Adelaide's Gary Ervin can help the 36ers square the Grand Final series against Perth. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Daniel Wilkins
If the Perth Wildcats can conjure a win over the 36ers in Adelaide tonight, they will secure a record sixth NBL crown. The Wildcats are one-up in best-of-three grand final series after a 92-85 victory infront of a huge crowd in Perth on Monday night.
The Wildcats led comfortably for most of the encounter, before surviving some tense moments at the death as the 36ers closed the gap to just three points with 20 seconds remaining. Wildcats import James Ennis finished with a game-high 30 points, but the were double-digit efforts by Jermaine Beal (19), Shawn Redhage (13) and Greg Hire (10).
While Daniel Johnson, Brendan Teys and Adam Gibson were solid for Adelaide, they need more from import Gary Ervin who scored a paltry five points. Now with home fans on their side, the 36ers know they've toppled the premiers twice at Adelaide Arena; 91-86 in round 7 and 102-79 in round 22. On those occasions, the 36ers played an up-tempo, fast-paced get-it-and-go style. That is exactly what is required if they are to force a deciding third game which would be played in Perth on Sunday.
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