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Pigs pip 36ers for drought-breaker win

By Adrian Warren 08/10/2005 10:40:42 PM Comments (0)

NBL ladder leaders Adelaide broke a five-year drought in Sydney against the Razorbacks with a thrilling 107-106 win at Olympic Park.

The 36ers notched their sixth win in seven starts, but only after subduing a feisty West Sydney side in a match that included 17 lead changes.

Veteran guard Brett Maher earned the visitors their victory with the game-clinching basket 11 seconds from the end.

West Sydney, who lost for the fourth time in six games, looked down and out when they trailed by 12 late in the third quarter.

But the Razorbacks compiled an amazing 16-0 run either side of the last break to hit the front by four points.

Razorbacks guard James Harvey, the league's most prolific scorer, hit a game-high 28 with Scott McGregor and Jermaine Blackburn each contributing 17.

Guard Willie Farley headed the 36ers scorers with 22 points, followed by Jacob Holmes who came close to a triple-double as he hauled in 14 rebounds and nine assists.

The 36ers had seven double-digit scorers to the Razorbacks' five, but rebounding and missed free throws proved costly for West Sydney.

Adelaide enjoyed a staggering 71-47 advantage on the boards, including 37 offensive rebounds, while the Pigs made only 10 of their 23 free throws.

It was the first time since 2000 that Adelaide had beaten the Razorbacks in Sydney and it was only their third victory in 12 matches against the franchise in the Harbour City.

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