Sydney Kings have turn into the primary NBL crew in historical past to steer the league from begin to end after ending the common season with a 98-82 rout of Illawarra.
Casper Ware paced the Kings with 19 factors and three assists, Jae’Sean Tate additionally dropped 19 factors, whereas Brad Newley added 17 from the bench.
Extra importantly, Andrew Bogut made a profitable return from a again problem and Kevin Lisch received some extra minutes after his long-term lay-off.
Ahead Craig Moeller was one other who made a comeback from an ankle damage.
Hawks guard Sunday Dech impressed with a game-high factors, however obtained little assistance on their technique to ending the season with a 10th straight defeat.
The wood spooners have now didn’t win a sport in 2020.
The Kings now wait to seek out out who they face within the semi-finals, with New Zealand at present fourth after their win over South-East Melbourne earlier on Friday.
Nevertheless Melbourne United, the Kings’ bitter rivals, can steal the ultimate play-offs spot with a win over the Phoenix on Sunday.
A heaving crowd of 11,407 at Qudos Financial institution Area watched the Kings declare their first minor premiership since 2007-08.
And the Kings have been in a celebratory temper from the tip-off, starting with Tate nailing back-to-back threes within the opening exchanges.
Sydney coach Will Weaver nearly emptied out his bench by quarter time, with solely a 13-point first-quarter by Dech holding the Hawks shut.
Ten Kings gamers have been on the scoresheet by halftime, which ended with Ware dropping a buzzer-beater from distance for a 14-point lead.
Illawarra tried exhausting to shut the hole upon resumption, however any probability of a comeback ended when Dech picked up his fourth foul halfway by means of the body.