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    Brisbane Bullets vs Perth Wildcats

    2016/17 NBL Season, 9 January 2017

    Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
    Brisbane Bullets Perth Wildcats
    68 SCORE 72
    13 Q1 22
    22 Q2 12
    16 Q3 10
    17 Q4 28

    Damian Martin is back on the floor for the Perth Wildcats and it’s making all the difference as they grabbed their second win on the trot, but can they keep it going with a tough trip to play the desperate Brisbane Bullets? Join The Roar to find out with live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEDT).

    Both of these sides are going to be absolutely desperate for a victory as the season continues towards the finals, which are just over a month away.

    With few games and opportunities left for every team in the league, the ladder is remaining as close as it’s been all season and every game – every point, in fact could help decide which teams make the play-offs or have a home court advantage.

    Brisbane will come into this one well rested, having only played two games in their last 14 days but the pressure is still on them despite a last start win over the Cairns Taipans in convincing fashion.

    Playing the Taipans could be touted as the best preperation possible for the Wildcats, with both sides displaying similar, gritty qualities on defence.

    With the run into the playoffs well and truly underway and the Bullets sitting just outside the top four at the moment – sixth to be precise with a record of nine wins and ten losses, the pressure is on them to hold their home court.

    Unfortunately, it’s just been inconsistency from the Bullets. While Daniel Kickert has been a leading light, their guard combination has struggled at times and Cameron Bairstow has been far from his best.

    At the other end of town, the Wildcats have risen from the bottom of the table just a few weeks ago to now sit in fifth, giving another tip of the hat to exactly how close this league is.

    Perth now sit in fifth position, with a win over the struggling Sydney Kings on Friday giving them a real shot at being in the top four come the end of the round, something that was inconceivable just a few short weeks ago as the media called for change.

    Bryce Cotton has brought that change to the club, their third import in the same position so far. On debut, he scored 26 against the Kings and with skipper Damian Martin back on the floor to lead the defence, the Wildcats look to be back in business but will need a big run to make the finals and not miss for the first time in three decades.

    The sides have played twice this season, with the Bullets taking both matches so far. The first of those was the season opener and the second the Wildcats biggest ever defeat at the Perth Arena, going down by 15 to a rampant Bullets.

    Prediction
    This is going to be one crazy match between two desperate teams. For the Bullets, it’s going to come down to how they shoot the ball, however with Damian Martin on the floor they will probably lose this one in a scrappy encounter even at home.

    Wildcats by 3.

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    • 10:09pm
      Haydos said | 10:09pm | ! Report

      Didn’t see Perth winning that one! Huge win for them.

      • Roar Guru

        10:16pm
        Scott Pryde said | 10:16pm | ! Report

        I’ll claim the tip. Missed the margin by one but let’s not focus on that hey!

    • Roar Guru

      9:27pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:27pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me on The Roar this evening for our live coverage of the 2016/17 NBL Season as the Perth Wildcats got the better of the Brisbane Bullets. Hopefully you enjoyed the coverage.

      We will be back next weekend with more NBL action.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      9:25pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:25pm | ! Report

      Casey Prather has been named man of the match.

    • Roar Guru

      9:24pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:24pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME

      That’lll do it in Brisbane! Craig looks for a three but it’s off the mark and the Wildcats hold on for the four point victory.

      It was scrappy, close and everything else but the Wildcats are flying to the playoffs right now.

      Brisbane Bullets – 68
      Perth Wildcats – 72

    • Roar Guru

      9:23pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:23pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      Cotton makes both.

      Bullets – 68
      Wildcats – 72

    • Roar Guru

      9:22pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:22pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      Perth with it now through Cotton and he is fouled quickly by Beal. 10 seconds on the clock.

      Bullets – 68
      Wildcats – 70

    • Roar Guru

      9:21pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:21pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      The Bullets with it through Craig from the inbound but that misses. Jervis the board and he finds Kickert who scores with 12 on the clock.

      Timeout Perth.

      Bullets – 68
      Wildcats – 70

    • Roar Guru

      9:19pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:19pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      Time out Brisbane.

      Bullets – 66
      Wildcats – 70

    • Roar Guru

      9:18pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:18pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      Prather makes both.

      Bullets – 66
      Wildcats – 70

    • Roar Guru

      9:18pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:18pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      Perth on the ball and a bucket could just about do it right here. Bullets will surely be looking for the quick foul – Into Prather and the foul is called so he will go to the line.

      17 on the clock.

      Bullets – 66
      Wildcats – 68

    • Roar Guru

      9:16pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:16pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      Time out called.

      Bullets – 66
      Wildcats – 68

    • Roar Guru

      9:16pm
      Scott Pryde said | 9:16pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      And makes the second!

      Brisbane down 2 with 20 seconds to play. Perth in possession.

      Bullets – 66
      Wildcats – 68

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