Wollongong 74, Adelaide 64
Awful. Awful. Awful. But enough about NBL tv's coverage last night.
The Sixers went down to the Hawks yesterday 74-64, finishing the season at 8-20 and, to state the bleeding obvious, in need of an overhaul. This wasn't one of those season-enders where the coach played the kids and got everyone excited about the next season. Nope, this one reminded us how much this team needs a lot of work.
The game remained tight early, with Wollongong only truly creating some space in the last few minutes of the first quarter and leading 20-14 at quarter time. The game remained tight in the second with Wollongong threatening to blow the game apart several times before Adelaide got it back to 34-30 with 1:47 left in the half. Davidson and Deleon scored in the last minute though and gave their team a 38-30 lead at halftime.
Then the patented third quarter fadeout happened.
The third quarter was Adelaide at it's worst. The Hawks outscored Adelaide 24-12 for the quarter, with Adelaide playing perhaps it's worst defense for the year but also managing to stink it up on offense, going 2/6 from outside the three-point line and 2/7 inside it. Adelaide three key scorers (DJ,Peach,Gibbo) scored 7 points combined for the quarter as Adelaide struggled to get anything going. Wollongong on the other hand sliced Adelaide up, punishing some lazy defense by Adelaide's bigs.
As "patented" as the fadeouts are, so are the huge face saving comebacks. Adelaide won the quarter 22-12, thanks largely to 13 points from Stephen Weigh. His full repertoire was on display as he dunked, hit jumpers and hit threes. He also pulled down an impressive three offensive boards for the quarter but it was all too late.
Here's what stood out to me from this game.
"Gibbo" played over 37 minutes but his return was a measly 5 points, 4 boards and 2 assists. Yes he struggled with his shot but his effort and motivation were not where they normally are. Seemed more concerned with helping out Stephen Weigh get a good next contract.
Reminded us all of his offensive skills in that last quarter but it just highlighted how much he's struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking regularly (although not always entirely his fault). Has many of the tools needed to go down as one of the league's great "3" men, just needs to find the right coach who can take him to the next level.
After a nice game last week, Christopherson was all but frozen out this week. Took no shots but rarely saw the ball. Watch the replay and see how many times he was not just open but clearly ignored. DJ was also largely ignored, taking just 5 shots (1 less than Nathan Crosswell). There is a bit of a boys club going on which needs to be blown up. Some of that is related to trust but it won't cut it in a professional league.
This brings and end to the game reports this year. We'll have "The Numbers" up tomorrow plus a final stats update Tuesday. Following this, I'll be writing up a full season review, hopefully conducting an interview or two and a review of each player's season. Then I'll take a decent break, just updating on any news at the club on transactions and roster updates.
Thanks to everyone who has read and contributed. Some bigger and better things planned for next year that I'm pretty excited about. Stay tuned.