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Bullets gun down Mons







Mons (Bel) 95 (84,69,39,19) (Evans 34, Jumin 13, Collier 12)
Birmingham Bullets 96 (84,62,44,24) (Bucknall 26, Rolston 25, Jackson 23)

Birmingham Bullets bounced back from last week's opening defeat in the Champions Cup to record a crucial overtime victory in Belgium.

The visitors led 44-39 at half-time but trailed by 69-62 going into the final period. They rallied back however as Kyle Rolston's three, followed by a steal and pair from the foul-line put Birmingham ahead in the final minute before Mons evened matters.

Ultimately, Bullets had the cool head of Martin Henlan to thank as his late free throws in the closing seconds nudged his team in front and they just hung on. 

Veteran Steve Bucknall - signed on a short-term deal - led the Bullets with 26 points including a vital three pointer with just 50 seconds remaining.

Mons had won their first game in Group A last week, defeating Dijon 79-78 in overtime, while Bullets narrowly lost 68-63 to Oliveirense of Portugal. 

And although the hosts closed the extra period with a three pointer, Bullets coach Tony Garbelotto was left to enjoy a winning run.

"It was a tremendous result," acknowledged Garbelotto. "We just played really hard. I didn't think we actually played very well -there is still a lot more to come from this team - but we played hard.

"Had we taken better care at the free-throw line - we missed 15 - the game would have been academic by the fourth quarter."
 


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