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The Northern Territory news Mon 4 Feb 2019



The Northern Territory news Mon 4 Feb 2019

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34 SPORT MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 EMMA KEMP BRISBANES NBL finals tilt is teetering on a knifes edge after falling to a fourth-straight loss in the 107-91 crushing by the Sydney Kings yesterday. The fifth-placed Bullets (12-13) must win their final three regular season games to remain in the hunt for a topfour berth, with Illawarra (home), Cairns (away) and New Zealand (home) waiting for Brisbane in the next two pressure-packed weeks. Adelaide (13-12) moved past Brisbane into fourth spot on the weekend but have a tougher run home with New Zealand (away), Melbourne (home) and Perth (away). While the Bullets need the 36ers to lose, an Adelaide slump will not mean much unless Brisbane can get its own game in order. Brisbane fell to its seventhstraight loss to Sydney with a horror opening quarter at Qudos Bank Arena setting the tone for the rest of the sorry afternoon. The Kings led 34-18 at the first break, with the 16-point quarter-time margin the largest in the NBL this season. The 34 points conceded was also the most by Brisbane in the opening term this year. Sydneys buffer blew out to 20 points late in the game as the Bullets lacked the desperation in defence and the ADAM Le Fondre had waited four goalless A-League games to break his drought, and Sydney FCs marksman left it until the death to seal yesterdays 2-0 win over Melbourne City. On an afternoon underscored by drama at beginning and end, and not a whole heap in between, golden boot leader Le Fondre netted his 12th of the campaign to ice a victory that shoots the Sky Blues eight points clear of City and keeps the heat on top two Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory. It came a couple of minutes after Andrew Redmayne continued his penalty heroics, denying a late spot-kick to keep intact a lead sewn by teenage starting A-League debutant Luke Ivanovic, who copped a knock to the head and was subbed with a separate injury only 30 minutes in. Until the 85th minute, under the blazing-hot sun at Jubilee Stadium, neither side looked like fashioning a breakthrough to add to Ivanovics opener after Sydney debutant Mitch Austin hit the post in front an empty goal and City came alive late en route to a second consecutive loss. But when Bart Schenkeveld cleverly milked a penalty from Milos Ninkovic, all suddenly went on the line. Unfortunately for City, Redmayne was at the ready for his third penalty save of the season, stopping Riley McGree from the spot with his feet to add to his already impressive highlights reel. It was a rough-and-tumble welcome for Ivanovic, the 18year-old who scored when players several years his senior simply couldnt. On the counter, Le Fondre dinked forward to an in-form Ninkovic, who drifted inside and delivered an inch-perfect pass for the former Bonnyrigg White Eagles forward. Sydney FCs Adam Le Fondre, right, and Harrison Delbridge, of Melbourne City, contest the ball during the Round 17 A-League match at Jubilee Oval yesterday Picture: GETTY IMAGES United coach roars about perfection in come-from-behind jubilation ADELAIDE United boss Marco Kurz is refusing to accept any standard short of perfection masterminded the best comeback in A-League history. The countless hours studying every move the opposition makes, between Kurz and his unsung coaching team, assistant, former Croatian interna tional Filip Tapalovic, and goalkeeper coach, ex-Socceroo Frank Juric, paid the greatest dividends at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday night. Its little wonder this coaching team has sparked interest from Brisbane before the 10men Reds beat the nine men of the Roar 4-3 at the death. Uniteds superiors leaving the door open for other clubs to poach the trio after recently releasing a statement claiming they would talk to Kurz towards the end of the season could also sway Saturdays goalscoring hero Nikola Mileusnics decision to stay or go. I definitely havent penned anything yet, Im obviously out of contract but thats for my agent to work on, he said. Im definitely loving Adelaide, love the team, love the coaches. The German and his coaching teams contracts expire in June as fans are keen for Kurz to stay after a poll in December showed 92 per cent in favour. The Germans popularity hasnt changed. Down 3-1 at the halftime break after Brisbane Roar took a 3-0 lead Kurz swung the game Uniteds way when he unleashed Mileusnic and Mirko Boland off the bench after Ken Ilso was expelled in the ninth minute. When Mileusnic scored the 97th-minute winner, Kurz roared like a lion. He turned towards the western stand with a double fist pump, shouting loudly what the goal meant in jubilation after Ilsos early red card saw the Reds initially crumble. Bullets path to finals on the line execution in offence to keep pace with the Kings. Given what is on the line at the business end of the season, they simply needed to be much better at both ends of the floor. Bullets import Lamar Patterson overcame a scoreless first quarter to finish with a game-high 27 points to go with seven boards and two assists. Cam Bairstow had 16 points and seven boards while guard Jeremy Kendle had 14 points for Brisbane off the bench as only three Bullets players had double-figure point returns. Centre Matt Hodgson did have nine points, six rebounds, two blocks and two assists for the visitors. Too much was left to too few with Jason Cadee, Cam Gliddon and Reuben Te Rangi combining for just nine points from two of 11 from the field. Kings guard Kevin Lisch was outstanding for the home side with 21 points and a suffocating defensive effort on Gliddon. His backcourt partner Jerome Randle had 26 points with veteran swingman Brad Newley chiming in with 14 points, five rebounds and seven assists for the Kings, who had lost their past three home games before yesterday. Andrew Bogut had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the dominant Sydney. Brisbane hosts the Illawarra Hawks at Southbank this Thursday night. GREG DAVIS Hotshot finds his range in victory Thompson has Warriors in winning form GOLDEN State Warriors Klay Thompson returned from a one-game absence with an illness to score 28 points and light up the Los Angeles Lakers for the second time in 13 days, leading the NBA champi ons to a 115-101 victory. The Lakers were missing LeBron James, who had been set for his second game back from a 17game absence, but woke up Friday very sore and was left out. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points, making all of his season-high 17 free throws in a perfect night at the line for the Milwaukee Bucks, in a 131-115 win at the Washington Wizards. Meanwhile, Aussie Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers suffered a surprise 115-108 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Buddy Hield scored 34 points and set a career high for three-pointers for the Kings. Simmons had 22 points and eight rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Australian guard Patty Mills had 12 points in San Antonios 113-108 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Australian shooting guard Ryan Broekhoff made the most of his opportunities for Dallas Mavericks with 12 points, making four of his three-point attempts in a 111-98 win over Cleveland. AP Aussie Ryan Broekhoff