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Bullets suffer 12th straight away loss

The Bullets during a time-out.
The Bullets during a time-out.

BRISBANE continued to be NBL roadkill after suffering a 96-89 loss to the league-leading New Zealand in Auckland on Thursday night.

The Bullets have lost their last 12 away games spanning the end of last season and the start of this campaign which has included five losses on the road.

The last time Brisbane won an away game was on December 1 last year when the Bullets beat the Wildcats at Perth Arena.

And if Brisbane are serious about giving the top four a fright, they need to fix their away game woes immediately.

The Bullets take on Sydney in Sydney on Saturday with Brisbane playing six of their next seven matches away from the comforts of Southbank or Boondall.

Adam Gibson runs the court against the Breakers.
Adam Gibson runs the court against the Breakers.

Brisbane is the only side in the NBL not to win on the road this season and fell to a 4-8 record after trading punches with the Breakers (10-3) for long periods.

The Bullets got within three points of the home side with 90 seconds remaining after a tight tussle but Breakers import Devonte Newbill made some big plays down the stretch to snap a two-game losing streak for the home side.

The malfunctioning live scoring on the NBL’s website had the teams locked together on 98-all at fulltime but the internet was the only place where the Bullets were able to match the Breakers for the full 40 minutes as New Zealand dominated the boards.

Head coach Andrej Lemanis urges the Bullets on.
Head coach Andrej Lemanis urges the Bullets on.

Brisbane beat New Zealand on Sunday when the Bullets contained the Breakers to just 76 points but the competition powerhouse was able to break the shackles with Tom Abercrombie leading the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Bullets centre Tom Jervis had 20 points before he was fouled out in the fourth quarter.

The Breakers led by one point at quarter-time and by two points at the main break as Brisbane stayed in touch with good passing and good positioning close to the basket.

But the Breakers started to pull away from the visitors in the third quarter and kept a determined but ultimately outclassed Brisbane at bay.

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