28/05/2024

Caleb Agada starred for Melbourne United this round as the reigning champions stormed their way to a second consecutive victory. (Photo: Melbourne United/Twitter)

Caleb Agada has found his feet in the NBL, and is starting to hit his straps for Melbourne United after two terrific performances this round.

Caleb Agada is coming into his own in Australia, starting to hit his straps for Melbourne United after two terrific performances this round.

Agada played a key role again in United’s 23 point victory over the New Zealand Breakers at John Cain Arena. After coming into the round 0-2, United improved their record to 2-2 and won by a combined margin of 65 points.

It was a tight contest through three and a half quarters, with Agada starting the game like a house on fire. He finished with 12 points in the first as Melbourne led by seven.

He started to quiet down for two and a half quarters before his influence on the game picked up again, combining well with captain Chris Goulding as United extended the margin and took home yet another thumping win.

Goulding picked up the player of the match today, scoring 21 points in his second game of NBL22. He shot 7/13 from three, adding three rebounds and three assists.

Agada was also a major factor, with this round being a massive breakthrough for him. On Thursday night against the Kings he scored 21 points, shooting 50 per cent from the field as well as getting seven rebounds and two assists.

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Today he socred 20 points, again hitting 50 per cent of his field goals and shooting 4/5 from deep. The Nigerian guard also picked up five rebounds and three assists.

What’s been even more impressive has been his plus/minus this weekend. In the two games combined he’s had a plus/minus of 57 (36 on Thursday and 21 today).

United coach Dean Vickerman said post-game today he was happy to see Agada do what he does best across the globe.

“He’s so coachable right now, really has improved on his defence,” Vickerman said.

“We saw a better shot selection from him tonight, and to go 4/5 from three just gives us that extra weapon from the perimeter that we really needed.”

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