Quite rightly Cedric Jackson received most of the plaudits for orchestrating the Breakers impressive 80-70 victory against the Wildcats in Perth on Friday night. However the efforts of Rhys Carter are worthy of a little more scrutiny.
Carter brings a wealth of experience to the SKY CITY Breakers, the combo guard having played professionally in Europe and Australia for the past 10 years. A former member of the Australian Institute of Sport, Carter has played 222 NBL games for five different clubs. His experience shone like a beacon on Friday as he mixed up nicely his passing and shooting game – 14 points (5/8 from the field including 3 from 5 three’s). He was also active on defence coping admirably with the challenges presented by the athletic trio of Martin, Beal and Daniels. However, it was his passing game that really caught my eye.
A game high 7 assists didn’t tell the full story as he helped Jackson nullify the Wildcats pressure game thus ensuring the Breakers offence flowed smoothly. Sure the second half was a little disjointed at times but in a first up game there were bound to be some blemishes. Those 7 assists sent me scurrying to the record books to see if that was a club record on debut.
It equaled the effort of one Dillon Boucher who, in the Breakers inaugural game against the 36ers back in 2003, produced an amazing stat line of 6pts/8rbs/7assists/8steals/1 block. I believe those 8 steals are still a NBL record for a debutant.
Further research found that Kevin Braswell holds the record for number of assists on debut by a Breaker. In his first game the lefty dished off 8 dimes against the Wollongong Hawks back in January 2009.
Corey Webster’s unfortunate back injury meant more minutes for Carter – 30 in total. The Victorian grabbed the opportunity with both hands.