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Usual suspects spark Tigers

By Ted Simmons 03/01/2004 10:19:31 PM Comments (0)

The old firm of Andrew Gaze and Mark Bradtke sparked the Melbourne Tigers to a 113-111 overtime win against the Sydney Kings in an NBL thriller at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Sydney still leads the league but only on percentages from the Brisbane Bullets.

It seemed the Kings were comfortably in control in the final quarter until Melbourne produced a run which tied the scores at 102-102 to force the game in to overtime.

Gaze and Darryl McDonald were the chief architects of the extra session in scoring and holding the ball, while Gaze and Bradtke each had a game-high score of 26 points.

Ebi Ere was best with 27 points for the Kings.

"We've had a hard time lately with injury problems and dropping three games in a row but tonight showed a lot of character, especially when we were trailing by 10 late in the game," Gaze said.

"The Kings are awesome and impressive but our energy levels were a lot higher tonight."

Melbourne ignored their fifth place in the table and took the game to the Kings from tip-off.

Gaze directed the traffic which pinned down the Kings and kept the scores close.

The Tigers led 24-20 at the first break but the Kings quickly regrouped and surged to an eight-point lead before Melbourne fought back to trail by one at halftime.

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