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Bullets crush Singapore Slingers 131-116

By Scott Dickson 06/01/2007 11:22:17 PM Comments (0)

The Brisbane Bullets blasted away suggestions of a late-season fade, enhancing their NBL minor premiership claims by crushing the lowly Singapore Slingers 131-116 at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

After last week's escape against Sydney and an unusually flat effort to hang on against Wollongong this round, the Bullets responded to coach Joey Wright's "complacency" criticism.

They rediscovered the energetic touch, which has led them to nine straight victories.

The win was also their 10th consecutive win at home.

With less than six rounds left, the Bullets are now three wins ahead of main danger Melbourne.

After a sluggish opening few minutes, the Bullets went into cruise control and from there never looked like losing, leading comfortably at every change.

Typically, Brisbane's quality bench proved decisive, but they incredibly outscored their rivals 66-23.

Talented young guard Adam Gibson top-scored for the home side with 25 points and grabbed two steals and six assists, while fellow substitute Mark Bradtke had 20 points and seven rebounds.

The best of the Bullets' starters were imports Ebi Ere and Dusty Rychart who scored 19 and 17 points respectively.

Fellow forward and captain Sam Mackinnon grabbed 12 rebounds.

For the Slingers, forward Marquin Chandler, who played a high calibre 20-point third term, and guard Mike Helms scored 31 and 29 points respectively.

An early time-out rev-up from Bullets coach Joey Wright after a sloppy opening five minutes inspired Brisbane's handy 65-53 half-time lead.

Brisbane trailed 14-12 before Wright's rocket sparked a 28-8 run which had them up 40-22 at quarter-time.

Despite losing the second quarter 31-25, the Bullets went up a gear in the third to go into the final term ahead 100-82.

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