Breakers by Numbers v Townsville Crocodiles

Some numbers from the Breakers 96-84 victory over the Townsville Crocodiles on Friday night at North Shore Events Centre.

The number of points scored by energetic guard Shea Ili in just his second appearance for the club.

4

The career high number of steals snared by Corey Webster

7.2

The considerable points per game difference between Corey Webster’s production this season (15.7ppg) compared with last season (8.5ppg).

18

The total steals secured by the Breakers are the highest against any opposition since the club’s inaugural NBL game against Adelaide 36ers back in October 2003. Dillon Boucher helped himself to a small matter of 8 personal steals on that night.

19

Influential guard Rhys Carter contributed a season high points haul including 5 out of 6 from the land of three’s.

1,500

Carter passed 1500 NBL career points in his 238th game @ 6.3ppg. This season he has 140 points @8.8ppg.

3,600

The kilometers travelled by the team on their ‘recovery day’ before taking on the Taipans in Cairns on Sunday afternoon.

3,719

The size of the crowd on a hot and humid night at the NSEC

State of Origin Match Report

The inaugural ABSL State of Origin basketball game was held at the Auckland University Sports Centre on Tuesday night. The composition of the teams was based on where the team members played their junior basketball with Auckland taking on the South.

The game went into overtime after a bizarre finish to regulation time resulted in the scores being tied 110-110. The scoreboard showed Auckland ahead by five points with a handful of seconds remaining. Auckland allowed Dillon Boucher an uncontested lay up and even when Reuben Te Rangi slipped when receiving the inbounds pass to allow Boucher to score again on the hooter it appeared Auckland had won by a single point. However the scoresheet showed the scores tied and an extra period was required.Josh Bloxham scored the first points in the additional period but it was the younger legs of the Auckland team that made the telling plays of the final five minutes reeling off 14 unanswered points to record a 129-115 victory – Tait, Breakers players Duane Bailey and Reuben Te Rangi all in full flight.

South veterans Dillon Boucher and Paul Henare were to the fore in the early exchanges as they scored 15 of their team’s first 17 points and when Hayden Allen punished a Lindsay Tait technical foul the Southerners were ahead 27-21. Auckland guard Shea Ili responded strongly getting himself to the charity stripe on multiple occasions to cut the South lead to a single point at quarter time – 33-32.

Josh Bloxham showed some nice scoring touches off Dillon Boucher assists in the second period as the Auckland offense stuttered the South built a handy 55-48 half time advantage.

The quality passing of experienced trio Henare, Boucher and Puke Lenden was a sight to behold as they constantly found the open man, Allen the major beneficiary as he stroked four triples in the quarter, to help the South to a handy 84-76 advantage.

Auckland coach Benny Anthony encouraged his charges to quicken the pace of their offence, a tactic that worked for them as they opened the fourth quarter with a decisive 15-0 run courtesy of a Houston O’Riley three and additional buckets from Ana Haku, Nick Barrow and Lindsay Tait.

South coach Jeff Green signaled a time out, Bloxham and Jordan Ngatai scoring immediately after the break.

Unfortunately Hayden Allen exited the contest with a serious looking leg injury and when his team found themselves 10 points down, 101-91, with less than 4 minutes to play an Auckland win looked certain.

However a Morgan Natanahira tip in, a couple of Ngatai triples and that the strange finish gave the small crowd an additional five minutes of entertainment.

Final score;

Auckland 129 – Bailey 25, Tait 23, Te Rangi 20, Haku 17, Ili, 16, O’Riley 10, Barrow 10, Patrich Bolstad 8.

South 115 – Allen 22, Boucher 20, Ngatai 19, Henare 18, Natanahira 15,  Bloxham 14, Lenden 8.

Kiwis Abroad

There have been some outstanding performances in the past few days by many of our New Zealand international players plying their trade overseas. Steve Adams in the NBA headlined these performances.

On Thursday Adams helped the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome the LeBron-less Cleveland Cavs 103-94, with 8pts/10rebs/2blocks. The following night his numbers were even better as the Thunder won their fifth straight game. Adams had a double double of 16 points/11 rebounds including a career high 7 offensive boards as OKC defeated Minnesota Timberwolves 111-92.

In the ANBL Benny (BJ) Anthony had an outstanding final quarter as he played a key part in ending the Adelaide 36ers seven game losing streak. The game was in the balance, at three quarter time Adelaide was just ahead 65-63 before Anthony stepped up with 11 final quarter points and 3 rebounds as the 36ers defeated Melbourne United 90-77. The Tall Blacks power forward ended with 12 points on the back of 5 from 5 shooting from the field.

The 36ers had to back up 48 hours later in Perth and were outgunned 97-76 by the Wildcats, still smarting from their defeat against the Breakers on Thursday night. Anthony managed 4 points and 4 rebounds.

Townsville Crocodiles suffered a 77-61 loss in the ‘Reptile Rumble’ going down to the Cairns Taipans on Friday night. Leon Henry went scoreless for the Crocs but did snare 4 rebounds. Next up for Henry and the Crocs are the Breakers next Friday night.

In Europe both Rob Loe and Isaac Fotu had outstanding games for their respective teams.

