Kings tackle 36ers curse

NT News - - SPORT - MATT LOGUE

IF you thought the Syd­ney Kings’ hoodoo against Ade­laide was tough, wait un­til you see their sea­son-defin­ing sched­ule lead­ing into Christ­mas.

The Kings will at­tempt to snap an 11-game los­ing stretch against the 36ers when they take on Joey Wright’s men to­day.

Syd­ney strug­gles to con­tain Ade­laide’s fast-paced style but it must find a way to stop the 36ers to spark its sea­son.

The Kings face a dif­fi­cult sched­ule in the lead-up to Christ­mas with five road games, in­clud­ing clashes against Perth and Mel­bourne.

Guard Jerome Ran­dle knows Syd­ney isn’t pro­duc­ing its best but he has called for calm head­ing into to­day’s match against bo­gey team Ade­laide.

“I wouldn’t say it is a mon­key off the back,” Ran­dle said.

“I’m not look­ing at those 11 wins from Ade­laide – I re­ally don’t care.

“The thing is they are two games be­low us on the lad­der and we want them to con­tinue to be be­low us.

“It is im­por­tant for us to be above Ade­laide be­cause of how they play. We just have to get that win for our sake.”

When it comes to Ade­laide, Ran­dle is qual­i­fied to speak.

He spent two sea­sons at the 36ers be­tween 2015-2017 while he won the NBL MVP in ’17.

Ran­dle says Ade­laide’s se­cret to suc­cess is sim­ple.

“They don’t change for any­one and I think that is what makes them great,” he said.

“They’ve lost a few games but they won’t be in panic mode.

“I know Joey (Wright) and those guys well. There were a cou­ple of sea­sons, even when I was there, when we started off los­ing and then we won 10 in a row.

“It is all about them be­ing con­fi­dent in who they are.

“They are very con­fi­dent in the way they play and Joey does a great job in let­ting those guys know their role.”

The Kings take on the 36ers in Ade­laide from 2.50pm.

“We just have to get that win for our sake” JEROME RAN­DLE

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