The “Cam Slam” of Cameron Gliddon and Cameron Bairstow carried Brisbane to a startle 86-73 feat over New Zealand in a NBL season-opener Thursday night.
The Bullets had not lowered a colours of a Breakers in Auckland given Dec 2005 and were during prolonged contingency to mangle a drought final night after a fear run of injuries and removal general commitments in a pre-season.
But Boomers member Gliddon (career-high 29 points, 6 rebounds, dual assists, dual steals) and Bairstow (14 points, 5 rebounds) showed all their category and knowledge to drive Brisbane to an vicious win for a bar that had claimed a final dual wooden spoons.
After a careless initial entertain when a freewheeling Breakers were full of using and a Bullets could not strike a side of a barn, Brisbane showed toughness, intrepidity and fortify in a character-oozing triumph.
Gliddon’s lethal sharpened and Bairstow’s tough yards in a paint were a substructure of a feat that was clinched with a 17-0 run opposite a third and fourth buliding that silenced a Spark Arena throng that enclosed new Breakers part-owner and ex-NBA actor Shawn Marion.
“For some reason we play flattering good here though it’s usually good to get a win. First diversion on a road, that’s a tough approach to start a deteriorate generally opposite such a good program. We are unequivocally stoked,’’ Gliddon said.
They had assistance along a approach with import Alonzo Gee overcoming a bad initial half to raze in a final dual buliding for 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists with a array of honeyed burst shots removing him going.
Fellow American Stephen Holt supposing good hint off a dais with 12 points entrance during vicious times.
And five-time NBL champion Mika Vukona had 9 points and 4 play opposite a bar he played for on 354 occasions with all his hardness, knowledge and nous entrance to a fore.
“We had some things we indispensable to work by in a pre-season. It was good to come out here and usually be means to get on tip of that,’’ Vukona pronounced after his vicious purpose in a win.
“The guys did an well-developed pursuit defensively…committed to it… so it was good. Great win for us.
“We were here to try and win. We need certainty right now and it was a good step. We’ve usually got to behind that up.’’
Brisbane took a 59-55 advantage into a final mangle and blew a Breakers off a justice with a initial 8 points of a fourth quarter.
The Breakers’ corruption stagnated as Brisbane upped their defensive power and tranquil a dash with 11 descent play in a initial half gripping them in a competition after sharpened during usually 33 per cent from a field.
Corey Webster topscored for a home group with 23 points as one of usually 3 Breakers players to strike double figures.
The Bullets face Cairns Saturday night during a Brisbane Convention Centre.
BRISBANE BULLETS 86 (C Gliddon 29 C Bairstow 14 A Gee 13) bt NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS 73 (C Webster 20 S Long 12 T Wesley 11) during Spark Arena