Wildcats vs 36ers Semi Finals Series Thread
I'm PUMPED for the FINALS. This thread might be a waste of time given we're still 2 weeks away but good to get the early banter going I say! So here we go...
Perth Vs Adelaide
17/18 Head to Head :Per 2 wins / Ade 2 wins
Last 12 Head to Head : Per 7 wins / Adel 5 wins
Last 5 games : Per 2-3 / Ade 3-2
Brandt V Johnson
Cotton V Shorter
Martin V Sobey
Tokoto V Childress
Wagstaff V Creek
Perth : Cooke
Adelaide : Deng
With the regular season now down and out of the way, I must admit I am quite happy with the 4 teams that have progressed to the pointy end of the season. All four teams have at one point been the "in-form" team of the comp.
With that in mind we take our focus to one half of the Finals match-ups , that is Adelaide Vs Perth.
Given the history between these two clubs, there should be plenty of intensity between these sides.
Regular season results split these two sides straight down the T however recent form must favour Adelaide.
Perths Keys to winning include keeping Adelaide sub 85 point, winning the offensive boards and getting solid contribution from Bench.
Derek Cooke remains to be the x-factor for the Wildcats. Inconsistent for much of the season, Cooke has been able to show how pivotal for the cats he can when he's agressive, catches the ball low , provides a defensive rim protection presence and thus also take some weight off of Brandt.
For Adelaide to win, they must simply keep doing what they are doing.
Things are clicking at the right time for Joey's crew. Mitch Creek is unstoppable right now with his defensive intensity and overall efficiency across the board. Deng is a capable starter who has been given the license this year to let it fly and Childress has proven to be the consistence on court leader that 36ers have missed so much in the past.
This 3 game series is seriously going to be hard to call. Perth showed yesterday what they can do when the ball is moving and their starters are all playing well, whether they can pull it off in a meaningful game begs to be seen as of late.
Its the old battle of Defence Vs Offence.
Perth chasing a 3peat, Joey Chasing Validation. This one is tough to call.
My Pick: Wildcats to win 2-1 with the 3-peat motivation to hard to ignore.