Kings finally taste joy in Adelaide
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.