United see off Bullets’ late surge
MELBOURNE United have extended their winning streak to seven games, fighting off a spirited second half comeback by the Brisbane Bullets to run out 98-89 winners.
Tenacious defence, crisp ball movement and hot outside shooting categorised the evening for United, who were sparked by star big man Jock Landale. 11 of Landale’s season-high tying 23 points came in the first quarter, setting the tone for the evening.
The big man also made his presence felt on the defensive side of the floor, allowing United to unlock their transition offence. Swatting Harry Froling’s shot attempt in the paint, the Landale block deflected fl straight t into the hands of Sam McDaniel who went coast-to-coast for a two-handed jam to give United a 43-26 lead with 6:41 to play in the first half.
Trailing by 18 points after two quarters, the Bullets surged back into the game behind some red-hot shooting from MVP candidate Nathan Sobey (pictured).
The dynamic scoring guard dropped 23 of his 30 in the second half, helping the Bullets cut the deficit to five late in the fourth quarter but the home team steadied the ship to close out the game in front of 3442 fans at John Cain Arena.