Adelaide coach Joey Wright is upbeat about his team's chances
Adelaide coach Joey Wright is upbeat about his team's chances DAN PELED

Wright claims 36ers are better than last year's outfit

BASKETBALL: Adelaide coach Joey Wright says his team is better than last year's NBL minor premiers.

Despite the loss of league MVP Jerome Randle in the off-season, the 36ers are top of the table after a 26-point road win over Cairns on Thursday going into Saturday's match with Melbourne.

Wright (pictured) said there was no question this season's outfit was better than the team that crashed in last season's semi-finals.

"Definitely we are a better team, definitely," he said.

"This time last year we were screaming about defence, but this year we are not doing that."

The 36ers are down an import after the injury to Ronald Roberts. But they signed Alan Wiggins Jr just before Thursday's win.

Wright said the forward would play against United on Saturday.

"He's a veteran and we will use him as a utility," Wright said.

He'll join a squad looking for revenge against title favourites Melbourne, who defeated the 36ers by two points in the season opener.

Taipans coach Aaron Fearne said Adelaide's run-and-gun game would shock other clubs all season.

"They are such a high level of athleticism and quickness. They come at you put it in the bucket but they'll run it down your throat, I could see it in their eyes," Fearne said.

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