Sydney fade in NBL opener against Adelaide

A weary Sydney Kings suffered a second-half fade-out to lose their NBL season-opener 105-96 to the Adelaide 36ers at Qudos Bank Arena. Six days after an exhibition game against NBA side Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, the Kings were out-hustled and out-muscled by Adelaide in the second half in Sydney on Saturday night. Adelaide's win went some way to easing the pain of Thursday night's two-point home loss to Melbourne United in the opening game of the 2017/18 campaign. The Sixers built their win on Saturday on a strong work ethic under the boards, grabbing 26 rebounds to the home team's 12 in the second half. Starring for the Sixers was former Melbourne United import Ramone Moore, who torched the Kings with 22 points off the bench and missed just one of his 10 shots. Daniel Johnson finished with 18, while American guard Shannon Shorter and captain Mitch Creek added 16 apiece. Brad Newley led Sydney with 24 and Jason Cadee had 16. The pressure is on second-year Kings coach Andrew Gaze to mould a winning team after missing the finals last season. Sydney held an early 14-10 lead before American guard Moore scored seven quick points to spark the Sixers to a 26-22 quarter-time lead. With just under two minutes remaining in the first half, Kings rookie Amritpal Singh became the first Indian-born player to appear in an NBL game. Singh angered Gaze by missing a defensive assignment but atoned with his first points moments later.

Ramone Moore has scored 22 points off the bench to spark the Adelaide 36ers to a win over Sydney.

Ramone Moore has scored 22 points off the bench to spark the Adelaide 36ers to a win over Sydney.

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