MORE SHOTS FOR STEVE
In yesterdays' preview , I mentioned the team needs to get Steven Weigh more shots. He took 12 today (equal most with Schenscher) and continued his solid shooting, hitting 6/12 and 2/4 from three. Weigh has only taken more than seven shots in three games this season. All have been Sixer wins. I'm not saying our title hopes rest with Steven Weigh but the team has to recognise he's in good form from outside and is far more efficient this year. Weigh also hit two key baskets down the stretch.
SOME "GIMME'S" FOR SCHENSCHER
Schenscher was the "go to" man today and the team continually looked to exploit Sydney's size by looking for Big Luke repeatedly under the basket. Crosswhite was the only King with a legitimate chance of slowing Schensch but he couldn't do anything on several plays where Luke got the ball way too deep. His best game of 2012.
EXECUTION DOWN THE STRETCH
Sydney lead 79-78 with 2:37 left but Adelaide would not be denied. Cadee (twice), Creek and Gibson all got to the line in the last few minutes as Adelaide made better decisions under pressure. They also most importantly limited Corin Henry, who was probably not as aggressive as he should have been. Marty Clarke went with Cadee/Gibson/Creek/Weigh and Johnson down the stretch, basically using Creek over Petrie in his favoured fourth quarter lineup and it got the job done.
Sydney fought hard and the team would be disappointed they squandered a 12-2 lead in the first quarter. It mus be mentioned they were backing up from a game in New Zealand less than 48 hours before and fatigue likely played some role as they were outscored 58-71 over the final 3 quarters. In the end they struggled to stop Adelaide when they either worked to get to the basket or utilised Schenscher.
Adam Gibson: 11pts (4/10), 2 reb, 2 ast. Was a little more subdued this game but was important down the stretch. 6/10
Stephen Weigh: 14pts (6/12), 5 reb, 1 ast. Continued his hot shooting and played his role. 6.5/10
Jason Cadee: 15pts (4/8), 2 reb, 2 ast. Looked best (again) when he was allowed to run the team. Got his shooting eye in eventually down the stretch. 6.5/10
CJ Massingale: 9pts (1/2), 2 reb, 0 ast. A great return for 5 minutes of play. Was the lucky recipient of some dumb Sydney fouls. A confidence boosting performance. 5.5/10
Luke Schenscher: 18pts (8/12), 5 reb, 2 ast. His best offensive game for the team, thanks largely to his team mates looking for him in good spots. The key to the win. 7/10
Anthony Petrie: 4pts (2/9), 11 reb, 3 ast. A huge rebounding night but struggled to score. His 7 offensive boards were massive. 6/10
Daniel Johnson: 7pts (3/9), 6 reb, 7 ast. Was not as hungry to score tonight which led to a surprising 7 assists. Unusual game and his season points average is now down to 13.
Mitch Creek: 7pts (1/2), 2 reb, 0 ast. Played some tough D and got to the line 4 times on offense. A good return for only 12 minutes. 5.5/10
Nathan Crosswell: 3pts (1/2), 0 reb, 0 ast. 0 assists again is a concern. His major contribution was a three to beat the shot clock. Still has an unclear role with unclear minutes. 1.5/10
Ben Madgen: 20pts (7/15), 1 reb, 1 ast. Continued his scoring streak but did little else on the stat sheet. 7/10
Luke Martin: 0pts (0/1), 0 reb, 0 ast. A duck egg and did little to enhance his chance at a Boomers spot. 0/10
Graeme Dann: 1pt (0/1), 0 reb, 0 ast. At least he won't get a fine this week. 0/10
Ian Crosswhite: 10pts (4/6), 7 reb, 0 ast. Battled hard but was always going to struggle doing the bulk of the heavy lifting against Adelaide's Twin Towers. 6/10
Aaron Bruce: 15pts (6/11), 1 reb, 4 ast. Contributed in spurts and always looked dangerous without taking over. 6.5/10
Corin Henry: 8pts (3/8), 4 reb, 6 ast. Did some good things without the ball but his team needs him to score more and be aggressive always. 6.5/10
Tom Garlepp: 6pts (2/3), 4 reb, 1 ast. Contributed in spots. 4.5/10
Kevin White: 7pts (2/2), 1 reb, 0 ast. Hit some nice threes but little else. 4/10
Darnell Lazare: 14pts (6/11), 7 reb, 1 ast. Solid but this could easily have been a 20/10 game which would have helped his team. 6.5/10
Daniel Joyce: 0pts (0/0), 0 reb, 1 ast. Just glad to be in the league again I'm guessing. 1/10