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Tom Abercrombie of the Breakers shot during the match of five NBL rounds between the Brisbane Bullets and New Zealand Breakers on November 11.


Amid the chaos of the game that slipped through the fingers of New Zealand Breakers, coach Kevin Braswell had little doubt that Tom Abercrombie would give the final blow.

And that's how it happened when the NBL 11-season veterans killed a stunning Bullet kick with the last-minute shot that made the Breakers win 85-84 at the Brisbane Convention Center.

The bullet trailed 23 points in the first half before guarding Adam Gibson (17 points) and Cameron Gliddon (14) almost outperformed the home side for an extraordinary comeback.

Gibson hit two foul shots to give his team a one-point advantage at the last minute before Abercrombie hit in a panic settlement for the game.

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"Tommy is a bit up this season," Braswell said.

"But Tommy will make a drama when you need it.

"Whether it's a defensive end or an offensive end – he came up with a huge offensive board too – I think he's great tonight at both ends."

The win helped tighten Breakers' grip on the top four while Brisbane's second defeat at the buzzer for the weekend saw the Bullet slip to fifth.

New Zealand must have a game in guarding them after a biased first half but Bullets do not know when to stop.

Two days after taking the buzzer-beat three Brisbane sinks in Perth, the Bullets summoned energy from their reserve tank when guard Adam Gibson shot them back into contention with 17 points.

But they gave the Breakers too much from the start, and could not transport the visitors led by Patrick Richard 21 points.

"This is very big for us," the Breakers Braswell also scored a victory against Cairns in Round 5.

Going so close to victory after falling far behind shows Bullets have amazing characters.

They saw a strong side with new imports of Lamar Patterson (seven steals) on the floor and fourth quarter heroics from Gibson bringing 3170 spectators to their feet.

"It shouldn't have to go down 20 to get to that mindset. It's one second and (if) we win that match like against Perth, it's 6-3 instead of 4-5," Gibson said.

"It's a matter of two shots. Everything that leads to that is important.

"Errors early in the match hurt us. We showed that when we played the right way, we would beat anyone."

– AAP



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