Injury-riddled Brisbane will ride or die on the skills of Boomers ironmen Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee as they cope with life without a host of key players.
The two guards each played nearly all of the 40 minutes of the Bullets’ loss to Sydney Saturday night and coach Andrej Lemanis acknowledged they would be called upon to carry a heavy load without the likes of injured imports Vic Law and Lamar Patterson.
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Nathan Sobey caught fire against the Kings in a losing effort. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“Sobes and Jase, the reality is those two guys are national team players they were with me on that journey of four or five years as we qualified for the World Cup and we won the Asia Cup together,” Lemanis said after the loss.
“We’re going to lean on those two now. Certainly they were guys I wanted in the team, we went hard and recruited because they’re not only good players, but they’re good people.”
Sobey was brilliant in the first-half, pouring in 21 points on his way to a game-high 31 to go with six three-pointers and nine rebounds, while Cadee made three treys of his own on his way to 11 points.
Andrej Lemanis has a number of injury issues to cope with. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The Bullets are still yet to establish the severity of Law’s ankle injury, the frustrated coach admitting the long weekend had thrown a spanner in the works.
“Because it’s Easter, it’s very difficult to get the experts that you need to give you that sort of information so our plan at the moment is to reconvene on Tuesday with the appropriate experts, to sit down with Vic and the medical team and have that discussion and hopefully get some more clarity on it,” Lemanis said.
Also on the injury list are Tanner Krebs and Anthony Drmic, leaving the Bullets severely undermanned.
Lemanis said Cadee and Sobey would be integral in helping the Bullets’ younger brigade get better.
Veteran Cadee takes youngster Blake Jones to school. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Development player Blake Jones managed eight points in his first career start, while fellow teenager Tamuri Wigness had six off the bench.
“Nice to see Blake Jones get his first points and first start in the NBL, it’s good for him and some pleasing signs for the work he’s been putting in and Tamuri Wigness getting his opportunity,” he said.
“He came in and I thought he offered us something which was pleasing to see. Those guys have been working hard and when they got their opportunity tonight they came in and held their own, which was good for them and good for us as a club moving forward.”
Originally published asBoomer Bullets must shoulder heavy load: Lemanis
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