Jeremy Kendle says the Bullets must keep their foot on the peddle. Picture: AAP
Jeremy Kendle says the Bullets must keep their foot on the peddle. Picture: AAP

Bullets on target to extend streak

With his own immediate playing future secured, Brisbane import Jeremy Kendle says the Bullets need to keep coming out with all guns blazing to stay in the NBL's top four.

After being the rank underdog in the two wins over reigning champions Melbourne last weekend, the fourth-placed Bullets (7-6) find themselves in the unfamiliar position of favourite for Saturday's clash with Adelaide (5-8) at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Kendle's temporary tenure at the Bullets has been extended for the rest of the NBL season after two eye-catching efforts off the bench against United.

The American guard is "thrilled to get the opportunity" but said both he and Brisbane cannot take their foot off the pedal as they look to build on a three-game winning streak that has made the NBL sit up and take notice.

"We feel like we have got a good thing going on right now,'' Kendle said.

"But we have to keep the same mentality and same sense of togetherness.

"Adelaide will be tough but it will be fun. They are well-coached, play hard and get up and down the floor … they are extremely talented.

 

Jeremy Kendle cuts to the basket for an easy two against Melbourne. Picture: Getty
Jeremy Kendle cuts to the basket for an easy two against Melbourne. Picture: Getty

 

"We can't be worried about what the outside world is saying about us.

"We can only control the things we can control so we'll keep doing what we've been doing.

"I'm just going to keep taking it one game at a time and do whatever the team needs me to do.''

Adelaide will be hell-bent on turning their season around.

Last year's grand finalists lost to Illawarra on the buzzer last weekend at home and have slipped to sixth on the NBL ladder.

Every Joey Wright-coached team plays hard but the 36ers will be especially desperate on Saturday.

 

Joey Wright and the 36ers are feeling the pressure. Picture: Getty
Joey Wright and the 36ers are feeling the pressure. Picture: Getty

 

Brisbane have won both encounters between the teams this season with a Cam Gliddon long bomb handing the Bullets a last-gasp 93-90 victory in Adelaide on November 4, three days after the sides fought out a spiteful clash at Southbank where the home team triumphed 108-98.

The teams are also not especially fond of each other with a number of incidents from their match-ups winding up in front of the NBL's Game Review Panel in recent times.

Brisbane veteran Mika Vukona did not train on Friday due to a calf strain and is likely to be sidelined. He will be replaced by Tyrell Harrison in the Bullets line-up.

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