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Bullets finally beat Razorbacks

By Steve Jancetic 06/11/2004 06:13:47 AM Comments (0)

The Brisbane Bullets have notched up their first NBL win in the harbour city this season, coming from behind to beat the West Sydney Razorbacks 93 to 88 at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Friday night.

Brisbane import Kevin Freeman was inspirational for the visitors, scoring 18 points in the second half on his way to a game-high 29, as well as pulling down 10 rebounds, as the Bullets finally beat the Razorbacks after two previous losses to last year's grand finalists earlier in the season.

Freeman and guard Stephen Black took over in the last term for the Bullets, who were without the services of playmaker Derek Rucker for much of the game, after he went down with an ankle injury midway through the second term.

For the second week in a row, back-up guard Steven Markovic threatened to be the saviour for the Pigs, hitting a pair of clutch 3-pointers to put the home side 85-83 up late in the fourth quarter, but Brisbane forward Ben Castle answered with a three of his own before Black hit five free-throws down the stretch to ice the game for the Bullets.

The game was tight throughout, with both sides desperate for a win after last-start losses, with an eight-point break to the Razorbacks midway through the second term the biggest lead for either side.

Both teams struggled through a scrappy first quarter in which neither team gained any real advantage, the Bullets taking a two-point lead into the first break, 23-21.

The 'Mac attack' then went to work for the home side in the second quarter, as Sam MacKinnon and Scott McGregor piled on the points. MacKinnon scored 12 of his team high 24 points in the second term and McGregor 10, the pair shooting a combined 4 from 6 from beyond the three-point line to put the Pigs up 47-40 at the main break.

Freeman and fellow import Bobby Brannen (17 points) then went to work inside for the Bullets, as they clawed their way back into the game, but it was the home side that went to the last break with a 68-65 lead.

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