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Brisbane Bullets fall short against Sydney Kings

10 February 2018 9:39 AM
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The Sydney Kings can still avoid the NBL wooden spoon after holding on for a 92-80 win over the Brisbane Bullets.

The home side's victory was their ninth of the season and lifted them into a share of last place with Brisbane with two games remaining.

Long out of playoff contention, the Kings are also just one win behind sixth-placed Illawarra and coach Andrew Gaze will be driving his team hard to avoid the dreaded spoon.

Import Jerome Randle (24 points, six assists) starred for Sydney, while fellow American Perry Ellis finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.

Daniel Kickert led the Bullets with 18 points and Travis Trice finished with 16.

Sydney led at every change but endured some anxious moments in the second half after letting a double-digit lead to be cut to a single point.

Spurred on by crowd of 9201 at Homebush, the Kings held their nerve in crunch time to claim a deserved win.

Kickert dominated the game's opening minutes, tallying nine points and four rebounds by quarter-time.

But after building an early six-point lead, the Bullets allowed Randle to get hot with nine quick points.

When the buzzer sounded to end the first period, Sydney held a 23-22 lead.

The Kings applied the defensive blowtorch in the second quarter, forcing the Bullets into a spate of turnovers and missed shots.

Sydney rolled to a 17-point lead with two minutes left in the half before Brisbane responded with seven unanswered points to be down 45-35 at half-time.

Led by Kickert and an energised Trice, the Bullets continued to chip away in the third period, cutting Sydney's lead to 64-63 at three-quarter time.

Sydney square off again with the Bullets in Brisbane on Thursday to tip off the NBL's final round.


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