Jerome Randle of the Adelaide 36ers.
Jerome Randle of the Adelaide 36ers. TONY MCDONOUGH

Ladder-leading 36ers too strong for Kings

SYDNEY came to Adelaide with a boogie board to try and resist the 36ers' tidal wave and, unsurprisingly, sank 87-73.

A sold-out crowd of 8096 at Brett Maher Court again had so much to enjoy watching the teamwork, clear camaraderie and defensive intensity of its NBL-leading Sixers as they steadily swept over the top of the Kings.

Six Sixers scored double figures, Jerome Randle leading the onslaught with a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists.

Tom Garlepp was Sydney's leading scorer with 15, while Kevin Lisch chipped in with 13 and Greg Whittington added 12 as the visitors hung tough for three quarters before falling away.

Sydney initially caught the 36ers out with a three-point bombardment from Whittington, Lisch and Garlepp, racing ahead 9-2.

Garlepp added a three-point play with a spin move and free-throw bonus and when Jason Cadee iced a step-back triple, the Kings had the sellout crowd temporarily stunned, ahead 15-4.

Adelaide rallied and trailed by three at the first break.

The 36ers held Sydney to nine second-quarter points on three-of-16 shooting, stretching out into a solid but not completely commanding 45-37 lead at half-time.

Sydney came out of the interval aggressive offensively, matching their entire second period output inside the first three minutes to level scores.

But the 36ers sparked to life and by the last break, they led 68-59.

Kings centre Josh Powell fouled out in the final term as the 36ers again sent a message they will take some beating.


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