BRISBANE snapped a 373-day drought between NBL road wins with a Travis Trice-inspired 85-77 victory over Sydney at Homebush on Saturday.
The last time the Bullets tasted success away from home was on December 1 last year in Perth and their losing streak on the road extended to 12 games after Thursday night’s defeat at the hands of New Zealand.
But Trice led the charge to stop the rot with 19 points, six assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a starring role against the Kings.
Trice did not have a point to his name in the first quarter but only got hotter the longer it went in the clash between the NBL’s two cellar-dwellers.
The point guard hit a critical three-point dagger with two minutes left in the fourth term to extend Brisbane’s lead to 11 points and all but secure Brisbane’s fifth win of the season.
The teams traded baskets for a vast majority of the first three quarters to the extent they set a new mark for the most lead changes in a single game this season.
But Brisbane kicked away towards the end of the third quarter and took a three-point buffer into the last change.
Brisbane and Sydney are the two worst fourth-quarter teams in the competition but the Bullets showed the right amount of intensity, cohesion and desperation compared to the Kings who lacked urgency.
After being dominated on the boards by the Breakers on Thursday, the Bullets bounced back against the Kings winning the rebound count by a convincing 42-29 despite Sydney having a size advantage in the paint.
Import Perrin Buford had 12 points and nine rebounds for Brisbane while Daniel Kickert and Reuben Te Rangi had 11 points and five rebounds each.
Centre Tom Jervis struck foul trouble early but had eight points and five rebounds with back-up Bullets big man Mitch Young adding nine points and four boards for the visitors.
Point guard Adam Gibson had nine points for the Bullets but his priceless poise in the tense moments was more important.
The Kings were best served by imports Jeremy Tyler (23 points, eight rebounds) and Jerome Randle (22 points, four assists) but did not get enough help from the rest of their over-hyped squad to be last on the ladder at 3-11 at the halfway mark of their miserable campaign.