Kings fi­nally taste joy in Ade­laide

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUMMER OF CRICKET -

DING, dong, the Ade­laide witch is dead.

The Syd­ney Kings snapped an 11-game los­ing stretch against the Ade­laide 36ers af­ter a dom­i­nant win yes­ter­day, with Brad New­ley “enor­mous” for the Kings in scor­ing a game-high 26 points.

For­mer Sixer Jerome Ran­dle (23) and cap­tain Kevin Lisch (20) also starred as third-placed Syd­ney beat Ade­laide 93-81.

It was their first win at Ti­ta­nium Se­cu­rity Arena in 1094 days. Cen­tre An­drew Bogut proved the per­fect sup­port­ive foil for the trio with eight points, 13 re­bounds, four as­sists and three blocks.

Ade­laide’s Harry Frol­ing scored 15 of his ca­reer-high 23 points in three in­spi­ra­tional min­utes dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter, but oth­er­wise the Kings were un­trou­bled.

Syd­ney coach An­drew Gaze said his team’s im­proved de­fence was key in break­ing the spell.

“We changed things up a lot,” Gaze said.

“We went a dif­fer­ent route to start with which set the pat­tern for how we wanted to play.

“To hold them to 81 points was the dif­fer­ence — that was huge.”

Ade­laide coach Joey Wright lamented his side’s lack of en­ergy and perime­ter de­fence.

“We should have been fired up and ready to go but we didn’t show much en­ergy,” Wright said.

Kings’ Brad New­ley.

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