Rusbatch nets 36 points but Breakers went down in latest Mexicali Fresh action


Round four of the 2016 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam saw wins for Mai FM 88 Sixers and 68a Nelson St on Saturday.

Breakers Development had just five players suited for their game against Mai FM 88 Sixers – Jordan Ngatai, Derone Raukawa, Ethan Rusbatch, Kruz Perrott-Hunt and James Moors.

Early on they were equal to the task trailing by just three points at quarter time 25-22 and still in contention, 49-44 down at half-time

Rusbatch opened the second half with a three, Moors finished with a dunk, Perrott-Hunt landed a triple and when Raukawa converted in transition the Breakers were ahead 57-56.

But that was as close as it got for the Breakers.

A hook shot followed by triple from Will Heather restored the Sixers advantage and soon after Perrott-Hunt made the Breakers task more difficult after picking up his fifth foul.

The numerical disadvantage took its toll on the Breakers in the fourth. Ana Haku, Brook Ruscoe and Josh Bloxham helped the Sixers stretch out to a 98-81 lead with three minutes to play before eventually winning 109-84.

Final score;

Breakers Development 84 – Rusbatch 36, Raukawa 27, Ngatai 11

Mai FM 88 Sixers 109 – Haku 25, Ruscoe 20, Manny Matambanadzo 15, Heather 14

The highlight of the opening quarter of the encounter between The Birdmen and 68A Nelson Street was a drive and dunk in traffic from Liam Thornton helping Nelson Street forge a 28-24 lead.

Tipene Friday drew the Birdmen within a point, 34-33 after a Sam Aruwa steal however a late Nelson Street surge led by Lindsay Tait and Hyrum Harris propelled them to a 62-48 half-time lead.

Late in the third another Thornton dunk off a classic Tait steal and Boucher assist kept Nelson Street in the ascendancy 87-74.

Regular scoring contributions from Justin Bailey, Brandon Lucas and Jaylen Gerrand kept the Birdmen in contention but Stu McEwan brought up the century for Nelson St (101-86) with six minutes to play.

A Lucas jump shot cut the arrears but back-to-back buckets from Harris including an And-1 play stretched the lead to 106-92.

Youngsters Linus Jakszt and Thornton added the finishing touches for Nelson Street.

Final score;

68a Nelson St 115 – Harris 23, Tait 22, Thornton 19, Jakszt 17, McEwan 13

The Birdmen 104 – Bailey 28, Lucas 20, Gerrand 20, Friday 19


Standings after 4 rounds:

3-1 Nelson Street,

2-2 Birdmen, Breakers Development

1-3 Mai FM 88 Sixers

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