The Brisbane Bullets have snapped a three-game losing NBL streak after closing out a close 88-82 comeback victory over the freefalling Illawarra.
Bullets captain Jason Cadee led from the front with a game-high 22 points, big man Harry Froling added 21 and nine rebounds while centre Matt Hodgson stood tall with 14 boards in the win.
But it was star Nathan Sobey who delivered in the crunch, scoring 10 of his 17 points and dishing three assists early in the final quarter to stave off a late Hawks push in Wollongong.
For the Hawks, backcourt duo Tyler Harvey and Justinian Jessup combined for 37 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Brian Goorjian’s side from slumping to their own third straight defeat.
The result means the Bullets join the fourth-placed Sydney Kings with 10-10 records, while the Hawks drop to sixth in a congested midtable.
It was a sigh of relief from Brisbane coach Andrej Lemanis, who finally got import Lamar Patterson back from injury following his mid-season switch from the New Zealand Breakers.
Patterson looked short of a gallop on his way to recording four points and four assists, but also had three turnovers and fouling out in just over 12 minutes of action.
“He’s only had one practice going into today. Hopefully we can get a few more practices into him over these next couple of days when we move to Melbourne,” Lemanis said.
“Hopefully over the next week or 10 days we’ll see the continual improvement from Lamar. He’s getting back into shape and basketball touch.”
The Bullets were sluggish from the tipoff on Wednesday night, turning the ball four times inside the opening three minutes before staring at a 10-9 deficit at the first break.
But off the back of some long-range shooting from Cadee, the visitors slowly clawed their way back to stay within sight of Illawarra at half-time.
Cadee remained hot to start the third, but began to receive some help from his teammates on their way to starting the third period on a remarkable 17-4 run to stun the home crowd.
Harvey and Jessup tried hard to reel in the deficit in the final period, but the Hawks were left to rue what Goorjian believes is a concerning mental weakness in his outfit.
“It’s just mentally, if it’s a weakness in us, just going through a grind of getting a good shot, going through a grind defensively to finish a play,” he said.
“When they made a run we went to a bad place for 4-5 minutes and then we’re playing catch-up. I know I don’t have my finger on the answer.”
Newcastle, Grafton previews: Consistent Pearl is a real gem for Cummings
The Hawkesbury-based trainer is still deciding what to do with Adrian Knox Stakes winner Duais after her ripping run behind Hungry Heart when second in the Group 1 ATC Oaks last weekend.A Brisbane carnival tilt isn’t guaranteed though.“We haven’t made that decision yet. She has pulled up well and we’re going to keep her in…
The Hawkesbury-based trainer is still deciding what to do with Adrian Knox Stakes winner Duais after her ripping run behind Hungry Heart when second in the Group 1 ATC Oaks last weekend.A Brisbane carnival tilt isn’t guaranteed though.“We haven’t made that decision yet. She has pulled up well and we’re going to keep her in work for the next couple of weeks and see how she handles herself,” Cummings said.The Form: Complete NSW Racing thoroughbred form, including video replays and all you need to know about every horse, jockey and trainer. Find a winner here!“It’s been great for the stable, without a doubt, but moments like that typically leave you wanting more so I’m hungrier than ever.”At Newcastle on Thursday, Cummings is shooting for a winning double with first starter Three Wise Men and the ever-consistent Spanish Pearl.She runs in the sixth race and will be supported after placing or winning at every one of her seven starts this preparation.The problem is that she’s only won one of those races.“She’s very consistent but I want to win another race with her now,” Cummings said. “She continues to work really well at home. I’m conscience she’s had a number of starts.“It’s the first time she’s come back to fillies and mares grade.”The Reece Jones claim reduces her weight from 57.5kg to 54.5kg as he guides her from barrier six.Cummings will ask his rider to get her into her comfort zone which is on the speed.“She hasn’t drawn too badly but she’s shown she can overcome a bad draw with her natural speed,” he said.“It’s her first time going up to 1400m which will suit her. She’s bred to get that sort of a trip.”Three Wise Men is debuting in the opening race over 900m and he’s a two-year-old gelding by Divine Prophet.Cummings has given him two trials this time in after showing early promise on the track at home before going shin sore like a lot of young horses succumb to early on.