When your team gets out-rebounded by 20 rebounds in a game, you’re going to be behind the proverbial eight-ball from the beginning. Add on top of that playing in front of yet another packed house in Perth and that equaled to not a very pretty night for the Adelaide 36ers.
The usual suspects for the Wildcats were involved with Matt Knight and Kevin Lisch scoring 21 and 15 points respectively. Big man Daniel Johnson led the 36ers with 22 points as he continues to be one of the top scorers in the league.
Both team’s three-point shooting was terrible, both shooting at percentages lower than 20 %. But casting your eyes down the box score, you might be shocked to see 14 personal rebounds attributed to one, Greg Hire.
The man who has recently replaced Cameron Tovey in the starting lineup for the Wildcats was wreaking havoc on the boards, six of his rebounds being on the offensive end.
While Adelaide never quite said die all game, an away victory to the Sixers did not seem ominous all evening. While the Wildcats lead was whittled down to a narrow three points with a minute remaining, Perth held on to win 73-67.
Cellar dwellers Adelaide have another game this weekend against the Melbourne Tigers. The Tigers will be celebrating tonight after a 77-70 point win at the Snakepit, as they foray into the top four for the first time this season.