By Ben Palmer

Adelaide 36ers 76 travelled to Perth to take on the Wildcats 97 for the first time in Perth since the Grand Final Series.

Again Jamaar Wilson starred in an Adelaide side that is still to show their full potential.

The American shot 26 points, with five rebounds and posted many of the Sixers highlights throughout in the game.

In the first quarter Adelaide was able to keep up with the reigning NBL champions as they went shot for shot.

Even with Brock Motum (9 points, 4 rebounds) sitting out most of the first quarter due to two early personal fouls Adelaide still held on.

Captain Adam Gibson (10 points, 5 assists) laid it off to big tall Luke Schenscher (8 points, 6 rebounds) who was struggling near the net.

The tall instead waited just outside the key and allowed himself space for the mid-range jumper, pulling it back to a two point ball game.

And with only a couple minutes left a Jamaar Wilson three gifted the travellers a one point lead.

In the second was where Perth was able to push off as they gradually pushed towards a double digit lead, before entering the halftime break up by 15.

Perth’s defence was far too clinical as Adelaide could only get off 14 points.

Not only was there defence clinical, but even their miss timed dunks were going into the bucket.

Deandre Daniels (17 points, 8 rebounds) forced his way to the bucket to slam the ball home. The ball flew out of his hand, slammed off the ring only fall down
through the net.

Early in the second half Anthony Petrie (14 points, 7 rebounds) tried to install some confidence in the Sixers with a solid shot from on the post.

BJ Anthony (4 points, 4 rebounds) then stood strong like he did in the last quarter of the Melbourne game and fired from outside the key, before a drive by
Wilson had the margin back to seven.

But in the last quarter Adelaide was unable to stop a blazing Perth attack.

Lead by Drake U’U (20 points, 4 rebounds) the Guard shot 7-7 from the field, 5-5 from outside the arc and 1-2 from the free throw line.

Daniels then made a driving run around the back of the Sixers defence to slam home an 18 point lead.

Jamaar Wilson kept pushing as he hit his fourth shot from downtown for the game, but his solo effort was not enough to get Adelaide the victory.

Adelaide now sits second to bottom on the ladder with a 4-10 record.

Perth Wildcats: 97 (U’U 20, Daniels 17, Knight 16)
Adelaide 36ers: 76 (Wilson 26, Petrie 14, Gibson 10)

 

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