We were up 6-0 after less than 60 seconds and I thought it was going to be a blowout, but then we went over 6 minutes without scoring and really looked ordinary. Maher's shooting tonight was an abortion. It was the sort of game he has once every three or four years, and was painful to watch. But, given the champion that he is he will bounce back on Saturday.
Aaron Bruce is a star, that's all I have to say about him. Ballinger was solid again (he must have blocked about five shots), and I thought it was actually Holmes that made a difference in the second half. Tyndale is really hard to stop when he gets a full head of steam going, and is a FANTASTIC rebounder for his size. He hit a big three in the third quarter, which I think will be great for him as he doesn't seem to have much confidence in his jumpshot.
Schenscher was an embarrassment in his first stint on the court, but was pretty effective thereafter. He is EXTREMELY limited defensively though, and was shown up by the more fleet of foot Khazzouh and Knight. Cooper's defence in the second was good, but he gave nothing on offence. Davidson was really effective despite taking only one shot, and it was good to see Ryan Kersten get a run at the end. Ninnis was trying to get Burdon and Hoban in when time ran out, which I thought was a positive statement, especially seeing as I know what their chances would have been in the dying seconds of a 10-12 point game over the last decade. I also thought we missed Winitana's energy, and given the way he was limping around the sideline I can't see him being ready for the return clash on Saturday.
For Sydney, they fought hard, but to me, were never in any real danger of winning. I said to Squid at halftime that I thought we'd win by 20, but they pushed us pretty hard. Khazzouh has got some skills, as does Knight. Liam Rush always plays well against Adelaide, and Low was a two sided story, great in the first half, crap in the second.
After being so critical of the umpires on Saturday I'd have to say that I thought they were pretty good tonight, as is usually the case when Mildenhall comes to town.
2-0 in the Ninnis era, and while not as impressive as the other night, some good signs coming back from 14 down.