Adelaide coach concedes NBL season over

Daniel Gilhooly
Coach Joey Wright concedes Adelaide's loss to NZ Breakers ends the 36ers' NBL finals hopes

Adelaide coach Joey Wright says his roster simply wasn't strong enough to contend for the NBL finals and that the loss of Ramone Moore to a shoulder injury last month was a killer blow.

Wright has kissed goodbye to his seventh-placed team's hopes of reaching the final four following their 113-89 hammering by the New Zealand Breakers in Auckland on Friday, even though they still have a mathematical chance if they win their three remaining games.

"I think it's probably slim to none. And slim just left town," Wright said of their finals prospects.

"It would have to be something crazy for us to win at this point."

The veteran mentor felt let down by his team's lack of application on defence as the Breakers drained 20 three-point shots, including seven to their captain Tom Abercrombie on his way to 31 points.

Daniel Johnson, who top-scored for the 36ers with 24 points, labelled some of his team's play "selfish" immediately afterwards.

Wright was less cutting but conceded his roster lacks the quality of the competition big guns, a shortcoming amplified by the lack of minutes Moore was able to play.

The American shooting guard struggled for full fitness and was eventually ruled out for the season last month with a shoulder problem, contributing to a slump of seven losses from their last 10 games.

"Not having Ramone for most of the year was definitely, definitely going to be an issue. We were already pushing the barriers of talent so to have one of our better guys, one of our valued guys, out has hurt us," Wright said.

"We're missing some talent. We need three imports out there producing, that's the reality of it.

"Then we've got to have our Australian contingent come out and produce as well."

Wright is demanding better in a closing run which begins at home this Sunday against fellow-strugglers the South Melbourne Phoenix.