KAO Dramas (3-7) snapped a three game losing streak in the Greek League recording an 82-76 home win against Apollon Patras (5-6). Loe scored 18 points including 3 from 4 threes and also added 7 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal

In Spain Isaac Fotu was promoted to the starting five at La Bruixa d’Or Manresa. The move paid dividends as the Kiwi forward scored 14 points to help Manresa to just there second win of the season – 78-77 against Valencia. Fotu shot 6/10FG that included three triples from three attempts.

The West Coast Waves slipped to 4-7 in the Australian WNBL after a fourth successive loss. They lost at home 86-77 to Dandenong, guard Toni Edmondson struggling with just 4 points (2/10FG).

Top of the table Townsville Fire (7-2) were much too hot for Dandenong defeating the Rangers 91-57. Micaela Cocks continued her good form producing an outstanding stats line of 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Fellow Tall Fern Jillian Harmon secured 9 rebounds and added 7 points for the Fire.

Harmon was just as prominent in the second game of their double header snaring 10 rebounds to go with 5 points as the Fire burnt the Canberra Capitals 92-81. Cocks was a little quieter with just 7 points but will be highly satisfied that the Fire boast a 9-2 record.

Plenty of outstanding individual performances then with Harmon, Cocks, Anthony, Fotu and Loe all worthy of the Lowdown player of the week gong but hard to go past a player playing in the best league in the world. Hats off to the Steve Adams performance for OKC against the Timberwolves.

Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Round 8

The Breakers Academy continued their winning ways with a hard fought win against the MaiFM 88 Sixers in round 8 of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam.

The Sixers jumped to an early 11-8 lead but the injection of Reuben Te Rangi from the bench – not a bad sixth man – started an 11-0 Breakers run and they led 19-14 at the end of the first period.

Brooke Ruscoe, making his first appearance of the season, nailed a triple to open the second period and then added a pair of freebies to put the Sixers back in front. The lead didn’t last long as the young forward pairing of Yuat Alok and Tai Wynyard made their presence felt, combining for 18 first half points. Hayden Allen scored four first half threes for the Sixers but they trailed 45-37 at half time.

A Shea Ili ‘and one’ play opened the Breakers second half account, Tyler Kerlin responded in kind for the Sixers. Kerlin and Allen provided the bulk of the scoring for the Sixers in the third period but the Breakers enjoyed a much better balanced offensive output as they led 65-58 with ten minutes remaining.

Hayden Miller scored a couple of buckets early in the final stanza but Jordan Ngatai scored 10 quick points including two from beyond the three point arc to take the Breakers to a 75-69 lead with 6:03 to play. A corner three from Isaac Letoa and a thundering Te Rangi drive stretched the Breakers lead into double figures before Allen and Robson Tavita responded, 83-76 with 2:30 remaining, and the game in the balance.

Any thought the Sixers had of stopping the Breakers four game winning sequence were quashed by Brad Anderson, Leota and Te Rangi who scored the last 12 points of the game to give the final scoreline a slightly distorted look to what was a good quality competitive game.

MaiFM Sixers 76 – Allen 29, Kerlin 12, Morgan Natanahira 9

Breakers Development 95 – Anderson 17, Te Rangi 13, Ili 12, Alok 12, Wynyard 12

 

Game two was a high scoring affair as the high riding Save Youthtown defeated the Birdmen in a tight one – 107-99. Both teams had five players in double figures as the scoreboard kept ticking over at a good clip. The Birdmen ended the first period 29-25 in the ascendancy but a dominant second quarter from Youthtown (35-25) opened up an advantage that a team boasting the experienced  Dillon Boucher and a fit again Lindsay Tait is unlikely to give up.

So it proved, the Birdmen edged the final period but it wasn’t enough to get the W.

Save Youthtown 107 – Ana Haku 20, Tait 19, Patrich Bolstad 18, Derone Raukawa 17, Boucher 11

The Birdmen – Johnny Fesolai 21, Casey Frank 16, Kane Keil 15, Karl Noyer 15, Jahlal Ibrahim 14

 

Standings after Round 8

Save Youthtown 7-1

Breakers Development 5-3

MaiFM 88 Sixers 3-5

The Birdmen 1-7

Vukona to Tie Henare

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Kiwis Abroad

Last week it was a clash of the Kiwi women in the Australian WNBL as Townsville’s Tall Ferns Micaela Cocks and Jillian Harmon took on fellow international Toni Edmondson’s West Coast Waves. Continue reading

The Isaac Fotu Story

201409070953355801070-p5.jpgIt is hard to believe that Issac Fotu, just embarking on his professional basketball career in Spain, was almost lost to the game of basketball six years ago. Continue reading

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Youthtown Suffer First Defeat in Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam

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Round 7 of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam played at Auckland University on Tuesday was most notable for the first defeat of the season for Save Youthtown. They were defeated 100-90 by Breakers Development who boasted a very useful starting five of Shea Ili, playing his first game of the season, Brad Anderson, Jordan Ngatai, Duane Bailey and Reuben Te Rangi. Continue reading

Kiwis Abroad

It was a clash of the Kiwis in the Australian WNBL as the West Coast Waves visited the Townsville Fire on Saturday night in northern Queensland. Continue reading

Fotu follows familiar footsteps

Isaac Fotu this week joined La Bruixa d’Or Manresa on a season long loan from fellow Spanish club Zaragoza. A couple of familiar names have played for Manresa in the past. Continue reading

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