The Numbers: 36ers v Cairns
Christopherson started well, scoring 5pts in the first quarter. He hit 1/2 threes and both his free throws. He got into the game a little earlier than normal, coming on at the 6:16 mark and playing through to the 2:51 mark of the second quarter.
He cooled off a little in the 2nd period, going 1/5. Marty Clarke stayed with him though despite the misses and gave him a nice 13+ minute stretch to work into the game. He only scored 3 for the quarter but went into half-time with an NBL career high of 8 points.
Christopherson had to wait a lot longer to get into the game again in the second half and must have been fearful his cold shooting in the 2nd might have brought an end to his night. To Clarke's credit though, he called Scotty's number again. "Christo" came on at the 3:48 mark and only took one shot (and missed it).
Christopherson remained in the lineup to start the 4th. He remained on until the 2:52 mark when Steve Weigh came in for him. Christopherson had scored 5 to that point for the quarter, including two free throws that gave the Sixers their first lead lead of the game. It looked like his night was over until captain Adam Gibson fouled out, giving him another chance for glory. "The Microwave" responded, hitting a three with twelve seconds left to bring it back to 73-70. That was his last attempt for the game though and the Sixers went down 76-73.
It was a very pleasing performance and certainly gave Adelaide fans something to be happy about. That game won't get him another contract but at least he showed he can hit the three as touted and gives him a good memory of his time in the NBL. Not surprisingly, his 24:57 minutes were the second most he'd played all year and it was the first time in 9 games he received over 20 minutes of court time.