Hungry Jack's NBL
R6 Preview: Adelaide v Townsville
Who: Adelaide 36ers v Townsville Crocodiles When: 7.30pm (AEDT), Saturday 14 November Where: Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide Watch: Fox Sports (Live and in HD); Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Adelaide 84 (Wilson 25, Motum 18, Gibson 14) d Townsville 77 (Steindl 14, Gladness 13), Round 17, 2014/15, Titanium Security Arena THE MATCH-UP Daniel Johnson v Nick Kay – DJ is the NBL’s master of finesse at the five-spot, capable of unorthodox shots, slippery offensive boards, long bombs and silky moves off the dribble. Kay is making a name as the master of hustle, and whether he can slow Johnson could play a big part in this game.
Conklin straight through the middle #HardBall #nbl16 @SydneyKings @TsvCrocs http://t.co/LFURollp0n — NBL (@NBL) October 15, 2015Petrie had some special praise for Kay, who he compared to a former NBL championship winner. “He reminds me of Dusty Rychart,” Petrie said. “He’s just got a nose the ball, knows how to read Mitch Norton driving, he always seems to be the guy finishing the play around the hoop and he’s good on the offensive glass.” The 36ers meet Townsville tonight in Adelaide and, after being blown out in Sydney on Thursday, the home team can’t afford to drop this one. The 36ers’ defence has been well off the pace, and coach Joey Wright produced a tough training session to prepare for the Crocs’ intensity, which has thrown opponents out of rhythm. “We’ve got to get back to being aggressive on defence like we are on offence,” Petrie said. “We’ve got great versatility, great athletes, great thinkers on defence, but we’ve got to have it all going at once. We can’t have three or four guys on the same page and one not, because one not is 20 per cent of your workforce out of action.” THE WRAP Opposition teams have been targeting Jerome Randle and Daniel Johnson defensively, but do Townsville have the offensive weapons in those positions to capitalise? Tonight would certainly be a good time for Brian Conklin to shake his funk and Norton to replicate his Perth Arena heroics. The 36ers are the NBL’s highest scoring team over the past six games, with four players averaging double figures and Adam Gibson contributing 9.8 points and 6.5 assists. The ability to rebound and run will be vital, because Adelaide are too quick in the open floor, but it’s a 50-50 game against the Crocs in the half-court.