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Kings' 93-90 win adds to Pigs' misery

09/12/2006 10:13:34 PM Comments (0)

Sydney piled more misery on its cross-town rival as it recovered from a 14-point deficit to defeat the West Sydney Razorbacks 93-90 in an NBL thriller at Acer Arena.

It was Sydney's eighth straight win over its neighbour, with the hapless Razorbacks slumping to their 12th successive loss and 14th defeat in 16 games this season.

The Razorbacks, who enjoyed a double digit lead for much of the middle two quarters, looked set to end the losing streak which started with their 43-point drubbing by the Kings back on October 21.

However, Sydney, which lost its unbeaten home record on Friday night against Adelaide, turned the match around with a 14-3 run to end the third quarter.

The Kings held a 71-70 advantage going into the last turn and never relinquished the lead.

New American point guard Ed Scott made a significant second half impact for the Kings, scoring 13 of his game high 21 points after the main break.

With Sydney clinging to a one point lead with 35 seconds remaining, Scott hit a crucial jump shot and two free throws from Russell Hinder shortly after sealed the Kings' victory.

The Pigs produced 12 unanswered points on their way to a 27-19 quarter time lead.

They boosted their advantage to 14 midway through the second quarter after Kings forward Mark Worthington gave away a technical foul for complaining to the officials after fouling James Harvey.

Harvey, who was fouled in the act of shooting a three-pointer, made only two of his five free throws, but the Pigs still held a commanding 53-41 advantage at halftime.

Harvey topped his team's scoresheet with 20, but only three of them came in the second half.

The victory puts Sydney in outright third position while the Razorbacks remain last, with their recently appointed coach Cal Bruton still looking for his first win after six defeats.

Sydney's last surge denied Razorbacks stalwart Scott McGregor in his club record 198th appearance.

Sydney coach Brian Goorjian said the first six minutes of the game were a carry over from Friday night, and emphasised history had shown over the past four years the Kings knew how to win close matches.

"I think even though we started a little bit shaky and a little bit rocky, it got better as it went along," Goorjian said.

"We stayed in the game, we didn't let it run away from us."

Goorjian felt import forward Rodney Elliott, who grabbed ten second-half rebounds, played his best game for the club and was also full of praise for Scott.

"This kid (Scott) has just stepped off the plane and that's his third game and I think he's going to add a lot to our team," Goorjian said.

Bruton felt his team had displayed improvement in its three-point losses in its last two games to perennial league heavyweights Melbourne and Sydney and it just needed to execute better down the stretch.

"We've shown that from being the bottom team in the competition that we are prepared to step up and play the big boys and compete with them for 47 minutes, coming up one minute short isn't good enough and obviously our guys are very disappointed," Bruton said.

"But I can't take anything away from them, we just have to learn how to win at the end of the game when we need execution.

"We have improved, it's just a matter of getting a W, so we can break this horrible losing streak."

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