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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Inspiring Gliddon devastates in NBL season opener


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Cam Gliddon has spurred the Brisbane Bullets to an 86-73 upset victory over the New Zealand Breakers in the NBL season opener.

Gliddon was inspiring upon return from an off season back injury posting a whopping 29-points as the Bullets set about a blistering third quarter tear.

That performance was complimented by the zest of American small forward Alonzo Gee who came alive in the third with 13-points off some tight catch-and-shoot.

After a close opening half the Breakers never really found their feet as a relatively new roster failed to gel, giving way to some early season jitters and some meek rebounding.

It was the Bullets who synchronised more seamlessly, making less mistakes, out-rebounding the under-sized hosts and landing nearly half of their 27 three-point shots.

The Bullets, seeking to avoid a third successive wooden spoon, showed they will be no easy-beats.

Boomers shooting guard Gliddon is a key signing, along with American small forward Alonzo Gee and former NBA big man Cam Bairstow.

Gee came alive with 10 points of his 13 points in the second half, along with three offensive rebounds, helping his team go on an 18-0 run during a six-minute purple patch to take control.

Former Chigago Bull Bairstow also impressed as the game wore on, finishing with 14 points in a fine return from ongoing injury problems.

The Breakers weren't their usual force on the boards and missed the presence of veteran forward Mika Vukona, who shone for the Bullets.

It was a disappointing outcome for the four-time champion Kiwi outfit, who impressed in a five-point loss to the Phoenix Suns in the United States last week and have been rated possible title candidates.

Guard Corey Webster scored 23 points in a disjointed offensive display while American centre Shawn Long showed glimmers of power under the hoop.

Cam Gliddon has spurred the Brisbane Bullets to an 86-73 upset victory over the New Zealand Breakers in the NBL season opener.

Gliddon was inspiring upon return from an off season back injury posting a whopping 29-points as the Bullets set about a blistering third quarter tear.

That performance was complimented by the zest of American small forward Alonzo Gee who came alive in the third with 13-points off some tight catch-and-shoot.

After a close opening half the Breakers never really found their feet as a relatively new roster failed to gel, giving way to some early season jitters and some meek rebounding.

It was the Bullets who synchronised more seamlessly, making less mistakes, out-rebounding the under-sized hosts and landing nearly half of their 27 three-point shots.

The Bullets, seeking to avoid a third successive wooden spoon, showed they will be no easy-beats.

Boomers shooting guard Gliddon is a key signing, along with American small forward Alonzo Gee and former NBA big man Cam Bairstow.

Gee came alive with 10 points of his 13 points in the second half, along with three offensive rebounds, helping his team go on an 18-0 run during a six-minute purple patch to take control.

Former Chigago Bull Bairstow also impressed as the game wore on, finishing with 14 points in a fine return from ongoing injury problems.

The Breakers weren't their usual force on the boards and missed the presence of veteran forward Mika Vukona, who shone for the Bullets.

It was a disappointing outcome for the four-time champion Kiwi outfit, who impressed in a five-point loss to the Phoenix Suns in the United States last week and have been rated possible title candidates.

Guard Corey Webster scored 23 points in a disjointed offensive display while American centre Shawn Long showed glimmers of power under the hoop.

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