23/04/2024

Jason Cadee was played an instramental role in the Brisbane Bullets victory of the South East Melbourne Phoenix. (@NBL/Twitter)

The Brisbane Bullets have put another spin to the top six play-off standings, beating the South East Melbourne Phoenix.

In the first quarter, both teams went basket for basket run from both teams, with Gary Browne, Trey Kell III, and Mitch Creek dominating inside the paint and three-point line respectively.

For the Bullets, Jason Cadee found his range from the field in the first quarter, finishing the quarter with six points.

Both teams shot the ball relatively well, with the Phoenix shooting 50 per cent compared to the Bullets, shooting 41 per cent.

The Bullets had a strong second quarter, controlling the game on their terms, with Tyrell Harrison and Nathan Sobey both driving hard to the basket and finishing three-point plays, whilst Cadee continued to be a threat from the perimeter, finishing the first half with 18 points, helping the Bullets have a seven-point lead at half-time.

Brisbane lifted its energy in the second quarter, getting stops on the defensive end and playing with intent. It punished South East Melbourne outscoring it 30 to 17 in the quarter.

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The Phoenix had a strong third quarter, outscoring the Bullets, 22 to 13, but the visitors finished the game strongly, with a 23-point last quarter to seal the victory.

The Bullets benched lifted in the second half, 20-14, and continued to shoot from the field well, shooting at 49 per cent and three-point line, shooting at 32 per cent.

Jason Cadee (28 points, four rebounds, and three assists), Nathan Sobey (15 points) and DJ Mitchell (10 points, five rebounds, and three assists) were among the Bullets’ best.

Speaking to the media post-game, Brisbane Bullets coach Greg Vanderjagt spoke about the second quarter, where the Bullets went on an eight-to-two run and the message he gave his team.

“One of the things pre-game that we spoke about was trying to find pace in the game,” Vanderjagt said.

“We really targeted some key matchups in that game that we were able to exploit. In terms of what we found was a group who played was energy in the ball.

“It was built on the back of getting stops, we were able to string, three, four, five, six stops [together].”

The Bullets face two games in round 16, hosting the Adelaide 36ers on Thursday night, and before going on the road on Saturday afternoon to play the Illawarra Hawks.

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