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Don't discount 36ers in NBL: Randle

AAP logoAAP 5/11/2016 Brad Elborough

Adelaide 36ers star guard Jerome Randle has warned the rest of the NBL not to count them out as a threat this season.The 36ers lost their second consecutive game on Saturday night, to the Perth Wildcats 106-103, at Perth Arena.It was their fourth loss of the season from seven games following defeats to Illawarra, Melbourne United and New Zealand last week.But with injured players still to come back, Randle says they should not be discounted."We were short-handed (against Perth); Eric (Jacobson) wasn't 100 per cent today and no one even knew," he said."He wasn't even 50 per cent."That shows that toughness of this team"Like I said last year, don't count us out. It ain't over, so don't look at these games as though they mean something; they don't mean nothing."That's all I have to say."Despite illness, Jacobson had to play against the Wildcats, with fellow tall Daniel Johnson forced to pull out of the game on Saturday morning due to a hamstring strain.He finished with 14 points and nine rebounds and played more than 36 minutes. Only Randle (37.51) played more time.And there is no guarantee that Johnson will play against the Hawks in Adelaide next Saturday.While captain Mitch Creek is also still three or four weeks away from returning from a stress fracture in his foot.Randle starred for the 36ers, with 40 points against the Wildcats. He almost single-handedly got them over the line, having been 18 points in arrears earlier in the game.With less than half a minute to go on Saturday night, Adelaide hit the front. But they were unable to hold on."I didn't know how many points I had and it didn't matter," Randle said."I'm not really thinking about it. I'm just thinking of a way to help my team win. That's all I try to do as a leader in this team."And he does it well.Saturday was the third game this season he has scored 30 points or more and he is averaging more than 25 points a game.

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