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Melbourne United’s Luke Travers shines in NBL season opener

In an exhilarating opening match of the National Basketball League (NBL), Melbourne United showcased their strength emerging victorious, with a 82-67 win over their rivals the South East Melbourne Phoenix.

The return of Matthew Dellavedova to United after his time with the Sacramento Kings in the NBA added a level of excitement to the game.Dellavedova had a comeback, leading Melbourne with a performance.

The talented guard scored 20 points in the game.

He demonstrated his court awareness by grabbing six rebounds, dishing out four assists, and making two steals.

However, it was another star player from United who stole the spotlight.

Luke Travers, an addition from Perth, made his debut by contributing 17 points, seven rebounds, one steal, and one block.

Dellavedova praised Travers immense potential.

He was referred to as a talent.

“Luke has all the qualities to become a star in this league,” Dellavedova said.

“It’s exciting to see what he can accomplish in the future.”

Another notable performer for Melbourne United was Ariel Hukporti, who made a comeback from a season-ending Achilles tendon injury. The skilled forward demonstrated his worth by grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking three shots, reminding everyone of his defensive abilities.

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  • Another new addition to the United team Rob Loe contributed with nine points and five rebounds, providing support.

    The game didn’t start well for Melbourne, as the South East Melbourne Phoenix quickly took the lead.

    However, United responded strongly with a 11-2 run.

    This surge was ignited by two three-pointers from Dellavedova, which allowed them to take control of the match.

    The Phoenix struggled to find their rhythm, shooting 29% from the field and managing to convert two three-pointers until the end of the third quarter.

    In contrast, Melbourne showcased their shooting skills by making 36% of their shots from beyond the arc.

    They also demonstrated their dominance at the free throw line with a success rate of 88%.

    The Phoenixs turnovers in the half proved costly as United capitalised on their opponents mistakes and had a significant advantage of 12-2 in points scored off turnovers by halftime.

    As the game unfolded further, Melbourne United’s lead continued to expand as they executed their game plan flawlessly.

    Players such as Dellavedova and the promising skills of Luke Travers have delivered a message to the teams in the NBL: they are a formidable presence to be taken seriously this season.

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