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Giants beat Bullets in overtime

By Guy Hand 20/11/2002 10:37:13 PM Comments (0)

The Victoria Giants broke the Brisbane Bullets' hearts in overtime for the second time in three weeks with a 112-106 victory at The Arena in Geelong.

The Bullets, who fired coach Richard Orlick on Monday after losing their first eight matches of the season, fought back from a 17-point deficit early in the third quarter to lead inside the final seconds.

But the Giants' US import Dusty Rychart sent the game into overtime with a two-pointer with just 5.1 seconds of normal time remaining.

Victoria then took control in overtime to post their fourth win of the year, with Rychart scoring a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Three weeks ago, it was the Bullets who gave up a 17-point lead as the Giants fought back.

On Wednesday night it was the Bullets, whose new coach Joey Wright arrives from the US later this week, who showed signs of a pulse which has been missing in their dismal NBL season to date.

Trailing by 18 points midway through the second quarter and looking every inch wooden spooners in waiting, the Bullets launched a spirited fightback.

US import Randy Rutherford, who had been held scoreless in the first half, lit up with 15 of his 24 points in the third quarter to send the Bullets into the final change trailing 80-72.

Then out-of-form Simon Kerle took the reins, nailing a clutch two and three midway through the final quarter to give the Bullets an 88-87 lead.

From there, the lead changed more than a dozen times down the stretch before Rychart levelled the scores at 96-96 at the death to send the game into overtime.

Rychart, who also starred three weeks ago in the Giants' overtime victory, said it was a relief to send the game to overtime after his side had squandered a big lead.

"The guy had his hands in my face, but the shot felt great, especially because if I don't make it, we lose the game," Rychart said.

"Thank goodness it went down and we got the chance to win the game."

The Bullets' new import Kevin Freeman, who will replace the injured Bobby Brannen for the rest of the season, is likely to link with the side for Saturday night's clash with the Canberra Cannons in Canberra.

The Giants now have a 4-5 win-loss record for the season, with the Bullets now 0-9.

Victoria backs up against Townsville on Friday night.

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