What a weekend it was for our Sabres Men, Shea Ili, David Barlow and David Okwera in the Melbourne United NBL side as they came away with
2 big wins putting them in the top 6 at the end of round 5.

David “DSav” Okwera

Okwera is turning heads in the NBL. “D-Sav” showed the fans why he is a starting 5 player as he (alongside Jack Humphries) orchestrated a 6-0 run for Melbourne United, changing the momentum of the game against Perth Wildcats at John Cain Arena. Okwera’s rim protection and hustle was outstanding in the two games across the weekend against Illawarra and Perth. It was great to see him show the United fans his incredible athleticism.

Okwera averaged 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and 4 steals over the two wins.

David Barlow

Having announced his retirement one day and then signing to play 1 more season with United the next, veteran David Barlow continues to be a leader on and off the court. David came away from the weekend, playing big minutes and continuing to make solid plays, read the game and make good basketball decisions.

Shea Ili

The Shea Ili is back and ready to help propel Melbourne United’s season.

Having missed Melbourne’s first seven games due to a concussion, Shea got going early against the Perth Wildcats by draining back-to-back threes off the dribble, sending the United faithful into a frenzy. Shea was on restricted minutes due to his recent injury, but came away with 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 9 points in United’s big 94-77 win.

Welcome back Shea!

Melbourne United meet rivals Southeast Melbourne Phoenix on Sunday for Throwdown XVII.
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If this weekend wasn’t enough basketball for you, strap yourselves in as the WNBL commenced last night, and this weekend is looking BIG with our Sabres Women who have secured themselves a spot in a WBNL side for the season.

Brittany Smart

Brittany Smart has re-signed with the UC Capitals and will be taking on Bendigo Spirit this Friday 4th November and will be looking to dominate on and off the court with her elite leadership skills and deadly shooting ability.

Georgia Pineau

 Georgia Pineau has joined the girls at Southside Flyers and will be looking to assist her teammates this Saturday 5thNovember as they take on Adelaide Lighting. Georgia is a solid low post presence and will be a great addition to the Flyers roster for the 2023 season./

Get around the girls – there will be plenty of games coming at you live on ESPN!


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