A crowd of over 6,000 was on hand at Vector Arena last Friday to farewell the ‘old’ (sorry CJ) and usher in the new. The SKY CITY Breakers sent CJ Bruton off in style with a commanding 101-80 victory against Adelaide 36ers. Corey Webster led all scorers with 23 points ably assisted by Tom Abercrombie, Cedric Jackson, Tai Wesley and Ekene Ibekwe who all made double digit contributions.
Congratulations to Jordan Ngatai and Tai Wynyard who made their SKY CITY Breakers debuts against the 36ers. Earlier in the year Wynyard became the youngest player to play for the Tall Blacks. Last Friday he also became the youngest player ever to suit up for the SKY CITY Breakers, aged just 16 years, 168 days. Wynyard may also have set an NBL record swatting away a shot from international team mate BJ Anthony just 27 seconds after appearing on court. Can any player have recorded a block less than 30 seconds into their NBL career?
The team made a poor start against Melbourne United on Sunday shooting just 4 from 22 from the field in the first quarter to trail 28-13 at the first break. Despite 21 points from Corey Webster and an encouraging 13 points from Alex Pledger the team failed to recover from their stumbling opening and slipped to a 95-74 defeat.
Tonight’s visitors, Cairns Taipans have made a superb start to the season; they are the only unbeaten team in the competition, boasting a 4-0 record. In week one they won on the road against both the Adelaide 36ers and Melbourne United and backed that up by snaring Melbourne for the second time last weekend followed by another road win at Wollongong.
Former University of Florida standout Scottie Wilbekin has made a strong start to his professional basketball career, he averaged 25 points per game in his first couple of outings. That effort won him the NBL Player of the Week Award in the opening round, his match up with Cedric Jackson will be fun to watch.
The Taipans boast the most experienced front court in the NBL, Alex Loughton, Matt Burston, Cam Tregardh and Stephen Weigh have amassed almost 1000 NBL games between them. All are playing well and collectively will pose plenty of challenges for the Breakers big men.
Will the Taipans go 5-0 or will the Sky City Breakers get back to winning ways?