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Bullets roll on with win over Crocs

By Wayne Heming 23/12/2006 11:27:17 PM Comments (0)

The Brisbane Bullets NBL juggernaut rolled on, crushing the Townsville Crocodiles 137-97 on the back of their fierce defensive game.

After a competitive first quarter in which the Crocs kept pace with Brisbane, the Bullets raised the stakes in the second term which they won 33-19 to establish a 59-48 half-time lead.

The third quarter didn't get any better for the Crocs with Brisbane hammering them 41-26 before icing a massive 40-point win.

The player rounded off their victory by huddling mid-court and singing "We wish you a Merry Christmas" to their fans.

That man Sam "Magic" Mackinnon was in awesome form again hitting threes, rejecting shots, cleaning the boards and dishing off assists and leading all scorers with a game-high 27 points which included some crowd pleasing dunks.

The ease of Brisbane's win probably cost Mackinnon a triple double as he played only 33 minutes finishing with 27 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

Brisbane's ability to find the open man killed Townsville.

They finished with 40 assists to 10 by the Crocs.

Playing without its star import Larry Abney who rushed home last week to be with his family following the death of his grandmother, Townsville, which had won its previous six games, were hoping to get an indication of their championship claims against the high-paced Bullets who had won their previous five games.

But they suffered a similar embarrassing defeat as their previous trip to the Brisbane Convention Centre when the Bullets towelled them up.

Brisbane played some Hollywood basketball with some show time plays for their fans with right throwing his bench on the floor and handing 17 year-old rookie Chris Goulding his first NBL minutes with the Bullets lading by 40 points with just under five minutes to play.

Townsville coach Trevor Gleeson was critical of his players for dropping their intensity after going with the Bullets in the first quarter.

The big win followed up Brisbane's 30-point demolition of the South Dragons on the road through the week but Bullets coach Joey Wright was keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

"It's not like we're invincible," said Wright.

"There are teams out their that can get us and we have to keep working.

"They (Townsville) were travelling light without Abney and our offence clicked."

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