STURT may not have got the fast start coach Paul Rigoni was after, but it did record an important bounce back win over North Adelaide on Saturday night.
The Sabres shook off their 42-point mauling at the hands of Forestville in round two to improve their record to 2-1 with a 77-64 victory at Pasadena.
Isaac White led Sturt against one of the competition’s early pacesetters, scoring a team-high 18 points and recording four rebounds and five assists.
Against a North Adelaide side down on numbers – without star import Alex Starling, Darcy and John Wernham – the Sabres’ trend of sluggish starts continued.
The Rockets raced to a 12-4 lead in the early exchanges.
In Starling’s absence, Aric Miller shone and finished with a game-high 36 points at 48 per cent from the field.
North continued to go blow-for-blow with the home side throughout and were up by three at the final break.
Sturt took control in a dominant last, outscoring the Rockets 21-5.
North shot 2-of-20 (10 per cent) from the field with the contest up for grabs in the fourth period.
Sabres’ duo Hamish Burns (16 points and 10 rebounds) and Jan Warbout (10 points) provided support for White.
The Rockets failed to get Miller the support he needed.