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Bullets fell Giants

By Wayne Heming 03/12/2003 10:18:02 PM Comments (0)

The Brisbane Bullets made a bold charge at second place on the national basketball league ladder with a stylish 107-95 win over the Victorian Giants.

After Adelaide disposed of Wollongong, Brisbane came up with its 10th win of the season at the Brisbane Convention with guard Stephen Black leading all scorers with 28 points including four of five three-pointers.

The game was an arm wrestle in the first quarter after Brisbane had jumped out to a 10-2 lead on the back of their Americans Kevin Freeman and Bobby Brannen who combined to score the Bullets' first 10 points.

But the Giants came back strongly through import Adam Ballinger who showed off his smooth shooting style, grabbing two three-pointers as the Giants levelled the scores 20-20 midway through the opening term.

Brisbane edged ahead 58-54 at halftime and entered the final quarter with a handy 83-71 lead.

The victory completed a 3-0 series clean sweep over the Giants who could now drop out of the top eight following their eighth loss of the season.

Brisbane looked sharp with veteran guard Derek Rucker back at the point running the show.

Rucker was rusty, hitting just two of his nine shots but he dished nine assists including a couple of spectacular no-look passes which led to Brisbane baskets.

Freeman was dynamic in the first quarter, delighting the crowd with a dunk to open the scoring and with another two-handed jam later in the game.

Brisbane forward Daniel Egan showed some great aerial skills on his way to 12 points and seven rebounds as Brisbane chalked up its seventh win from its past eight game.

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