Sydney 90, Adelaide 83
Remember the days when Adelaide Arena was a fortress? Those memories are fading fast after Adelaide took it's season home record to 2-3 after a bad loss to Sydney today, 83-90.
The first quarter started ominously with Sydney jumping to an 11-4 lead. Joey Wright again tried a new starting 5 (his eight for the season), going with Wilson/Gibson/Creek/Petrie/Motum. As Wright made some quick subs, the boys went on a 9 point run to get the lead, 13-11. Sydney wrestled control back though and led 17-13 at quarter time.
Joey went off his head at the break and whatever he said worked, with Adelaide winning the quarter 36-18. Wilson was especially prominent, scoring 15 of Adelaide's first 16 for the quarter. Eight players got on the score sheet in the second for Adelaide as they found ways to score and frustrate Sydney at the other end. Josh Childress was largely a bumbling mess, tripping/falling several times but getting some help from the refs with some bailout calls. He had 2 points for the first half and Adelaide looked well on their way to win, leading 49-35.
We should have known.
Adelaide would fail to match that second quarter tally for the rest of the game, scoring 17 in the third and the fourth quarters while Sydney scored 55 in the second half. Outside of Schensch, the Sixers failed to find a good avenue to score as it's shooters went cold. Petrie and Motum couldn't get anything going while Gibbo rarely looked to shoot.
For Sydney, Childress turned the game on it's head with some hard work on defense, great moves under the basket and a poster dunk on Schensch that deflated most of the Arena. He finished the game with 21 points and was well supported in the second half by Tom Garlepp, who'd also had a poor first half but stood up when it mattered.
Adelaide still has time to turn it's season around but must end it's five game losing streak soon. Next weekend it faces the struggling Crocs and fading Taipans away on back-to-back nights. That's never an easy trip. Wright needs to settle on a starting unit and put plenty of minutes into them. The team would likely also benefit from shortening the rotation to 8.
Wilson, Teys and Schensch were Adelaide's best while the Kings were well served by all of their starters, most notably Childress,Garlepp and Perry.