Without the services of Lindsay Tait 68a Nelson Street still proved too good for Breakers Development in the final of the 2016 Men’s Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam winning 114-91 as the veteran duo of Dillon Boucher and Hayden Allen dominated proceedings.
The Breakers featured three of the successful Junior Tall Blacks team, Sam Waardenburg, Taki Fahrensohn and Isaac Letoa although Fahrensohn, after a promising start, was forced out of the encounter in the first half with an ankle injury.
Letoa and Waardenburg combined for the first 6 Breakers points but both teams were guilty of giving up easy points in transition, the first quarter tied 25 apiece.
Hayden Allen, Chris Duthie, Hyrum Harris plus a Liam Thornton three helped Nelson St open up a double-digit advantage in the second – disgruntled Breakers coach Mike Fitchett calling a timeout.
A Letoa three helped the Breakers cause but they still trailed 54-46 at the interval. Duthie, with 14 points, led all scorers at the break. Waardenburg, playing his last game in NZ before departing for the University of Miami, not far behind with 13.
Jordan Ngatai opened the second half scoring Hayden Allen quickly replying and although Letoa landed another three the ‘old school’ of Boucher and Allen kept Nelson St in the ascendancy. However a fourth foul called on Boucher forced him to the sideline.
A Marco Alexander triple and a Thornton put back extended the Breakers lead but scores from Ethan Rusbatch and Ngatai ensured the game was still in the balance at the final break – 78-70 to Nelson St.
That balance was tipped heavily in favour of Nelson St as they sprang a 10-0 run at the start of the fourth to take the game away from the Breakers.
Ngatai then Raukawa ended the run but Allen’s three and a Harris And1 stretched the Nelson St lead to 19 points with 6 minutes to play – the game and title decided.
Allen capped a game high 28 points performance with a late scoring flourish – the Breakers left to rue a disappointing performance.
68a Nelson Street 114 – Allen 28, Duthie 21, Alexander 17, Harris 16, Tom Higgins 10, Boucher 8, Linus Jakszt 7, Thornton 5, Stu McEwan 2
Breakers Development 91 – Ngatai 21, Raukawa16, Letoa 16, Waardenburg 13, Rusbatch 10, Cam Stone 5, Fahrensohn 4, Thomas Whyte 3, Marvin Williams-Dunne 3