Ran­dle runs hot to end drought

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - DARREN SNOW­DON

ADE­LAIDE have snapped a four-game NBL los­ing streak with a vi­tal 103-91 road vic­tory over South East Mel­bourne.

Jerome Ran­dle was out­stand­ing for the 36ers at Mel­bourne Arena with a game­high 27 points.

With im­port Ra­mone Moore un­avail­able, Ade­laide re­ceived strong con­tri­bu­tions from An­thony Dr­mic (21 points, eight re­bounds) and Eric Grif­fin (17 points). Mitch Creek’s dou­ble-dou­ble (22 points, 11 re­bounds) and John Rober­son’s 21 points were not enough, as the Phoenix slipped to con­sec­u­tive losses for the first time in their short his­tory.

Ade­laide shot out to an early nine-point lead, Ran­dle mak­ing five-of-seven shots with three triples in a 15-point first-quar­ter burst.

The home side tried to stay in touch but, with their out­side shoot­ers mak­ing just two-of-14 from long range in the first half, the Six­ers took a 12-point ad­van­tage into half­time.

Ade­laide’s lead grew to 16 in the third term but the Phoenix started to heat up from be­yond the arc as they closed the gap to five en­ter­ing the fi­nal quar­ter. But the Six­ers ab­sorbed ev­ery blow the Phoenix de­liv­ered be­fore rac­ing away with a much-needed win.

Ade­laide opened the match with a new-look start­ing line-up and it paid im­me­di­ate div­i­dends, Bren­dan Teys adding a pair of buck­ets then as­sist­ing on a Ran­dle triple for a fly­ing 13-4 start.

The hosts re­sponded with the next seven points but back-to-back threes from Ran­dle en­sured the vis­i­tors closed the quar­ter ahead 26-24.

The Six­ers re­gained con­trol in the sec­ond pe­riod thanks to Grif­fin and Dr­mic’s at­tack on the bas­ket to build a 50-38 half­time lead.

Obiri Kyei ex­tended Ade­laide’s ad­van­tage to 16 early in the third quar­ter be­fore the Phoenix came to life, Creek slam­ming home to cap a 9-0 run while slick ball move­ment set up Ben Mad­gen’s three on the buzzer for the home side to trail 71-66.

Adam Gib­son gave his side hope when his three-pointer cut Ade­laide’s lead to one but quick replies from Dr­mic and Daniel John­son al­lowed Ran­dle to stretch the lead out to 91-79 with his fifth triple of the night.

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