01/03/2024
Scott Ninnis. Picture: Adelaide 36ers Media.

Scott Ninnis has been extended as head coach for another two seasons. (Photo: Adelaide 36ers Media)

Interim Adelaide 36ers coach Scott Ninnis is focusing on the here and now.

Ninnis took over from NBL legend CJ Bruton late last year and the 36ers have shown improved results under the club Hall of Famer.

The 36ers have won three of their past four games, including the scalps of league leaders Melbourne United, defending champions the Sydney Kings and last night, the South East Melbourne Phoenix.

ESPN’s Olgun Uluc said yesterday the 36ers have an interest in Boomers coach and six-time NBL championship coach Brian Goorjian for the full-time role.

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However, the interim coach, Ninnis, is focusing purely on what’s in front of him.

“As far as coaching next year, you talk about what we can control, and all we can control is the now,” he said.

“The now is trying to win games and playing consistent basketball.

“There’s no-one in the competition we fear and we know our best is enough to wins games of basketball.

“I expected to come in here and win this game, may be the margin surprised me.”

It was just the 36ers’ second win on the road this season, with the other coming in New Zealand.

“It’s exciting to have a win like that,” Ninnis said post-game.

“To jump out to a good lead and be able to maintain it for the majority of the game was great.

“I was confident coming into the game, I feel we’d been making really good progress.

“We’ve been so poor on the road this year, it’s our first win in Australia outside of Adelaide this season.

“It was important to get that win.”

The 36ers next take on Illawarra this weekend.

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