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31 points from Abercrombie but Wisconsin defeat Breakers Select


The New Zealand Breakers Select, after leading with six minutes to play, were defeated 85-75 by Wisconsin University Badgers at Atlas Place on Tuesday.

Kirk Penney, the tenth leading scorer in Wisconsin history and a member of the UW Athletics Hall of Fame, didn’t suit up for the game but received a warm round of applause from the travelling Wisconsin supporters when he entered the gym.

The Breakers featured just two contracted players Mika Vukona and Tom Abercrombie.

The pair boast a collective 568 appearances for the club and used that experience to good effect in the opening exchanges. Abercrombie converted an And-1 play on the opening possession and Vukona scored inside.

Abercrombie proceeded to dominate the back end of the quarter scoring with a dunk, another And-1 play and a brace of threes on four consecutive possessions as the hosts carved out a 24-15 quarter time lead.

D’Mitrik Trice, brother of Brisbane Bullets point guard Travis Trice, got things moving for the Badgers with a couple of triples as they wrestled the lead away from the Breakers. Despite a couple of jumpers from Academy player Kruz Perrott-Hunt the Badgers led 44-42 at half-time.

Super City Rangers forward Hyrum Harris impressed in the third stanza for the Breakers notching eight points in the period with a succession of left handed moves. Cantabrian point guard Taylor Britt scored with a slashing drive to tie the game up at 57 points apiece at three-quarter time.

Things looked promising for the hosts during the opening exchanges of the final quarter. Britt, with his jump shot in rhythm, made four baskets in four minutes and with Harris and Dan Fotu chiming in with scores the Breakers led 69-63 with 5:50 to play.

The Badgers, led by sophomore guard Brevin Pritzl (28 points including 7 from 9 from 3-point range) responded with a 14-0 run to take the game away from the Breakers.

Tom Abercrombie connected with his fifth triple of the night to narrow the advantage to 81-74 with 2:10 to play but it was the Badgers that had the final say in front of a substantial number of travelling fans.

Wisconsin’s five game tour resumes on Thursday when the Badgers play in Tauranga in their second game against Breakers Select before heading to Australia for games against Sydney Kings and Melbourne Tigers.

Breakers Select 75 – Abercrombie 31, Britt 17, Harris 13, Vukona 4, Fotu 4, Perrott-Hunt 4, Barrow 2

Wisconsin 85 – Pritzl 28, Happ 17, Davison 13

Steven Adams carrying a heavy workload


No rest for Adams during Xmas period

Steven Adams has played almost as many games as all our overseas Tall Blacks added together in the past seven days such is the frenetic nature of the NBA schedule.

Adams played four games in seven days beginning with an exciting 100-99 victory at the LA Clippers. The lead changed hands five times in the final 60 seconds in this one, Adams snaring 11 rebounds and scoring 6 points in one of his more prominent displays of late.

OKC then demolished the Lakers 120-85, lost on Christmas Day 105-96 to the Chicago Bulls, before overcoming the Denver Nuggets 122-112 on Sunday.

There was only three games in the NBL this week but two of them, both played on Sunday, featured Tall Blacks.

Dion Prewster had possibly his most productive game of the season for the Sydney Kings but they still went down, for the fourth time this season, to the SKYCITY Breakers 93-83. Prewster came off the bench to score six points snare 6 rebounds and add three assists and 2 blocks. Can’t leave this game without mentioning that Corey Webster once again stole the show scoring 38 points in this the Breakers 400th NBL game.

Perth Wildcats and Melbourne United faced off in front of a 10,000 sell out crowd at Hisense Arena. The game was played under clear blue skies as the retractable roof was opened for a basketball game for the first time. Jarrod Kenny was only afforded 7 minutes in the sunshine and went scoreless as Melbourne broke a three game losing streak to win an exciting contest 92-87.

In the Spanish League Isaac Fotu’s return to his former club La Bruixa d’Or Manresa last Tuesday was something of a disaster. Not only was Zaragoza defeated 86-79 but Fotu was held to just a single shot at basket departing the game with zero points and two rebounds.

On Sunday Zaragoza hosted bottom of the table Gipuzkoa and quickly established early dominance. Zaragoza led by 6 points at quarter time and 45-28 at half-time before easing to a comfortable 80-59 victory.

Fotu didn’t put up too many shots in that game either converting two from five from the field plus a couple of free throws to finish with 7 points, 3 rebounds an assist and a steal.

The win, just Zaragoza’s fourth in Liga Endesa this season, improves its record to 4-9.

Plymouth Raiders picked up its fifth win in fifteen games in the British Basketball League on Sunday.

Daryl Corletto’s men defeated Surrey Scorchers 102-96 with Duane Bailey contributing 8 points at an efficient 4/5 shooting clip. Bailey also chimed in with 3 rebounds an assist, a block and a steal.

In American College basketball Tai Webster scored 7 points (3/5FG) and added a couple of rebounds and a steal as Nebraska Huskers lost 69-58 at home against Samford – 10 from 20 foul line attempts didn’t help the Huskers cause.

News on Webster, Fotu, Rooney and more


After yesterday’s announcement regarding the invitation to attend an NBA training camp hosted by the Indiana Pacers this weeks ‘Kiwis Abroad’ focuses on the exploits of other Tall Ferns and Tall Blacks in Europe and Australia. We also have interesting news regarding a change of French club for Errin Rooney and Isaac Fotu’s preparation for the NBA EurocampFirstly back to Corey Webster and his exploits in Serbia. Continue reading

Webster Gets NBA Try-Out

2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup - Day FourIn an exciting development Tall Blacks shooting guard Corey Webster has received an invitation to attend a NBA trainingcamp hosted by the Indiana Pacers. The camp will be held on 16-18th June and will consist of scrimmaging and training in front of the Pacers coaching staff, GM and executives.

The opportunity arises due to Webster’s outstanding progress over the past twelve months. He was a stand out for the Tall Blacks at the FIBA World Cup in Spain last year where he averaged 13.7 points per game. Given a starters role, he was also a vital cog in the Breakers NBL Championship run, leading the team in scoring (15.5ppg) as they collected their fourth title.

Currently he is enjoying his first European venture, displaying fine form for Mega Leks in the Serbian Super League. Leks are fourth on the table.

The Lowdown wishes Webster well as he chases every basketballer’s dream of playing in the NBA.

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