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Kings on brink of NBL history

13/03/2005 08:08:15 PM Comments (0)

The Sydney Kings are just a game away from securing an historic third straight championship after crushing Wollongong 105-80 in game two of the NBL grand final series at the Sandpit.

The Kings were untroubled from start to finish against the Hawks, producing a remarkably similar display to their 23-point dismantling in game one on Friday night.

With CJ Bruton pulling the strings and import duo Rolan Roberts and Mark Sanford filling up the highlight reel, Sydney had too many weapons for the over-matched Hawks.

The Kings are now unbackable favourites to sweep Wollongong 3-0 in the next game at the King Dome on Saturday night, with only the foolhardy trying to get some money on Wollongong.

Bruton produced another memorable grand final performance, torching his former club with 26 points, including five game-changing threes from his seven attempts.

He was at his unstoppable best, defying a half dozen defenders, blowing past the changing parade of facers with the league's best "shake and bake".

He was equally influential at the other end of the court, pulling down six rebounds and stripping Wollongong of possession a stunning six times.

Sydney got a break on Wollongong early in the first quarter, but at 13-11 halfway through, the Hawks looked ready to finally match it with the Kings.

Bruton was on a different script and hit five straight points to quell Wollongong's momentum, allowing the Kings to finish on a 12-3 run for a 25-14 lead.

The second quarter was Wollongong's most competitive of the series, but it was Bruton who became the architect of Sydney's 15-point halftime lead.

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