box score report
29 November Sydney Spirit 103–94 South Dragons State Sports Centre 2,572 box score report

Round 12[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
3 December Wollongong Hawks 78–112 South Dragons WIN Entertainment Centre 2,059 box score report
4 December New Zealand Breakers 88–104 Townsville Crocodiles North Shore Events Centre box score report
5 December Cairns Taipans 78–92 Sydney Spirit Cairns Convention Centre 2,954 box score report
6 December Adelaide 36ers 102–94 Melbourne Tigers Distinctive Homes Dome 4,881 box score report
6 December Townsville Crocodiles 92–87 Sydney Spirit Townsville Entertainment Centre 3,807 box score report
6 December South Dragons 101–83 Wollongong Hawks Hisense Arena 4,812 box score report
7 December Gold Coast Blaze 129–97 Perth Wildcats Gold Coast Convention Centre 2,021 box score report

Round 13[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
10 December Adelaide 36ers 100–79 Townsville Crocodiles Distinctive Homes Dome 4,208 box score report
13 December Gold Coast Blaze 88–97 Cairns Taipans Gold Coast Convention Centre 2,489 box score report
13 December Melbourne Tigers 98–107 South Dragons State Netball and Hockey Centre 3,500 box score report
13 December Perth Wildcats 129–120 Adelaide 36ers Challenge Stadium 4,200 box score report
13 December Townsville Crocodiles 104–99 Wollongong Hawks Townsville Entertainment Centre 3,913 box score report

Round 14[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
17 December Gold Coast Blaze 91–88 Wollongong Hawks Gold Coast Convention Centre 2,152 box score report
17 December Cairns Taipans 63–69 Melbourne Tigers Cairns Convention Centre 3,746 box score report
18 December New Zealand Breakers 114–70 Sydney Spirit North Shore Events Centre box score report
20 December Adelaide 36ers 107–104 Gold Coast Blaze Distinctive Homes Dome 4,948 box score report
20 December Melbourne Tigers 128–101 Wollongong Hawks State Netball and Hockey Centre 3,025 box score report
20 December Perth Wildcats 94–118 New Zealand Breakers Challenge Stadium 4,300 box score report
20 December South Dragons 88–84 Townsville Crocodiles Hisense Arena 3,814 box score report
21 December Sydney Spirit 101–90 Townsville Crocodiles State Sports Centre 1,240 box score report

Round 15[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
26 December South Dragons 117–87 Gold Coast Blaze Hisense Arena 3,898 box score report
27 December Melbourne Tigers 91–109 Adelaide 36ers State Netball and Hockey Centre 3,097 box score report
27 December Perth Wildcats 97–76 Townsville Crocodiles Challenge Stadium 4,200 box score report
27 December Wollongong Hawks 121–117 Sydney Spirit WIN Entertainment Centre 1,874 box score report

Round 16[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
31 December Cairns Taipans 105–112 Wollongong Hawks Cairns Convention Centre 3,853 box score report
31 December Gold Coast Blaze 103–94 Adelaide 36ers Gold Coast Convention Centre 2,233 box score report
31 December Townsville Crocodiles 105–95 South Dragons Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,644 box score report
2 January Wollongong Hawks 111–94 New Zealand Breakers WIN Entertainment Centre 2,175 box score report
3 January South Dragons 90–99 Perth Wildcats Hisense Arena 4,069 box score report
3 January Sydney Spirit 86–85 New Zealand Breakers Whitlam Centre 920 box score report
4 January Gold Coast Blaze 88–105 Townsville Crocodiles Gold Coast Convention Centre 2,374 box score report

Round 17[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
7 January Adelaide 36ers 106–99 Wollongong Hawks Distinctive Homes Dome 6,307 box score report
9 January Perth Wildcats 77–81 Cairns Taipans Challenge Stadium 4,100 box score report
10 January Adelaide 36ers 107–86 Cairns Taipans Distinctive Homes Dome 5,039 box score report
10 January South Dragons 115–112 New Zealand Breakers Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre 1,994 box score report
10 January Sydney Spirit 88–79 Wollongong Hawks State Sports Centre 1,469 box score report
11 January Melbourne Tigers 108–81 Perth Wildcats State Netball and Hockey Centre 2,930 box score report
11 January Townsville Crocodiles 115–92 Gold Coast Blaze Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,457 box score report

