Mitch Creek faces do-or-die semi-final

HORSHAM basketballer Mitch Creek and the Adelaide 36ers face a do-or-die National Basketball League semi-final match against Melbourne Tigers on Tuesday night in Adelaide.

The 36ers are locked at one game each in a best-of-three series against the Tigers.

The winner will advance to play the Perth Wildcats, who beat the Wollongong Hawks on Sunday to book a place in the NBL grand final series.

Adelaide got off to a flying start against Melbourne on Thursday night, winning every quarter on the way to a 101-85 win.

Creek has been one of the key players off the bench for the 36ers this season, but was limited to just under 13 minutes of court time in the first match.

He remained productive in the time he was on the floor, posting five points and four rebounds on 2-4 shooting from the field.

Creek also had one assist and did not turn the ball over.

Adelaide and Melbourne faced off again on Sunday afternoon at Hisense Arena in Melbourne.

The 36ers looked set to dominate proceedings once again after a 30-21 opening quarter, but Tigers superstar Chris Goulding took over to give Melbourne the advantage. Goulding shot a blistering 5-9 from three point range on his way to a 37-point game.

Creek struggled from the field, connecting on just one of his six shot attempts.

He was limited to just four points and one rebound.

Tuesday night’s decider will tip off at 7pm in Adelaide, with the winner to face Perth starting later this week.

The 36ers have a rivalry with Perth.

Earlier this season, Wildcats superstar James Ennis was charged with attempting to strike Creek, but Ennis was not suspended.

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