The victory over the Sydney Kings last week was the 350th NBL game played by the SKY CITY Breakers. The 106-78 win was enjoyed by fans and players alike as Gary Wilkinson once again demonstrated his scoring prowess knocking down 30 points. Kerron Johnson helped the Breakers cause with a double double (10 points and 10 rebounds) and Tom Abercrombie did a fine job marking the dangerous Sam Young as well as contributing 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Jack Salt put an exclamation mark on the victory with a ‘Globetrotters’ type move in the dying seconds of the game. His first points for the Breakers was just reward for the young centre who like the other development players Alonzo Burton, Duane Bailey and Luuk Witteveen has put in many hours of work on the practice court this season.
However, the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for CJ Bruton (14 points and 5 assists) as he exited the court after playing his last game at the NSEC in a Breakers singlet. CJ scored the first 9 points of the second half to open up a double digit lead, a lead that the Kings were unable to reel in as the Breakers kept their slim play-off hopes alive.
The SKY CITY Breakers and the Cairns Taipans have identical 11 wins, 16 losses record, the Taipans winning two of the three encounters between the two teams so far this season. In the last meeting earlier in the month Jamar Wilson had a field day for the visitors scoring 33 points as the Snakes won a close one 92-87. Wilson was missing from the Queenslanders loss to Melbourne last weekend due to a knee complaint. If unavailable for this encounter the Taipans resources will be severely tested as they are already without experienced forward Cam Tragardh.
A large crowd is expected to witness CJ’s final game for the club he has served with such distinction for the past 6 seasons. He will be remembered as one of the Breakers and the NBL’s finest players, one it has been a privelage to watch during his 179 game association with the SKY CITY Breakers. Let’s hear it one more time for … NUMBER … 23….C J BRUTON.