Heal’s over­time bliss

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - GIL­BERT GAR­DINER

AUS­TRALIAN bas­ket­ball icon Shane Heal says Mel­bourne United’s quadru­ple over­time win to start the sea­son has the po­ten­tial to steel the NBL cham­pi­ons.

Casper Ware clocked a game-high 55 min­utes, while the other four United starters also posted 40-plus min­utes in only the sec­ond quadru­ple over­time game in NBL his­tory.

Heal, who splashed 43 points in Bris­bane Bul­lets’ 1994 quadru­ple over­time win over Perth Wild­cats, said United would need to be strong — phys­i­cally and men­tally — to get through to­day’s crunch home-opener against New Zealand Break­ers.

“It will have some ef­fect, prob­a­bly more from a cu­mu­la­tive fac­tor of com­ing back from the States [last week], then play­ing four over­times, then hav­ing to back up on Sun­day,” Heal said.

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