Feeling Alright? (Review: 36ers vs Crocs 12/10/14)
The common thread of concern after Friday's game was the issues the Sixers may face this year due to their lack of size. Adelaide only has three guys over 200cm and only one (Schensch) over 6"8. Today they faced a Townsville team with six guys over 200cm. That was troubling. Both teams finished the game with 37 boards, a stat that shows Adelaide came to play.
The Sixers opened aggressively, inserting Luke Schenscher into the starting lineup and a clear edict to run. Gibbo and Creek came out with lots of run and helped Adelaide to a 24-18 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Adelaide shot the ball horribly in the second quarter (5/20) while the Crocs started to get their eye in. There were lots of quick shots and not necessarily good ones. Townsville wrestled back control of the game and held a 43-42 lead at halftime.
From what I saw of the second half in between cursing at my ipad, apple tv and iphone, the Sixers found some more consistent ways of scoring inside and wore Townsville down with it's scoring options (5 Adelaide players scored in double figures).
Adelaide will have gained some confidence and can be happy with what they adjusted (and how quickly) from Friday night. I've got no idea on lingering injury issues but Jamar Wilson seemed to take a backseat to Gibbo in this one and looked more to facilitate. Schensch had his moments but battled foul trouble all game. Montreal got better as the game wore on and looks to be learning what's required against the bigger bodies of the NBL. Mitch Creek was solid.
Townsville has a few more worries. They are now 0-2 and look a player or two short. Gladness is a shot changer on defense but has limitations at the other end. Steindl is still maturing as a player. The bench lacks true, game-changing firepower. Then there's the crowd and depression playing in that stadium must bring.....
Adelaide's next clash is against the Breakers and this will be a massive test against a big team with an excellent defense and sky high confidence after taking down Perth in Perth.
Wilson- 17pts, 5 reb
Creek- 17pts, 4 reb
Montreal- 16pts, 6 reb
Conklin- 23pts, 7 reb
Blanchfield- 16pts, 5 reb, 5 ast
Markovic- 17pts, 2 ast