Moore leads Sixers to crucial win in Sydney
A SHOOTING masterclass from Ramone Moore has led the Adelaide 36ers to a tough 105-96 win against Sydney Kings last night.
Moore scored a team-high 22 points on 90 per cent shooting and was one of seven 36ers in double-figure points.
Sydney held a 14-10 advantage before Moore scored seven quick points to spark the Sixers to a 26-22 quarter-time lead.
A 27-18 blast in the third quarter set up the much-needed success after Adelaide failed 99-97 on opening night against Melbourne United at home.
Adelaide built its win with strong work on the glass, outrebounding the Kings 26 to 12 in the second half.
Clutch free-throw shooting from Daniel Johnson and Mitch Creek saw Adelaide hold off a late Kings rally led by former 36er point guard Jason Cadee.
Cadee, 16 points, caught fire from beyond the three-point line, but it wasn’t enough.
But it was Moore who sparked Adelaide coming off the bench, a role in which he looks dangerous for coach Joey Wright moving forward.
Johnson added 16 points, 10 from the free throw line, to go with eight rebounds and three blocks, while Creek had a powerful 15-point, seven-rebound performance.
Nathan Sobey, who started his season on fire against United on Thursday night, was held to just 11 points, but still came up with some spectacular plays around the basket.
36ers import guard Shannon Shorter looked more at home in an Adelaide singlet with 14 points and eight assists.
Sydney was led by a gamehigh 24 points from Brad Newley, while Kevin Lisch added 16 points to go with five assists.
Kings import pair Perry Ellis and Travis Leslie had their moments early as Sydney built a four-point half-time lead, but were quiet after the main break.
Adelaide now travels to Cairns to take on the Taipans next Thursday night.