And that pretty much sums it up.... (36ers v Blaze 17/3/12)
*Prior to this Adam Gibson had scored a 2, which was credited as a 3 but changed back to a 2. When the timeout was called, everyone in the building thought the score was 83-83 but during the timeout the score reverted to Adelaide 83, Gold Coast 82. Joey Wright argued hard and flirted with being called for a tech before sitting down. Mark Worthington scored on a tough drive with 4 seconds left (according to Fiba stats) and gave the Blaze a 1 point lead. Adelaide called a timeout to draw up a game winning play.
So what happened? Did Warren drive for a basket or take a 3? Did we throw an ally to one of our bigs? Did Stevey Weigh create a basket. Nope. The inbounds pass from Bartlett got deflected, Gold Coast held the ball and we lost by 1. And that pretty much sums up Adelaide's 2011-2012 season thus far.
Adelaide started slowly, our offense struggling and our defense leaking plenty of open baskets, thanks mainly to poor switching on pick and rolls. Oh, and we were getting murdered on the boards. We trailed 25-18 at quarter time and that was thanks to another huge buzzer beater three from Everard Bartlett. The major difference though was on the boards, with Gold Coast holding an 18-5 lead at quarter time. 9 of those rebounds were offensive and Adelaide went boardless from the 8:28 mark to the 4:32 mark. That should almost be impossible.
In the 2nd, Adelaide took 3:01 minutes to get their next rebound but ended up winning the rebound count for the quarter, 12-11. From the 6:38 mark, the lineup of Warren/Ng/Creek/Weigh and Johnson or Simpson outscored the Blaze 21-14 and won the boards 10-8. Adelaide went into the half down 7, 41-48. Most notably though was the 29-17 rebound difference.
The 3rd quarter was all Adelaide, the 36ers outscoring the Blaze 25-12 and winning the boards 13-6. A Warren/ Creek/Weigh/Johnson/Simpson lineup took the score from 51-56 to 59-58 and when Ng came in for Simpson it went to 66-60. Game on!
The 4th quarter saw order restored with Gold Coast outscoring Adelaide 24-17 and winning the boards 10-6. Gold Coast found more ways to score and tightened up the D, not allowing Adelaide too many easy baskets.
Gold Coast won't go home thrilled with the result and certainly let it get closer than it should have been. The Blaze were lead by Hudson (20 and 13), Worthington (21 and 3) and Gibson (12,10 and 6). Adelaide will be hit hard by this loss. It would have been a gutsy win against a legit team and a great home game to finish on. In the end they returned a 4-10 home record, winning over non-playoff teams Melbourne and Wollongong twice and once against Townsville.
Weigh- 10pts (3/11), 5 reb, 1 ast. Poor shooting night but scored 5 in the last quarter, including a big dunk and key 3. Made some bad defensive errors, including several times sending players to bad matchups. 4.5/10
Herbert- 0pts (0/1), 1 reb. Only got 6 minutes. Struggled to contain Gibson when on him, getting beaten off the dribble several times. We needed more from him. 0/10
Ng- 3pts (1/3), 1 reb, 1 ast. Only got 11 minutes. Hit a big 3 early but struggled after suffering an eye injury (contact lens?). Twice isolated on D in the last quarter and got scored on (Deleon, Hudson). Didn't get many good looks of offense and struggled on D. 3/10
Helliwell- 0pts (0/1), 1 reb. Only got one 4 minute stretch. Unsure why he didn't see time in the 2nd half, probably should have got a run in the 4th. 0/10
Warren- 12pts (5/12), 3reb, 3 ast. Played almost 34 minutes but couldn't get into a rhythm. Hit a massive 2 to give us the lead but struggled with the ball at other key moments, including 2 bad turnovers in the last 24secs of the second half that should have seen us 43-47 instead of 41-48. 5.5/10
Johnson- 16pts (6/14), 4 reb, 3ast. Didn't enjoy the physical attention and made some dumb frustration plays, one resulting in an unsportsmanlike foul. 4 rebounds in 32 minutes from a starting centre is unacceptable. Must toughen up in the off-season 6/10
Creek- 11pts (4/7), 6reb, 1 ast. Was on for all our key runs, providing something at both ends. Probably his best home game of the year. His 6 boards a reminder to all what a little hustle can do. 6/10
Bartlett- 8pts (2/7), 4 reb, 1 ast. Scored all his points in the first quarter. Was off the court for long periods, mainly because the team went on lots of good runs with him on the bench. The inbounds disaster a sour note to end on. A good first quarter, struggled the rest of the way. 4/10
Simpson- 21pts (8/14), 11reb, 2 ast. Worked hard and kept us in the game when our shots weren't dropping. Will he back for 2012-2013? 7/10
Clarke- stuck with lineups that were working but questioned his subs in the first quarter (Herbie and Creek both on, no Ng). I wonder what the last play he drew up was......... 7/10