Melo Trimble rises up from early setback to be the match-winner


Trimble’s 32 was a season-high and he added to his points tally with six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Just as importantly his opposing guard Jerome Randle finished with just 17 points, seven of which were scored in the first term.

Melbourne has won all four of their games in this eight-day stretch, those victories have transformed their season from 1-4 to 5-4, along with a spot in the top four.

Driving run: Mitch McCarron heads to the basket for United at Melbourne Arena.Credit:Getty Images

Trimble admitted the second term felt like a blur as one basket merged into the next.

As a team Melbourne put on the equal best scoring quarter of the season with 37 points to just 14 from Adelaide, who saw their quarter time lead turned into a 56-41 deficit at the break.

“I hit that floater and I was able to go from there,” Trimble said.

“We were able to get more stops. They were up 27 to something [at quarter time], but we were almost up by 20 points at half time so it happened out of nowhere, they got frustrated and their defence started to lapse.”

Chris cross: Melbourne United guard Chris Goulding reacts after being fouled.

Chris cross: Melbourne United guard Chris Goulding reacts after being fouled.Credit:Getty Images

Sixers coach Joey Wright was unhappy with how his side lost track of Trimble.

“When you play against a great player all you can hope to do is to make his shots tough and we didn’t do that,” Wright said.

“He had three or four shots that were tough but that was after having four or five shots that were easy or open ones. He’s not going to miss those shots and he gets in a rhythm at that point.

“If he gets 32 and we make him work for it then great, but we didn’t make him work for it.”

What impressed Vickerman was the way his bench against lifted during the second and third terms and how well his side bounced back from a poor start.

Captain Chris Goulding racked up 20 points including five three-pointers, while Shawn Long overcome some close checking from the Sixers to finish with 16 points plus three blocks and Dave Barlow added 12 points.

Mitch McCarron played his 100th NBL game finishing with six points and five assists as Melbourne won the rebound count 44-32.

Import Casey Prather continued his comeback from knee surgery with seven points in 17 minutes. The inspirational United star almost pulled off the dunk of the season when he drove the lane and took off for a one-handed throwdown in the last term, but he lost altitude and sent the ball flying off the rim.

Winding up: United's Casey Prather flies high for a dunk attempt.

Winding up: United’s Casey Prather flies high for a dunk attempt.Credit:Getty Images

United quickly regrouped, regained the ball and Long scored a lay-up.

“Casey gave it everything he had,” Vickerman said with a laugh.

“We saw a little more from him today, a few key steals when we needed them and that dunk is not far away.”

Melbourne United play South East Melbourne Phoenix at Melbourne Arena on Saturday at 5.30pm.

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