As the SKYCITY Breakers head into the New Years Eve clash with the Cairns Taipans it is worth reflecting on the collective and individual efforts during the 400th NBL game played by the club against Sydney last Sunday.
The season high 90% (19/21) effort at the free throw line is worth celebrating given the woes from the charity stripe in earlier games. It helped that Corey Webster was at the line a lot – 10 visits and nothing but net.
Talking of the ‘Microwave’ his 38 points was his 3rd 30+ haul of the season and 12th 20+ total in his last 20 games stretching back to the tail end of last season.
The 93-83 victory was Webster’s 100th in a Breakers singlet – 100 from 141games at 71% success rate. He becomes the 7th Breaker to register 100 wins.
Alex Pledger had a career high 6 blocks and stretched his Breakers all time shot blocking number to 176. The ‘Chief’ also made 6/6 from the foul line.
With 7 rebounds Tom Abercrombie moved to 2nd on the Breakers all time leading rebound list. Likely he will have to play until he is 40 to have any hope of overhauling Mika who has 1901 and still counting.
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Back to the 400 games and if broken down into the four one hundred game blocks it illustrates the growth, continuity and sustained excellence the club has enjoyed.
First 100 games, Won 31 Lost 69 – 3 coaches, no play-off seasons.
Games 101 – 200 Won 48 Lost 52, 1 coach, 2 play-off seasons.
Games 201 – 300 Won 71 Lost 29, 1 coach, 2 play-off seasons, 2 championships.
Games 301 – 400 Won 66 Lost 34, 2 coaches, 2 play-off seasons, 2 championships.
Finally, thinking of popping down to your local TAB to back the Breakers on Thursday night, think again. Their all time December 31st record is not too flash – Played 7 Won 1 Lost 6.
Have a good New Year.