1985 NBL Finals

The 1985 NBL Finals was the championship series of the 1985 season of Australia's National Basketball League (NBL). The Brisbane Bullets defeated the Adelaide 36ers to win their first NBL championship.

1985 NBL Finals
LeagueNational Basketball League
SportBasketball
Duration24 August - 7 September 1985
Number of teams6
TV partner(s)ABC
SAS (Adelaide)
TV0 (Brisbane)
NBL Finals
ChampionsBrisbane Bullets
  Runners-upAdelaide 36ers
Finals MVPNot awarded

FormatEdit

The 1985 National Basketball League Finals was played between 24 August and 7 September between the top six teams of the regular season, consisting of two Quarter finals, two Semi-finals and the Grand Final. All Finals games were sudden death and for the first time the higher placed teams were given home court advantage. The top two teams of the regular season, the Brisbane Bullets and Adelaide 36ers, automatically qualified to host their respective Semi-finals.

QualificationEdit

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Finals
appearance
Previous
appearance
Previous best
performance
Brisbane Bullets 4th 1984 Runner up (1984)
Adelaide 36ers 2nd 1984 6th in 1984
Canberra Cannons 4th 1984 Champions (1983, 1984)
Nunawading Spectres 5th 1984 Runner up (1981)
Coburg Giants 4th 1984 4th (1983, 1984)
Newcastle Falcons 3rd 1984 5th in 1984

LadderEdit

Team Pld Won Lost Last 5 Streak Home Away % Pts % Won
1 Brisbane Bullets 28 22 6 4-1 W4 14-1 8-5 121 78
2 Adelaide 36ers 28 21 7 3-2 L1 12-2 9-5 116 75
3 Nunawading Spectres 27 19 8 3-2 L1 10-4 9-4 107 70
4 Canberra Cannons 28 20 8 3-2 L1 8-6 12-2 106 71
5 Coburg Giants 27 18 9 4-1 L1 11-2 7-7 106 66
6 Newcastle Falcons 28 17 11 2-3 L1 9-4 8-7 100 60
7 Geelong Cats 26 15 11 2-3 L1 8-5 7-6 107 57
8 Perth Wildcats 26 13 13 3-2 W3 9-4 4-9 99 50
9 Illawarra Hawks 26 10 16 1-4 L1 6-7 4-9 90 38
10 St Kilda Saints 26 10 16 2-3 L1 7-6 3-10 96 38
11 Sydney Supersonics 26 9 17 1-4 L1 6-7 4-9 95 34
12 Bankstown Bruins 26 6 20 3-2 W1 3-10 3-10 93 23
13 Melbourne Tigers 26 5 21 1-4 L2 3-10 2-11 81 19
14 Hobart Devils 26 2 24 0-5 L8 2-11 0-13 82 7

Quarter finalsEdit

(3) Canberra Cannons vs (5) Coburg GiantsEdit

August 24
Canberra Cannons 110, Coburg Giants 87
Scoring by quarter: 19-22, 27-22, 24-19, 40-24
Pts: Herb Mceachin 29
Rebs: Dave Nelson 11
Asts: Phil Smyth 7
Pts: Ray Borner 27
Rebs: Ray Borner 18
Asts: Borner, Carroll 4 each
AIS Arena, Canberra
Attendance: 5,200
Referees: Eddie Crouch, Trevor Dallas

(4) Nunawading Spectres vs (6) Newcastle FalconsEdit

August 24
Nunawading Spectres 97, Newcastle Falcons 103
Scoring by quarter: 20-26, 28-24, 18-22, 31-31
Pts: Ron Lemons 38
Rebs: Lemons, Cottrell 12 each
Asts: Brendan Joyce 12
Pts: Ian Davies 26
Rebs: Jim Bateman 12
Asts: Ian Robilliard 4
The Glass House, Melbourne
Referees: Ray Hunt, Bill Mildenhall

Semi-finalsEdit

(2) Adelaide 36ers vs (6) Newcastle FalconsEdit

August 31
Adelaide 36ers 151, Newcastle Falcons 103
Scoring by quarter: 28-34, 42-27, 35-23, 46-19
Pts: Al Green 45
Rebs: Mark Davis 14
Asts: Darryl Pearce 6
Pts: Michael Johnson 37
Rebs: Jim Bateman 13
Asts: Ian Davies 2
Apollo Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Eddie Crouch, Bill Mildenhall

(1) Brisbane Bullets vs (6) Canberra CannonsEdit

August 31
Brisbane Bullets 93, Canberra Cannons 76
Scoring by quarter: 26-20, 24-15, 18-22, 25-19
Pts: Leroy Loggins 28
Rebs: Leroy Loggins 12
Asts: Cal Bruton 7
Pts: Dave Nelson 17
Rebs: Phil Smyth 9
Asts: Jamie Kennedy 4
Sleeman Sports Centre, Brisbane
Attendance: 2,700
Referees: Ray Hunt, Geoff Weeks

Grand finalEdit

(1) Brisbane Bullets vs (2) Adelaide 36ersEdit

September 7
Brisbane Bullets 121, Adelaide 36ers 95
Scoring by quarter: 26-27, 29-18, 23-29, 43-21
Pts: Leroy Loggins 41
Rebs: Chris Mcgraw 10
Asts: Larry Sengstock 6
Pts: Mark Davis 28
Rebs: Mark Davis 18
Asts: Darryl Pearce 8
Brisbane wins the NBL Championship
Sleeman Sports Centre, Brisbane
Attendance: 2,700
Referees: Ray Hunt, Eddie Crouch

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