Bris­bane no nir­vana for Townsville

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

OVER the past five sea­sons the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre has be­come a house of night­mares for the Townsville Croc­o­diles.

To be fair, there are not many teams in the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League that have left the Bul­lets’ home court as win­ners in re­cent years but the mem­o­ries are par­tic­u­larly painful for Croc fans.

Townsville’s 137-97 de­feat on Satur­day night was just the last of a long list of strug­gles in the State cap­i­tal that now stretches to seven matches.

The last time the Croc­o­diles in­flicted de­feat on the Bul­lets in Bris­bane was way back on De­cem­ber 1, 2001 when Rob Rose led the team to a 112-101 tri­umph.

Since then, the Crocs’ Queens­land ri­vals have won by an av­er­age of 19 points and even in their clos­est loss — two points in 2002/03 — it was in a sea­son when Bris­bane fin­ished dead last.

The next tight­est was six points in 2004/05 but even then the boys from North Queens­land had to pile on a near-NBL record 56-point fi­nal term to scrap their way back from 33 points down at three-quar­ter time to gain that re­spectabil­ity.

While it is hard to rank which de­feat hurt most, es­pe­cially with 40 and 38-point thrash­ings amongst them, the 105-94 loss from last sea­son would have to be close to the top of the list.

Poised to break the streak when they led by 17 points at half­time, the Croc­o­diles ca­pit­u­lated and watched their sea­son sink with it as they scored just 28 sec­ond­half points.

Thank­fully, the next time Townsville tackle the Bul­lets it will be at The Swamp, where the win-loss ra­tio should again smile kindly on the home team.

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