NBL21: Adelaide coach Conner Henry says the 36ers can turn things around

Conner Henry says there is “plenty of life left” in his Adelaide 36ers’ NBL season.

The Sixers, after a heartbreaking 96-89 overtime loss to South East Melbourne Phoenix, have fallen to 7-11 on the season and sit third from the bottom of the NBL ladder, despite having played more games than any other team.

The defeat continued the frustrating trend of Adelaide looking the victor, before falling apart late in games.

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Conner Henry says there is still life left in the Sixers’ season. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

But coach Henry says, despite its struggles with late game situations, his side has shown good signs over it’s past four games.

“What have we got 18 games left now? We’ve got 12 on the road and six at home, so plenty of life left,” Henry said.

“It’s just an execution thing for us. At times, we don’t get it done on the offensive end and that is a glaring part of where we’re at right now.

“We’ve got plenty in the room to get better and we’ve shown some signs, over the last three or four games of being right there.

“Each loss really hurts, so the boys are hurting, we keep getting close and we’ve got to heal up and go out west.”

Brandon Paul and the Sixers face the toughest task in basketball Monday night. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

By out west, he means a trip to Perth to take on a rampaging Wildcats side, fresh off winning the NBL Cup and claiming top of the league ladder.

Talk about a tough ask to bounce back.

Henry said details were sketchy on Josh Giddey’s ankle injury, suffered late in the loss to Phoenix, but expected star centre Isaac Humphries to be out “a number of weeks still” as he rehabs a foot injury.

“I couldn’t tell you exactly (how long Humphries will be out for),” Henry said.

“But he’s progressing nicely, out of the big boot, walking freely, putting a lot more load on it.

“I think he’s going to get back to some actual basketball stuff, hopefully this week or very soon.”

Originally published asHenry: ‘Plenty of life left’ in 36ers’ season

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