Hungry Jack's NBL
Patterson Delivers Clutch Win for Bullets over 36ers
The Brisbane Bullets faithful will be raising their glasses to Lamar Patterson with their star import coming up clutch with a last gasp three-point play for a nail-biting 106-104 victory over the Adelaide 36ers at Nissan Arena.
With mere seconds left on the clock and defender arms smothering every path to the basket, Patterson (27 points, six rebounds) somehow found a way through to not only get the bucket but earn a foul shot to seal the deal.
It was a deserved win for the Bullets, who had to find a way to snap their two-game losing run against the odds.
Former 36er Nathan Sobey (21 points, four rebounds, five assists) had been blitzing his former side with all his points coming in the first half before he hurt an ankle.
On top of that, in-form guard Jason Cadee was ejected midway through the final quarter after collecting a technical and unsportsmanlike foul - leaving the Bullets undermanned.
EJ Singler had his best game in Brisbane colours as well with 20 points, five rebounds and six assists - including crucial plays in the second half.
Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis said the win was a turning point after his side had previously folded under pressure this season.
"What I really liked tonight was our ability to remain poised and calm in the highs and lows of the game," he said.
"That is something that we have been not-so-great at in the last couple of weeks, we let plays affect us emotionally. It took us a while to recover from certain situations, tonight we made some real positive strides in that space."
Lemanis added that Sobey's injury is not serious and he is not in doubt for Sunday's match against Melbourne United.
It was a furious match between two sides desperate for victory, with the Bullets repeatedly opening up leads before the 36ers charged back at them.
Jerome Randle (25 points, three rebounds, four assists) almost steered them home when he slashed to the basket to put his side ahead with just 14 seconds remaining. But he hadn't reckoned on the huge play by Patterson that was to come.
Co-captain Brendan Teys shot the lights out with 22 points on 9/10 shooting while Anthony Drmic (25 points, five rebounds) also had a huge game. Eric Griffin impressed again as well with 18 points and eight rebounds.
But it was not enough for Adelaide to get the road win with Daniel Johnson restricted to two points.
Sixers coach Joey Wright said he was pleased with his side's efforts in the loss.
"It's something you can look at, play it over 10 times and you win it nine times," he said.
"Obi (Kyei) fought hard to box him out but Patterson made a good play and tipped it in. The guys out there on the court played with so much heart and so much passion. Now we've just got to get some of the guys on the bench to help us out."
Wright said that Teys will be assessed ahead of Sunday's match against New Zealand after collecting a head knock late in the match.
Little could separate the two sides, both wearing their City Edition Jerseys, in the opening quarter before some ill-discipline hurt the Bullets. Repeated whistles stalled their offence and the 36ers hit back in transition.
A Randle bucket pushed the Adelaide lead out to 22-14 and Lemanis called a timeout in a bid to arrest the visitors' run. That worked a treat with the Bullets stealing a lead briefly with the Sixers suddenly called for the fouls.
As they went into the first break, it was once again locked at 27-27 but it was the home side with the momentum.
Some sharp-shooting from long range by Patterson and Taylor Braun pushed the Bullets lead out to seven early in the second quarter, but the 36ers came roaring back.
By the midway point of the term, the 36ers were on top and Brisbane needed a spark. It came through Sobey, who drained back-to-back triples to help the Bullets again draw level.
Sobey then added another from downtown to put the Bullets on top before Cadee joined the thirst for shooting from deep. Cadee and Teys then found themselves earn a tech foul each before half-time which saw the Bullets up 56-55.
It was the Bullets who shot out of the blocks fastest after the half, Sobey and Cadee getting to work from long range while Patterson worked the paint. That was before a run of bad luck for the home side.
Sobey went down clutching his right ankle before Singler missed two free throws and Patterson travelled as the home side surrendered their hard-earned lead.
Sobey returned as young centre Will Magnay asserted himself on the defensive and offensive ends as the Bullets eased out to a five-point lead.
Two huge dunks got the Brisbane crowd out of their seats for Magnay's only scores of the night to ensure the Bullets led 78-75 at the final break.
Singler then was hot to start the fourth term in his richest vein of form so far this season to help the Bullets to a handy advantage.
But then the ejection of Cadee after he was pinged for pushing off on Griffin as they ran down the floor tested the Bullets while Sobey was on four fouls.
The result was destined to come down to the wire. It appeared as if Randle hit the match-winner for Adelaide with a tough move and spectacular finish on the layup. But Patterson got the job down low to win the game for the Bullets.
NBL ROUND 8
BRISBANE BULLETS 106 (Patterson 27, Sobey 21, Singler 20)
ADELAIDE 36ERS 104 (Drmic 25, Randle 25, Teys 22)