Dragons started well with a Jacob Holmes hot early (anyone who saw him shoot against Perth on Wednesday will know how much that pisses me off), and Ingles getting upstairs for a massive lob dunk off a Heal feed. Adelaide responded through a Mottram monster coming down the lane on a fast break. Horvath drew three early fouls and was a non-factor throughout. Copeland's injection (read as Chappell's removal) triggered a nice run with three triples to Lanard and 2 to Ng. Dench's dunk on the buzzer gave us a 33-28 lead after one.
I'd probably prefer to forget that the second period even happened, we were that shit. South hit about 7 3s for the quarter, and Nathan Herbet was brilliant. Heal found his stroke, and Ingles was a handfull. Herbert's 3 on the halftime buzzer gave South a 62-48 lead.
Adelaide came out strong to start the third, Chappell finally hit a f*cking three pointer, and Maher got white hot for 12 points in the quarter. His three from the corner tied it at 68, and Copeland's fourth triple gave us the lead a minute later. Annoyingly, after Chappell had played his best 5 minutes as a Sixer, he was benched. Ballinger was terrific throughout, and Cooper's cameo tonight was so good that Dench spent the entire second half anchored to the bench between Dodman and Burdon. Adelaide had the lead out to as much as 5 on a Matt Sutton bomb, but threes to Holmes and Herbert saw the score notted at 81 after 3.
After Ingles' 18 footer openned the last Ballinger scored back to back baskets, the second plus a foul following a sweet feed from Maher. Ballinger scored again then Davidson stole a lazy pass and went all the way for a 92-86 lead. His three with 5 minutes to go gave us the lead by 10. Despite some trademark incompetence from the officiating crew Adelaide held the Dragons off for an important 115 to 108 win.
Ballinger was excellent for 27 points, Maher shot beautifully for 19 (after a quite first half), Mottram had his best game as a Sixer with 12 points on perfect shooting and 7 rebounds. Copeland's spark off the bench was crucial, as was Cooper's. Davidson again ran the show, and while this wasn't his best game shooting the ball, he hit some big shots in the fourth quarter when it mattered. Chappell remains the weak link. He couldn't even manage to guard Matt Shanahan tonight, and again shot poorly (2-12).
For South, Ingles was brilliant, and though he cooled somewhat in the second half he had 25 points and 10 assists. Herbert had a great night (he had 23 and I don't think he had scored in South's other two games), and to be honest I think he was so damaging he more than covered for the absence of Groves. Holmes overcame his 3-3 start to shoot 2-12 thereafter, though he continues to be the best rebounder for his size in the NBL. Heal hit 5 threes, but had some bad turnovers and was exposed a number of times on defence.
The officiating was quite good in the first half, but just a joke in the second. A couple of calls which went against Mottram were terrible, and Geoff Weeks missed a mugging on Davidson RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM with 2 minutes to go, an effort that was so bad that he should be fined.
Not Adelaide's best win, but the 21 point turnaround in the second half was encouraging. Mottram's progress was great to see (a couple of his post moves were fantastic). If we can manage to get anything out of Chappell we will be ok. If not, the 4 game road swing could be pretty ugly.