NBL: Breakers and stuff



  • Watched the last qtr of Breakers v Cairns just now.

    Awesome finish.

    Lead changing hands right through the last qtr.

    2s left scores tied at 70 Breakers in bound for a turn around jumper 3 points and nail it.

    Funny finish as Taipans throw in and dude nails a goal from basically under his own net.

    Crowd goes wild.

    Goal is wiped out. (Would have tied at 73 ... pretty sure it would have only been worth 3 ... probably deserved 5...)

    Breakers now have a 6 win streak.

    Not up on the subtleties of bball (don't ask me what a Point Guard does ... ) but enjoy games like that.



  • Henare has he team playing like a team rather than relying on one or two players.

    We looked a little jaded tonight, but loved that we scrapped out the win.

    We’re on a good streak at the moment after a somewhat scratchy start.



  • Henare's first win over the Taipans (0-5 before this game). I will have to watch the highlights.

    I did watch the Breakers-36ers the other night - a good game. Both imports are impressing now, and there is a nice balance to the team.

    The first clash with Perth will be a doozy.



  • @bovidae I agree, both imports are excellent. I can't remember the last time we've had two import guards but considering the way the game has gone it is working out great



  • @bovidae said in NBL: Breakers and stuff:

    Henare's first win over the Taipans (0-5 before this game). I will have to watch the highlights.

    I did watch the Breakers-36ers the other night - a good game. Both imports are impressing now, and there is a nice balance to the team.

    The first clash with Perth will be a doozy.

    You'll love the ending to last night's game.



  • 88-84 to the Breakers over Perth in this rivalry. Rd 2 is in Perth on Sunday.

    40 bench pts for the Breakers.



  • @bovidae said in NBL: Breakers and stuff:

    88-84 to the Breakers over Perth in this rivalry. Rd 2 is in Perth on Sunday.

    40 bench pts for the Breakers.

    Was a great game given Perth made runs and we were able to stem the flow.

    The first unsportsmanlike foul on Mika was one of the worst calls I have seen.

    Our second unit with Illi, Penney, Lowe, Delaney have stepped up this season. Lowe isn’t just settling for 3s and has improved his rebounding.

    The Sosa ankle breaker, step back 3 on Damian Martin was a highlight 🙂

    Would be great to get a win in Perth.



  • @act-crusader

    Ili especially. He now has a consistent outside shot which means the opposition needs to guard him and he wants the ball down the stretch. He made those crucial FTs vs the 36ers too.

    Yeah, Mika got pushed in the back and fell. I thought that ref was wanting to keep Perth close, but there were some other strange non-calls later in the game.

    A win in Perth would be great, it's almost a free game after taking care of business at home.



  • @act-crusader I hope they let Martin on the plane home in his injured condition 😂



  • I didn't realise Matt Knight has retired. Breakers enemy number one when they play but a great tough player who had a great career



  • Breakers going toe to toe with Perth at the Jungle. Heading into Q3 it's 49 all



  • Breakers win. Total team effort, ili nails the coffin shut with two buckets and an assist in the final 90 seconds while Henare sat his starting point guard Sosa. Playoff intensity basketball early in the season, just your typical Breakers Wildcats game. They are missing Matt Knight big time



  • JP Tokoto was having a huge game but was largely a one man band until Cotton started firing in the 2nd half.

    Ili again makes some big time plays down the stretch. Sosa was stinking the house out, but DJ has his second MOTM performance.

    Pledger was huge on the boards and Mika set the tone early with his play from both ends.

    Good to see Loe hit from deep. Penny was being bullied on D, but was hitting some huge shots in tight spaces.

    The bleating by Wildcats fans on Facebook after the game made the victory all that more sweeter.





  • @bovidae I hope this doesn't spell the end of what has been a golden period for the club. New owners will probably mean new ideas, some of which may be good, often bad



  • I am sure they will only sell to investors with similar values and they (the new owners) wouldn't want to change what currently works. New investment should mean more opportunities and hopefully more bums on seats.



  • @bovidae said in NBL: Breakers and stuff:

    I am sure they will only sell to investors with similar values and they (the new owners) wouldn't want to change what currently works. New investment should mean more opportunities and hopefully more bums on seats.

    You never know though. Many a US pro franchise has been bought by owners with good intentions only to flame out due to incompetence and a refusal to allow experts to do their jobs. The Brooklyn Nets and the Sacto Kings spring to mind



  • This is the best place for this story.

    I spoke to KIrk a few times in Indy 2002 and used to be able to watch him play live when the Badgers came to town. His stats indicate what a great NZ hoops player he is.

