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United trump Wildcats



Melbourne United became the fourth underdog winner from as many matches as part of round 12 of the NBL season, defeating Perth Wildcats 87-74 at Perth Arena on Saturday night.


Melbourne led at every change and dominated at both ends of the court against a lacklustre Wildcats outfit, who slumped to their sixth loss of the season.


Melo Trimble was outstanding for Melbourne with 23 points and six assists, while Shawn Long continued his fine season with a double-double, posting 23 points and 12 assists.


After an even first quarter Melbourne began to gain the ascendency in the second term, Trimble and Long dynamic under the basket with support from Captain Chris Goulding.


Veteran David Barlow came out firing in the second half for the visitors along with Mitch McCarron, United in complete control to lead by 16 at the final change, the result almost beyond doubt.


The Wildcats made little ground in the final stanza, losing their third match at home for the season.


Byrce Cotton lead scoring for Perth with 15 but without his usual impact, Terrico White with 14 and Nick Kay 11.


Trevor Gleeson's will now prepare for the Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena on December 28th, before playing Adelaide on New Year's Day to close out round 13.


IMAGE: The West Australian

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