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Gaze ends Tigers' troubles

By Adrian Warren 23/10/2004 10:15:36 PM Comments (0)

A vintage final quarter from veteran Andrew Gaze handed Melbourne a 105-97 victory over West Sydney to help the Tigers avoid an unwanted NBL grand slam in Sydney.

With the game tied at 80-80 with just over seven and a half minutes to go, Gaze took control scoring 13 of the Tigers' next 15 points in just over three minutes as they bolted to a 95-84 lead.

Gaze finished with a game-high 32 points, 15 of them in the last quarter.

He hit 10 of 14 field goals including four out of seven three-point attempts and the normally immaculate freethrow shooter even had the luxury of missing three shots from the charity stripe in the last term.

It was the Tigers' first away win in four starts and ended a horrible run of results in NSW.

Prior to tonight, Melbourne had lost each of its previous games in NSW, going down by eight to Wollongong, seven to Hunter and one to Sydney.

Gaze and his father Lindsay, the Tigers' coach were both inducted into the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in Sydney.

The Tigers' other evergreen guard Lanard Copeland also stepped up in the final term.

After failing with all six field goal attempts in the first three quarters, Copeland scored eight of his 10 points in the final period.

Tigers centre Mark Bradtke finished with 15 points and enjoyed a good battle with the Razorbacks' new American big man Nick Horvath, who top-scored for West Sydney with 19 points.

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