The start of the 2019/2020 NBL Season got underway with game 1 with the Melbourne Derby with Melbourne United and the new kids on the block South East Melbourne Phoenix.
CREEK-LED PHOENIX OFF TO PERFECT START
NBL newcomers SE Melbourne stunned cross-town rivals Melbourne in the first game of the new NBL season on Thursday.
Led by their inspirational captain, Boomer Mitch Creek (28 points), Phoenix made the running for most of the night and had to survive a late United rally before prevailing 91-88 at Melbourne Arena.
Missing starters Casey Prather (knee) and David Barlow (thumb), United took a one-point lead into quarter time, but Phoenix held a six-point margin (49-43) at the main break.
Simon Mitchell’s men took a healthy nine-point gap into the final term and still led by as many as 10 points with just five minutes remaining.
But Chris Goulding (27 points) and Shawn Long (26) ignited the home side, which drew level inside the final minute.
Fittingly, it was Creek that landed the killer blow, with the star swingman nailing a history-making three.
Phoenix lost key big Tai Wesley in the match due to a hamstring concern.