Travis Trice of the Bullets in action during the NBL Round 16 game between Brisbane Bullets and Adelaide 36ers at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Saturday, January 27, 2018. (AAP Image/Josh Woning) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Travis Trice of the Bullets in action during the NBL Round 16 game between Brisbane Bullets and Adelaide 36ers at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Saturday, January 27, 2018. (AAP Image/Josh Woning) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Bullets score upset of the season

"WE'RE not gonna take it … No, we ain't gonna take it! We're not gonna take it anymore!''

Twisted Sister's 1980s hit "We're Not Gonna Take It'' loudly rang around the Brisbane Convention Centre during a wild NBL affair on Saturday night.

But it could have been the Bullets bellowing the defiant words as they snapped their horror seven-game losing streak with a 95-90 victory over Adelaide.

In arguably the biggest upset of the 2017-18 NBL season, the 36ers' seven-game high-octane winning streak came crashing down against a team that was finding new and increasingly diabolic ways to lose in the past month.

Brisbane claimed their first win since December 16 with US imports Perrin Buford and Travis Trice leading the way in the scrappy and intense match-up.

Trice (18 points, six rebounds, three steals and seven assists) and Buford (21 points, five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals) were the stars for the home side while Daniel Johnson (25 points, six rebounds and three assists) was the best for Adelaide who have been the hottest team in the country at the same time that Brisbane were plummeting out of the playoff picture.

The Bullets finally put it together after a lengthy losing streak.
The Bullets finally put it together after a lengthy losing streak.

Brisbane trailed by 10 points in the second quarter but a sizzling 15-2 run inspired by Buford to start the third quarter thrust the underdog Bullets into a commanding position.

Unlike a host of occasions in recent times when they blew handy matchwinning leads, the Bullets held their nerve when the 36ers made a late charge.

Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis said relief was the overwhelming emotion post-match.

"Nobody likes losing and when you are in a streak like that, everyone feels it,'' he said.

"You don't feel good about life but what I was proud of tonight was the way we came out and played with an effort.

"The team unity was good, we've continued to try to get better … the group hasn't given up on the year."

Both sides got frustrated with the inconsistent officiating that swung between whistle-happy or non-existent but Brisbane played through the considerable confusion the best.

Brisbane - who wore the 1985 retro uniforms the club donned in the grand final victory over Adelaide - are now 8-15 while the finals-bound 36ers are 15-9.

Shannon Shorter tries to find a way through. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)
Shannon Shorter tries to find a way through. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

Adelaide coach Joey Wright was unhappy that the referees issued him with a warning during the match when he said he was speaking to his players.

"I don't know if I get a fine for saying this but what I was really frustrated about was that I knew my team was lacking some intensity,'' he said.

"I was yelling at my guys and the referee comes over and gives me a warning. I thought that was really unprofessional and I don't know why that was the case.

"I should be able to yell at (them).''

Wright said his side did not bring enough physicality to the contest and Brisbane deserved credit for the win.



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