‘Kings slipping from throne after loss against 36ers a second time in month

FOR the second time in a month, the Sydney Kings lost to the Adelaide 36ers on Friday night, going down 85-78 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
The loss sees the Kings drop to the sixth spot on the ladder, with two rounds remaining before the post-season.
Jordi Hunter scored the Kings’ first three points, but the visitors trailed 6-3, which soon became 9-all after consecutive buckets by Jaylen Adams (in his 50th game for the club).

After a fast-paced first term, the Kings led 18-17, thanks largely to a 15-9 rebound count.
Early buckets by Kouat Noi and a Denzel Valentine triple extended the Hoops Capital side’s lead to three.
Strong play by Galloway and the returning DJ Hogg helped the harbour city side go up 39-34. A late score by NSW junior Noi made it 41-37 at half-time.
That lead, however, quickly evaporated after the resumption, with Adelaide scoring the first nine points of the period, which quickly turned into a 16-2 run.
An Angus Glover triple kept Sydney close before a pair of Adams shots put them up by one before the hosts fought back and the Kings fell to their 14th loss of the season by seven points.
In the defeat, Adams top scored with 21 points, to go with five assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Others to score in double-digits were Valentine (12 points, nine boards and five dimes) and Hunter (10 points and seven rebounds).
Mahmoud Abdelfattah’s side, who are now 12-14 now return home to Sydney for their final regular season fixture at Qudos Bank Arena against Illawarra on Sunday, February 11, from 4pm.