1987 NBL Finals

The 1987 NBL Finals was the championship series of the 1987 season of Australia's National Basketball League (NBL) and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Brisbane Bullets defeated the Perth Wildcats in two games (2-0) for their second NBL championship.

1987 NBL Finals
LeagueNational Basketball League
SportBasketball
Duration30 September - 16 October 1987
Number of teams4
TV partner(s)ATN7, BTQ7, STW9, SAS10
NBL Finals
ChampionsBrisbane Bullets
  Runners-upPerth Wildcats
Finals MVPLeroy Loggins
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →

FormatEdit

The 1987 National Basketball League Finals started on 30 September and concluded on 16 October. The playoffs consisted of two best of three Semi-finals and the best of three game Grand Final series.

QualificationEdit

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Finals
appearance
Previous
appearance
Previous best
performance
Brisbane Bullets 6th 1986 Runners up (1986)
Adelaide 36ers 4th 1986 Champions (1986)
Illawarra Hawks 3rd 1986 4th in 1986
Perth Wildcats 1st - 8th in 1985

LadderEdit

Team Pld Won Lost Last 5 Streak Home Away % Pts % Won
1 Brisbane Bullets 31 24 7 4-1 W3 15-1 9-6 109 77
2 Adelaide 36ers 29 22 7 3-2 L2 11-4 11-3 112 75
3 Illawarra Hawks 30 22 8 3-2 L1 14-1 8-7 104 73
4 Perth Wildcats 32 22 10 2-3 L2 12-4 10-6 107 68
5 Canberra Cannons 27 17 10 3-2 L1 10-3 7-7 102 62
6 North Melbourne Giants 27 15 12 2-3 W3 15-1 5-9 108 55
7 Hobart Devils 26 14 12 2-3 L3 8-5 6-7 101 53
8 Eastside Melbourne Spectres 26 13 13 2-3 L1 6-7 7-6 100 50
9 Geelong Supercats 26 13 13 3-2 L2 10-3 3-10 97 50
10 Sydney Supersonics 26 8 18 2-3 L2 4-9 4-9 95 30
11 West Sydney Westars 26 8 18 2-3 L2 4-9 4-9 95 30
12 Newcastle Falcons 26 6 20 3-2 W1 4-9 2-11 92 23
13 Westside Melbourne Saints 26 4 22 0-5 L6 3-10 1-12 89 15
14 Melbourne Tigers 26 3 23 1-4 W1 3-10 0-13 83 11

Semi-finalsEdit

(1) Brisbane Bullets vs (3) Illawarra HawksEdit

Game 1Edit

September 30
Illawarra Hawks 87, Brisbane Bullets 109
Scoring by quarter: 19-26, 16-32, 27-34, 25-17
Pts: Bateman, Borner 15 each
Rebs: Jim Bateman 11
Asts: McLeod, Borner 4 each
Pts: Leroy Loggins 38
Rebs: Leroy Loggins 10
Asts: Ron Radliff 6
Illawarra Basketball Stadium
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Ray Hunt, Geoff Weeks

Game 2Edit

October 2
Brisbane Bullets 77, Illawarra Hawks 78
Scoring by quarter: 12-21, 22-18, 32-17, 11-22
Pts: Ron Radliff 15
Rebs: Larry Sengstock 11
Asts: Leroy Loggins 6
Pts: Jim Bateman 22
Rebs: Jim Bateman 14
Asts: Gordie McLeod 8
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Referees: Eddie Crouch, Bill Mildenhall

Game 3Edit

October 4
Brisbane Bullets 100, Illawarra Hawks 82
Scoring by quarter: 26-19, 20-21, 26-27, 28-15
Pts: Larry Sengstock 16
Rebs: Larry Sengstock 14
Asts: Darren Perry 5
Pts: Bateman, Borner 17 each
Rebs: Jim Bateman 13
Asts: Gordie McLeod 6
Brisbane win the series 2-1
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Referees: Eddie Crouch, Bill Mildenhall

(2) Adelaide 36ers vs (4) Perth WildcatsEdit

Game 1Edit

September 30
Perth Wildcats 98, Adelaide 36ers 99
Scoring by quarter: 23-30, 26-29, 23-24, 26-16
Pts: Pinder, Crawford 24 each
Rebs: Kendal Pinder 16
Asts: Alan Black 9
Pts: Darryl Pearce 24
Rebs: Mark Davis 14
Asts: Darryl Pearce 6
Perth Superdrome
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Eddie Crouch, Bill Mildenhall

Game 2Edit

October 2
Adelaide 36ers 99, Perth Wildcats 101
Scoring by quarter: 26-22, 22-26, 32-22, 19-31
Pts: Darryl Pearce 29
Rebs: Mark Davis 21
Asts: Al Green 4
Pts: James Crawford 40
Rebs: Kendal Pinder 13
Asts: Black, Bruton, Crawford 3 each
Apollo Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Ray Hunt, Robert Barnett

Game 3Edit

October 4
Adelaide 36ers 93, Perth Wildcats 103
Scoring by quarter: 23-33, 27-23, 18-26, 25-21
Pts: Mark Davis 36
Rebs: Mark Davis 16
Asts: Jones, McKay 3 each
Pts: James Crawford 34
Rebs: James Crawford 13
Asts: Cal Bruton 4
Perth win the series 2-1
Apollo Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Ray Hunt, Robert Barnett

Grand Final seriesEdit

(1) Brisbane Bullets vs (4) Perth WildcatsEdit

Game 1Edit

October 10
Perth Wildcats 79, Brisbane Bullets 80
Scoring by quarter: 25-23, 15-22, 21-19, 18-16
Pts: Kendal Pinder 27
Rebs: Kendal Pinder 15
Asts: Cal Bruton 6
Pts: Emery Atkinson 22
Rebs: Larry Sengstock 15
Asts: Sibley, Radliff 3 each
Brisbane leads series, 1–0
Perth Superdrome
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Eddie Crouch, Bill Mildenhall

Game 2Edit

October 16
Brisbane Bullets 106, Perth Wildcats 87
Scoring by quarter: 29-23, 18-21, 33-26, 26-17
Pts: Leroy Loggins 36
Rebs: John Dorge 10
Asts: Loggins, Perry 3 each
Pts: Kendal Pinder 25
Rebs: Kendal Pinder 15
Asts: Cal Bruton 6
Brisbane wins series and NBL Championship, 2–0
Grand Final MVP: Leroy Loggins (Brisbane)
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Ray Hunt, Eddie Crouch

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