Todd Blanchfield of Melbourne United looks to pass.
Todd Blanchfield of Melbourne United looks to pass. Graham Denholm

Blanchfield helps continue United's winning streak

BASKETBALL: Todd Blanchfield played a starring role with 27 points, including eight three-pointers, as Melbourne United had a second win of the weekend with a home success against the Illawarra Hawks.

The pre-season favourite went into round two winless but after a 98-87 success over the 36ers in Adelaide on Friday night, it got another victory over the Hawks at Hisense Arena yesterday.

The Hawks had an excellent first half to trail by just a point before Blanchfield took over in the 95-83 victory.

Chris Goulding also played his part with 19 points and seven assists, while Cedric Jackson bagged 14 points and five assists.

Majok Majok was also in good form on the boards for the home team, securing 12 rebounds.

Marvelle Harris (19) was the top scorer for the Hawks, who also lost on Thursday to the Sydney Kings.

Meanwhile, Adelaide 36ers captain Mitch Creek is set to miss about two months after scans revealed he suffered a foot stress fracture in Friday night's defeat to United.

The injury will not require surgery but Creek will miss about 10 matches.

Creek told the 36ers club website he heard a bang when he was running as the foot gave way.

He promised to return "fitter, bigger, better and stronger”.

The 36ers were playing the Brisbane Bullets last night to complete the round.

Round three scores (home team first): Hawks 84 Kings 88, 36ers 87 Melbourne 98, Wildcats 75 Breakers 73, Kings 92 Taipans 78, Melbourne 95 Hawks 83; played last night: Bullets v 36ers



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