Sunday Territorian 7 Mar 2021
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SUNDAY MARCH 7 2021 SPORT 45 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Sydney FCs Bobo is congratulated by teammates after scoring his goal against the Roar in Brisbane. Picture: Getty Images SYDNEY FC striker Bob scored the first goal of his second coming in the A-League to cancel out Dylan WenzelHalls opener for Brisbane Roar in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Moreton Daily Stadium yesterday afternoon. Brisbane looked good for all three points as Jamie Young produced a number of quality saves throughout the opening 70 minutes of play but Bob made his presence felt off the bench in the second half to level the scores as the Sky Blues avoided a third loss on the bounce. There were chances aplenty down both ends throughout the first half, with Young and Andrew Redmayne producing contrasting goalkeeping performances which proved the difference at the break. Young tipped a pair of Sky Blue strikes past either post with diving saves throughout the first half to keep Brisbanes sheet clean at halftime, while Redmaynes spill from WenzelHalls shot from outside of the box gifted the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute of play. The Sky Blues made two changes at halftime with Jordi Swibel and Bob replacing Kosta Barbarouses and Patrick Wood, who were unable to capitalise on their chances in the opening period. But defensive pair Alex Wilkinson and Ryan McGowan took the attacking initiative early in the second half, combining from a corner to call Young into another sensational stop on 51 minutes as the Roar keeper began to look unbeatable in between the sticks. But with just under 20 minutes to play, the Sky Blues finally broke Youngs resolve. Bob netted the first goal of his second Sky Blues stint. BOBOS GOAL HELPS SAVE SKY BLUES MATTHEW COMITO FORMER No.1 NBA draft pick Blake Griffin has reached a buyout deal with the Detroit Pistons and will become an unrestricted free agent, the team announced. The last-placed Pistons tried unsuccessfully to trade the six-time All-Star forward (pictured), who hasnt played since February 12. Griffin will turn 32 this month and the Pistons want to give more playing time to younger players. Griffin is owed $47.6m (AUD) on his contract for the remainder of this season. Blake has been a great representative for our franchise and for the city of Detroit, owner Tom Gores said. His work ethic and his approach to the game contributed a lot to our culture. He has been a consummate pro and we wish him continued success. Im grateful for everything he did for our team and for our community. Griffin on way out of Detroit AFP 36ers outclass Taipans THE Taipans are in desperate need of something to spark their NBL21 campaign after being out-enthused by an Adelaide 36ers outfit inspired by another big afternoon from veteran Daniel Johnson. Johnson stuffed the stat sheet with 30 points (10from-18 shooting), nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks as the 36ers won 81-71 to improve to 7-8 and stay in the fight for a post-season berth. Teenage point guard Josh Giddey showed again why he is considered an NBA Draft first-rounder with 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds and blocked Cairns big Nate Jawai twice while Jack McVeigh had 14 points. Having an experienced player like DJ allows us to put the ball in his hands and make decisions, Adelaide 36ers coach Conner Henry said. He doesnt always have to score though thats his strongest skill. He sees the game well, hes a very good passer, and all of those things rub off on our younger players. Trying to get him into decision-making positions with Josh, helping Josh and everybody else is a big key to our success. The Taipans led at the first break, but the 36ers were simply too good over the 40 minutes. They appeared to lack energy on offence, were let down by wayward long-range shooting, hitting just seven of their 29 shots from beyond the arc, and the 36ers took advantage of a defence that just never quite seemed up to the task. The 36ers not only had an answer for everything Cairns threw at them, but they locked down their defence as the Taipans lack of depth and consistency was exposed at John Cain Arena. Cairns coach Mike Kelly said his side was sluggish on offence. MATTHEW MCINERNEY Stay connected to news you can trust with full digital access + weekend paper delivery for just $1 for the first 28 days.* 1800 288 405 | ntnews.com.au/deal News you can trust for just $1. *Full Digital Access + Weekend Paper Delivery costs $1 for the first 28 days, then after the initial 28 days it is $30 (min. cost) billed approximately 4 weekly. Renewals occur unless cancelled in accordance with the full Terms and Conditions. Not in conjunction with any other offer. New customers only. Home delivery is not available in all areas. Allow up to 5 days for home delivery to commence. Prices after the initial subscription period may be varied in line with full terms and conditions. See www.ntnews.com.au/subscriptionterms for full details. NT .. News We're for~