The Sydney Kings defeated the JackJumpers in game three of the NBL Grand Final series, denying Tasmania a title in their first season.
Most important points:
- The Sydney Kings have won their first NBL Championship in 17 years
- The Kings defeated the Tasmania JackJumpers 97-88 in game three of the Grand Finals Series
- Xavier Cooks led the way for the Kings with 23 points
The Kings defeated the JackJumpers 3-0 in the series to seal the title with a 97-88 win in front of a record crowd.
In the game for the JackJumpers to win, the away team led at every break.
But the Kings dominated the final quarter, scoring 31 points to 19 to win game three and the championship.
Xavier Cooks and Ian Clark were instrumental for the Kings, scoring 23 and 22 points respectively in front of a grand final record crowd of 16,149 people.
Their second-half baskets helped the Kings to their first championship since 2005.
Cooks was named the Most Valuable Player of the Grand Finals Series, finishing an impressive season.
“Man, it feels really good. It’s taken a long time, but we’re finally here,” Cooks said.
Clark was a late addition to the Kings this season, joining the team in February.
He hit five key baskets from beyond the three-point line to get his side over the line.
“I knew from the start that I thought we had a championship-class team,” he said.
“The way we behave on the road, the way these guys practice, the way we compete, and we showed that tonight.”
The JackJumpers took a three-point lead in the quarter, taking advantage of the Kings’ five turnovers.
The momentum in the second quarter flipped several times as Sydney and Tasmania tried to take over the game.
Despite having a six-point lead with less than four minutes to half-time, the JackJumpers were only able to take a 48-47 lead in the main break.
The number of missed baskets from both sides increased in the third quarter as the intensity increased.
A pair of opportunistic three-pointer baskets from the JackJumpers helped them maintain a 69-66 lead going into the final term.
But like the previous two games of the series, the Kings got off to a late start, with Clark dominating for the home side.
The JackJumpers missed too many shots in the last term, resulting in a disappointing end to a remarkable season.
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