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36ers coach excited captain Creek's back

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016

Adelaide skipper Mitch Creek buried any lingering doubts about his recovery from a foot injury with a gritty 'captain's knock' in the 36ers' 103-93 win over the Sydney Kings on Sunday.

Playing off the bench, Creek was called into action early by Sixers coach Joey Wright after rising star Nathan Sobey picked up two quick fouls.

He scored 11 of his 18 points in the first quarter at Qudos Bank Arena, ensuring his side got away to a positive start in the top-of-the-table clash - the second between the Sixers and Kings in three days.

After being sidelined for eight weeks with a stress fracture, Creek is making up for lost time with the league-leading 36ers, who have won their past seven games.

"That's what we were missing without Mitch - that athletic three-man," Adelaide coach Joey Wright said.

"Before he came back, guys in the league at that position were really hurting us. With Mitch back, he's versatile, he can play some four-spot and he's a great finisher. He's one of the best slashers in our team.

"At any given time we've got different guys who can get to the hole."

The Kings have lost all three meetings with the Sixers and are looking vulnerable.

"We need to work on getting more out of the individuals we have," Sydney coach Andrew Gaze said.

"Adelaide are shooting the ball extremely well and with the pace they play at they're very tough to guard."

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