05/03/2024

The 36ers have ended United's eight game winning streak (Photo: NBL)

The 36ers have ended Melbourne United's eight-game winning streak with a stunning overtime victory in Adelaide.

Reigning champions Melbourne United’s eight game winning streak ended on Sunday after a stellar performance from the Dusty Hannahs-led Sixers at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Despite multiple opportunities to take out the win, United’s big guns failed to fire when it mattered, resulting in the league-leader’s streak coming to an end . The American powerhouse was monumental in his side’s victory, pushing the game into overtime after nailing a three from the corner with just 13 seconds on the clock.

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Although Hannahs saw minimal time on the court, he remained effective, impressing with 19 points, three rebounds and two assists. The American’s performance was one to remember in the heart-stopping win, fighting back to overtake the control maintained by United’s Jack White and Shea Lli.

Hannahs’ brilliance in overtime helped steer his Sixers counterpart Kai Sotto, who nailed a jump shot to cap off the game with a win.

Rising star of the game Sotto was also critical to the Sixers win, bagging 14 points, four rebounds and an assist.

In what seemed to be a tumultuous task for a side that had fallen short against the JackJumpers on Friday, the Sixers ultimately gained vengeance, sending a fiery message to the rest of the competition.

The spectacular win from Adelaide helps to move the side to eighth on the ladder.

The Sixers journey to the afternoon’s win was also helped by Daniel Johnson, who dominated on the court with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

The loss was a reality check for United, but their strong recent run of form has them one game clear of the second-placed Perth Wilcats.


Despite the sides’ best on court of Jo Lual-Acuil and Jack White, the dynamic duo’s hunger for the win wasn’t enough to stop an unstoppable Sixers’ side. Lual-Acuil pocketed a stellar 23 points, 12 rebounds and 1 assist. Whilst White showed his skill and impressed with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Also vital for Melbourne was Mason Peatling. The young gun forward had a stellar time on court with 11 points.

The sour defeat pushes down the enthralling side to third position as they head into preparations for their next game against the JackJumpers. Whilst the Adelaide 36ers are set to fight for their next win in the upcoming game against the Brisbane Bullets.

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