Our unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Friday night after losing to Adelaide. All week our focus had been on trying to slow them down in transition and win the possession game.
Instead, they scored 38 of their 51 first half points in the paint and nine points from the free-throw line. So, we only made them score four points from the field that was outside the key. The rest were primarily lay-ups scored on fast breaks and put backs.
Clearly, we didn’t execute our game plan, and once we gave up a massive lead it was always going to be an uphill battle to try and leave with a win.
It was a frustrating loss and gave us a timely reality check that if we don’t show up to play 40 minutes of disciplined, focused, relentless basketball then we will be beaten.
Gary Ervin was great for Adelaide. Setting the tempo early and attacking the rim, he was the main reason for their onslaught in the first half. Daniel Johnson was again at his best against us.
The Adelaide crowd was the biggest crowd I’ve seen there for quite some time and it was a reminder of what a great atmosphere they can generate.
Adelaide Arena is an ideal place to play and watch basketball and I hope the 36ers will remain playing there for years to come even with there being some doubt over who will own it in the near future.
Fortunately for us we had a double header, which meant we didn’t have to wait long to try and redeem ourselves from Friday’s game.
We got to take out our frustration on Sydney and James Ennis was at his best, leading the way for us, helping set up a good first half lead we were able to build on.
Greg Hire is one of the hardest working players I’ve ever played alongside and at only 6’4 with the arms of a velociraptor it is incredible how many rebounds he gets. He finished the game with 10 boards but also did a great job guarding his former college teammate Ben Madgen.
As for the coming week, we are heading to North Queensland to take on Cairns. It's a full day of flying which will give me plenty of time to work on getting my Marriage Celebrant license.
This isn’t something I ever thought I'd get, and marrying a couple isn’t something I ever thought I'd do, but my teammate Greg Hire and his fiancé Ainsleigh asked if I’d be willing to do it for their wedding and I couldn’t refuse an honour like that.
So while the boys will be reading scouting reports I’ll be learning about vows, marriage certificates and thinking of ways to stop myself from laughing when Greg inevitably tears up when he sees his bride walking down the aisle.
He still cries when he watches The Notebook and don’t even get me started on the water works after watching Marley and Me.
Ok I may have made all of the crying stuff up, but it really will be a proud day marrying two of my closest friends and if anyone out there has any tips on what makes a good celebrant then I’m all ears. Literally. Have you seen my wingnuts?!
Until next week,