Townsville's finals hopes destroyed

TOWNSVILLE'S faint finals hopes disappeared yesterday as all-star Ben Magden inspired the Kings to a dominant 83-67 victory in Sydney.

Magden had five assists, three steals and two blocks to go with a game-high 33 points, the win sending the Kings back into the top four.

While the numbers underlined Magden's contribution, fellow big man Ian Crosswhite was just as influential, keeping key Crocs tall Luke Nevill to just five points before he was fouled out in the third term.

Peter Crawford's 22 points was the only highlight in an otherwise miserable afternoon for Townsville.

The victory moved Sydney into fourth place, just behind third-placed Wollongong on percentage.

Melbourne dropped to fifth after losing to the Hawks on Saturday night, but has two games in hand over the Kings.

Other round 21 results:

  • New Zealand Breakers 104 (Jackson 18, Abercrombie 16) b Adelaide 36ers 79 (Petrie 16, Gibson 15);
  • Cairns Taipans 78 (Gliddon 26, Tragardh 15) b Perth Wildcats 72 (Lisch 20, Knight 19);
  • Wollongong Hawks 88 (Deleon 31, Davidson 23) b Melbourne Tigers 82 (Goulding 21, Walker 18).