That was Cedric Jackson's contribution for the first 4:57 of the last quarter. That took his team from a 1 point deficit to a 17 point lead in just under 5 minutes. He personally scored 10 of those points, assisted for 5 of them and his steals all led to points too. Unbelievable.
At the other end, his opponent Adam Gibson contributed the following in the same stretch
Missed 2 pointer
Gibbo was hardly our worst player but Jackson's performance simply won New Zealand the game.
New Zealand started well, taking a 4pt break into quarter time, thanks largely to the lift they got from Pledger and Hudson. Both men came out of the blocks hard and were clearly wanting to make amends for their efforts last week. Adelaide got the bulk of it's points from DJ and Petrie.
The Breakers built on their lead in the 2nd, with Adelaide struggling to get anything going. Cadee scored 4 including a lucky 3 from 30ft, Weigh and Petrie both hit triples and Schensch scored 2 off an offensive rebound (he shot 1/4 for the quarter). Yep, we scored 1 basket inside the 3pt line and a free throw for the entire quarter. New Zealand went into the half up 36-29 and looked like they were heading for a good win.
Adelaide started the 3rd quarter poorly, ie
With the scores at 41-36, Petrie came on for Schensch and Adelaide went on a 9-3 run. Petrie's contributed 2pts, 2 boards and 2 steals in his first 3:31 back on the court. By the end of the quarter, Adelaide suddenly had a 47-46 lead and the game was well and truly up for grabs.
Then Cedric happened
It wasn't a pretty game, with both teams shooting under 40% but it will be rembered for a long time simply for Jackson's final quarter.
It was a good learning lesson for Adelaide...hopefully. Here's what I got out of it.
-As predicted, the Twin Towers will have some great games and some not so great games (ie tonight)
-Adelaide needs the Steve Weigh of last week to be a serious contender, not the one we saw tonight who reverted to some old habits (not entirely of his own fault)
-Mitch Creek can't afford the "night and day" performances this season. He had an important role to play tonight and let his team down with silly fouls.
-Adelaide's offense is too reliant on DJ. The tougher, experienced teams know that if you work him over early he can lose interest and focus pretty quickly. It doesn't help that our import has yet to score in the league and that Schenscher is averaging 3pts a game
Adam Gibson- 12pts (5/15), 4 rebounds, 2 assists. His shot again let him down (8/26 in his first 2 games) but this time he couldn't help in other ways. Beaten hands down by Ced Jax. 5/10
Steve Weigh- 9pts (3/7), 4 boards, 2 assists. Forced a few shots but was clearly frustrated at the lack of opportunities in light of his game last week. Hit 2/3 triples. 4.5/10
Jason Cadee- 7pts (2/6), 0 rebounds, 0 assists. Very small contribution besides the big 3. Averaging 1 assist as the starting PG and is not looking for team mates enough early on. Needed more from him in his 28 minutes. 3/10
CJ Massingale- 0pts (0/1), 0 boards, 0 assists. Was only given 3 minutes and will need a chance soon. Adelaide only got 1 point from it's bench guards and he'll need to have a breakout game soon. 0/10
Luke Schenscher- 2pts (1/6), 9 boards, 0 assists. Another poor game, despite the 9 rebounds. Averaging 3pts (on 2/13) and 9 boards as a 36er- nowhere enough when you consider he's effectively taking an import spot. Needs to have a big one next week. 4/10
Anthony Petrie- 13pts (6/9), 7 boards, 2 assists. Another excellent game off the bench in just 23 minutes. The team looks better with Peach and DJ in the 4 and 5 spots. 6.5/10
Daniel Johnson- 15pts (5/16), 7 boards, 2 assists. Struggled with the physicality of New Zealand and scored 6 of his points when the game was effectively over. Needs to work his way through these sorts of games to get to the next level. 6/10
Mitch Creek- 0pts (0/0), 2 boards, 0 assists. Disappointing follow up game to last week's opener. Didn't take a shot and committed silly fouls which hampered his game. 1/10
Nathan Crosswell- 1pt (0/1), 1 board, 3 assists. Got 12 minutes but not really being used right as yet. Improved on last week and may get more minutes if Cadee doesn't look to get others more involved soon. 2.5/10
Daryl Corletto- 7pts (3/10), 2 boards, 0 assists. Quiet game but his a few timely shots. 3/10
Cedric Jackson- 17pts (6/14), 7 boards, 7 assists. Was ok until 3qtr time and then won the game on his own. As good a 4th quarter as you will see. 8.5/10
Will Hudson- 9pts (4/9), 9 boards, 1 assist. A near double-double but mixed it up with Adelaide's bigs and gave them nothing easy. 6.5/10
Corey Webster- 5pts (2/5), 5 boards, 0 assists. Great return for just 7 minutes of PT. Outscored all 3 of Adelaide's backup guards. 4/10
Tom Abercrombie- 7pts (2/9), 3 boards, 0 assists. Struggled to get anything going and Breakers fans will be hoping he finds some rhythm soon. 4/10
Mika Vukona- 7pts (3/9), 6 boards, 2 assists. Workmanlike as always and made the opposition earn everything. Called for a dubious unsportsmanlike. 5.5/10
CJ Bruton- 4pts (1/6), 3 boards,0 assists. Wearing down but played a role. 3.5/10
Dillon Boucher- 2pts (1/3), 4 boards, 1 assist. Had minimal impact but threw himself around. 3.5/10
Alex Pledger- 15pts (7/10), 10 boards, 1 assist. Scored, played tough D and did his job. A big improvement after last week's shocker. 7.5/10