The Bullets first game at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) sees Andrej Lemanis’ team come up against one of the most talented squads in the NBL.
After their opening round clash against the Illawarra Hawks in Wollongong, you would have been forgiven for thinking the Adelaide 36ers might struggle to find the form that saw them narrowly miss the NBL finals last year.
Just two days later the young 36ers picked themselves up and turned it on against a stacked Melbourne United on the road thanks to a scoring masterclass by arguably the best point guard in the league, Jerome Randell.
With the likes of Mitch Creek, Daniel Johnson, Matt Hodgson and one of the League’s most exciting talents, American import Terrance Ferguson, today’s clash will be no walk over for the Bullets despite an impressive opening round.
Although the team from the River City are a brand new group, there will be no shortage of love loss during this evening’s clash.
Adelaide Head Coach Joey Wright returns to the city where he won an NBL Championship in 2007, while on court Adam Gibson and Anthony Petrie come up against a team and city they called their own over the past four seasons.
“It will be interesting. Gibbo and I will know a lot of the stuff they’re running so hopefully we can help with our defensive scout,” Anthony Petrie said.
“We know the style they like to play so we’re going to have to be switched on defensively, especially in defensive transition.”
“I’m just excited – not only to play Adelaide but to play at a packed out BCEC.”
Adelaide have showed in their opening three games they have the potential to become one of the most exciting teams in the NBL, while the Bullets have already earmarked themselves as early contenders for best defence in the competition.
The Bullets no doubt have the ability to shut down Adelaide’s scorers, but if the 36ers click and show their immeasurable talent, it could be a tough first night at the BCEC for the Bullets.
Rest assured, Coach Lemanis will no doubt have a few tricks up his maroon and white sleeves.