Adelaide 89, Wollongong 85
A huge 18 point, 16 rebound double-double by Brock Motum helped Adelaide overcome the Hawks for the second time in a week last night in Wollongong.
Wollongong jumped Adelaide to get to a 15-10 lead. Adelaide then subbed in the returning Daniel Johnson and Brendan Teys and went on a 9-0 run . DJ barely saw the ball though but certainly helped spread the floor for his team mates. The teams played it pretty even from there, seeing Adelaide lead 28-24 at the end of the period.
That would be as free flowing as the game got, with both teams deciding to give some defence a go. That resulted in some pretty ugly shooting (the Hawks shot 40.8% for the game, Adelaide 41.6%), the teams pretty even in the other categories too. Except rebounding. Motum's 16 lead Adelaide and he had 5 team mates who had more than 2 boards. Larry Davidson was again good for the Hawks, pulling down 14 but he had little help, with only Brad Hill and Oscar Forman getting more than 2. The size was the difference in the end with Adelaide able to throw out four guys 6"9 plus for Wollongong to worry about and comfortable guarding the Hawks forwards regularly with guards.
DJ's debut was pretty average (4 points, 3 fouls, 1 rebound) but there's a fair bit of adjusting for him and the team to do. Creek (16 and 6) was again good and Gibbo and Schensch made nice contributions. Jamar scored 17 but shot 4/15, down a fair bit on his recent form. Expect him to bounce back Sunday.
Davidson and Coenraad were the Hawks best, Coneraad shooting 7/10 including 4/4 from deep. The Hawks just don't have enough dominant players. The import combo has not worked as expected and it's clear the team would be stronger if it had a swingman import guard. Ervin and Carson can rarely play together because of their size on defence and poor outside shooting. It's also not getting the expected output from Luke Nevill and Adam Ballinger is getting close to the "Break In Case Of Emergency" stage of his career.
The Sixers now take on Sydney tomorrow in a massive clash. The Kings pulled off a beat down of the Breakers at Vector Arena, not an easy thing to do. Childress was dominant and will be licking his lips about taking on Adelaide again at home.