April 17, 2024

Tasmania JackJumpers defeated Melbourne United in a dramatic grand final to win the NBL championship.

Tasmania JackJumpers have claimed their maiden NBL championship by pulling off a remarkable 83-81 road win over Melbourne United in the best-of-five series decider.

In front of 11,175 fans in enemy territory at John Cain Arena, Jordon Crawford produced one of the great scoring performances to help Tasmania claw their way to the crown in a gripping battle.

Crawford scored 27 first-half points and overcame a quite third period to finish with a series-high 32.

It was the equal-third highest tally by any player in a title-series game during the 40-minute game era, which dates back to 2009.

The result completed a fairytale ride under head coach Scott Roth for the league’s newest franchise, who lost a title decider two years ago in their debut season.

United earned home-court advantage for the Championship Series and won the first of three Melbourne games by 23 points, but coughed up the final two in tight contests.

The final four games of the series were decided by a total of just 11 points.

Crawford was the hero for Tasmania but had plenty of support from Jack McVeigh (14 points, eight rebounds), Will Magnay (11, 12) and Milton Doyle (11,10).

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