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Lemanis Happy With Brisbane Crowd
- Updated: October 6, 2016
The return of the Brisbane Bullets was a successful one on Thursday night, after they took down the defending champs 72-65 in Brisbane.
The first Bullets home game since February 2008 (not including pre-season) was thought to be close to a sellout, however the crowd looked thin to start the game, the early start plus traffic was thought to be the blame for the slow arriving crowd.
@Andthefoulnet took me 1 hour to go 10kms
— Qldbball (@qldbasketball) October 6, 2016
@Andthefoulnet horrendous traffic
— George Edmonds (@_GeorgeEdmonds) October 6, 2016
As the first quarter ended a healthy 7,000 punters came in to watch a the import duo of Torrey Craig and Jermaine Beal take down the Wildcats on the back of a 19-0 run in the second half.
After the game Bullets head coach Andrej Lemanis mentioned how happy he was with how intelligent the basketball fans are in Brisbane.
“.. They understand they’re here to participate not just spectate. From that it’s an awesome reflection on where the city is at as a basketball city.”
Lemanis also reminded people that whilst the Bullets ARE back but they are also a new team and still have some things to figure out.
“It’s been an interesting ride with this return of the Bullets. Everyone talks about how the Bullets are back and that’s true, and we do have a history but in the last seven years we don’t have a history.
There is a lot of rebuilding that has gone on and a lot of things aren’t where they need to be just yet because we’re starting from zero, in terms of building this club back up. But the way the fans interacted with the game, that’s where you see, yes we do have a past, a history and they’re into basketball and they know what it’s about, they get into it and they understand they can have an influence on the game. That was really pleasing to see that.”
Craig top scored for the Bullets with 16 points, followed by former Wildcats Jermaine Beal, who finished with 14 points. Mitch Young had a strong game off the bench with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist.
For the Wildcats the only player to score in double figures was import Jameel McKay with 18 points.
The next Bullets game is this Saturday when they take on the Sydney Kings in Sydney.