NBL Schedule a win for Fans

Wednesday July 5, 2017 by  

More games across the weekend, games on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve and a special heritage month are among the highlights of the schedule for the 40th anniversary season of the National Basketball League.

The NBL today released the schedule for the 2017-18 season which will start on October 5 when the Adelaide 36ers play Melbourne United at Titanium Security Arena.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said more games would be played across weekends in 2017-18 to make NBL as accessible as possible to the growing fan base. Read more

Breakers collective steps up in Vukona absence

Friday February 10, 2017 by  

New Zealand have turned in a performance that will be written in Breakers folklore, keeping their faint finals hopes alive with an 88-70 domination of Melbourne United.

Do-or-die type games have come multiple times for the Breakers this season, and in every instance the proud Kiwi club has stepped up to the mark.

This time they had to do it without their chief hardman and spiritual leader of almost 15 years Mika Vukona, who was in hospital with a knee infection at the time of the game. Read more

Penney, Dillard maintain Breakers post-season pulse

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

Any basketball fan knows the last two minutes of a close game can seem like an eternity. Adelaide fans certainly felt it as the New Zealand Breakers finals hopes were remarkably resurrected off life support in a game stolen from the clutches of defeat, 88-87 on Saturday evening.

The scene was set – the roaring Adelaide 36ers looked home in their typical never say die way with a 12-point lead at three quarter time.

But In a miraculous turn of events, the Breakers rallied behind Kirk Penny, Kevin Dillard and Alex Loe to steal the game at the death knell, holding a two-point lead with 50 seconds remaining. Read more

Kings Party time in Sunday slamfest

Sunday January 29, 2017 by  

It was a record-setting performance which could be the catalyst for much greater glory.

The Sydney Kings shook off the horrors of their recent losing woes, thrashing the New Zealand Breakers 84-57 on Sunday at Qudos Bank Arena.

Sydney’s wire-to-wire win was their most lopsided over the Breakers in club history, eclipsing the 21-point beating of New Zealand in 2006. Read more

Breakers hold off ‘Cats

Sunday January 22, 2017 by  

Four weeks ago, NBL glamour side New Zealand was stone motherless last and staring down the barrel of playoff oblivion.

Tonight they sit equal second on the ladder after engineering a remarkable fourth consecutive win, downing rivals Perth 86-82 at Vector Arena.

They made hard work of it, though, with 11 turnovers in the final quarter which gave the Wildcats a sniff at an unlikely win – multiple times over. Read more

Breakers keep rolling with third straight win

Friday January 20, 2017 by  

The New Zealand Breakers bravely stayed in the finals hunt with their third straight win on Friday night in Wollongong, coming from behind to beat the Illawarra Hawks 95-86 at WIN Entertainment Centre.

Leading by two at half-time, the Hawks inexplicably lost their way in the third quarter when they made just 4/17 shots and were pounded 16-5 on the glass.

The Breakers trailed by 13 in the second period before stunning the Hawks with a second-half lockdown to claim their 11th win and join Sydney in fourth spot. Read more

Dillard breaks Bullets hearts at the buzzer

Sunday January 15, 2017 by  

Kevin Dillard has emerged as the thief in the night that could revive a New Zealand Breakers season thought long dead.

The new import iced off the most improbably win imaginable, 84-82, against the Brisbane Bullets on Sunday, draining the match winner on the buzzer after the Breakers trailed by as much as 13 for most of the game.

Dillard was irresistible in just his third game for the club, with a game-high 28 points, four rebounds and five assists. He came at the Bullets time and time again and ensure they were never out of the contest. Down the stretch, he had the final six points of the game, and suddenly the Breakers are finals contenders. Read more

Breakers turn on the style for important win

Friday January 13, 2017 by  

NBL, meet your newest superstars. New bloods Kevin Dillard and Paul Carter have delivered breathtaking performances to hoist the New Zealand Breakers off the bottom of the ladder in a 92-74 win over the Sydney Kings on Friday night.

The Kings came into the game in free fall, following a horror stretch of eight losses in 10 games, punctuated by the sudden departure of former LA Laker Steve Blake, an indefinite hamstring injury for star recruit Brad Newley and the worrying form of Kevin Lisch. That run got even worse across the ditch.

The play of the game – maybe the season – went to new Breakers import Dillard (19 points, six rebounds, six assists), who played just the second game for his new club, in the third quarter. Read more

Sixers blitz buries Breakers

Sunday January 8, 2017 by  

The Adelaide 36ers show no signs of stopping their run of red-hot form, racking up their 10thwin in 11 games with a comprehensive 113-95 drubbing of a disjointed Breakers on Sunday afternoon.

The Sixers set the win up with a clinic of attacking basketball in a 62-40 first half – the Breakers’ biggest ever half-time deficit at North Shore Events Centre – with up-and-in defence, deflections and wave running burying the Breakers throughout the afternoon.

The visitors had the game on lock, up 27 just 30 seconds into the second half, but did not take the foot off the gas as both teams put on a second-half show with the game largely beyond doubt. Read more

McCarron lifts Snakes to thrilling win

Friday January 6, 2017 by  

Rising Taipans star Mitch McCarron has single-handedly kept Cairns’ season alive with a dominant 4th quarter in their 65-63 win over the NZ Breakers.

McCarron had 11-point fourth-quarter effort featured a touch of karma after Breakers centre Rob Loe rattled out his game-winning three-point attempt rattle out at the buzzer – atoning somewhat for his heartbreaker at the buzzer two weeks ago against United.

Kirk Penney may have drained a game-high 21 points, but the highly-touted young Aussie took centre stage when it mattered, attacking the hole with reckless abandon in the fourth and earning his keep at the foul line. Read more