Adelaide 102, Townsville 70
A massive 65 first half points ensured Adelaide got home in a route of the depleted Townsville Crocodiles, 102-70.
It was just one of those games where everything clicked for Adelaide while nothing worked for an undermanned but gallant Crocs unit.
The first quarter was pretty tight with Adelaide playing a lot better but not punishing the Crocs on the scoreboard. The Crocs got some good looks but saw too many rim out and didn't have the bodies to get the boards. Greg Vanderjagt missed this game, meaning the Crocs only suited nine players and only one (Russell Hinder) over 6"8. Not ideal when you're up against the 6"11 Daniel Johnson and 7"0 Luke Schenscher.
It was 26-20 when Rhys Carter came up with a steal which eventually ended up in Mitch Creek's hands. The court opened up and the whole stadium saw Ervin cut backdoor and fly and convert an incredible ally-oop- his first Sixers dunk and an emphatic end to the first quarter that saw Adelaide lead 28-20.
The second quarter was something else.
Adelaide scored 37 for the quarter as everyone got in on the act. The scoring was so evenly spread that DJ finished the half as the third lowest scorer, just ahead of BJ (1pt) and Cadee (scoreless). Adelaide dropped five threes in the quarter, with Carter nailing two and Creek,Petrie and Gibson also hitting one. The story of the game could be summed up by the halftime three-point stats: Adelaide 7/13, Townsville 1/7. The Sixers shot at a blistering 63% for the half and compounded this by holding Townsville to 17 second quarter points, earning a 65-37 half-time lead. Adelaide was barely in second gear while the Crocs looked worn out.
Adelaide maintained the tempo in the third period, enabling it to start resting it's stars early. No Sixer played more than 24 minutes or less than 5. A Jason Cadee drive at the 2:47 mark saw Adelaide's lead blow out to 40 (87-47) and it got as high as 43 before two late threes by little used reserve Scott Kenny had it back to 39 going into the final quarter.
At the 5:39 mark with a 35 point lead, development players Kyle Adnam and Daniel Sims got into the game....and the game went downhill from there. Both players did all they could to score or pull off fancy moves but it was mainly ugly (save a few nice inside dishes). Adelaide scored only six points for the last 5:39 and only 10 for the quarter. Townsville only scored 17 themselves though as they struggled to find anyone who could nail a shot.
The Crocs shot 34% for the game and a dismal 22% from range. The three ball was their only hope of winning this game and Adelaide knew it. Besides Scott Kenny's two triples (on 2/4 shooting), no-one else hit multiple threes as the rest of the team went 3/18. Steve Markovic only got up one three and struggled to have any offensive influence. A win would only come if he and Blanchfield got hot from outside. It never happened. The Crocs kept battling but just had no-one who could stamp their influence.Adelaide on the other hand..............
Gibson- Barely broke a sweat on his way to a nice stat line for 21 minutes of play. 4 steals and 2 dagger threes the highlights.
Ervin- Went for the throat in a dominant performance, scoring 20 in 17 minutes. The ally off the Mitch Creek feed goes into the memory bank as one of my highlight plays of the Brett Maher Court era.
Teys- He and Ervin led the team in field goal attempts. Made some nice plays and is gaining some momentum as his confidence grows.
Petrie- Did his job and then watched.
Johnson- Rebounded well early and saw less of the ball as Ervin and the shooters went to work.
Cadee- Only saw 13 minutes and had minimal impact.
Schenscher- Thrived against the smaller Crocs, managing to avoid foul trouble along the way. Double double in just under 20 minutes. His best game in a while.
Carter- 11 points (three triples) and 2 steals in just 14 minutes. Nice contribution.
Creek- Played the most minutes, registering a 9/6/5. Looked better but still needs to lift his game a couple of levels for the playoffs.
Anthony- 4 turnovers a downer but worked hard on the boards. Will benefit from the longer run.
Adnam- Lots of fluff for one nice assist but who wouldn't have done the same as a 19yr old?
|Points from Turnovers: 21 Points in the Paint: 54 Second Chance Points: 15 Fast Break Points: 2|
|Coach: Joey Wright Assistant: Kevin Brooks|