Brisbane no nirvana for Townsville
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.