After last night's game, you might have been thinking the following....
"We shot terribly"
"We got smashed on the boards"
"We didn't move the ball as well"
"Out turnovers killed us"
In each case you'd be dead wrong. Look at these numbers.
FIELD GOAL %
Adelaide 51% (31/61)
Wollongong 51% (30/59)
FREE THROW %
Adelaide 69% (9/13)
Wollongong 76% (16/21)
THREE POINT %
Adelaide 44% (7/16)
Wollongong 48% (10/21)
Pretty interesting stuff. Basically, the difference was Wollongong taking a few more threes and hitting at a slightly better clip, as well as the free throw count. Adelaide's 4th quarter shooting must also be factored in, as it shot a blistering 11/16 from the field, including 4/7 threes. That helped them make the final scoreline respectable and really didn't do justice to how badly Adelaide had played....in the 2nd quarter.
When you break the game down by quarters, the 2nd period was what killed Adelaide. It shot 4/12 from the field and had 5 costly turnovers, with 4 of them coming in a 2:41 stretch. Wollongong outscored Adelaide 22-10 for the quarter and quickly stopped the momentum Adelaide was building at the end of the first quarter.
Besides it's problems with playing four quarters, the coaches might want to look at the starting lineup too. Poor starts are making the bench's life tougher than it needs to be. The bench had traditionally done well in reeling back big deficits and yesterday was no different. Crosswell registered a "+4" and Christopherson a "+5". The starters numbers were as below
Cadee is the future but it would be worth trying Crosswell as the starter and seeing if it makes a difference to our starts and how Cadee responds to an off-the-bench role. Fans are resigned to another year without finals action but are clearly frustrated at the lack of creativity by the club and coaching staff.