West Adelaide Bearcats 97 | South Adelaide Panthers 68
With the off-season in mind, West Adelaide took a huge step to qualification, comfortably ousting South Adelaide at home in a 29-point triumph.
The loss comes as a terrible blow for the Panthers, who desperately required a victory to close the distance between them and the Bearcats.
Blake Truslove (12 points) was instrumental early in the affair. He brought down a heavy dunk to help his side engage in what was a free-flowing contest.
South Adelaide consolidated and actually pocketed a six-point lead, but a tremendous 17-0 run for the hosts late in the first saw West Adelaide take a 31-21 lead at the first break.
The match became much more evenly contested in the second term, as Eian Davis (29 points) stepped up for the visitors. His raw speed was impossible to contain, and a late layup and-one showcased the danger he posed to the hosts.
Darrius Oldham (29 points) responded with exquisite touch of his own, burying one from the arc to take his side’s lead to eight at the main change.
Oldham continued to control the match with a huge triple as the shot clock expired, before sensationally rejecting Adam Brown (10 points).
This took the margin to a near-unassailable 18-point margin at the last break, and the contest duly began to fade out.
This did not stop Patrick Thomas though, who dominated with 18 points, whilst fan-favourite and import Harold Ridgeway accumulated 10 points and 10 boards.
The last term largely involved the benches of both sides, as the West Adelaide rookies built on their lead, taking the final score to an impressive 97-68 victory.
The win places the hosts in a delicate position at 9-6. They sit in 5th with three rounds remaining.
Contrastingly, the heavy loss all but ends the remote chances that South Adelaide had for finals.