Streak over! (Review: Adelaide v Perth 22/11/13)

Adelaide 91, Perth 86

A devastating second quarter performance by the Adelaide 36ers saw them build a big enough lead to hold off a fast finishing Wildcats team, 91-86.

After Perth scored the first basket of the second quarter to get them to 23-25, Adelaide went on a 14-0 run to see them comfortably lead 39-23. The run was built upon a stifling zone defense and a 36ers team desperate to run and attack the basket with every opportunity. Gary Ervin and Jason Cadee in particular came up with big plays, keeping Perth on the back foot. At the end of the half it was Adelaide by twenty, 51-31. Perth shot the ball at just 24% for the half while Adelaide shot over 50%. Adelaide won the quarter 26-10. It was far from game over though.

Perth tried to make up some ground in the third but didn't get far. It won the quarter 29-23, finding the basket with a bit more ease thanks largely to Shawn Redhage, who scored Perth's first 9 points of the quarter on his way to 16 for the period. Outside Damian Martin's block party, the Cats struggled to slow Adelaide at the other end. Ervin and Johnson both had 5 for the period but Adelaide incredibly had 9 players contribute to the scoreboard for the quarter.  Like we predicted yesterday , the first three quarters were going to matter little going into the fourth.

It took Perth just over three minutes to cut Adelaide's lead to single figures. With 1:09 left, a Jermaine Beal three had cut Adelaide's lead to 89-86. Adelaide was looking shaky on offense and  the man on man defense that it had moved to was giving up some open shots. Perth wouldn't score again though, missing it's next 4 attempts while two clutch Adam Gibson free throws got Adelaide over the line.

The win saw Adelaide become the first team to beat Perth this season and kept Adelaide with a perfect home record at 4-0. The wins will be taken but it will be a minor concern that the team again gave up a huge lead. Plus I really want to see Adam Doyle get some action. Adelaide will also sweat on the injury suffered by Jarrid Frye in the third to his already troublesome ankle. The team's depth can cover him for a few games if needed and perhaps the coaches should consider it with it's next six games against bottom four teams.

Perth got little offensively out of anyone besides Redhage and Beal, with Ennis struggling and Knight and Jervis providing little. Damian Martin (11pts, 7 boards, 5 assists, 3 blocks) was outstanding at the other end but had little help.

Player Reviews

Gibson (30min, 10pts, 1 reb, 4 ast). Good defensively and got to the line more than usual, including those two clutch shots in the final minute. Highlight was a block on an Ennis 3 late.

Cadee (30min, 10pts, 2 reb, 5 ast). His best game of the year. Had some early impact and as he started making plays his confidence rose, including some aggressive plays on Martin and Ennis. Some game- breaking passes his biggest contribution.

Ervin (33min, 22pts, 5 reb, 3 ast). Has been sublime in the last month. Offensively he's in career form, killing teams with his quickness. Leadership and desire just as important to this team.

Teys (2min, 0/0/0). Only a few first half minutes. No impact.

Schenscher (12min, 1 pt, 5 reb, 1 ast). Only a few chunks of action but contributed.

Frye (7min, 6pts, 0 reb, 0 ast). Limited minutes and then got injured. Three nice baskets and some solid D on Ennis though.

Petrie (30min, 10pts, 8 reb, 1 ast). Some nice plays and defensive work but struggled to contain Redhage when on him.

Anthony (8min, 2 pts, 2 reb, 0 ast). Looked a little out of sorts in the first half but came up with some key plays in the second half.

Johnson (28min, 24pts, 5 reb, 1 ast). Had a field day when defended by Jervis and also troubled Knight. Loves playing Perth.

Creek (15min, 6pts, 6 reb, 1 ast). A nice ally and some good defensive work.


  1. DJ was pretty damn good tonight at both ends of the floor. If only his D was like that all the time.....

    Despite Perth winning the rebounds 42-34 one thing I noticed is that Perth often struggled to contain the height of both Schenscher and DJ, especially with Jervis in foul trouble (at 213 cm or 7'0" he is the only Wildcats player who can match our Twin Towers for height) and both he and Knight were generally being owned by DJ.

    If I had one complaint about the 36ers game tonight other than giving up yet another 20+ point lead.....it was that at times they tried to be a bit too cute or fancy in some of their plays. Luckily it didn't cost us though. I'd also like to see more scoring from players other than DJ and Ervin. Their season ppg average is almost double any other 36ers player right now.

    Best game in a 36ers uniform I have seen from Jason Cadee.

    Its a good feeling to get excited about the Adelaide 36ers again. We've been down for far too long.

  2. One fact that no one has mentioned is that the Sixers achieved their 91 points without a single 3ptr scored (0/9). Hard to maintain leads without scoring from outside! Overall though it was an excellent game to watch and great to have a good crowd again!

    1. Since the 3 point line was introduced to all courts (1984 or 1985 in the NBL) I don't think the 36ers have ever had a game, win lose or draw, where they have not hit a 3 point shot.....until last night. Good thing we didn't need one :)

    2. Just to add to that, according to Boti's article in Saturday's `Tiser and on adelaidenow.com.au the 36ers were the last NBL team to win a game without hitting a 3 pointer back in April 1989. That day we defeated Perth at the Apollo Stadium....769 NBL games ago.

  3. Yeh DJ was too much for Jervis and Knight still working his way back. I didn't think they got too cute, most noticeable lapses were Gibson's behind the back pass and Ervin laughing when getting back on D and missing his assignment.

    Cadee was very good. Some of his highlights were on Burdon but he started playing with confidence and attacked Ennis on one drive.

    Yeh I saw the "no thress" stat. Not that we didn't try. The team is just attacking teams more and knows it will get more calls with the new rule interpretations.


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