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36ers get it right - on the floor

ERIC Griffin was the first to make a big impression and Obi Kyei is an exciting athlete, the 36ers tonight smacking a heated NZ Breakers outfit 93-67 at Adelaide's ancestral home, the Titanium Security Arena.

Griffin scored the game's first eight points, including a pair of sweet 3-pointers, to force Breakers boss Dan Shamir to take a timeout within the first two minutes, Adelaide ahead 8-0.

He was forced to use his second by midway through the first quarter as Adelaide moved to a 20-7 buffer at the first break, NZ starter Chris Obekpa already out of the game after an awkward landing, the rest of his night spent utilising bench sight lines, an ice-pack on his knee.

Griffin continued on to finish with 18 points at 64 percent, with eight rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 19:55 minutes on the hardwood.

Harry Froling led the rebounding with 10, when he wasn't being agitated at the Breakers' bigs.

Adelaide did not suit Ramone Moore, Daniel Johnson started but played just those first seven minutes, and the Breakers had Tom Abercrombie watching.

Finn Delany also left the game prematurely when he appeared to jag a knee.

Apart from RJ Hampton (below), there was very little to enjoy about the Breakers, who seemed argumentative, undisciplined and too busy bitching and moaning to put their best foot forward, whatever that looks like.

Hampton (19 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals) and ever-reliable Corey Webster (12 points, two assists) were among the few to keep their minds on the game, even though Kevin White did try to get into the head of the Breakers' Next Stars playmaker.

Both teams had plenty to complain about as the three local officials were largely dreadful, but in a game where the 36ers led by as many as 32 (93-61), they played only a small part in a game which looked every bit a practice match.

Kyei was something of a revelation, his energy and athleticism bringing him 11 points, nine rebounds and two "oh wow" blocks. He quickly will be a fan favourite.

Sturt guard Alex Mudronja came into the game with 40 seconds left in the third quarter and stayed until the end, doing well with those minutes, though without a huge impact. This DP does have a future.

Adelaide won the boards 60-44 but a telling difference in their game to the Breakers' was shown by the assists disparity, 22-9.

The 36ers are up again on Friday against Melbourne United in their first hit-out at Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

ADELAIDE 36ERS 93 (Griffin 18, Kyei 11, Dillon, Taylor, McVeigh 9; Froling 10 rebs; Drmic 4 assts) d NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS 67 (Hampton 19, Webster 12; Loe 9 rebs; Hampton 3 assts) at Titanium Security Arena.

Sep 24

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