The Melbourne Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with an entertaining 93-80 win over the visiting Townsville Crocodiles on Sunday night.
The Tigers led by as many as 17 points in the third quarter before withstanding a spirited fight back by the Crocs to move into the NBL top four.
Cameron Tragardh led the Tigers with 19 points to win his battle against ex-NBA centre Luke Schenscher, who finished with 11 for the Crocodiles.
Tom Greer and Ron Dorsey both had 18 for Melbourne.
Peter Crawford was outstanding for Townsville with 30 on 8-of-14 three-point shooting, while Jacob Holmes added 20 points and eight rebounds.
Melbourne coach Trevor Gleeson said his team understood the importance of ending its losing streak.
"We've been playing well but it's the end result that counts in this league," Gleeson said.
"It was a big win, a real tough win against an in-form team.
"Last time we played them we took too many short cuts, tonight we were very good defensively and we got the bikkies in the end."
Townsville coach Paul Woolpert was unimpressed with his team's ability to execute, particularly at the offensive end.
"We got back to five (points down) after three quarters and then had two or three poor possessions to start the fourth quarter," Woolpert lamented.
"Our offence was horrendous in the fourth quarter. It was sloppy basketball with poor execution."
AAPTags: nbl, basketball, sport, melbourne-3000, vic, australia, townsville-4810, qld First posted December 18, 2011 23:35:26