2 Alex Pledger was missing from the Breakers line up due to injury, only the 2nd game missed by the big man in the last 113 games stretching over 3½ seasons. Continue reading
The Sky City Breakers were given their Xmas leave immediately after the home defeat to the Perth Wildcats on December 13th. Players and coaches enjoyed a four-day break before heading back to work and preparing for an encounter with the Sydney Kings on Sunday December 29. Continue reading
The 2013 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam came to an exciting climax on Saturday. After twelve weeks of jousting andjostling the two finalists played out a game worthy of the top billing accorded it in a three game basketball fiesta at Youthtown on Saturday afternoon.
For long periods in the second half it looked as if the more fancied Block City Brawlers would prevail. However a Casey Frank drive on the full time buzzer tied the game and the Birdmen were the stronger finishers in overtime eventually winning 107-101.
The Birdmen (3-9) had the worst record in the regular season but the good size crowd looking on wouldn’t have known as they raced to a 11-0 lead on the back of 6 early points from Chris Fahrensohn. Niasi Malua eventually got the Brawlers on the scoreboard but his team trailed 30-18 at quarter time.
Things improved for the Brawlers in the second quarter, the period highlight being by a monster block from Tohi Smith-Milner followed at the other end of the court by an and-one play. 8 points each from Smith-Milner and Alonzo Burton in the stanza reduced the Birdmen’s’ lead to just 4 points at half-time, 48-44. Continue reading
The Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam semi-finals threw up two close games, one result going with form the other a major surprise.
Top seeded Youthtown Clique took on The Birdmen in the first semi-final. The Clique was without three premier players, Lindsay Tait, Shea Ili and Robson Tavita but did welcome back new Wellington Saints recruit Dion Prewster to their lineup. The Clique got off to a fast start leading 28-20 at the first break. Jonathon Southey, Duane Bailey and Prewster were all prominent as the Clique preserved their advantage, 72-67 with ten minutes remaining. Continue reading
Fourty players appeared at the James Blond Super City Rangers open trial at Trusts Stadium last Sunday. The Rangers are well on their way to finalising a competitive team so in reality the players in attendance were scrapping for one or two places on an extended bench.
The Rangers have already signed Dillon Boucher and Daryl Corletto and have “shaken hands” with Duane Bailey and Carl Buck. They are still chasing another NZ big man to round out their starting five – expect an announcement on that pre Xmas. Continue reading