The Real Beal (Review: 36ers vs Wildcats 21/11/14)
It was always obvious Adelaide would come out hard after last week's embarrassing loss to Melbourne. The Sixers got an additional boost when one of their most passionate players, Mitch Creek, was a surprise inclusion. That ensured Adelaide put out it's best team for the year.
The Sixers defended and rebounded well early but their offense was a slog. Perth led 16-15 before going on a 9-0 run that gave them a 25-15 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter wasn't pretty. Adelaide outscored the Wildcats but it was a 13-11 period. Schenscher scored Adelaide's first four points and looked dangerous but his free throw shooting and inability to be effective on the full court press limited his minutes. Perth led 36-28 at the half and Adelaide clearly had to find more avenues to the basket if it was going to win.
Adelaide started well in the third and got it to 45-45 on the back of some hard work by Teys, Creek and Motum. The Sixers stayed close before Perth went on a 10-0 run, featuring two threes by Jermaine Beal. He closed the quarter with another one as well that saw Perth hold 61-53 third quarter lead.
Despite some encouraging play in the fourth, Adelaide couldn't get it much closer and went on to lose 84-74. The biggest positive is that Adelaide has some foundations to field some pretty aggressive defensive units, capable of pressing full court and versatile to switch up without much hesitation.
Gibson/Teys/Creek/Petrie/Motum figures to be a lineup we'll see plenty of in the second third of the season. Wilson had some good moments and Schenscher also looked hard to stop (just gotta work on those free throws). Wright needs to work on some plays to get Crawford some good looks. He only got off two shots in 11 minutes and has only hit 8 in 8 games (18 attempts). Compare that to former Sixer Rhys Carter, who has nailed 20 for the Breakers.
The three ball again hurt Adelaide, who hit a horrific 2/18. Gibson, Motum, Petrie, Crawford and Creek went 0/11 with Teys and Wilson going 2/7. Perth hit 10/28 with Beal hitting 4/6 and Martin having a decent night, nailing 3/6 pretty open ones.
Adelaide's best was Jamar Wilson who had 20 points, 10 boards and 6 assists. Peach and Teys were probably next best with both scoring 13 points and hustling hard at both ends.
Next up for Adelaide is Melbourne United in Melbourne Thursday before coming home to face Sydney Sunday. I'm picking them early to go 2-0 and get their season back in order.