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NBL prepares for a big, big Wednesday

By Adrian Warren 02/02/2004 05:19:58 AM Comments (0)

The National Basketball League's heavy hitters prepared for two hugely significant games this Wednesday by feasting on the competition's roadkill.

The top four teams will meet midweek with competition leader Sydney, (21 wins, six losses) hosting fourth placed Brisbane (20-8) and second-placed Wollongong Hawks (20-7) at home to third-placed West Sydney (18-7).

While Sydney beat the Bullets in their only previous encounter and will play them again on February 28, the Hawks and Razorbacks will meet in a season decider this week having each previously won on the other's pine.

"It's worth two wins," West Sydney coach Gordon McLeod said about the prospect of another win over Wollongong.

The top three teams all thrashed the hapless Hunter Pirates (2-23) while injury-hit Brisbane split its latest fixtures.

The Bullets lost 116-107 at home to fifth-placed Melbourne (16-12), but rebounded to score a 103-94 away victory over sixth-placed Adelaide (12-14).

Veteran guard Derek Rucker scored 15 final quarter points to seal the win in Adelaide as Brisbane took some joy after failing to celebrate the retirement of club legend Leroy Loggins' singlet during the match against Melbourne.

Sydney notched its highest score of the season in its 125-94 flogging of Hunter, but unhappy coach Brian Goorjian described his team's performance as "poor".

It was then West Sydney's turn to crush Hunter, beating the visitors 118-103 at Homebush to extend its club record victory streak to ten after leading by as much as 38 points at one stage.

John Rillie accumulated 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for West Sydney with team-mate Russell Hinder landing all eight of his field goal attempts and all of his five free throws in perfect 22 point shooting performance.

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