Brilliant Bullets shoot Kings to pieces

There was no place like home for Brisbane as sharpshooter Anthony Drmic fired the Bullets to a 93-70 victory over Sydney at Nissan Arena on Thursday night.

Sydney were unable to get import Casper Ware a win in his 150-game milestone match as the Kings slumped to their third-straight loss under the weight of Drmic’s long bomb barrage.

In Brisbane’s first home game since March 28 after a stretch of nine road games, Drmic hit seven three-pointers from 10 attempts in a game-high 28 points to help keep the Bullets in the playoff picture.

In front of a poultry but vocal crowd, Brisbane raced to a 25-point lead at halftime after blowing the Kings off the court in a sizzling second quarter.

Sydney did not throw in the towel and closed to within 14 points of the home side with Bullets import Lamar Patterson missing an open slam dunk to underline how sloppy Brisbane got.

But Drmic hit two of his three-pointers to steady the ship for the Bullets (13-14 win-loss record) who made ground on the Kings (14-15) who shot at just 22 per cent from the field and hit just one three-pointer from 16 attempts in the first half.

Nathan Sobey had 19 points for Brisbane while Patterson tipped in 13 in his first appearance back at “The Armoury”. Jordan Hunter topscored for Sydney with 15 points while Ware had six points from three of 12 from the field.

Brisbane outscored Sydney 32-10 in the second quarter to take a commanding 52-27 lead into halftime.

After missing all eight of his field goal attempts in his NBL debut against Cairns last weekend, Bullets import BJ Johnson found his range in the second quarter with four buckets in the blitz.

A second-quarter blitz helped the Bullets to shoot past the Kings. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

WARE AND TEAR

There has never been any dispute about Sydney import Casper Ware’s talent and skill, but his endurance and toughness cannot be questioned either. Ware played his 150th NBL match on Thursday night – his 150th-straight match since making his NBL debut in November 2016. Ware played 87 games for Melbourne United and has 63 for the Kings to be the league’s longest-serving import, ahead of Bryce Cotton (137 games).

HOMETOWN HEROES

If you want to make the play-offs, you must defend your home court, Brisbane had just three wins and five losses at Nissan Arena before Thursday night. The clash with the Kings was the first of five-straight home games for Brisbane. All five matches are against teams that are above the Bullets on the ladder so this home stand will make or break their finals hopes.

BULLETS HONOUR SHARP-SHOOTER

Brisbane will honour club legend Robert “The Baseline Bandit” Sibley at their next home this Saturday against Perth when they retire his no. 52 singlet. Only Leroy Loggins has played more games for Brisbane than the 1988 Seoul Olympian who won two titles with the Bullets in 1985 and 1987. Sibley has bravely been fighting cancer and joins Brisbane greats Loggins, Larry Sengstock and Ron Radliff in having his number raised to the rafters.

ANDREJ THE GIANT

Bullets head coach Andrej Lemanis will coach his 400th game in the NBL this Saturday when Brisbane hosts Perth. He will leave the club at the end of this season to take up a job in Japan. Don’t be surprised to see his former Boomers assistant coach and AIS Centre of Excellence mentor Adam Caporn emerge as a serious contender to replace him in the hot seat at the Bullets for next season.

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