Red-hot Craig inspires Bullets to easy win over 36ers
BASKETBALL: It was the Torrey Craig show as the electric Brisbane Bullets guard torched the Adelaide 36ers with an offensive masterclass.
Craig stomped all over the 36ers with a career-high 34 points to go with 11 rebounds as the Bullets cruised to a 105-87 victory at Titanium Security Arena in Adelaide on Saturday night.
Veteran Anthony Petrie exploded for 23 points off the Bullets' bench in his first trip to Adelaide since leaving the 36ers, while Jermaine Beal had 20.
Nathan Sobey (24 points) and Daniel Johnson (20 points, 12 rebounds) toiled manfully for the 36ers, but couldn't prevent them dropping to their sixth loss from nine games.
The Bullets improved to 6-4 despite having former Chicago Bull and Boomers forward Cameron Bairstow taking the night off with general soreness.
Craig was hitting shots from all parts of the court, connecting on a red-hot 14 from 18 from the field, including three from five beyond the arc, while also doing a wonderful defensive job on 36ers star Jerome Randle.
Randle - the NBL's leading scorer - was limited to just seven points.
Highly rated NBA prospect Terrance Ferguson continued his difficult transition to the senior ranks, not taking a single shot in nearly 20 minutes.
The Bullets controlled the pace of the game from the outset, with Beal and Petrie making the early running.
Sobey sparked the Sixers with 10 points in the opening quarter, including a fast-break dunk and a step-back three, to get the home crowd in the contest.
But a buzzer-beating three-pointer from former 36ers captain Adam Gibson, after an inbounds play with 0.7 seconds on the clock, gave the visiting Bullets all the momentum as they took a 31-19 lead into quarter-time.
Johnson stepped up in his first game back from a hamstring injury with a huge second quarter to close a 15-point deficit to just one.
But the Bullets went on a 10-1 run in the last 1:40 of the term to take a 56-46 lead into the main break.