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R10 Preview: Adelaide v Townsville

Who: Adelaide 36ers v Townsville Crocodiles When: 7.30pm (AEDT), Saturday 12 December Where: Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide Watch: Fox Sports (Live and in HD); Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Townsville 101 (Jett 21, Kay 19, Steindl 15) d Adelaide 100 (Randle 28, Johnson 21, Petrie 17), Round 10, Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre THE MATCH-UP Adam Gibson v Jordair Jett – The Crocs’ shooting guard continued his impressive run of form with 21 points and five assists on Thursday. Gibson took just one field-goal attempt, no free throws and dished out one assist, and the 36ers need their captain to make Jett work much harder defensively. THE STATS  In his past three games, Gibson has handed out a total of five assists. Prior to that he was averaging 5.5 per game, second best in the league. If Townsville prevail they will have won in every mainland Australian state in the one season for the first time in their history. THE STORY  It’s 7 July, 2012 and Australia is facing off against Croatia in the semi-final of the FIBA U17 World Championship. All eyes are on future NBAers Dante Exum, Ben Simmons and Mario Hezonja, but someone forgot to tell Mirko Djeric. The Bankstown long-bomber nailed 7-of-11 triples en route to 21 points and nine assists as he fired the Emus into the gold medal game. Fast forward three years and Djeric - the youngest contracted player in the NBL – does it again with four enormous three-pointers, including three in the final two minutes to deliver another famous victory. “I don’t really care who hit the shots, everyone made big plays tonight, I just left it to the fourth quarter,” Djeric said afterwards, drawing laughter from the press gallery. Coach Shawn Dennis was elated for the young man he signed and help recover from the gunshot wound he suffered at just 18. “One thing I always know is Mirko will put his heart and soul into it,” he said. But knowing a rematch with the 36ers awaits on Saturday, Dennis looked past the elation of his team’s fairytale 20-4 run in the final four minutes. “We do have to defend better, that’s the reality,” he said after watching his team concede 96 points in 36 minutes. “ We can’t put a team to the free-throw line 40-plus times and think we can pull out miracles, and we can’t give up so many offensive rebounds, so we do need to fix that up or we won’t beat them in Adelaide.” The story was the complete opposite in the Adelaide camp. The 36ers shot 47 per cent from the field, 42 per cent from the arc, made 32-of-38 free throws and grabbed 15 offensive boards to post what assuredly looked like a match-winning triple-figure score. “We played a pretty good game,” coach Joey Wright said. “We did some really good things there, down the stretch we didn’t, but for the majority of the game, for 35 minutes we played some pretty good basketball.” Wright said “that last play was my fault”, but that will be little consolation to Adam Gibson, the veteran of seven NBL playoff campaigns, two World Cups and one Olympic Games making an inbounding error he won’t ever forget. Anthony Petrie is sure his long-time running mate will bounce back strong, as will all his teammates. “I don’t think I’ll have to say anything to anyone in our group, we’re a pretty proud group,” he said. “I’m sure the boys will be ready, I won’t have to say much to fire them up.” THE WRAP This shapes as an enormous test for the Crocs, who were physically dominated for much of Thursday’s game and whose best-laid plans to stop Jerome Randle came up short. If the 36ers control the possession game on their home court things could get ugly, as they did the last time Townsville ventured to the City of Churches. The Crocs got 42 points at 55 per cent out of their frontcourt quartet, something Adelaide will want to stamp out, but coach Wright would have been delighted to see Daniel Johnson’s offensive mojo return, complementing the reliable grunt work of Petrie. If they can now get Gibson firing again off the pin-downs and transition up-screens that have been his bread and butter, they’ll feel they have the weapons to gain vengeance over the Crocs and stay within striking distance of fourth-placed Illawarra.
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