The Tasmania JackJumpers have scrapped their way to a dramatic nine-point overtime victory over the Brisbane Bullets in their NBL debut.
- The JackJumpers managed to edge out the Bullets by nine points
- The game saw a record-breaking 4,738-person crowd
- Brisbane’s Nathan Sobey was ejected with an unsportsmanlike and technical foul
The league’s newest franchise held their nerve to claim and overtime 83-74 at Hobart’s MyState Bank Arena as Brisbane star Nathan Sobey was ejected from the game in the dying stages.
The Australian Boomers Olympic bronze medallist was called for an unsportsmanlike foul and launched a verbal tirade at officials as he left the court.
Sobey had earlier been called for a technical foul and was given his marching orders with his side leading 73-71.
The JackJumpers went on a 10-1 run in his absence to secure the victory in front of a 4738-strong sell-out crowd.
“We’re trying to build something here that’s special. What a way to start the season off,” coach Scott Roth said.
“In a game like this there was a tremendous amount of emotion.
“(But) I thought our guys for the most part were very level-headed and kept their composure throughout.”
Hobart-born Sam McDaniel and Jack McVeigh both nailed telling three-pointers late in overtime.
The match was tied at 69-69 at the end of regulation time after Sobey sunk a three-point shot to level the scores with just 5.9 seconds on the clock.
He finished with a game-high 24 points, with 16 of those coming in an outstanding first half.
Tasmania’s US import Josh Adams (20 points) found his range as the game progressed after a wayward opening, while countryman Josh Magette (19) made some important free throws in overtime.
McDaniel, the JackJumpers inaugural signing whose father Wayne played six seasons with the Hobart Devils, fittingly scored the opening points.
Tasmania opened up a 27-19 lead at the end of the first quarter on the back of six points from turnovers to Brisbane’s nil.
The Bullets mounted a comeback to reduce the margin to one at halftime, but the home side stayed the course to take a 56-53 lead into the final quarter.
In a topsy-turvy final quarter, Brisbane were down 67-66 when Lamar Patterson missed both free throws with 14 seconds on the clock.
Tasmania’s Will Magnay then nailed two of his own before Sobey stepped up to send the match into overtime.