3/22/13

The last hurrah (Preview: 36ers v Hawks 23/3/13)

Tomorrow night, the 36ers play their last game in what has been a very long season against the Wollongong Hawks. A win will mean little to Adelaide outside a little positive to finish the year on and a fitting farewell to Nathan Crosswell. For the Hawks a win clinches a playoff berth. It's a pretty simple equation for the Hawks who don't have to worry about other results going their way. Their destiny is in their hands.

Wollongong leads the season series 2-1, winning both games in Adelaide but losing the last matchup at home, a loss they're probably still smarting about. Adelaide overcame a night-out from Tim Coenraad and an eight point deficit with a minute left to take the game into overtime and eventually get the win. The Hawks won't have forgotten a huge ref blunder and a silly late game foul that all helped give Adelaide a sniff. Seeking revenge, desperate to secure a playoff berth after an injury-ravaged year and for the "Sav" tribute ,the Hawks simply have too much on the line.

For Adelaide, the game better be could be the last time we see Clarke and Radford on the sidelines. Marty has many admirable qualities but after overseeing the least successful era of the club's history he simply must be shown the door. It could also be the last game in an Adelaide singlet for Adam Gibson, Steve Weigh, Tom Daly, Jan Warbout and Pero Vasiljevic. It will be the last game representing Adelaide for Crosswell and Scott Christopherson.

A win would be nice but I don't see it with all that is at stake for Wollongong.

My Tip: Hawks by 6

1 comment:

  1. Hopefully with nothing to lose tonight the 36ers just got for it. Watching a pirate NBL.TV broadcast it would seem that's Nathan Crosswell's attitude. Already up to 4 points and only been on for about 4 minutes.

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