JUST about every every shot he put up went in like Flynn. Indeed, Jonny Flynn is an NBA player playing in the NBL. Anthony Mundine gave the Kings a pep talk on the eve of their clash with Melbourne Tigers, but on Friday night Flynn was ”the Man”.

Corin Henry spent most of the game marking him, but stopping Flynn is a job for more than one man. Other teammates helped out, but the former NBA No. 6 draft pick still managed 27 points, five assists and seven rebounds. He has done this sort of damage against better opposition during his 163 appearances in the Big Show.

Still, the result was in doubt until the final seconds. Most Kings-Tigers games finish this way. There was only a point in it with less than a minute remaining but the visitors were more composed when it counted. Their revival continues. All of a sudden, the playoffs are a distinct possibility.

The Kings had a hero of their own. It may have been billed as Flynn v Henry but it was Ian Crosswhite who most hurt their traditional rivals. The big centre was everywhere, draining buckets, blocking shots and pulling in rebounds. He even hit one from downtown in the dying seconds. He finished with 27 points and 10 boards.

The Kings came to the Kingdome in third spot but Melbourne had greater momentum. The visitors had won three of their past four, while the Kings had slumped to three losses from four.

They did not need to look far for inspiration. Dean Uthoff, Sydney’s man mountain during the league’s heady days of the 1990s, was just the seventh player to be be honoured as a club legend.

Things began to unravel late in the first quarter for the hosts. The Kings were up by three before the Tigers finished the period with two downtown bombs. Worse was to come as they conceded 19 unanswered points – almost five scoreless minutes of basketball for the Kings.

Eventually, they regrouped, cutting the deficit to three before going into the main break down 41-36.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.