Ran­dle’s night­mare re­turn as Casper haunts 36ers

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - WAR­REN YIU

JEROME Ran­dle re­turned to Syd­ney to face his old team, but there were no sweet home­com­ings as the Kings scored a 22-point win over Ade­laide in their home sea­son opener at Qu­dos Bank Arena.

Ran­dle show­cased his trade­mark han­dles, but it was prized Kings re­cruit Casper Ware who seemed to rel­ish the chance to go head to head in the early point-guard bat­tle.

Ware’s first two bas­kets came from at­tack­ing the rim, and muscling through Ran­dle for inside looks. That ap­peared to set the tone for the Kings’ early fo­cus of at­tack on the way to win­ning the bat­tle of points in the paint, 40-32.

“I thought we gave them re­ally easy looks right at the be­gin­ning, gave them a rhythm, kind of got them in a flow,” said 36ers coach Joey Wright. “We were play­ing catch-up from the be­gin­ning. Made a cou­ple of good runs at them but it was prob­a­bly too lit­tle, too late.”

Ware scored only 10 points, but was ably sup­ported by Brad New­ley (18), Kevin Lisch (nine points and six as­sists), Daniel Kick­ert (16) and Jae’Sean Tate (16), who bul­lied his way inside for close-range buck­ets and re­bounds in traf­fic.

An­drew Bogut played just 13 min­utes but fin­ished with eight points and four re­bounds.

For the 36ers, Ran­dle fin­ished with 16 points, while Daniel John­son scored a game-high 26. The 36ers were left to rue a dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance in which their en­ergy lev­els wa­vered. At one stage in the third quar­ter, they trimmed the mar­gin to 63-55, but they were not able to sus­tain that run.

“If we came out with that en­ergy from the get-go, then that game would have been totally dif­fer­ent,” said Ran­dle.

Power for­ward Tate said Syd­ney still had room to im­prove.

“Def­i­nitely. We’re still not to where we need to be to be a cham­pi­onship team, but I think we got bet­ter from last week to this week,” he said. “And we’re go­ing to con­tinue to make that a fo­cus es­pe­cially be­cause, com­pared to some other teams, we’re smaller.”

Casper Ware splits the 36ers’ de­fence on a drive to the bas­ket. Pic­ture: Getty

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