The final quarter melt down against the Melbourne Tigers last Friday left Breakers players, coaching staff and fans in a state of shock and bewilderment. The 44-17 score line in favour of the visitors in the final quarter caused a hush to fall in Vector Arena as fans watched in disbelief. Added to the frustration was the fact that the two main rivals for the fourth play-off spot lost at the weekend. Wollongong lost at home the next night and Sydney lost to Melbourne on Sunday.
The defeat was akin to that experienced at the hands of the Perth Wildcats back in 2009 when the Breakers gave up 38 final quarter points. On that occasion Martin Cattalini put on a shooting master class in the final stanza, on Friday it was the impressive Chris Goulding. Goulding followed it up with a nice round 50 points in the defeat of Sydney Kings on Sunday afternoon.
Some numbers from the game:
10 – In the gloom of defeat Reuben Te Rangi’s performance stood out like a beacon of light. Operating in both the three and four man spots and playing 19 minutes he contributed 10 points/5 rebounds/3 assists/1 steal.
11 – The number of consecutive shots missed by the Breakers in the opening five minutes of the game. An extraordinary start, later to be followed by an extraordinary finish.
17 The season high points contribution from Corey Webster
including 4 from 7 from beyond the three point arc.
21 – The number of turnovers committed by the Tigers, yet they still won by 13 points.
24 – The Tigers reeled off a 24-5 run to open the final period and were never threatened after that.
44 – The most points ever given up in the final quarter by the Breakers since the game moved to 10 minute periods. Turns out it is the most fourth quarter points given up by any NBL team in a 10 minute quarter.
80 – The number of field goals attempted by the Breakers – the most this season. Unfortunately they could only convert 30. A 38% success rate is not going to win you many games.