Sydney Kings’ Brad Newley reveals secret to winning formula
Sydney Kings star Brad Newley says the team’s significant improvement in their defence has been one of the keys to the side’s success in this NBL season.
The Kings are coming off a weekend – which saw them pick up two wins three days – including a last minute thrilling comeback against the top of the table Perth Wildcats – with David Wear nailing the game-winning three-pointer.
Sydney also knocked over Illawarra on the road keeping the home side to just 68 points.
It’s seen the franchise rocket to second on the NBL ladder with nine wins and four losses and only conceding 83.3 points per game to have one of the best records in the competition.
It’s a stark difference from the Sydney side which finished seventh last season with only 11 wins from 28 games and averaging 89.4 points conceded per game.
“It’s great to have that balance in the attack,” Newley said.
“I think what’s winning games for us at the moment is our defence which is really keeping us in check.
“Say we don’t have a great game offensively, we’re not giving up points, that’s the most important thing.
“To have that as our base, that’s huge for us right now.”
The small forward also said that the franchise’s victory over the Wildcats was one of his finest at the Kings.
“It was huge,” Newley said.
“(It was) probably one of my finest wins as a Sydney King and probably for the club overall over the last few years.
“We all ran off the court together running into the locker-room making noises, it was a really enjoyable moment.
“I think you need to enjoy your victories as well, sometimes you can get caught up in being a little bit over serious.
“It was really good because we got on a plane – flew four hours across the country – and drove down the highway to Illawarra – and got the win convincingly there too.”
The Kings have a double header this weekend beginning with a trip to Cairns on Thursday evening.
Then – a blockbuster back at home against fellow championship contender Melbourne United.
United have trumped Sydney twice so far this season.
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