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JackJumpers win first NBL title in epic decider


  • JackJumpers clinch NBL title in nail-biter
  • Crawford’s 32-point masterclass leads the way
  • McVeigh snags MVP with heart-and-soul performance

In a David vs Goliath showdown, the Tasmania JackJumpers have defied odds and expectations, securing their first NBL championship with an 83-81 victory over Melbourne United. This is the story of how the underdogs snatched glory in a heart-stopping finale.

Crawford’s Historic Night

American guard Jordon Crawford wasn’t just good; he was sensational. Dropping 32 points, Crawford’s performance etched his name in the annals of NBL finals history.

“He was huge. He kept the scoreboard ticking over for us and he was aggressive,”

Coach Scott Roth couldn’t hide his admiration for Crawford’s heroics, especially his 19-point onslaught in the first quarter that set the tone for the JackJumpers.

McVeigh’s MVP Magic

Jack McVeigh, the embodiment of Tasmania’s spirit, walked away with the Larry Sengstock Trophy as MVP. His 14 points and eight rebounds only tell part of the story; it was his leadership that truly shone through.

The Grind to Victory

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Tasmania. After a 23-point drubbing in Game 1, they showcased their resilience by bouncing back to win twice on Melbourne’s turf. Coach Roth praised his team’s unwavering spirit:

“The last four games really came down to a few possessions here and there, and our guys stayed resilient when it looked like they might throw a knockout punch.”

United’s Valiant Effort

Melbourne United, the regular season’s top team, fought valiantly. Coach Dean Vickerman reflected on the fine margins that decided the series:

“We challenged for a championship and we all just want one or two possessions back.”

Despite the loss, United’s balanced attack saw all five starters hitting double figures, showcasing their depth and talent.

The Final Countdown

The series, a back-and-forth affair, fittingly came down to the last possession. Melbourne’s Matthew Dellavedova’s game-winning attempt from downtown wasn’t to be, sealing the deal for the JackJumpers.

The Toll of Battle

Both teams felt the series’ physical toll, with players like Chris Goulding and Will Magnay battling through injuries. Yet, it was Tasmania’s ability to endure and execute that ultimately made the difference.

A Historic Triumph

The JackJumpers’ triumph is a testament to their hard work and belief. Two years after a heartbreaking loss in the finals, they’ve climbed the mountain to plant their flag at the summit of the NBL.

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