Grand plan coming together

US import Jermaine Beal had an unstoppable first half against Adelaide.
US import Jermaine Beal had an unstoppable first half against Adelaide.

So many cliches can describe what we have done so far in the grand final series.

We know we still have a massive challenge ahead of us to win the NBL championship.

Everything we expected of Adelaide was evident during game one of the series.

We knew they were going to play with utmost confidence and never back down.

You don’t reach a grand final by not being a quality outfit and that’s exactly what Adelaide showed. I was extremely pleased at how the team dealt with the consistent challenges the 36ers threw at us.

We didn’t play the free-|flowing style we are used to, but we evolved as a team by attacking the rim and finding other avenues to be successful.

Jermaine Beal really shone for us in the first half and James Ennis came through with some clutch plays at the end of the game.

I’ve been asked frequently how it has felt to play behind Ennis this year and it’s been nothing but positive.

I play for a team I love, in a position I feel honoured to have. Sometimes sitting on the bench can be likened to doing homework while you watch from your room window seeing your best mates have a lot of fun at the playground.

Obviously, you want to play as much as you can, but each individual has a role on the team.

When you’re sitting there watching a future NBA star rise above the rim, you can’t help but want to be out there with your team mates.

When an opportunity arises and your number is called, you have to be prepared to give it all and make a difference to the game.

There is nothing more I want in this world than to celebrate a championship with a fantastic group of gentlemen.