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Brisbane Bullets vs Sydney Kings game report

The Brisbane Bullets showed they are nothing if not gritty, stunning Sydney 83-79 in front of a vocal Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday night. It was by far the game of the tournament to date as both sides got down in the trenches defensively and showed No-nonsense bigmen Tom Jervis (18-points, 10-rebounds) and Anthony Petrie (14 points, four boards) stole the show with superb, tough play down the stretch as they cramped Sydney's style for a large part of the second half. The Kings were paced by silky import Greg Whittington (17 points on 7/10 shooting), Jason Cadee (16 points) and Brad Newley (16 and eight rebounds). In just seven minutes the Kings looked in cruise control, blasting their way to a 27-10 lead, and running picture-perfect offence where even airballs became assists. The wing duo of Cadee and Whittington were on fire from downtown, finding the left wing to their liking for trailing triples in secondary break action. But something sparked in the home side. The Bullets found its rhythm from three separate trips to the foul line from Shaun Bruce, Jermaine Beal and Anthony Petrie, kick-starting an 11-2 scoring run to close the first term. They kept coming and with every bucket the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre crowd raised the volume. They connected on their first six attempts of the quarter – making it eight straight makes – while the Kings hoisted four straight wayward threes to open the term. The entire quarter was an arm-wrestle bookended by Anthony Petrie three-point plays; a hard take and-one in the first possession, finished with a corner buzzer beater in almost a carbon copy of Daniel Kickert's from the opposite corner on quarter-time. Newley tripled to open the third term, but for a bulk of the quarter every Bullets shot was relatively easy one at the rim. Kings coach Andrew Gaze implored his side to push up defensively and choke Brisbane's offensive sets to no avail as Beal continued to pepper the rim. The star guard lifted the roof off the BCEC with a step-through double pump banked triple on the shot clock buzzer, then dished to Petrie steamrolling down the lane as the Bullets took a three-point lead. Down 66-60 and having scored just two points in 3:20, things weren't working for Gaze's men. Cadee then checked in to make an immediate impact. He got to the rim, made two foul shots then a three to put his side back up 67-66 heading into the fourth. Kickert tripled from the top of the key to level scores at 69 before Jervis – a much-improved scorer – went on a personal 6-0 run to gap the Kings 75-69. Whittington immediately responded with a three via the hand of Cadee to get the margin back to a single possession, but the Bullets wave was undeniable and unstoppable. Kickert's quick defensive feet forced a Lisch turnover in transition as Beal went the other way for a transition bucket, followed by a stop and Kickert put-back to give the locals a winning advantage with 1:16 remaining.   BRISBANE BULLETS 83 (Tom Jervis 18, Anthony Petrie 14, Jermaine Beal 12, Daniel Kickert 12) SYDNEY KINGS 79 (Greg Whittington 17, Jason Cadee 16, Brad Newley 16) BOX SCORE
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