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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 2018 SPORT 33 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Game to forget for Simmons BEN Simmons has had a career-worst 11 turnovers as the Philadelphia 76ers crashed to a 129-112 NBA loss to the red-hot Toronto Raptors. The Australian guard narrowly missed out on a tripledouble, finishing with 11 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. But Simmons tally of 11 turnovers including seven in the first half was four more than he had previously given up in any single game. Superstar recruit Kawhi Leonard had 31 points for the Raptors. Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 13 assists for Toronto, extending his streak of double-digit assist games to a career-best six. Joel Embiid scored 31 points for the 76ers. Australian centre Aron Baynes chipped in with nine points and five rebounds for the Celtics in just 12 minutes as Boston held on for a 108-105 home win against Detroit. 36ers bench urged to lift ADELAIDE 36ers coach Joey Wright has praised rookie bigman Harry Froling but put it on the rest of his bench to step up as the team hits the road again to play Brisbane tonight. The Sixers are relatively pleased to be 3-3 after trips to Cairns, New Zealand, Melbourne and Sydney since their Salt Lake City adventure three weeks ago. But Wright wants more impact off the bench after con ceding his teams depth was exposed by the Breakers in Sundays 20-point loss in Auckland. Our bench hasnt been giving us what we need from them, guys coming in we need more of an impact and influence and were not getting that right now, he said. But one man who escaped that spotlight was Froling, who had 20 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes of court time. Ben Simmons (25) in action CRAIG Goodwins matchwinning goals for the ages delivered a dream FFA Cup title and irresistible highlight reel for Socceroos coach Graham Arnold. Goodwin showed Sparta Rotterdam and Dutchman Dick Advocaat the force that should still be lighting up the Eredivisie with a brace that floored Sydney FC in Adelaide Uniteds 2-1 FFA Cup final at Hindmarsh on Tuesday night. Goodwin watched his World Cup hopes freeze over when cast aside by Advocaat at Sparta in January this year but Craig Goodwin of United with the FFA Cup Trophy after a team recovery session in Adelaide yesterday Picture: AAP IMAGE Arnold sings praises of Goodwins golden pair returned to Adelaide with two aims Reds silverware and a Socceroos, Asian Cup comeback. Goodwin is ahead of schedule after the best goal of my career. Arnold has always been a believer in Goodwins ability and the feeling is mutual. I think he has done really well with Sydney in the past few years and with Central Coast. I am really excited about the future of the Socceroos with Graham Arnold. It would be good to get that opportunity to progress, Goodwin told The NT News. I got called into the nation al squad quite regularly for the two years I was over there at Sparta. Unfortunately I didnt get the chance to get on the field much and show what I could do but I was in and around it. It was nice to be involved in the World Cup qualifiers and obviously it is something I am trying to push into now. I have showed I can play well overseas and been called up to the squads on multiple occasions. I have shown when I am playing consistently I can match it with the Australian squad and feel I have the ability to go a step further. Goodwins FFA Cup final double will have given new Australia boss Arnold food for thought ahead of games next month against Korea and Lebanon. The Asian Cup starts in January in the United Arab Emirates. Goodwin, who scored six goals in five FFA Cup games this campaign, left Sky Blues keeper Andrew Redmayne flatfooted with his 24th minute free kick rocketing into the top left corner. Ben Hallorans perfect lay-off set up Goodwins, right-foot, 74th minute winner into the top right corner. Its as good as anything Ive done in my career. Ive won the A-League grand final with Adelaide but, for me personally, this is as good as that, Goodwin added. When I came back here after a little bit of a difficult time in Europe this is exactly how I wanted to start things off. RICHARD EARLE This is exactly how I wanted to start things off C R A I G G O O D W I N Razzle ready to realise potential RAZZLE coach Timmy Duggan believes the potential in his team is scary despite its 100-94 loss to reigning champions Palmerston in Darwin Basketball Challenge action last Friday night. There will be plenty of interest in the Storms Round 3 game against Ansett tomorrow night, with key American import Jerron Jamerson to line up against his former club. Weve only had two games together, and to get within six points of the reigning champions was encouraging, Duggan said. Our offence is fine were averaging 96 points per game to start the season. We just have to tighten up our defence. Were still working on a few things, and once we get it all sorted it out the potential of this team is scary. We can only improve from here. It can also be argued Razzles offence is still taking time to gel. Jamerson top-scored with 35 points against the Power, while fellow key offensive threats Shaq Hohipa-Wilson (six points) and Jesse Bell (five points) are hard to contain when on song. Duggan said tomorrow nights clash against Ansett would be worth watching. Therell be a bit of fire in this game. But there are no ill feelings between Jerron and Ansett, he said. They already had their imports (Rob Skinner and Austin Hill) in place before Jerron came to play with us. Also tonight, Palmerston takes on Tracy Village. Essington v Eagles and Uni Rebels v Lightning are the games scheduled for Saturday night. In womens Challenge action tonight, Eagles will face Ansett. JOSH SPASARO Itll be a good battle between Austin Hill and Fred Williams