Even Stevens (Review: 36ers v Wildcats 14/3/14)

Adelaide 102, Perth 79

The Big 3 led Adelaide tonight to another big home win, this time a 23 point victory over league leaders Perth. The win sees the teams back to square at 2-2 with both teams winning their home games. Let's hope we're lucky enough to see these two face off in the Grand Final series.

Perth had little to play for in this ones besides gaining a mental edge over their long time rival heading into the playoffs. Adelaide would have been keen to atone for their drubbing in Perth last month and to confirm they are in in some good form. 

Confirmation received.

The teams traded baskets early with a Shawn Redhage 3 getting Perth out to a 10-9 lead. Adelaide then went on an 8-0 run, getting 3's from Ervin and Gibson and an inside bucket from Petrie. It was level pegging from there, with a Creek ally from Cadee finishing the quarter to give Adelaide some nice momentum and a 27-20 lead going into the second. While Adelaide looked good, Perth had been hitting their threes (5/11) and looked dangerous.

Then the wheels fell off. Sort of.

After a good first quarter, the Cats shot 3/23 from outside for the rest of the game with Wagstaff, Hire and U'u combining to go 0/14. The number of shots taken by Hire and U'u in particular gives a hint as to what went wrong- that Perth appeared to put the cue in the rack. Hire played 7:04 for the quarter, U'u 5:06 and Burdon 4:20 as Perth rested it's big guns for extensive periods (only 4 players played more than 20 for the game). Adelaide won the quarter 25-17 to hold a 15 point half-time lead, 52-37. Perth had hit just one three for the quarter, while Adelaide got four from Ervin (2), Carter and Creek. 

The Cats started to fight their way back in the third quarter and managed to outscore Adelaide 24-23 for the period but didn't do enough to reduce the deficit. Adelaide was getting some good minutes from it's bench with DJ starting to work his way into the game with 10 for the quarter. It was Adelaide 75-61 going into the fourth.

Like the champion they are, Perth came out hard early and a big Erik Burdon 3 had Adelaide's lead back to 78-70 with 6:31 left. Adelaide then put the brakes on and blew Perth out of the building. Anthony Petrie, who'd been relatively quiet to that point, closed with nine points for the quarter, highlighted by a big 3 and ally-oop to close the game. Gibson and Johnson also chimed in with 3's and Luke Schenscher came up with some easy baskets inside to give Adelaide a big win nearing the playoffs.

This was Adelaide at it's best- playing hard defense and attacking the opposition from inside and out. Adelaide won the three-ball battle, hitting 13 triples (13/21) to Perth's 8 (8/34). It won the boards 45-44 and assists 25-16. All ten players gave something and Joey Wright will be super pleased with the extra "bits" he's getting from Teys and Carter in particular. Schenscher and Creek also made big contributions and Adelaide is looking dangerous with so many weapons heading towards the playoffs.

It was a great game to be at and and the only things fans will leave concerned about are the clearly hampered Gary Ervin, late leg injury to Adam Gibson and the umpiring, which sunk to new lows with far too much guesswork involved. Even the shot clock crew had a bad night.


Gibson- Continued his great shooting form and did all the other things Gibbo does. Solid.

Ervin- Struggled with apparent lower back issues (confirmed by him at half-time and let's just say he was "forthcoming" in letting everyone know) but battled manfully. 17/7/7 in 28 minutes and balanced his inside and outside game well.

Teys- Stat line doesn't do his game tonight justice. Lots of  "one percenters" that helped Adelaide keep or build it's lead. 

Petrie- Massive when the game mattered. 

Johnson- Very good second half after a quiet first. Even dived on the floor once!

Cadee- Some nice passes but shot 0/4 as he continues to struggle with his shot.

Schenscher- Found space inside and went to work at both ends. 12/11 in 25 minutes.

Carter- Minutes continue to build as he continues to come up with big defensive plays and some helpful threes. 

Anthony- Not many minutes for him with Schensch playing so well. 

Creek- Nailed back-breaking ally and three to close the first and second quarters respectively. Solid contribution for 13 minutes.

Team totals34/724713/216221/28751629452551102320102272
Points from Turnovers: 13 Points in the Paint: 24 Second Chance Points: 17 Fast Break Points: 0
Coach: Joey Wright Assistant:   


  1. Last nights win did level the season series at 2-all for Adelaide and Perth. Its just a pity that we can't end the regular season with an equal record to the Wildcats as the win actually gave the 36ers the series win as we scored 334 points over the 4 games, with Perth managing 333 points.

    You can't get much closer than that.

    I know some Perth fans will claim that last night was the start of Gleeson resting his big guns before the finals, and that may be the case. But Adelaide can now go into the finals knowing they are a match for the `Cats. And I doubt anyone connected with Perth would be overly happy losing the season series.

    Interestingly, the 36ers have won their season series against the two grand final teams from last year.

    1. The only worry for the Wildcats would be the lack of production from the bench.
      Jessie missing his shots is unusual, sadly for Hire and Drake became the norm, Perth has only a 7 men rotation.that wasn't pleasing to see for any Wildcats fan, but the rest was meaningless.
      To say that Perth lost the season series made me laugh: one point difference when the Wildcats starters played only half the game and Adelaide clearly wanted to make a statement, i mean, you can't be serious.
      Last weekend game was meaningless as a result, looks good and by any means was great for the 36s fans, but last time Perth took it seriously wasn't even close.
      I'm a Hawks fan, but i still believe this championship is Perth's to lose.

    2. Have a look at the starters minutes. The Wildcats starters totalled more minutes than the 36ers did.

      And facts are facts. Adelaide did win the season series no matter how you look at it. If both finished the season with the exact same W-L record, then Adelaide would actually have home court advantage because they did score one more point over the 4 games. According to the rules as they stand, Adelaide won the season series over Perth. I think the Wildcats and their fans can be relieved that Perth just happened to score more wins over the rest of the season than Adelaide managed.

      But I won't argue with your last line. It is Perth's to lose and with home court advantage its going to take something special from Adelaide, Melbourne or whoever finishes 4th to knock them over. And the way things are looking right now, that 4th team might just be Wollongong. If the Hawks do make it, I won't say they can win it all, but I wouldn't bet against it either. Gordie McLeod has done a hell of a job with what really is a budget team compared to the likes of Perth and Adelaide.

    3. Just for reference, as you can see from the 36ers game stats Forcey provides, the starting 5 of Ervin, Gibson, Teys, Petrie and Johnson totalled just over 120 minutes. Perth's starting 5 of Beal, Martin, Ennis, Redhage and Knight played for just over 124 minutes.

      No getting around it, that Perth rested their starters for long periods of the game is a dead-end argument considering that they had more game time than Adelaide's.

  2. The key was that a few of Perth's main guys continued to sit in the 2nd when Adelaide built that lead and Gleeson barely flinched. It will be on like Donkey Kong though if both these teams make the GF.


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