Heal’s overtime bliss
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.