9/23/13

So what did we learn?

3rd. 2 wins. 1 loss.

That's how Adelaide ended up when all was said and done in the 2013 NBL Pre-Season Blitz.

Some Sixers fans might be stunned we didn't win, especially after the hugely exciting opener against Perth. All in all I think the glass should be very much seen as half-full.

Adelaide vs Perth (102 to 91)
It was a great opening win against our long-time arch-rival. Adelaide started well with a 39 point first quarter and held on for a comfortable win. The team was full strength, only missing Luke Schenscher. The stars of this one were Daniel Johnson (18 and 8 in 20 minutes), Jarrid Frye (19pts, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal) and BJ Anthony (19 and 8).


Adelaide vs Townsville (86 to 105)
The boys were brought back to earth with a dismantling by the rejuvenated Crocs. Adelaide led at the half but was outscored 58-35 in the second half. Gibbo joined Schensch on the pine for this one and Adelaide started a Cadee/Ervin backcourt. I doubt we'll see too much of that combo this year, except for periods where Ervin plays some "2" (on a sidenote if Wright plays Cadee as a "2" this year I may light myself on fire). They got little backcourt help from the reserves with Creek and Teys combining to shoot 3-10 (0-7 threes). DJ (24 and 13) got little help from Peach and BJ, who both battled with officiating foul trouble and couldn't get into the game.

Adelaide vs Cairns (105 to 101)
Gibbo returned from a tight hammy and Adelaide got back to winning. The starters were all good, with everyone scoring in double figures with each of the first unit playing 24+ minutes. Petrie (19 and 6), Frye (18 and 6) and DJ (18 and 6) were the standouts. Steve Weigh struggled against his old side, getting in foul trouble early and shooting just 1-8 from the field.


DJ had a great "Blitz" and got reasonably consistent support from all the starters. Cadee piled up the assists off the bench and BJ was big in 2 of the 3 games. The main concerns will be the free throw shooting and struggles to adjust the new officiating but the team was hardly on their own there.

All bodes well for a return to the playoffs and a big year for the NBL.



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