26 Mar 2011

Sixers burn Blaze in overtime

5:49 pm on 26 March 2011

The Australian National Basketball League's Adelaide 36ers stole a remarkable 102-101 overtime win from the Gold Coast Blaze at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Friday night thanks to a miracle three-pointer from Rhys Carter with just seconds left.

In a heartbreaking result for the hosts, who were celebrating their last home game of the season, Carter's match-winning perimeter shot gave Adelaide the final advantage in a thrilling arm-wrestle of a match that could have easily gone either way.

The Blaze were literally a centimetre from victory, with Ira Clark agonisingly close to a tip-in that would have given them the most unlikely of wins with 0.9 seconds on the clock, but it wasn't to be.

Ultimately, Adelaide were propelled to the win off the back of Carter's 20-point display, with Brad Hill scoring 17 and Jacob Holmes posting a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double.

But the Blaze were gallant in defeat, as six players scored double-figures including James Harvey (20 points), Clark (19 points, 8 rebounds) and Adam Gibson (18 points).