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36ers beat Brisbane in NBL

By John Clover 13/02/2005 06:19:09 AM Comments (0)

Entertainment machine Willie Farley scored 37 points, despite suffering from nausea, as he led the 36ers to a remarkable 109-105 come from behind NBL win against Brisbane in Adelaide.

The star import had been bed-ridden with the flu and was visibly ill during the game, but refused to sit out the final minutes of the nail-biting encounter.

Sixers coach Phil Smyth was amazed by Farley's toughness.

"In the last few minutes he was starting to feel sick and nauseous and so I said do you want to come out and he said `No'. So we said `Well persist until you throw up,'" Smyth said.

Farley's offensive wizardry allowed the Sixers to conjure victory over the physical Bullets, despite trailing by 15 points at quarter time.

Undisciplined defence saw Brisbane give up 35 fouls as the Bullets clearly missed the cool head of playmaker Derek Rucker, sidelined with a calf strain.

Brisbane was explosive in the early stages, with Bobby Brannen dominating in the post to give the Bullets a 16-6 lead after five minutes.

But it was Brisbane's tenacious defence that prevented Adelaide from finding any momentum and allowed the Bullets to take a commanding 36-21 lead at the first break.

Farley fired the Sixers offence into action in the second quarter, with the NBL player of the week making crucial steals and nailing monstrous three pointers to reduce Brisbane's lead to just five at halftime.

Stephen Black reignited the Bullets in the third period with a series of slick drives that saw the visitors pull away to lead by ten midway through the quarter.

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