Bogut stands tall among Kings

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

GI­ANT cen­tre An­drew Bogut con­tin­ues to make a com­pelling case for NBL MVP honours in his maiden sea­son, in­spir­ing the Syd­ney Kings to yes­ter­day’s 75-68 de­feat of the Bris­bane Bul­lets at Qu­dos Bank Arena.

Bogut, who won an NBA cham­pi­onship with the Golden State War­riors, was a force at both ends of the court, tal­ly­ing 14 points, 12 re­bounds, five as­sists and four blocks.

Spurred on by a crowd of 9545, the Kings chalked up their 11th win of the sea­son to re­main in top spot on the lad­der head­ing into the new year.

Stand­ing 2.13m, Bogut was at his best in crunch time af­ter the Bul­lets had closed the gap to four.

He made two pres­sure hook-shots with his left hand and un­der­lined his sta­tus as the NBL’s most feared de­fender around the bas­ket with a pair of de­fi­ant blocks. Amer­i­can play­maker Jerome Ran­dle was in­stru­men­tal with 14 points, while Kyle Ad­nam and Daniel Kick­ert com­bined for 22 off the bench af­ter cap­tain and two-time NBL MVP Kevin Lisch was held score­less for what was be­lieved to be the first time in his ca­reer.

Syd­ney’s win spoiled Bris­bane guard Adam Gib­son’s mile­stone 400th game and dropped the Bul­lets (8-8) into a tie for fifth spot with the Ade­laide 36ers.

Bogut had six points and six re­bounds in the open­ing pe­riod. The Bul­lets kept fight­ing in the fi­nal pe­riod be­fore Bogut’s clutch plays sealed vic­tory.

An­drew Bogut

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