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Bullets too good for Breakers

By Greg Davis 02/01/2004 11:04:02 PM Comments (0)

A rapid fire second quarter set up a convincing 103-83 win for the Brisbane Bullets in the National Basketball League clash against the New Zealand Breakers.

The high-flying Bullets out-scored the visitors 29-16 in the second stanza to stamp their authority on the often scrappy and physical encounter.

The teams were locked together at 19-all at the first break after an ugly quarter of basketball that was littered with turnovers, bad passes and sloppy handling.

However, the Bullets came out a different side in the quarter stepping up their defensive intensity and taking their up-tempo offence into another gear.

Swingman Ben Castle got the job done for the Bullets at both ends of the floor during the critical second quarter scoring eight points and playing a crucial defensive role on Breakers' dangerman Mick Chappell.

He was ably assisted by Mick Hill who added seven points and led the Bullets' fast breaks at every opportunity.

New Zealand was its own worst enemy as it continued to make turnovers and errant passes that allowed the Bullets to pull away.

Brisbane took a 48-35 advantage into the main break after leading by as much as 17 points midway through the quarter.

The Bullets continued their domination in the third quarter outscoring New Zealand 27-21 for the period to establish a match-winning 19 point going into the final quarter.

All intensity went out of the lacklustre final quarter as both teams used the opportunity to give bench players court time with the result a forgone conclusion.

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