NBL: Sydney Kings stun Brisbane with huge second quarter

Tim Soars and Xavier Cooks walked away with the win for Sydney, scoring 20 points each in the Kings’ dismantling of the Bullets. Catch up on all Round 15 of NBL23 action.

Tim Soars and Xavier Cooks walked away with the win for Sydney, scoring 20 points each in the Kings’ dismantling of the Bullets. Catch up on all Round 15 of NBL23 action.

Unforgiving Sydney stuns Brisbane with second quarter siege

-GREG DAVIS

A SEATED second quarter set up Sydney’s relentless 116-67 hit against Brisbane as the Kings continued to extend their reign at the top of the NBL ladder at the Nissan Arena on Thursday night.

Sydney surpassed the home side 35-19 in their sophomore season to freeze the competition at half-time and clinch a 16-5 record as best league with their fifth straight win.

The Kings have won all five of those games by double digits and averaged over 100 points, with the Bullets being the latest team to succumb to Sydney’s run, gun and stun offense which helped five of the visitors to reach double digits, with Xavier Cooks and Tim Soares scoring the top goals with 20 points each.

After finishing a 26-point thrashing of Cairns in last week’s Queensland derby, Brisbane fired again with dysfunctional attack, disinterested defense and poor discipline. It was embarrassing for the home side that the fans left the stadium in the fourth quarter.

The Bullets plummeted to a fourth straight loss and a 5-16 record as the gaping chasm between the best in the NBL and one of the worst teams in the competition was brutally displayed as the Kings went 29-15 in the third quarter raged to open a 33-point lead at the final exchange.

With NBL owner Larry Kestelman, Australian basketball great and Kings shareholder Andrew Bogut, Brisbane Broncos stars Adam Reynolds and Corey Oates, and beloved former Bullets entertainer “Dancin’ Duncan” on the sidelines, Sydney blasted the game in the second term and scored the first eight points in a 14-2 run.

They showed no signs of slowing down as they extended their lead to 21 points just before half-time before Brisbane hit a shot on the buzzer to keep the one-sided result at 59-40 into the main break.

The Kings should have been more than a three-point lead by quarter-time after shooting poorly in the first term (nine of 21 from the field) and Brisbane’s weak defense giving them far too many open looks.

Sobey back to Aggressive Best

Brisbane star Nathan Sobey was unusually quiet in last week’s ‘Sunshine Stoush’, with just two points after deciding to play on matchday due to injury. Showing more of his trademark aggression and intent, he had six points after just four minutes when the Bullets went early with the Kings. He finished on 14 points as the Kings all cried in front of them after quarter time.

Hunter thunders through heated bullets

Kings bigman Jordan Hunter didn’t shy away from the hard stuff. He produced a thunderous alley-oop from a DJ Vasiljevic pass late in the first quarter as he had to jump, catch and dive in heavy traffic. He then had some argy-bargy with bullets center Aron Baynes during the second term as the big units traded fouls in the suit as tempers began to flare.

150 for Froling

Bullets forward Harry Fröling brought up his 150th NBL game on Thursday night, but he clearly fell out of favor in Brisbane. He’s been out of the rotation for a few weeks and didn’t see any playtime in the first half of his milestone game. Froling was viewed – by some – as a potential NBA prospect when he was with the Adelaide 36ers. He’s hardly an NBL prospect at the moment with another disappointing stint in the blue and gold.

The Sydney bench didn’t have the same point explosion as they did against Perth, but the Kings juggernaut maintains its menacing momentum as they came onto the pitch. Behind Tasmania, Sydney have the second most used bench in the league and the confidence shown by head coach Chase Buford in his second session is consistently rewarded. Jordan Hunter was the bencher’s choice for Sydney, whose depth is unmatched in the NBL.

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Ryan Sederquist

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