Travis Trice in action against the Phoenix Suns.
Travis Trice in action against the Phoenix Suns. Christian Petersen

Trice confident after showing against the Suns

WITH his first meaningful game against his old NBL club just days away, Travis Trice has done his lofty NBA ambitions no harm with a starring role against the Phoenix Suns.

After facing the Cairns Taipans three times during the preseason, Trice and his Brisbane Bullets are now in preparation mode for the first all-Queensland derby of the 2017-18 season on Friday evening.

Trice, the Snakes MVP last season, impressed during the NBA Summer League with the Milwaukee Bucks and did his chances of getting a call-up to the big time no harm on Saturday afternoon.

Against future star of the league Devin Booker, the crafty floor general dropped 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the 114-93 loss to the NBA's Suns.

"My game gives me a lot of confidence coming back to the NBL but my focus is never on myself or how I am playing," Trice said.

"I am all about the team and I think about how we can get the team going.

"I think it was a good experience for us but we need to take this and keep rolling, we have got a tough flight home and then we have Cairns coming in.

"We have to get it rolling."

The former Snake had his family sitting court side for the game.

Fellow former Taipan Shaun Bruce made his comeback from injury in the game and looked settled on the big stage.

Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis was proud of the way the team showed some character and fought back after a horror start.

"We came out in the second half and defended with an intent and a spirit that we needed to be at. That's how the Bullets defence should actually look," Lemanis said.

"If you care at that end of the floor, good things happen.

"We had better ball movement off that and showed that we have that level of basketball in us.''

After the game, NBL owner Larry Kestelman rated the three-match series against NBA teams a success as it showed Australian basketball is world-class.

Brisbane arrive home this morning ahead of their first home game of the NBL season against Cairns at Boondall this Friday.

News Corp Australia


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