The Adelaide 36ers have continued their late-season kind surge to stay within the finals race after thumping the Cairns Taipans 92-76 on the Adelaide Leisure Centre.
After making mild work of Brisbane on Saturday, the seventh-ranked Sixers put their foot down early towards the bottom-placed Snakes on Tuesday night time with a 10-1 begin which they became an irresistible 27-9 quarter-time buffer.
The Taipans by no means recovered.
Import Brandon Paul (18 factors, 10 rebounds) and Daniel Johnson (15, 10) have been fixed threats as Josh Giddey (15 factors, six assists) got here alive after half-time, with sixth man Tony Crocker (15) offering prompt offence off the bench.
“We have been on the entrance foot offensively firstly of the sport and we performed a number of straightforward basketball,” Adelaide coach Conner Henry stated.
“It does not trigger you to work as laborious when the ball is shifting and popping round.
“We had some good contributions from all people.”
Paul’s four-point play early put Cairns on the again foot, as did Crocker’s eight-point flurry inside six minutes and a whopping 20 first-term rebounds to the house facet.
The guests diminished the deficit to 13 factors early within the second but it surely was as shut as they might get for the rest of the match as Adelaide stayed in entrance 46-30 at half-time regardless of an detached second stanza.
Giddey rattled off 9 factors inside three minutes within the third and engaged in a quick change with large Nathan Jawai because the 36ers assumed full management, forward 69-47 at three-quarter-time.
The buffer swelled to 24 factors within the fourth earlier than Majok Deng (16 factors) and Jordan Ngatai (12, all within the second half) minimised a few of the harm.
Deng’s return after lacking 16 video games with a knee damage was a constructive however Scott Machado (eight factors at 18 per cent) endured a forgettable night time, suffocated by Sixers defensive stopper Sunday Dech.
“Adelaide got here out sturdy and dominated us within the first quarter, setting the tone,” Taipans coach Mike Kelly stated.
“Via the final three quarters we put up some combat and had some good resistance but it surely was overshadowed by getting down by a lot within the first quarter.”