The Courier-Mail

Bullets fire on back of star duo

- GREG DAVIS

BRISBANE’S dynamic duo of Nathan Sobey and Vic Law both had points to prove and combined brilliantl­y to lead the Bullets to an upset 97-91 win over Illawarra at Melbourne’s John Cain Arena last night.

The calamity of a poor shot selection from Hawks import Justin Simon and a silly foul from his Illawarra teammate Deng Adel sent Law to the line in the dying seconds to put the NBL Cup game on ice for the improving Bullets.

Sobey (pictured) – left out of the Boomers squad for the Tokyo Olympics by Australian and Illawarra coach Brian Goorjian – had 18 points, six assists, two steals, one block and a fine defensive effort against Hawks star Tyler Harvey.

Meanwhile, his partner-incrime Law finished with 29 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and three assists after a quiet nine-point outing against South-East Melbourne on Sunday.

“I took it easy on them (Phoenix), I wasn’t aggressive early. I gave them a break and tonight I made a point to come out and be aggressive … I just had to put my stamp on this one and get a Bullets win,’’ Law said.

“There’s a stat … we’re undefeated when I have a moustache and it’s back, so we won.’’

In Brisbane’s previous three wins, Law – with a moustache – also scored 27 points or more.

Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis said Sobey had not spoken about making a point to Goorjian but the guard was significan­t at both ends of the floor.

“He was disappoint­ed, as he should be, when he missed out on that squad and whether that meant he came in with a little extra edge tonight … if he did, good on him,’’ he said.

In last night’s other match, the Perth Wildcats demolished the Cairns Tapians 89-69.

The Wildcats only led 43-41 at the main break but took control in the third period.

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