United hammers Bullets in front of sell-out crowd
A FIRED-UP Chris Goulding helped Melbourne United demolish the Brisbane Bullets 97-59 at Hisense Arena on Monday night.
Goulding was electric through three quarters, before taking a breather on the bench, as United got its NBL season back on track.
The 38-point hammering in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,300 was United's most complete performance of the season at both ends of the court.
While Goulding (19 points), Casper Ware (14), Ramone Moore (14) and Nate Tomlinson (12) led the way offensively, it was United's work inside that would have pleased coach Dean Demopoulos.
"We try to do it every time out, it just doesn't look like it sometimes,” Demopoulos said.
"Other than the roof not getting open it was a hell of a night.”
Inclement weather forced organisers to keep the roof closed at Hisense Arena on Monday night but a replacement open-air game has been set for February 6.
Demopoulos praised the impact former New Jersey Net Josh Boone, added to United's roster as an injury replacement for Devin Williams (knee) and David Andersen (knee), had in bringing much-needed aggression to his new club.
"He's only been here a hot minute ... but he's a bona fide basketball player whose played at the highest of levels and succeeded,” Demopoulos said.
"He came in bright-eyed, and with an open mind, and willingness to listen and learn from a short time, and he went out and really performed well tonight.
"His activity was terrific; it was needed and much appreciated.”
Boone threw his hulking 108kg frame around the court on Monday night, bringing down a game-high 10 rebounds in a brilliant debut performance.
The star import showed good hustle, setting screens and opening his account for United with a block before adding seven points from 19 minutes.
Tomlinson was lively off the bench, back-to-back threes in the third quarter bringing a vocal crowd to their feet.
United wrested control in the second quarter and made the Bullets pay on the scoreboard.
Goulding was the chief destroyer with 13 first-half points, including two from downtown, and three assists, while Boone added five of his own.
The Bullets started strongly with former United forward Daniel Kickert scoring seven of the first nine points before Goulding, Ware and David Barlow combined to claw back the early deficit.