Adelaide 36ers captain Adam Gibson is prepared for anything in tonight’s clash with Perth.
Adelaide 36ers captain Adam Gibson is prepared for anything in tonight’s clash with Perth. GETTY IMAGES

Adelaide ready to fight fire with fire

BASKETBALL: Adelaide 36ers captain Adam Gibson says if push comes to shove in tonight's second game of the best-of-three NBL grand final series, his team won't take a backward step.

The Wildcats won the first game of the series 92-85 in Perth last Monday night, and victory in Adelaide tonight will give Perth its sixth NBL title. The 36ers are the second-most successful club with four.

Gibson said the fierce rivalry between the teams, which spilled over with a bench-clearing brawl in Adelaide back in February, would ensure another competitive clash tonight in front of a parochial sell-out crowd.

"Perth and Adelaide have always had a massive rivalry, and we plan to hit them before they hit us if it gets physical," Gibson told APN.

After reviewing the video from game one, the skipper said he was at a loss to explain the lop-sided 47-13 free-throw count in favour of the Wildcats.

"We felt we had some rough calls go against us, but we still competed until the very end," he said.

To take the series to a decider in Perth on Sunday, Adelaide will need to shut down Wildcats imports James Ennis and Jermaine Beal. Beal shot a game-high 30 points last Sunday while Ennis chipped in with 19.



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