Melbourne Tigers dominant in win over 36ers
The Melbourne Tigers balanced their win-loss ledger after overrunning the last-placed Adelaide 36ers 84-71 at Adelaide Arena tonight.
Melbourne overcame early foul trouble and a lean first half to outscore the Sixers 47-23 after the break and record their 10th win of the season.
A strong first half from Adam Ballinger netted 18 points against his old club, Chris Goulding scored most of his 16 points when the match was up for grabs while Liam Rush was next best with 15.Daniel Johnson finished with 20 points, 12 boards and four steals but managed just five points after the break, Stephen Weigh was next best with 14 while Adam Gibson and Luke Schenscher scored 10 points each.
It was a spectacular opening for Melbourne with Seth Scott (14 points, 11 rebounds) throwing down arguably the dunk of the season over Luke Schenscher.
But disaster struck soon after with Scott collecting his third personal foul and Jonny Flynn doing likewise a short time later.
Flynn made some dramatic hand gestures as he took a premature spell on the bench with his frustration delighting the Sixers crowd.
The home side took a 28-22 lead into quarter-time but it could've been more, given they only made 7-of-16 from the foul line.
The second term was a tight tussle with the Tigers stringing together some efficient plays while a no-fuss Adam Ballinger quietly moved into double digits on the scoreboard.
Johnson involved the crowd again with an intercept and dunk late in the term giving the Sixers' momentum and a 48-37 lead at halftime.
The Tigers brought Scott and Flynn back into the action in the third term and immediately the visitors were a more intense unit on the court.
And after eight minutes of the second half, Melbourne had claimed the lead through a tough Goulding drive.
A trademark triple followed soon after and Goulding had nine points for the term to lead his side to a 63-59 advantage with 10 minutes to play.
Adelaide's hopes of victory started to fade when the Tigers pushed their buffer out to eight half-way through the final quarter.
The scoreboard pressure affected to the home side who struggled for consistency while every Tigers' basket prompted fist pumping and celebrating from their excited bench.