Saturday, 26 October 2013

Adelaide 36ers down Cairns Wildcats in a game of quarters

The Adelaide 36ers defeated the Cairns Taipans in Cairns last night in a game that swung on quarters. The taipans lead by 18 points in the first half and by 11 at the final break but weren't up to stop a re-surging 36ers squad. Mitch Creek had a big game hitting the important shots to finish as the 36ers leading scorer at 14 points followed closely by Adam Gibson and Anthony Petrie with 13. For the Taipans Alex Loughton looked unstoppable finishing with 22 points and Jamar Wilson was firing from all cylinder finishing with 17 points and 6 rebounds.

Cairns started off making no mistakes as they headed to an easy looking 29-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. Adelaide couldn't make a shot to start the game and Cairns were doing everything right hitting their shots and pulling down the scrappy rebounds while Adelaide just looked slow on defense. Demetri McCamey had a huge block on Gary Ervin who just couldn't get his game going with 0-5 shots.

The first quarter was owned by the Taipans but as we saw it was game of quarters and Adelaide came to play in the second. Jarrid Frye started his hot streak with the first 4 points after the first break and was very dangerous on offense finishing the game with 13 points. Adam Gibson got going in the second quarter and made some important defensive stops as well as some big plays and the 36ers were back with 1 minute. On the Buzzer Gibson makes a 2 with some good defense from Perth and the half closes 44-45.

Perth picked up their game in the 3rd quarter and Demitri McCamey came out pumped off a nice three pointer and they took a 7 point run. Gary Ervin finally gets his shot as the commentators comment on his poor play but Cairns just too good behind exceptional offensive plays from McCamey and Alex Loughton and hold the lead 66-55.

Anthony Petrie and Adam Gibson make some nice 3 point plays to get the 36ers back to only a 4
point deficit and Adelaide are pushing it with Mitch Creek getting another 3 point play to get them down by 1 with 4 minutes left in the game. At this point 10 fouls have been called in the quarter and both teams see a lot of the free throw line to close it out. Mitch Creek continued his break out performance with a long 3 to take the lead 79-76 with 1:35 left in the game. Following this Gary Ervin makes a nice floater and the 36ers are up by 4 and maintain the lead to close it out from the free throw line. Cairns kept trying to pull it back but Gary Ervin free throw shooting just holds them in front and the Adelaide 36ers win 84-87.

Cairns are looking good this season and they were missing the sharp shooting of Cam Gliddon who is a rising star in the league and got rookie of the year last year. This was a tight game that played out in a swinging control of the 4 quarters but Adelaide having the better final quarter to win it.

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