Brisbane Bullets go down to Illawarra Hawks in preseason clash

The Brisbane Bullets brought their National Basketball League season preparations to Logan on Friday night when they took on last year's grand finalists the Illawarra Hawks.

The Bullets came into the game at the Logan Metro Centre without centre Tom Jervis, guard Shaun Bruce and forward Mitch Young due to injury and illness and went down by 27 points to the visitors 94-67.

Illawarra were led to the win by centre Andrew Ogilvy, who was dominant throughout and finished with 29 points.

The Bullets trailed at the end of the first quarter 22-18 but were led by American import Stephen Holt with eight points and Australian Boomers' representative Daniel Kickert with six points, while the Hawks were led by import Demitrius Conger with nine.

Illawarra cranked up the defensive pressure in the second quarter and pushed their lead to 47-37 at the main break.

The physical nature of the Hawks' defence frustrated the Bullets with Kickert and Hawks guard Rhys Martin having to be separated by the referees when the Brisbane centre took exception to a bump from Martin.

Ogilvy was in fine form for the Hawks and finished the first half with 17 points, while Holt paced Brisbane with 11.

The Hawks extended their lead to 65-53 by the end of the third quarter, a lead that would have been larger if not for an Adam Gibson three-pointer in the final seconds of the period.

Ilawarra continued their defensive pressure in the fourth quarter to record an impressive victory.

Brisbane assistant coach CJ Bruton said the Bullets have plenty to work on before the season.

"Overall we want to see some good signs, but I thought tonight was just not showing that heart," he said.

"We missed a few easy buckets and tonight was one of those ones where we were close to the rim and there was probably easily 15 to 20 points we could've made on just lay-ups.

"But, defensively, you have to play with effort - there was a lot of breakdowns."

Bruton said preseason games such as those in Logan and the Sunshine Coast are important for the Bullets' future.

It's definitely huge, it's what makes the game great, for the club being in the community, the support that you get you've got to give it back," he said.

This story Brisbane Bullets go down to Illawarra Hawks in preseason clash first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.