South Dragons

Country Australia Australia
City Melbourne
Founded 2006

The South Dragons is a professional Basketball team in National Basketball League (NBL) of Australia. This team is the second NBL team in the city of Melbourne the first being Melbourne Tigers. Black, White and Red are the official colors of the team. Mark Cowan and Raphael Geminder are the parternership owners of the club.

The Dragons made their debut in the 2006/07 season. They entered the NBL as the 12th franchise and accepted to fill the team with young Australian Basketballers. The former NBA All Star mark Price was officially hired as the head coach of the team on March 1, 2006. He was appointed just one day after the 2005-06 NBL Championship was won by the Melbourne Tigers.

The first NBL championship season game was played by this team on 26 September 2006 at the North Shore Events Center against the New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and was lost by a score of 112 to 106. On 22 October 2006 Price resigned from his position following the loss of first five NBL championship season games by the Dragons. In this place Heal was appointed as the interim coach and captain for the remainining season. On 29 October 2006 the first NBL game was won by the team while playing against Cairns Taipans by a score of 96-86 after they had lost the initial six games. In 2006 on the Boxing Day the South Dragons were victorious against the Melbourne Tigers by a score of 107-94. The Dragons finished their first season with a 15-18 record. In February 2007 they reached the knockout phase but eventually lost to the Cairns with a 116-106 win loss record. The Dragons play all their home games at the Vodafone Arena in Melbourne Park. It has a maximum capacity of 10,500. On 22 September 2007 the 2007-08 season of the team started with a 116-106 loss against the West Sydney Razorbacks at Vodafone Arena. The entire season was a disappointment for the team. On January 9th 2008, with the team sitting on the bottom of the ladder. The Dragons finished the season last in the table by wining just 5 games out of 30.

Major achievements

Defeated the Melbourne tigers 107-94 at home in the 2006 NBL season

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