67 United proves a class above

Sunday Herald Sun - - SPORT - GILBERT GAR­DINER gilbert.gar­diner@news.com.au

SCOUTING Mel­bourne United must be a night­mare for its NBL ri­vals.

So many weapons, com­bi­na­tions and op­tions for United coach Dean Vick­er­man.

United promised a re­sponse af­ter be­ing smacked in Cairns on Thurs­day and last night it de­liv­ered with a 108-90 win over Syd­ney Kings at Hisense Arena.

Casper Ware and Josh Boone com­bined seam­lessly, while Casey Prather and Tai Wes­ley wreaked havoc on the perime­ter and in the post.

Boone had the statis­ti­cians work­ing over­time, rac­ing to 15 points and 11 re­bounds.

He at­tacked with venom but de­fended with greater pur­pose af­ter be­ing well held against the Taipans.

“We weren’t happy about the way we lost the other night. I thought there was a phys­i­cal­ity that was re­ally miss­ing for our group, so that was a pri­or­ity tonight,” Vick­er­man said.

“When we’re at 20 as­sists and seven turnovers we’re tough … re­ally pleased we got the num­ber of shot at­tempts up to 75 (from 55) by tak­ing care of the bas­ket­ball and re­bound­ing bet­ter.”

United played in patches but found rhythm af­ter half­time to win by 18 points.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent group than I’ve ever coached in how much we’re able to fluc­tu­ate. But you know with this group if you’re 15 down it can only be five min­utes and you’re back in it,” Vick­er­man said.

“Some­where we’ve prob­a­bly got to even it out a lit­tle bit more and be a lit­tle bit more con­sis­tent.”

Chris Goulding and Prather forced turnovers that cre­ated scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, while Ware sliced through the Kings.

The on­slaught made it im­pos­si­ble for Kings coach An­drew Gaze to bot­tle up his emo­tions.

The Aus­tralian bas­ket­ball le­gend seethed on the side­lines as United went to work de­spite some re­sis­tance from Brad New­ley and Ja­son Cadee.

But United’s des­per­a­tion ex­posed the Kings’ de­fen­sively.

Kings re­cruit Jeremy Tyler will be bet­ter for the run.

The ex-NBA cen­tre com­peted well early, but faded as fa­tigue set in.

United moved to third, aided by Illawarra’s storm­ing fin­ish that saw it de­feat Ade­laide 96-87. MEL­BOURNE Boomers stars Jenna O’Hea and Liz Cam­bage com­bined for 38 points in the 23-point win over Syd­ney Uni Flames yes­ter­day.

O’Hea sparked the Boomers’ 88-65 de­mo­li­tion in her first game back from a calf com­plaint.

Mel­bourne United’s Casey Prather is stopped on the way to the bas­ket by Syd­ney’s Todd Blanch­field at Hisense Arena yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: JACK THOMAS/GETTY IM­AGES

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