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Ware, Goulding get their just desserts

AAP logoAAP 29/12/2016 Josh Bristow

After hitting the match-winning shot in Melbourne's 79-78 victory over Cairns on Thursday night Casper Ware was happy to play the villain.

"I feel great, I don't care how Cairns feel at the minute we got the win" Ware said post match.

Melbourne's fortunes have improved dramatically since the 26-year-old American made his mid-season debut against the snakes in November.

Since then Ware has taken United from a 3/7 win/loss record to 8/8 but according to coach Dean Demopoulos it hasn't been all Ware with Chris Goulding also finding form.

"There's a couple of guys on this team who can do special things in special situations but we trust Casper to take those," Demopoulos said.

After a few matches where Ware and Goulding looked to butt heads offensively, the two combined for 40 points against the Taipans and Ware is thankful for his partner in crime.

"As a pro basketballer you know you are going to have off nights," Ware said.

"But that's why you have teammates and having Chris is great because I don't have to score every night."

Coach Demopoulos said Goulding has learned to contribute away from the ball to help integrate with their American playmaker.

"Chris is a complete player he plays defence so well and teamed with Casper they both do that," he said.

"These two are like ice-cream and cake, they are very similar, they are smart and tough, I enjoy coaching them"

Melbourne's second consecutive win keeps them in the NBL's top four and has them firmly back on track after their rough start to the season.

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