Torrey Craig of the Brisbane Bullets at the free-throw line.
Torrey Craig of the Brisbane Bullets at the free-throw line. DAN PELED

Kings back in Brisbane for first time in nine years

BASKETBALL: The Brisbane Bullets are at the crossroads heading into round six of their return NBL campaign.

After beginning the season with back-to-back wins, the Bullets are suddenly staring down the barrel of losing a third match in a row and fifth from six outings when they host the Sydney Kings tonight.

The Andrew Gaze-led Kings will make their first appearance in Brisbane in more than nine years, and will present as big a challenge to the hosts as they did back in 2007-08 when they continued their unbeaten run.

This time, they sit top of the table at 8-2 and having gotten the better of the Bullets late last month (87-78), reversing the result of their round-one encounter (77-73).

The Kings' line-up has been dubbed by some as arguably the most talented the competition has seen, with Gaze bringing together the likes of reigning MVP Kevin Lisch from Illawarra and boom import Greg Whittington.

Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis will be desperate to see Torrey Craig, the No.1 for rebounds, and Jermaine Beal step up and reign over the Kings tonight.



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