Adelaide 36ers coach Conner Henry feels like a broken record at times.
Following his side’s 44-point loss to New Zealand — that, ironically, broke an NBL record for worst first quarter in the 40-minute era — Henry said his struggling group would pull together, but wanted to drive his message home: share the ball more.
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“Nobody likes being embarrassed,” he said after the team’s taxing fourth game in seven days.
“We’ve got to quickly get some rest and get back training. Hopefully we can regain some of our cohesiveness and get better.
“There’s no one magic answer to what we’re going through.
“It can be glaring at times when we can’t, defensively, keep guys in front, and then we turn the ball over on the offensive end because the ball’s not getting through hands — this is a broken record by me.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ve got a group right now that’s a good group, some quality guys, I like the group a lot, and we’ve just got to come together and work harder and look to get better these next couple of days leading into a our next game.”
Brendan Teys has vowed his side will show more ticker in their next outing. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
That next game isn’t until Thursday against an Illawarra Hawks side that has struggled in recent weeks after a 4-0 start to the season.
The 36ers allowed the Breakers to shoot 59 per cent from the field and gave up 106 points and turned the ball over 17 times.
Veteran Brendan Teys says the Sixers will search for positives in the demolition, where they scored just six points in the opening quarter and were down 26 at the first buzzer.
“I’ve been in this league a lot of years and I guess a positive you can take from a big loss like that is you know that that’s going to build hunger within the group,” Teys said after the game.
“There’s no better time to come together and play as a team and fix the things you need to fix than at a time right now.
“Obviously (it’s) disappointing to go down like that and not show much fight, but we’ll learn from that and I’m confident we’ll come out full of spirit next game.”
Originally published as‘Broken record’: Coach’s message for ‘embarrassed’ 36ers
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