Round 18[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
14 January Melbourne Tigers 99–79 Sydney Spirit State Netball and Hockey Centre 2,922 box score report
15 January New Zealand Breakers 95–86 Townsville Crocodiles North Shore Events Centre box score report
16 January Cairns Taipans 79–70 Adelaide 36ers Cairns Convention Centre 3,679 box score report
16 January Gold Coast Blaze 107–116 Melbourne Tigers Gold Coast Convention Centre 2,711 box score report
17 January Wollongong Hawks 94–108 Melbourne Tigers WIN Entertainment Centre 2,555 box score report
17 January Perth Wildcats 114–84 Sydney Spirit Challenge Stadium 3,800 box score report
17 January Townsville Crocodiles 128–105 Adelaide 36ers Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,349 box score report

Round 19[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
21 January Adelaide 36ers 110–88 Gold Coast Blaze Distinctive Homes Dome 4,965 box score report
22 January New Zealand Breakers 85–103 Melbourne Tigers North Shore Events Centre 3,000 box score report
24 January Melbourne Tigers 96–89 New Zealand Breakers State Netball and Hockey Centre 2,842 box score report
24 January Cairns Taipans 89–83 Sydney Spirit Cairns Convention Centre 3,407 box score report
24 January Perth Wildcats 96–90 Gold Coast Blaze Challenge Stadium 4,100 box score report
24 January Wollongong Hawks 95–97 Townsville Crocodiles WIN Entertainment Centre 1,983 box score report

Round 20[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
26 January Melbourne Tigers 92–86 South Dragons State Netball and Hockey Centre 3,500 box score report
28 January Sydney Spirit 78–88 Perth Wildcats State Sports Centre 1,480 box score report
29 January New Zealand Breakers 94–101 South Dragons North Shore Events Centre box score report
30 January Wollongong Hawks 104–113 Melbourne Tigers WIN Entertainment Centre 1,525 box score report
31 January Adelaide 36ers 107–92 Perth Wildcats Distinctive Homes Dome 5,350 box score report
31 January Gold Coast Blaze 139–119 Sydney Spirit Gold Coast Convention Centre 2,627 box score report
31 January Townsville Crocodiles 123–92 Cairns Taipans Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,867 box score report

Round 21[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
4 February South Dragons 97–77 Adelaide 36ers Hisense Arena 4,621 box score report
4 February Sydney Spirit 81–89 Cairns Taipans State Sports Centre 920 box score report
6 February Townsville Crocodiles 101–98 South Dragons Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,485 box score report
6 February Wollongong Hawks 103–98 New Zealand Breakers WIN Entertainment Centre 2,740 box score report
7 February Adelaide 36ers 102–91 New Zealand Breakers Distinctive Homes Dome 8,000 box score report
7 February Cairns Taipans 88–93 Gold Coast Blaze Cairns Convention Centre 4,022 box score report
7 February Perth Wildcats 106–88 Sydney Spirit Challenge Stadium 4,000 box score report
8 February South Dragons 93–83 Melbourne Tigers Hisense Arena 8,093 box score report

Round 22[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
11 February Melbourne Tigers 103–87 Townsville Crocodiles State Netball and Hockey Centre 2,802 box score report
12 February New Zealand Breakers 103–69 Cairns Taipans North Shore Events Centre box score report
13 February Wollongong Hawks 102–95 Adelaide 36ers WIN Entertainment Centre 5,674 box score report
14 February Gold Coast Blaze 114–104 Wollongong Hawks Gold Coast Convention Centre 3,347 box score report
14 February Perth Wildcats 100–86 Melbourne Tigers Challenge Stadium 4,200 box score report
14 February Sydney Spirit 107–97 New Zealand Breakers State Sports Centre 1,282 box score report
14 February Cairns Taipans 80–82 South Dragons Cairns Convention Centre 4,107 box score report

