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United miffed by referee non-calls in NBL

Perth Wildcats lead the NBL grand final series 2-1, meaning Melbourne United need to win at home on Sunday to keep their title defence alive.

United miffed by referee non-calls in NBL

Perth Wildcats lead the NBL grand final series 2-1, meaning Melbourne United need to win at home on Sunday to keep their title defence alive.

DAVID BARLOW of Melbourne United drives to the basket during the NBL match between Melbourne United and the Adelaide 36ers at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
DAVID BARLOW of Melbourne United drives to the basket during the NBL match between Melbourne United and the Adelaide 36ers at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images

Melbourne United veteran David Barlow hopes the referees won't be swayed by "outside influences" during the rest of the NBL grand final series.

United are 2-1 down in the best-of-five series after copping a 96-67 thumping in front of 13,412 Wildcats fans at RAC Arena on Friday night.


Although Melbourne's woeful three-point shooting was the major cause of their downfall in game three, the visitors were left seething at a number of non-calls from the referees.

Star guard Casper Ware copped a series of knocks in his drives to the basket, while Goulding also hit the deck a number of times.

Goulding finished the match with just five points, while Ware (10) was also well below his usual output.

Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson lit a fuse on the eve of game three by accusing some Melbourne players of flopping and exaggerating contact.

Barlow was careful with his words after Friday night's heavy defeat, but he made it clear that something was amiss during the game.

"It definitely felt like the game was played in a different way out there," Barlow said.

"You really hope there's no outside influences coming into play."

When asked specifically about Gleeson's flopping comments, Barlow replied:

"I disagreed with that. And yeah you would hope it's not read into at all, and the game's just played the way it's seen, and without anyone thinking about those things."

Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson didn't see anything untowards in regards to the refereeing on Friday night, saying he felt it was no different to the opening two games of the series

But United coach Dean Vickerman felt there were a number of fouls missed by the referees.

"There's some contact there. They deemed it not to be a foul," Vickerman said.

"I thought Casper should have been shooting more free throws than he did."

United need to win game four in Melbourne on Sunday to keep the series alive.

The defending champions were horrible from long range on Friday night, making just four of their 27 attempts.

Goulding and Ware were a combined 2-of-15 from three-point land, and were a combined 5-of-26 from the field.

In contrast, Wildcats import Terrico White nailed 31 points on 7-of-10 shooting from long range, while Bryce Cotton chipped in with 16 points and nine assists.

United have put a huge emphasis on trying to limit the influence of Cotton, with Ware effectively used as a tagger.

Vickerman concedes it will be a hard task to stop White as well.

Both coaches sung the praises of Wildcats skipper Damian Martin, whose frenetic defence set the tone for Friday's win.

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