Another example of the lack of sentimentality in sports was presented to the Sydney Kings when, playing their last game in the Kingdome, they fell to the Perth Wildcats 87 – 69.
The Kings occupy the bottom ladder of the rung, but their old rivals from Perth are riding high at the moment, so the outcome of the final game in the Kingdome was not unexpected.
The Kings will move to Sydney Olympic Park following the demolition of Qantas Credit Arena.
They opened the game against the Wildcats in very respectable fashion in front of over 8,000 fans there to have one last memory in the venue some consider the spiritual home of basketball in Sydney.
The Kings lost their shooting touch in the fourth quarter and the experience and talent of the Wildcats rose to the fore as they ran away with the game at the end.
The typical gremlins surfaced in the form of multiple mistakes: an abysmal shooting percentage from the three-point line and a tendency to allow discouragement to compound the problem.
Perth started to assert itself in the second quarter and was led by Jesse Wagstaff’s 26 points. Jermaine Beal threw in another 23 to erase any hopes of Kings’ supporters of a fairy tale ending for the ‘Dome.