(Submitted Photo/Melbourne United Basketball Club)
MCHS alum Shawn Long scores 13 points in Melbourne United loss
After a strong first half, Melbourne United could not keep up with the Sydney Kings in the second half on Sunday and fell 106-88 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Melo Trimble and Casper Ware went head-to-head in a shoot-out in the first half as both point guards paced their respective offences.
Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. was impressive in the first quarter and alongside Trimble, they ensured United (11-12) stayed within touch as Casper Ware drained four triples in the first quarter to help the Kings to a 28-25 lead.
Chris Goulding drained a three-pointer on the second quarter’s first possession, and when Trimble got through the defense and finished at the rim with 6:20 remaining in the half, Melbourne led 38-37.
Ware continued to light it up from deep, but Mitch McCarron provided a massive highlight by blocking Ware on one end and taking it the length of the floor for a lay-up.
With two late Sydney three-pointers, the squad jump out to a six-point lead, but Trimble — who had 17 first-half points — answered with an and-1 to trim the deficit to 48-45 at halftime.
Sydney began the second half on a 16-4 run, and from there, it was tough going for Melbourne as Ware, Jae’sean Tate and Didi Louzada answered every challenge.
With a quarter remaining, Sydney held a 77-62 lead.
The fourth quarter was more of the same as the Kings continued to push ahead. United’s offence never found its groove in the second half, and the team finished with just six assists compared to Sydney’s 24.
Despite the best efforts of Stanton Kidd and Trimble, United fell 106-88.
Melbourne was led by Trimble (26 points, five rebounds and two assists), while Kidd added 15 points and seven rebounds. Goulding and Shawn Long, a Morgan City High alum, finished with 13 points each, and Lual-Acuil Jr. added 11 points off the bench.
Ware (26 points and six assists) and Tate (22 points and five rebounds) were dominant for Sydney.
Sitting fifth on the ladder, Melbourne faces Perth in an important game on Wednesday night in the Australian Open Game at Melbourne Arena.