1983 NBL Finals

The 1983 NBL Finals was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball League's 1983 season, which began in February. The finals began on 23 June. The tournament concluded with the Canberra Cannons defeating the West Adelaide Bearcats in the NBL Grand Final on 4 July.

1983 NBL Finals
LeagueNational Basketball League
SportBasketball
Duration23 June – 4 July
Number of teams8
TV partner(s)ABC
Grand Final
ChampionsCanberra Cannons
  Runners-upWest Adelaide Bearcats
Seasons

FormatEdit

The NBL finals series in 1983 consisted of the divisional finals (which was a round-robin fixture for the top eight teams), two semi-final games, and one championship-deciding grand final. The finals were contested between the top eight teams of the regular season, with the final four weekend split between two Melbourne venues – Burwood Stadium and Kilsyth Stadium.

QualificationEdit

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Division Finals
appearance
Previous
appearance
Previous best
performance
Sydney Supersonics Eastern 1st N/A N/A
Geelong Cats Western 2nd 1982 Runner-up (1982)
West Adelaide Bearcats Eastern 4th 1982 Champions (1982)
Canberra Cannons Western 1st N/A N/A
(1979 Grand Finalist)
Nunawading Spectres Western 4th 1982 Runner-up (1981)
Coburg Giants Eastern 2nd 1982 Semi-Finalist (1982)
Newcastle Falcons Eastern 1st N/A N/A
St Kilda Saints Western 2nd 1980 Champions (1980)

LadderEdit

Team Pld Won Lost Last 5 Streak Home Away % Pts % Won
1 Sydney Supersonics (Eastern) 22 19 3
2 Geelong Cats (Western) 22 18 4
3 West Adelaide Bearcats (Eastern) 22 17 5
4 Canberra Cannons (Western) 22 16 6
5 Nunawading Spectres (Western) 22 15 7
6 Coburg Giants (Eastern) 22 13 9
7 Newcastle Falcons (Eastern) 22 13 9
8 St Kilda Saints (Western) 22 12 10
9 Bankstown Bruins (Eastern) 22 12 10 3-2 L1 6-5 6-5 100 54
10 Adelaide 36ers (Western) 22 11 11 2-3 L1 7-4 4-7 97 50
11 Brisbane Bullets (Eastern) 22 10 12 4-1 W3 6-5 4-7 98 45
12 Frankston Bears (Eastern) 22 6 16 0-5 L6 3-8 3-8 97 27
13 Weststate Wildcats (Western) 22 6 16 0-5 L5 5-6 1-10 88 27
14 Illawarra Hawks (Eastern) 22 4 18 3-2 L1 3-8 1-10 90 18
15 Hobart Devils (Western) 22 2 20 0-5 L10 2-9 0-11 83 9
16 Devonport Warriors (Western) 22 2 20 1-4 W1 1-10 1-10 80 9

Divisional FinalsEdit

Each of the top eight teams played in a three-game round robin fixture between 23 June and 26 June. The results were as follows:[1]

(6) Coburg Giants vs (1) Sydney SupersonicsEdit

23 June
Coburg Giants 79, Sydney Supersonics 80
Ken Watson Stadium

(4) Canberra Cannons vs (5) Nunawading SpectresEdit

(8) St Kilda Saints vs (2) Geelong CatsEdit

(3) West Adelaide Bearcats vs (7) Newcastle FalconsEdit

(5) Nunawading Spectres vs (8) St Kilda SaintsEdit

25 June
Nunawading Spectres 109, St Kilda Saints 75
Burwood Stadium

(2) Geelong Cats vs (4) Canberra CannonsEdit

25 June
Geelong Cats 81, Canberra Cannons 86
Corio Leisure Centre

(1) Sydney Supersonics vs (3) West Adelaide BearcatsEdit

25 June
Sydney Supersonics 78, West Adelaide Bearcats 91
Liverpool Stadium

(7) Newcastle Falcons vs (6) Coburg GiantsEdit

(5) Nunawading Spectres vs (2) Geelong CatsEdit

26 June
Nunawading Spectres 107, Geelong Cats 74
Kilsyth Stadium

(4) Canberra Cannons vs (8) St Kilda SaintsEdit

26 June
Canberra Cannons 104, St Kilda Saints 85
Kilsyth Stadium

(1) Sydney Supersonics vs (7) Newcastle FalconsEdit

26 June
Sydney Supersonics 101, Newcastle Falcons 94
Liverpool Stadium

(6) Coburg Giants vs (3) West Adelaide BearcatsEdit

26 June
Coburg Giants 105, West Adelaide Bearcats 104
Liverpool Stadium

ResultsEdit

Team Record Points
differential
Semi Finals
seed
Sydney Supersonics 2–1 -5 N/A
Geelong Cats 1–2 -37 N/A
West Adelaide Bearcats 2–1 +19 #3
Canberra Cannons 3–0 +32 #1
Nunawading Spectres 2–1 +59 #2
Coburg Giants 2–1 +14 #4
Newcastle Falcons 0–3 -28 N/A
St Kilda Saints 0–3 -54 N/A

BracketEdit

Semi Finals Grand Final
      
1 Canberra Cannons 80
4 Coburg Giants 75
1 Canberra Cannons 75
2 West Adelaide Bearcats 73
2 Nunawading Spectres 77
3 West Adelaide Bearcats 84

Semi FinalsEdit

(2) Nunawading Spectres vs (3) West Adelaide BearcatsEdit

1 July
Nunawading Spectres 77, West Adelaide Bearcats 84
Pts: Dean Uthoff 27 Pts: Leroy Loggins 29
Burwood Stadium, Melbourne
Referees: Eddie Crouch, Ken Clifford

(1) Canberra Cannons vs (4) Coburg GiantsEdit

1 July
Canberra Cannons 80, Coburg Giants 75
Pts: Phil Smyth 20 Pts: Benny Lewis 22
Kilsyth Stadium, Melbourne
Referees: John Holden, Geoff Weeks

Grand FinalEdit

(1) Canberra Cannons vs (3) West Adelaide BearcatsEdit

4 July
Canberra Cannons 75, West Adelaide Bearcats 73
Pts: Herb McEachin 18 Pts: Leroy Loggins 23
Canberra wins the NBL Championship
Kilsyth Stadium, Melbourne
Referees: John Holden, Eddie Crouch

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Results for NBL 1983 – Round 19". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 25 September 2017.