Bullets are ready to show off Patterson


The Brisbane Bullets will reveal Lamar Patterson's new imports to their host audience when they host New Zealand Breakers on Sunday.

Patterson only played his second game for Bullets on Friday night, in a three-point defeat to the Perth Wildcats at the RAC Arena.

He shifted into the game, but played significantly more time than eight minutes he contributed to the Brisbane victory in Adelaide in Round 4.

Against the Wildcats, in 20 minutes on the field, Patterson finished with 13 teams of the same height, with 50 percent, plus he dropped four rebounds and had four assists.

And that was almost enough to make his new team cross the line; Bryce Cotton buzzer-beater stops the game from going into overtime.

But the defeat did not take anything from Brisbane's last appearance, which included a win over Perth in Round 3 and two wins against Adelaide 36ers in Round 4.

Coach Andrej Lemanis said his team had found a good rhythm.

"We have grown in the first eight games and we have found a good rhythm and trust in us," he said.

"We also experienced interference; we experienced interference with injuries.

"Lamar is here now for his second match; he's been here a week.

"So I think integration began to show tonight. I really feel comfortable with who we are as a team; the way we play together."

Brisbane look to maintain a winning percentage at home as they play Breakers on Sunday.

After losing 18 disappointing points to Cairns in Round 1, they have claimed impressive scalp in Perth and 36ers in front of their members and supporters.

"We have to put this one behind us. We play on Sundays at home. We can't think of this one at all," he said.

"There is a lot of pain in the dressing room and I think that pain will encourage us to come out and play well in front of our host audience on Sunday."

Brisbane will also be confident of their Round 1 win over the Breakers on the road, when they rise from a slow start to win with 13 points.

Cam Gliddon, who only scored nine goals against Perth on Friday, will be seen using the game to rediscover his touch quickly. He dropped 29 points that day against New Zealand.


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