Deadlock broken in final seconds
A NELLO Giordano three-point play stole victory from Caboolture Suns in the final seconds of a tense Century 21 Stadium meet on Saturday night.
The Bulls’ tall timber was a dominant force in the match, taking top scorer honours with 29 points and shooting the winning basket with 15 seconds to go, leaving the score set at 101-100.
Giordano tied the score with a basket from post position and was awarded a foul after a collision with a Suns’ defender.
The seasoned Bulls campaigner shot from the free-throw line to take the lead to the applause of a packed Century 21 Stadium.
Coach Adam Curran said the focus and skill shown by Giordano in the final quarter of the heated battle was crucial in the victory.
“He scored the winning basket and he was a driving force for the whole quarter. He attacked well, defended well and helped us turn the game around,” he said.
A lacklustre opening performance by the Bulls marred by a high error count helped Suns to a 17-point victory at half-time.
After a few stern words from Curran, Bulls entered the court in the second stanza as a more cohesive and structured unit.
Bulls reduced the deficit to six in the third quarter thanks to the combined attacking pressure of Giordano and American college basketball recruit Matt Hanson.
Hanson was a driving force for the team, broaching the key in a flurry of baskets and rebounds.
Curran said the spirited second-half effort of his team had compensated for mistakes made in the first half but warned his players must lift ahead of this week’s home-court clash with North Side Wizards.
“There were some great passages of play in there and we had some fantastic individual players but we need to work on consistency,” he said.