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Sixers edge Wildcats in NBL OT thriller

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/12/2016 Steve Barrett

The Adelaide 36ers survived an enormous late-game scare to squeak out a 92-86 NBL victory over the Perth Wildcats in an overtime classic at Titanium Security Arena on Saturday.

In the extra period, Nathan Sobey's off-balance, shot clock-beating two points in the final half-minute of overtime finally kept Perth at arm's length, before Daniel Johnson iced it coolly from the charity stripe.

The Wildcats came agonisingly close to pulling off a miracle after trailing by 15 points midway through the third term.

They were still 12 points behind early in the fourth before almost mowing down the Sixers with a devastating display of long-range shooting.

Jarrod Kenny and Jaron Johnson caught fire from beyond the arc, with six three-pointers in the final term between them.

Johnson's third three-pointer of the quarter tied proceedings at 80-apiece before Jameel McKay's travel call with 10 seconds left and Jerome Randle's missed jumper at the buzzer ensured overtime.

Earlier, Terrance Ferguson sunk threes from both corners and Majok Deng wowed the crowd with a power slam and a triple of his own as Adelaide overcame a shoddy opening couple of minutes to charge ahead 25-19 at quarter-time.

Wildcat Jameel McKay proved a handful in the paint in the second stanza but the visitors were undermined by Jesse Wagstaff's unsportsmanlike foul on Randle, which initiated a four-point play for the hosts who led 46-36 at the main break.

Relatively subdued hitherto, Randle exploded after half-time with 11 points in less than three minutes to single-handedly extend the margin to 15 points midway through the third period. Randle scored a game-high 23 points.

Perth veteran Shawn Redhage minimised the damage with some heady plays late in the quarter, including a buzzer-beating trey to make it 68-60 at three-quarter-time and give the Cats a sniff which they very nearly capitalised on.

Adelaide 36ers 90 (Randle 23, Johnson 16, Sobey 11)

Perth Wildcats 86 (Johnson 18, Kenny 15, McKay 13)

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