Bullet firing again, ready for Boom time
BRISBANE point guard Jason Cadee will roll into Australian Boomers camp on Monday after bouncing back to some welcome form in the Bullets' hoodoo-busting win over Illawarra last week.
Cadee had 15 points, five assists and three rebounds in Brisbane's 104-85 victory over the Hawks after having an afternoon to forget against Melbourne last Sunday.
The starting point guard for the NBL-based Boomers put up just two shots against United and finished with zero points, one rebound and three assists in the loss to the reigning NBL champions.
The Australian squad will assemble on Monday ahead of the two World Cup qualifying matches in Melbourne against Iran on November 30 and Qatar on December 3 with the NBL to have a competition-wide bye during the FIBA window.
One victory will officially seal a berth at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China when most - if not all - of the NBL-based Boomers will make way for Australia's stars in the NBA and Europe.
Cadee has been a constant in the Boomers side that has Australia on the cusp of the big dance as well as winning last year's Asia Cup and the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
He switched from Sydney to Brisbane in the off-season and has struggled to find his range from beyond the arc (30 per cent) but has been dishing out almost five assists a game while keeping turnovers to a minimum.
Cadee had a good look in the mirror after the Melbourne shocker that included a wayward airball from three-point land and focused on being aggressive ahead of the clash with the Hawks.
"I was extremely disappointed with myself last week," he said.
"I just really set the tone with myself that it was time to just forget about some of the little things and get out and play.
"It was nice to be rewarded by seeing some shots go through ... (and) I just thought I did a good job of controlling the pace."
Fellow Bullets and Boomers guard Cam Gliddon continued his excellent form with 15 points against Illawarra while national team centre Matt Hodgson got in foul trouble against the Hawks but dragged down eight rebounds and had three assists in less than 15 minutes on court.
Brisbane have seven players involved with three different teams during this FIBA window and Cadee said while the week off comes at a strange time in the NBL season, Brisbane had the experience to handle it as they go into the break with a 5-6 record.
"There's a lot of us away but I think we are pretty lucky that we've got a group that understands each other," he said.
"It's a chance for us to come back with a bit of an edge.
"We've been awfully close (in a number of games), we've been right there and now we've got to take some extra steps and start pushing on as we go into Christmas."