Adelaide continue home streak with win over Brisbane

    Catch up with all the NBL23 action. Adelaide continue home surge with win over Brisbane– Jason PhelanIt wasn’t easy, but Adelaide welcomed new import Ian Clark into the fold with a fourth home win in a row, the surging Sixers coming from behind to score a stunning three-point victory against Brisbane on Thursday night.The Sixers inflicted a 31-point beat down on the flailing Bullets at the same venue just 13 days earlier, but the visitors led by four points heading into the last quarter.The Bullets scored the first two points of a frenetic final term, but the Sixers went on an 11-0 run to take the lead and hold on for an 87-84 win in front of a record sell-out crowd of 9,263 fans at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.Brisbane just kept coming in a brave display.There were just three points in it with 5.4 seconds left when Tanner Krebs caused a turnover and was fouled by Anthony Drmic.He made it a one-point game with 5.2 seconds remaining when Robert Franks was fouled and calmed frayed nerves when he iced his free throws, Tanner Johnson missing a triple that would have sent it into overtime with 1.8 seconds left.Without ill skipper Mitch McCarron, Adelaide’s offence was humming in a 54-point first half, but the home side scored a season-low eight points in the third quarter.Franks led the way with 18 points, Antonius Cleveland next best with 13, while Drmic registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.Nathan Sobey had a game-high 24 points on 8-from-16 shooting, including three three-pointers, but ruined his good night with a technical foul with a minute remaining before fouling out three seconds later.HOME, SWEET HOMEThe Entertainment Centre has gone from a house of horrors for Adelaide to home, sweet home in the space of 13 days.The Sixers were 2-4 on their home court when they hosted the Bullets on December 17, but have made every post a winner since in a packed Christmas schedule.After an underwhelming 6-8 first half of the season, Bruton’s side is a perfect four wins from four games after the coach wiped the slate clean and declared the final 14 games before playoffs a ‘new season’.BULLETS BETTERThe Bullets were in turmoil when they were thumped by Adelaide in Round 11, but there were promising signs for the storied franchise.The stability the players crave came with interim coach Greg Vanderjagt appointed for the rest of the season and they’re healthier.Tyler Johnson, Tyrell Harrison and Krebs didn’t play in the rout by Adelaide, but all were present on Thursday night.After the Bullets snapped a five-game losing streak with an overtime win against Perth, Vanderjagt said that his team is a very different beast when closer to full strength and he wasn’t wrong.Sobey was on fire early with a game-high 10 points in the first quarter, with Johnson joining the party to have 10 by halftime.The Bullets went on a 9-0 run to start the second half and led at three-quarter time after Sobey got hot again.ALL EYES ON IANClark entered the game with just over six minutes remaining in the first quarter and he quickly made his presence felt when he went the length of the court and drove hard to the basket.The NBA and NBL championship winner‘s first points as a 36er came after he landed his lay-up and converted the foul shot after wearing one on the nose from Nathan Sobey.Clark missed his first three-point attempt in the first quarter but drained two in the second, with his first stopping a 10-0 Brisbane rally that put the visitors up by seven points.The 31-year-old had an equal team-high nine points at halftime to help the Sixers edge back in front 54-51.He didn’t add to his tally in the second half, but played just under 20 minutes in a promising start for his new club.The Sixers will now hit the road for a New Year’s Eve clash against the Taipans in Cairns, while the Bullets are back in action on New Year’s Day when they host Melbourne United at Nissan Arena.

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