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Sixers destroy hapless Bullets in NBL

NZN 19/01/2017 Steve Barrett

The top-of-the-table 36ers have made light work of the bottom-placed Brisbane Bullets with a 101-68 rout in Thursday night's NBL clash in Adelaide.

Commanding the contest from the outset and never troubled, the Sixers' demolition was anchored by Jerome Randle, who scored 22 points without a blemish in barely 20 minutes of action at Titanium Security Arena.

Randle was ably assisted by skipper Mitch Creek (15 points) as Adelaide cruised to their fifth win on the trot.

In contrast, out-of-form Brisbane import Jermaine Beal failed to trouble the scorers for the Bullets, who succumbed to their fourth-straight loss despite a lone hand played by Daniel Kickert (20 points, eight boards).

Nathan Sobey (13 points, seven assists) set a cracking early pace with a series of sizzling plays in the opening minutes, before Randle and Creek joined in on the act as the 36ers stormed ahead 29-15 at quarter-time, leaving Brisbane stunned.

Sobey's massive swat on Matt Kenyon set the tone for an equally dominant second quarter, at the end of which Adelaide drew further clear, 58-37.

Kickert fought hard with 13 second-quarter points for the injury-ravaged Bullets who, already without injured trio Adam Gibson, Cam Bairstow and Anthony Petrie, endured a brief scare when Torrey Craig landed awkwardly on his right knee after a dunk attempt was challenged by Matt Hodgson.

Craig soldiered on but there was no let-up for him or Brisbane in the third before the fourth quarter turned into the Terrance Ferguson show.

Scoreless at three-quarter-time, the young NBA prospect showcased his undoubted talent with a swag of eye-catching athletic plays as the margin continued to swell.

Adelaide coach Joey Wright praised the way his side ruthlessly charged on against the undermanned Bullets.

"With them short on numbers, it would have been easy to take the foot off the pedal and we've done that in a few games," Wright said.

"We didn't get complacent."

Brisbane coach Andrej Lemanis felt his side were never in the hunt against the red-hot title favourites.

"The (most) disappointing area was that we played on the back foot right from the start and let them have their way with us," he said.

"We didn't make a stand or a charge until it was almost too late."

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