Adelaide 36ers Perth Wildcats Fight
It was ALL happening in the Jungle, with another fiery chapter added to the @Adelaide36ers & @PerthWildcats rivalry 🔥🔥👀 This should make Sunday’s matchup very interesting #ADEatPER #NBL18 pic.twitter.com/BKJm6FfIRe
— NBL (@NBL) February 2, 2018
The Adelaide 36ers and Perth Wildcats have added another chapter to their NBL rivalry with a fiery altercation in the final 0.9 seconds of the Wildcats 111-90 win over the Sixers.
A hard foul from 36ers Captain, Brendan Teys on Wildcats development player and debutant Lochlan Cummings started the altercation. Cummings was attempting a driving layup and was met with what many have described as an “AFL style hip and shoulder”.
However, tensions were bubbling over then entire second half, and this particular exchange appears to have escalated from the play beforehand, with Teys and Dexter Kernich-Drew.
The two were getting chippy with one another, and after some shoving, the two players never made it down the other end of the court as they exchanged words.
It was Dexter Kernich-Drew who took the greatest exception to the Teys foul and was first on the scene with the hip and shoulder on Teys that ignited the all-in scuffle.
As the spot fires simmered, the referees attempted to take back control, issuing ejections to Teys, Kernich-Drew and Adelaide point guard Shannon Shorter, who left the bench.
Perth Coach Trevor Gleeson was disappointed with the way the game ended but was setting his sights forward to Sunday’s game.
“It went crazy. It was disappointing our development player Lochie comes in and there’s an intentional foul on him. It just escalates from there, but it’s disappointing the game finishes that way,” Gleeson told NBL.com.au.
“We have to jump on a plane now to go to Adelaide and this is playoff basketball with high pressure and high stakes.
“It’s about whoever cracks first and we certainly stayed there together, which was really good. The last two weeks we’ve collectively shown our toughness and defence.”
Sixers coach Joey Wright said the intensity of the game was expected.
“There should be a lot of fire regardless. We are two teams that are trying to position ourselves in the playoffs and who compete extremely hard. I wouldn’t think that Sunday should be any harder,” Wright told NBL.com.au.
“A lot of times with these younger guys they try to find reasons to play hard. If you can’t play hard when you are getting paid a lot of money to play basketball in front of 15,000 people, I don’t know what else should inspire you.”
The two teams will face off again at 3 pm AEST on Sunday, which should make a must-watch rematch for NBL fans. The game will be aired on FOX Sports Australia & SBS Australia, so there’s no excuse to miss it!