Tigers roaring early in series showdown
SYDNEY ? Chris Anstey and his Melbourne Tigers proved too big and too persistant for the Sydney Kings as they went 1-0 up in the fivematch NBL finals series last night.
The Victorian team scored a 100-93 win over the defending champions at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and took a big step toward its first title in nine years.
The Tigers blew a close game open with a 16-0 run either side of the halftime break.
The Kings, chasing a record fourth consecutive championship, led 49-47 just before the long break, but Melbourne scored the final four points of the half and then held Sydney scoreless for over five minutes at the start of the third quarter.
Anstey finished with game high tallies of 24 points and 12 rebounds with Dave Thomas 23, the Tigers' other major offensive contributor.
The second match of the series is in Melbourne tomorrow night.