The addition of former NBA lottery pick Jonny Flynn not only sparked the Melbourne Tigers to their second win of the season, but he helped them look a totally new team.
Flynn didn’t have his best shooting night in his NBL debut, but the super athletic point guard definitely made his presence felt during the Tigers’ 99-66 win against the Adelaide 36ers on Friday night.
Despite shooting just 4-17 from the field, Flynn scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out seven assists in just 26 minutes of the blowout win. His quickness couldn’t be corralled and although he took a few ill-advised shots, Flynn’s quickness and passing helped the rest of his teammates significantly.
Chris Goulding (24 points, 75% field-goal shooting) and Seth Scott (18 points, 10 rebounds) provided the scoring in what was just Melbourne’s second win of the 2012-13 season.
Flynn’s presence apparently hasn’t had the same impact on attendance; the crowd for Friday night’s home win stood at just 5,283. Here’s hoping that number increases.
The Perth Wildcats slump continued in Round 6 as the championship hopefuls suffered a second straight double digit defeat on Sunday at the hands of the same 36ers who were crushed by the Tigers less than 48 hours earlier.
Adelaide went home and took out their challengers 77-65 behind a 15-point fourth quarter effort from CJ Massingale.
The Cats actually held a four point lead with 10 minutes to play, but they were unable to maintain the lead down the stretch.
Massingale finished with 18 while Daniel Johnson scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win. Big man Matthew Knight was one of the few big stat getters for the Cats, he had 21 and eight rebound game while MVP Kevin Lisch provided another lowing scoring game shooting at an even lower percentage.
The Wildcats remain in third position with a 3-2 record as their stocks rapidly drop. They host the 36ers again on Friday night.
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