Kings back on top after three losses

THE Sydney Kings roared back to form on Sunday afternoon, smashing the New Zealand Breakers 105-76 during the club’s first-ever Pink Hoops double-header at Qudos Bank Arena.

This followed their third straight loss against the Adelaide 36ers, 95-82, at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Thursday night.
Producing their worst scoring quarter of the season in the second period (losing it 22-8) against the 36ers, was unrecoverable for the Kings in their 11th defeat of NBL24.
Jaylen Adams top-scored for the Kings with 20 points, to go along with his four assists, one rebound and one steal.
But it was a different story on Sunday afternoon with the round 15 marking their biggest ever win against the Breakers.
NZ were up by five before Denzel Valentine and three from Adams put the purple and gold on the board and saw them lead by 29 at half-time.
Jaylin Galloway and Adams carried the energy into the third while three from Angus Glover and a jump shot from Jonah Bolden, allowed the Kings to enter the final quarter up by 35.
Jump shots by Kouat Noi and Adams, shut down the Breakers and allowed the Kings to walk away victors by 29 in their Pink Hoops round.
The bounce-back win ended a three-game skid and saw Adams produce a career-high 39 points for the harbour city side, to go along with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.
Other standouts were Valentine, who scored nearly all his 23 points in the first half, Glover (13 points including four threes) and Jordan Hunter – who’s defence at the rim was exceptional.
Mahmoud Abdelfattah’s side next host the second-placed Perth Wildcats from 2pm Sunday at Qudos Bank Arena.