“He’s looked like a real Magic Millions type last year after putting in some serious gallops but it’s taken a while to get him to the races. We’ve had to back off him due to a few niggles,” he said. “I think he could be a nice horse in the making but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him act immature in the run then see him improve off it.“I go in there with an open mind and there’s no pressure on him but we’d like to see him perform at his first day out.”Robbie Dolan will ride the young hose from barrier six and he’s expected to let the speed go slightly before finding the back of one and letting him down in the straight.“He can grab the bridle and go a bit so I think the speed will suit him. It’s going to be a sustained sprint and I think he’s capable of handling that trip and further,” Cummings said.“We’ll be positive and let the speed go the hopefully peel off one and go on with it.”SPRAGUE HAS DESIGNS ON REDEMPTION WITH PATTERNHe may give his trainer a few headaches but Stylish Pattern can help John Sprague avoid one with a with a win at Grafton on Thursday.The five-year-old lines up in a Benchmark 66 Handicap (1410m) and is looking for his fourth win at start 35.He’s comes off a fourth placing at this track a week ago, which Sprague was still trying to get over when contacted on Wednesday.“I’m still pretty upset he didn’t win his last start. I thought he would win at the 400m,” he said. “He’s going really good. Things didn’t work out last time but it was no-one’s fault, he just had no luck.”He has gate 11 of 12 but that’s seen as a positive by Sprague who said his horse would have the room to stride out and avoid traffic like last time and Luke Rolls rides him for the fourth time in a row which is key.“I don’t think the wide gate will worry him because he’s a big, striding horse. He was caught in behind them last time and there was nowhere to go. The gaps weren’t big enough,” Sprague said. “Luke is used to him now so everything might pan out for him now.“He’s a very hard horse to get around but when I had him as a young horse and he won two at Newcastle for me I thought he was a Highway horse.“He got an infection in his back hock and it’s taken so long to get him back to where we were again but I think I just about have him there.“I hope he wins this race so he’s not eligible for a Highway.”Sprague’s wife Karen is the sole owner of Stylish Pattern at the moment but he said she’s accepting of what happens on the track.“She just puts her hands in the air and leaves it all to me. We’ve leased him because I still think there’s plenty of potential still in him,” Sprague said.
The Body scores new gig on the Gold Coast
Elle Macpherson will be a keynote speaker at AREC on the Gold Coast this year. ELLE Macpherson will bring some star power to the Gold Coast next month when the city hosts the Australasian Real Estate Conference (AREC). The global business and fashion icon, better known as ‘The Body’, will be one of 43 speakers…
ELLE Macpherson will bring some star power to the Gold Coast next month when the city hosts the Australasian Real Estate Conference (AREC).
The global business and fashion icon, better known as ‘The Body’, will be one of 43 speakers at the real estate empowerment event, which will run for two days at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 30 to 31.
AREC founder John McGrath said the conference would be one of Australia’s largest industry events since COVID emerged.
Other keynote speakers include serial entrepreneur Gary Vee, New York Times bestselling author Ryan Holiday and Olympic aerial skier Jacqui Cooper.
Some international speakers will appear virtually due to international border restrictions.
Macpherson will be interviewed via satellite by journalist Lisa Wilkinson and share her insights into ‘building a brand that transcends the ordinary’.
Brisbane’s Gabba set for $1b upgrade pending Olympic bid
Brisbane’s Gabba is set to receive a $1 billion refurbishment pending whether the city wins the 2032 Olympic Games. Sky News host Peter Gleeson said July 22 is “D-Day for the Queensland bid” and the state is currently in “targeted dialogue status”. “That means that the International Olympic Committee are only talking to Queensland right…
Brisbane’s Gabba is set to receive a $1 billion refurbishment pending whether the city wins the 2032 Olympic Games.
Sky News host Peter Gleeson said July 22 is “D-Day for the Queensland bid” and the state is currently in “targeted dialogue status”.
“That means that the International Olympic Committee are only talking to Queensland right now so we’re in the box seat”.
“The Gabba announced yesterday as the likely, well in fact the place where we will have the opening and closing ceremony”.
“One billion dollars, the structure as we know it now would be demolished and it would make way for this 50,000 seat stadium, it would completely transform that whole Gabba precinct.”
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