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Kings get NBL revenge against Pirates

By Philip Henderson 21/09/2005 09:52:48 PM Comments (0)

Sydney avenged last week's shock National Basketball League loss to Hunter with a merciless 118-85 thrashing of the Pirates at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

The three-time champion Kings blitzed 72 points in a scintillating opening half before strangling the Pirates in defence to claim their third win of the season.

Guard CJ Bruton was unstoppable for the home side, scoring 28 points while nailing 6-of-7 from beyond the three-point line.

Such was the Kings' dominance, he was rested for the whole final quarter, opening the way for back-up BJ Carter to star late with 17 points.

Sydney forward Ben Knight added 15 points and seven assists, his first a mesmerising dish-off from underneath the basket to Rolan Roberts early in first quarter.

The loss was Hunter's second straight following their 98-86 upset win over the Kings last Wednesday.

Import Mike Helms, who top-scored with 28 points in that game, was held to just 17, with Aaron Trahair (21) and Larry Davidson (13) the visitors' main contributors.

Kings forward Mark Worthington scored 13, but gave the 3188-strong crowd a scare six minutes into the game when he fell heavily and was assisted, grimacing, from the court.

The Australian Boomer had blazed 10 points from 4-of-4 shooting by that stage, and while returning to the court late in the second term, was unable to dominate as he did before the fall.

It mattered little as the Kings continued to storm ahead.

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