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R19 Preview: Townsville v Sydney
Who: Townsville Crocodiles v Sydney Kings When: 7.30pm (AEDT), Saturday 13 February Where: Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre Watch: Fox Sports; Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Townsville 96 (Jett 24, Samhan 15, Steindl 14) d Sydney 88 (Childress 27, Cadee 18, Brandt 13), Round 17, Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre
Childress with some quality moves to the basket #HardBall @TsvCrocs @SydneyKings https://t.co/WjkbeM4zhW — NBL (@NBL) January 27, 2016“We had our struggles at times, Sydney have a lot of scoring talent,” Crocs coach Shawn Dennis said. “I thought that was probably the best game Childress has had in quite some time, he was quite dominant … We couldn’t stay in front of him, and I thought the zone helped slowed them down a bit and stopped that penetration, and that was when we were able to weather the storm.” Weather the storm they did, then the young Crocs showed their growing maturity by closing out the contest late, imports Jordair Jett and Omar Samhan making some key plays. While Townsville have won four more games than the Kings, Dennis is well aware his team doesn’t have a superstar like Childress, nor the luxury of two players like Cadee and Tom Garlepp who can fill the scoresheet in a hurry from supporting roles. But what they do have is superior depth, their reserves outrebounding their Kings counterparts 18-4 as the Crocs won the possession game by 11 overall. “I thought our bench really contributed very well from the moment they came on in the first quarter, and when you get that sort of contribution it helps you weather a team that starts well,” Dennis said. The Crocs boss knows that effort on the glass will be crucial to keep the controlled tempo they prefer, and negate the ability of Childress, Cadee and Angus Brandt in open-court situations.
Maynard with the match winner #HardBall #nbl16 @SydneyKings @TsvCrocs http://t.co/m31YMxupXw — NBL (@NBL) October 15, 2015While Brandt has stepped up in Khazzouh’s absence, the Kings’ interior D needs Cadee, Marcus Thornton and Co ready to defend ball reversals, because the speed of Mitch Norton and Jett has been slicing up defences to either score or open up the offensive boards for their bigs. Townsville don’t have a good one-on-one match-up for Childress, and if Sydney can force them to regularly defend for 24 seconds they should create some good looks, but the biggest key is forcing the usually-prudent Crocs into mistakes and converting them at the other end.