Adelaide 105, Wollongong 85
The Sixers finished the regular season in style today, ending it on a 10 game winning streak thanks to a 105-85 beatdown of the Wollongong Hawks.
Adelaide rested Brock Motum but this was offset by the Hawks being down Larry Davidson and Tim Coenraad. That decimated the Hawks but for Adelaide, it just meant inserting DJ into the starting lineup. Hardly a bummer.
The Sixers came out with a clear edict to push the tempo and wear the Hawks down. Mission accomplished. Adelaide scored at least 20 every quarter, holding the Hawks to 40% shooting and forcing 17 turnovers.
Mitch Creek was the star, scoring a career high 24, apparently, (the NBL box score says 21) as well as accumulating 5 boards, 2 steals and a stack of loose balls. All Adelaide starters scored in double figures, as well as Luke Schenscher. Wilson was very solid again, DJ continues to show his improved D and willingness to protect the rim. Peach looked sharp and Gibbo hit some long shots (but was 0-4 on threes).
Wollongong had no clear winners, largely due to foul trouble and the strength of Adelaide's full unit. Most of Adelaide's bench would get a starting spot on that Hawks team.
Adelaide now heads back to Auckland to take on the Breakers for Game 1 of the Semis. It should be a classic. Adelaide had their measure in the match up a few weeks back and will start favourties. Wilson and Motum are probably the best 1-2 punch in the league, DJ has given Adelaide's bench a massive boost and Creek's last two games have been perhaps his best back-to-back performance.
This team is superior to last year's and should give the title a serious shake.....Scratch that- I'm underselling them. They should be the favourites.