Wild falls short in US college final

BENDIGO basketballer Maddison Wild has fallen short in her bid to win an NCAA division two national championship in the United States.

Wild's West Texas A&M University team was beaten 73-65 by Bentley in Saturday's championship game.

Wild played five minutes, finishing with two points and one block.

Meanwhile, Australia's greatest basketballer, Andrew Gaze, has lauded Maryborough's Matthew Dellavedova in his debut NBA season for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I always thought he (Dellavedova) had the ability to play in the NBA, but I didn’t think he would get this type of opportunity so early on in his career," Gaze said. 

"He is very much entrenched in the rotation and the coach very much likes what he brings to the table." 

Dellavedova is averaging 4.5 points, 2.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game in his debut season for the Cavaliers.

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