Adelaide 91, Wollongong 90
(*Ed note: Revised 24/2/13. NBL still not displaying the box score of this game at time of writing and I often refer to the PBP info. I at least now have a box score from the Sporting Pulse site. )
On Friday night Adelaide pulled off the best win of it's season with a dramatic 91-90 win over the Hawks in Wollongong. The game was littered with some controversial and overlooked calls but in the end Adelaide overcame the plucky Hawks.
The 36ers started strong, relying heavily on Adam Gibson and Anthony Petrie in the early stages. The revised starting lineup with Petrie in for Schenscher certainly looks a lot better for Adelaide, giving more flexibility and movement. Marty Clarke started rotating early and got most players into the game in the first quarter. Clarke has copped a fair whack for his sub rotations but with the team's playoffs seemingly dashed it makes sense to give some minutes to Daly, Warbout and Vasiljevic.
The game stayed reasonably close throughout and only truly got going when a shootout started between Tim Coenraad and Adam Gibson in the third quarter. This quarter was one of the best of the NBL season with both teams combining for 49 points of over 62% shooting. That's an indicator of quality basketball. Both Coenraad and Gibson went head to head in a long-range barrage, something we don't see enough of in today's NBL. Wollongong kept a lead for most of the game and led by 3 with just seconds left until forward Anthony Petrie connected on a 3, sending the game into overtime.
The 36ers looked the better team in overtime and eventually managed to get the lead for good when a silly Adris Deleon foul sent Stephen Weigh to the line to secure the win.
It was a great win by Adelaide........but don't forget how undermanned this Wollongong team is.They still have a good starting unit but their bench is absolutely depleted and in the end that probably was the difference. Adelaide though managed to get three strong games out of DJ, Petrie and Gibson, who all shared the scoring load at different times and ensured Adelaide put in a solid 45 minute effort. It also got some nice little cameos from Tom Daly, Jan Warbout and Nathan Crosswell.
The only thing that soured the game was a couple of officiating blunders......... and the commentary. My favourites were.....
-Carfino referring to a big game Macmillan had in Adelaide in the last matchup. Played 1:13.
-Joyce saying Adelaide should have recuited a versatile 3 in the off-season. What, like Mitch Creek?
-Carfino referring to a big game Daly had in Perth (4pts, 1 reb, 1 ast)
-I may not have had the volume up loud enough but I swear I heard the name "Tim Weigh"
Oh and Adelaide is now 3-0 when Warbout gets some action.