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Goorjian calls for bigger breaks

By Adrian Warren 26/01/2004 05:21:19 AM Comments (0)

Sydney Kings coach Brian Goorjian called for a 24 hour break between National Basketball League matches after his weary team scored a 117-96 home win over Victoria Giants at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Backing up just 19 hours after a 113-93 away loss in Adelaide, the league leading Kings showed few signs of fatigue despite the short time span between the two matches.

Skipper and forward Matt Nielsen inspired Sydney with 37 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while guard Ebi Ere notched 22 points and centre Brett Wheeler tallied 14 boards.

The Kings took control with a 13-3 run in the first quarter and led by double digits for most of the last three quarters.

Goorjian said his side got its "pants pulled down" by Adelaide but felt his leadership group of Nielsen and point guard CJ Bruton, who finished with 16 points, lifted their game.

Despite the relative ease of the victory, Goorjian was still disappointed Sydney had been forced to back up so quickly .

"I thought it was an unrealistic ask, they don't ask that in the NBA or anywhere," Goorjian said.

"You should have 24 hours between each game, minimum.

"This is a physical sport, we had people smacked around and you should have 24 hours to recoup your body before you play again the next night."

The Kings prevailed despite playing without import forward Chris Carrawell, who sat out the match after suffering scratches to his left retina in the second quarter of the Adelaide game.

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