After a decade out of the QBL, the Brisbane Spartans drew first blood taking the opening round win against state league rivals the Logan Thunder. Featuring a strong contingent of Bullets talent, the match promised to deliver high level basketball with each team looking to set a precedent for the season ahead. On the night the star combination of Adam Gibson and Tom Jervis was to much for the Logan outfit with both players putting in strong performances. Gibson finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists while Jervis tallied 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Speaking of the pair, Spartans coach Ben Thompson recently said he did not think there was a better duo in the competition than Jervis and Gibson.
“Having Tommy on our team is huge … he and Gibbo (Gibson) have four NBL championships behind them and I’ll be surprised if Tommy isn’t part of the Australian squad later this year,” Thompson said.
“Tom has been a very good player in the NBL and will be a great player in the QBL, and hopefully lead us to the goals we want to reach.
“I couldn’t think of two better players to have in your team than Tom Jervis and Adam Gibson. It makes things easier for me because we basically have coaches on the court.”
For the Thunder Mitch Young led the way with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Other Brisbane Bullets player’s off-season results:
USC Rip City – 79 defeated Sunshine Coast Phoenix – 76
Isiah Tueta – 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists (Rip City)
Tom Fullarton – 12 points, 7 rebounds (Phoenix)
Matt Kenyon – 8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists (Phoenix)
Brisbane Capitals – 98 defeated Gold Coast Rollers – 81
Torrey Craig – 21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists (Rollers)
Mackay Meteors – 94 defeated Rockhampton Rockets – 72
Shaun Bruce – 24 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists (Meteors)
Mackay Meteors – 87 defeated Gladstone Port City Power – 66
Shaun Bruce – 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists (Meteors)
Southland Sharks – 97 defeated Taranaki Mountainairs – 67
Reuban Te Rangi – 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals (Sharks)
Canterbury Rams – 106 defeated Taylor Hawks – 89
Jeremy Kendle – 25 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists (Rams)