"You come to the king, you'd better not lose."
The quote from the TV show "The Wire" came to fruition on Sunday when Brisbane failed to capitalize on its chances and suffered a 102-94 defeat at the hands of relentless NBL champion Melbourne United.
United turned the Melbourne Arena into a genuine fortress and clinched their 17th win in their last 19 home games with a second-half addition to finish on top of Bullets, who fell to a third straight loss and a record of 4 wins. -6.
To beat United in Melbourne, you have to be almost perfect. Brisbane was not and had to deal with the consequences.
You can not commit 15 turnovers, lose counting rebounds and get into trouble and expect to beat United's deep and talented team, which was a bit too big, too strong and too stylish when it was counted.
Brisbane secured the second straight time and beat United 24-18 with Stephen Holt (11 points) and Lamar Patterson (10 points) ahead with warm hands for the visitors.
However, both added only one point at a time, as they were used intermittently after the main break with Adam Gibson (19 points) and Cam Gliddon (16 points) taking the scoreline for Bullets, who lost two points in three. fourth trimester.
Led by import guard Casper Ware (23 points, six assists), Boomers forward David Barlow (18 points) and captain Chris Goulding (16 points), Melbourne seized the momentum to secure their sixth win in their last seven games. and cement the second place on the ladder.
Brisbane had their chances of taking advantage of Melbourne's home run but either failed to knock the critical kicks or threw the ball out at important moments to leave United out of danger.
Gibson's team follows the 17-point mark of defeat in the last second to New Zealand on Sunday with the 2012 Olympic athlete providing a big advantage of the bench with five three-pointers from eight attempts against Manchester United.
His backup partner and Boomers, starting point guard Jason Cadee, had an afternoon to forget with zero points after taking only two shots, including an airball from outside the arc.
Reuben Te Rangi has added weight to his claims for the NBL's most improved player award with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for Brisbane, who will now face Illawarra on Thursday before NBL broke the FIBA qualifying window .
Brisbane will take over Melbourne twice in the space of three days, when the NBL starts again in December.