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld Won Lost Last 5 Streak Home Away  % Pts  % Won
1 South Dragons 38 27 11 3-2 W1 18-2 9-9 110.10 71.05
2 Melbourne Tigers 37 24 13 2-3 L1 14-4 10-9 105.03 64.86
3 New Zealand Breakers 33 19 14 3-2 L2 11-6 8-8 105.66 57.58
4 Townsville Crocodiles 34 19 15 2-3 L1 13-3 6-12 98.63 55.88
5 Perth Wildcats 31 17 14 3-2 L1 11-5 6-9 101.74 54.84
6 Adelaide 36ers 31 15 16 2-3 L2 12-3 3-13 99.90 48.39
7 Wollongong Hawks 30 11 19 2-3 L1 9-6 2-13 95.03 36.67
8 Sydney Spirit 30 11 19 0-5 L8 9-6 2-13 94.51 36.67
9 Cairns Taipans 30 11 19 1-4 L3 5-10 6-9 93.57 36.67
10 Gold Coast Blaze 30 8 22 3-2 W3 6-9 2-13 93.45 26.67

Finals Series[edit]

Main article: 2009 NBL Finals

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Quarter Finals (one-off) Semi Finals (best of three) Grand Final (best of five)
                           
        
  1  South Dragons 2  
    5  Townsville Crocodiles 1  
4  Perth Wildcats 96
  5  Townsville Crocodiles 103  
    1  South Dragons 3
  2  Melbourne Tigers 2
  3  New Zealand Breakers 131  
6  Adelaide 36ers 101  
2  Melbourne Tigers 2
    3  New Zealand Breakers 0  
      


Quarter Finals[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
18 February Perth Wildcats 96–103 Townsville Crocodiles Challenge Stadium 4,400 box score report
19 February New Zealand Breakers 131–101 Adelaide 36ers North Shore Events Centre 4,000 box score report

Semi Finals[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
24 February South Dragons 94–81 Townsville Crocodiles Hisense Arena 3,613 box score report
25 February Melbourne Tigers 117–99 New Zealand Breakers State Netball and Hockey Centre 2,998 box score report
26 February Townsville Crocodiles 82–77 South Dragons Townsville Entertainment Centre 4,505 box score report
27 February New Zealand Breakers 97–103 Melbourne Tigers North Shore Events Centre 4,500 box score report
28 February South Dragons 101–78 Townsville Crocodiles Hisense Arena 3,007 box score report

Grand Final[edit]

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
4 March South Dragons 93–81 Melbourne Tigers Hisense Arena 4,211 box score report
6 March Melbourne Tigers 88–83 South Dragons State Netball and Hockey Centre 3,096 box score report
8 March South Dragons 84–67 Melbourne Tigers Hisense Arena 8,201 box score report
11 March Melbourne Tigers 108–95 South Dragons State Netball and Hockey Centre 3,500 box score report
13 March South Dragons 102–81 Melbourne Tigers Hisense Arena 8,922 box score report

Player of the Week[edit]

Round Player Team
1 Kirk Penney New Zealand Breakers
2 Corey Williams Townsville Crocodiles
3 Mark Worthington South Dragons
4 Darnell Mee Cairns Taipans
5 Joe Ingles South Dragons
6 Luke Schenscher Adelaide 36ers
7 Sam Mackinnon Melbourne Tigers
8 Kirk Penney New Zealand Breakers
9 Rick Rickert New Zealand Breakers
10 Julius Hodge Adelaide 36ers
11 Matthew Knight Sydney Spirit
12 Justin Bowen Gold Coast Blaze
13 Ian Crosswhite Cairns Taipans
14 Tony Ronaldson New Zealand Breakers
15 Julius Hodge Adelaide 36ers
16 Isiah Victor Perth Wildcats
17 Luke Schenscher Adelaide 36ers
18 Ebi Ere Melbourne Tigers
19 Adam Ballinger Adelaide 36ers
20 James Harvey Gold Coast Blaze
21 John Rillie Townsville Crocodiles
22 Shawn Redhage Perth Wildcats

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player Team
September/October Kirk Penney New Zealand Breakers
November Kirk Penney New Zealand Breakers
December Julius Hodge Adelaide 36ers
January/February Luke Schenscher Adelaide 36ers

Coach of the Month[edit]

Month Player Team
September/October Brian Goorjian South Dragons
November Andrej Lemanis New Zealand Breakers
December Scott Ninnis Adelaide 36ers
January/February Al Westover Melbourne Tigers

NBL awards[edit]

Television Coverage[edit]

Radio Coverage[edit]

Team Station
Adelaide 36ers 891 ABC Adelaide
Cairns Taipans 4CA FM
Melbourne Tigers Tiger Radio
New Zealand Breakers Radio Sport
Perth Wildcats SportFM
South Dragons Dragons Radio
Townsville Crocodiles 4TO FM

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