    It would be great if the Breakers could somehow win another NBL title this season but that will be tough from the 4th seed.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/basketball/101668366/breakers-legend-kirk-penney-announces-his-retirement-vows-to-go-out-a-champion



  • @bovidae In part they are the 4th seed because they wanted to face Melbourne. I hope they can do it one more time



  • @canefan

    Except the streak is now with Melbourne and some of the key Breakers' players have been inconsistent recently.

    As I said last year, anyone but Perth. 😉



  • Breakers playing for their play-off lives vs Melbourne at spark arena in Auckland now. It's ex-NZB coach Dean Vickerman vs the man who replaced him Paul Henare, it could be Kirk Penney's last game



  • Good but not good enough. Melbourne win in OT on a last second Boone putback



  • Bummer. I couldn’t watch the game but sad to see Penney end his career with a loss. Hopefully Adelaide wins the other series.



  • Penney turned back the clock with a huge game. Abercrombie was poor, we couldn't box out and Melbourne are stacked. Prather, Perth's finals mvp last year is their 6th man!



  • It was a bloody good game of basketball, and Melbourne did bloody well to get back in to it after that 1st quarter. Boone was huge!

    But yes, Melbourne are stacked. Even with Goulding being well down on his usual output this year, he still hit clutch shots; Ware is fucking good; and then they have Prather. That's a lot of guys who can take the big shot, without the bloke in the middle also having his best game ever.



  • We had too many guys have poor games last night. Abercrombie couldn’t hit the side of a barn door. That final block was huge but now I wished he had fouled Boone who isn’t a great FT shooter and we will have time for a last shot.....

    Speaking of which, Sosa’s play at the end of regulation was stink. Way too much dribbling and then not finding Penny who was hot was criminal.

    I wish we had won, but that game was reflective of how our last 10 games have been. We start well and then go into our shell. Our offence gets stagnant and we rely on isolations. Not great.

    We missed Finn also to give us that spark off the bench on the boards and in defence.



  • @act-crusader All good points. Abercrombie was so poor you wonder if he's a spent force. After strong starts to the season Sosa and to a lesser extent Newbill were found to be not good enough. With new owners coming in it will be interesting to see where we go from here when other teams are spending big to outgun us



  • @canefan I thought DJ was our best player in the last quarter of the season and again showed his class during the semis. He bailed us out when our offence got stagnant.

    Was good to se Christmas have a good offensive game.

    As a team we give away so many fouls. Teams are shooting FTs far too early each quarter.



  • @act-crusader that's why I said a lesser extent. He went through a cold patch after the international break and only showed signs of breaking out recently. He does like to take the big shot though. If I was choosing I'd keen DJ and try to upgrade on Sosa



  • Sosa got rattled by Casper. Casper is an NBA quality guard, but just lacks that extra bit of speed at his size that will get him a good look in. He’s the best guard in the NBL IMO.

    I’d offload Sosa too.



  • @act-crusader Sosa's no Cedric Jackson. That would be a battle, Cedric in his prime vs Ware



  • @act-crusader said in NBL: Breakers and stuff:

    Sosa got rattled by Casper. Casper is an NBA quality guard, but just lacks that extra bit of speed at his size that will get him a good look in. He’s the best guard in the NBL IMO.

    I’d offload Sosa too.

    I'd still take Randle



  • Maybe these new owners will have some contacts to bring former or NBA-quality players to the Breakers. For example, like Childress at the 36ers.



  • @bovidae said in NBL: Breakers and stuff:

    Maybe these new owners will have some contacts to bring former or NBA-quality players to the Breakers. For example, like Childress at the 36ers.

    Do you know who they are? I was watching ESPN The Jump the other night, a big issue at the moment in the NBA is college "one and dones" and how to develop young talent that isn't NBA ready. Apparently the NBL have a new programme next season that will encourage the NBA to use it as a D league, attracting more NBA calibre players to Oz. I don't know how things work as far as how these players will be distributed



  • @canefan

    The new owners or these NBA-quality players?



  • @bovidae Who are the owners?



  • @canefan

    Shawn Marion was brought in late as one of the group. Another is a part owner at Swansea City (Romie Chaudhari).

    The main guys are former NBA journeyman Matt Walsh, who will move to NZ, and Adam Goodman.



  • @bovidae Most important have they got money and are they willing to spend it? The outgoing owners have been amazing, I hope things get better not worse



  • In the article I saw on the TV news the Blackwells were really happy with their choice of the new owners as they shared their vision for the team.



  • @bovidae said in NBL: Breakers and stuff:

    In the article I saw on the TV news the Blackwells were really happy with their choice of the new owners as they shared their vision for the team.

    I hope they're right. I'll reserve judgement for now


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