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Bullets win NBL heart-stopper over Hawks

By Dave Donaghy 27/01/2006 11:48:18 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane guard Mick Hill scored 10 of his 17 points in overtime as the Bullets keep their hopes of hosting a home final alive with a heart-stopping 111-108 win over Wollongong at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Hill nailed two clutch three-pointers at crucial stages down the stretch and finished a key fast break to temporarily thrust the Bullets (16-15) into fifth place on the NBL ladder.

He all but sealed it with a high-pressure free throw with 12.8 seconds remaining in overtime.

Hill's stunning input orchestrated the great escape for Brisbane who led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter but lost skipper Derek Rucker in the process.

Rucker, who had 11 points and six assists, was rushed to hospital after taking a blow to the head during the third quarter but returned to the bench to watch the final stages of overtime.

Initial reports suggested he had suffered a small fracture in his cheekbone but further tests are expected to be conducted next week.

Bullets guard Stephen Black had a last ditch chance to stop the game from going into overtime but his falling jumper from the top of the key fell wide.

Sam Mackinnon collected the rebound and nailed his attempt but time had already expired with the scores locked at 105-apiece.

It led to one of the most enthralling finishes the league has seen this season with all of the 3,135 fans getting their money's worth.

Hill's free throw put them ahead by four points in the dying stages but Hawks import Cortez Groves managed to draw a foul while slipping the ball through the net.

He nailed the charity shot before Black calmly slotted two more free throws to secure the points.

Black, playing with a stress fracture in his leg, scored a team-high 20 points while Mackinnon was a stand-out and came close to a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Bobby Brannen (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Mark Bradtke (15 points and 11 rebounds) both added double-doubles.

Groves had 19 points for the visitors who had Adam Caporn's sharp-shooting to thank for the keeping them in the contest during overtime.

Caporn nailed two successive three-pointers during the crucial period but it wasn't enough for the fourth-placed Hawks (17-13).

He had 20 points while Matt Campbell scored a game-high 24.

It's the first time this season the Bullets have been above .500 and maintains a three-game winning streak ahead's of next weekend's final game against Adelaide.

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