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Brisbane Bullets belt struggling Adelaide 36ers in NBL

AAP logoAAP 19/11/2016 Steve Barrett

Jermaine Beal of the Brisbane Bullets competes for the ball. © Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images Jermaine Beal of the Brisbane Bullets competes for the ball. Electrifying Brisbane swingman Torrey Craig put on an offensive clinic to steer the Bullets to a 105-87 NBL rout of the Adelaide 36ers on Saturday.

Craig showcased his full bag of tricks to rack up 34 points and 11 rebounds in the emphatic victory at Titanium Security Arena and consign the struggling Sixers to their fourth successive defeat.

The American shot at an impressive 78 per cent success rate and was ably assisted by former 36er Anthony Petrie (23 points) and guard Jermaine Beal (20).

Jerome Randle (seven points at 22 per cent) was again off-colour as the Sixers were bereft of answers, aside from solid contributions from Nathan Sobey (24 points) and Daniel Johnson (20 points, 12 rebounds).

Torrey Craig of the Brisbane Bullets looks to pass the ball. © Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images Torrey Craig of the Brisbane Bullets looks to pass the ball. The signs were ominous early when the Bullets, without former Chicago Bull and Rio Olympian Cam Bairstow (general soreness), drilled seven first-quarter three-pointers capped by former Adelaide captain Adam Gibson's desperate heave on the quarter-time buzzer which gave the visitors a 31-19 advantage.

The margin blew out to 15 early in the second before Johnson, returning from a hamstring injury, turned the tide Adelaide's way, slashing the Bullets' lead to just two points.

The home side's revival was short-lived, Brisbane closing the quarter with a 10-1 run to stretch the buffer back out to double digits at halftime before pressing their foot on Adelaide's throat with a withering 34-20 third term.

Craig was the star of the show, racking up 14 points at 100 per cent for the stanza as the Bullets sprinted to a 27-point lead, which proved more than enough.

They cruised home in the final term ahead of this Thursday's rematch between the two sides at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

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