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Black shoots Bullets to seven straight

By Sam Lienert 10/01/2004 10:05:38 PM Comments (0)

A magnificent shooting display from Brisbane guard Stephen Black stunned Adelaide and sent the top-placed Bullets cruising to their seventh straight national basketball league win.

Black shot 40 points for the night as the Bullets thrashed Adelaide 126-96, with skipper Derek Rucker also having a fantastic game with 26 points, and US forward Bobby Brannen 24.

For Adelaide, Charles Thomas shot 21 points and acting captain Martin Cattalini 21, but very little went right, as Brisbane won every quarter.

Black and Rucker virtually killed Adelaide's chances in the first half.

Black shot 12 points in the first quarter, most of them coming as he weaved his way through the keyway and earned regular foul shots, converting seven of seven shots from the charity stripe for the term.

Rucker did a similar job, shooting four from four from the foul line on his way to nine points for the opening term, to help the Bullets to a 30-22 quarter-time lead.

In the second term, Black and Rucker exploded from three-point range with a phenomenal long-range shooting exhibition which put Brisbane up 68-51 at halftime.

In the first three minutes of the second quarter, Rucker and Black sunk two triples each to give their side a 17-point lead and force Adelaide coach Phil Smyth to call a time-out in a bid to stall the Bullets' momentum.

It worked temporarily, with Adelaide pulling the lead back to 10 points midway through the second term, largely through a 13-point term from Thomas.

But Black and Rucker resumed their shooting rampage in the final minutes of the first half, with Black ending the half with 24 points and Rucker on 22, with Brisbane having hit an incredible eight three-pointers without a miss in the second quarter.

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