Sharpshooting Breakers extend winning streak

MARC HINTON
Last updated 08:46 25/01/2013
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ON THE BALL: Mika Vukona holds off Graeme Dann as the Breakers set up another attack during their win over the Sydney Kings last night.

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The streak lives on, now at a record-equalling eight after the New Zealand Breakers basketball side produced their slickest offensive display of the season in Auckland last night.

The Breakers thumped the outmatched Sydney Kings 95-76 on a steamy night where their shooting started red hot and stayed warm throughout.

The victory, led by a season-high 22 points from Daryl Corletto, is their eighth in a row this Australian NBL season, equalling the mark they set around the same period in the 2010-11 campaign. It improves their overall mark to 16-3 and their home record to 8-1.

It also brought up the Breakers' 100th home NBL victory in some style.

In a chippy contest the Kings, who trailed by 18 at the half, reduced the deficit to just seven early in the final quarter but could get no closer as Corletto finished the game as he started it - draining three-pointers.

Corletto was a spectacular eight-of-11 from the floor and an even better six-for-eight from deep as he book-ended a strong shooting display from the home side.

Tom Abercrombie continued his handy form of late with 17 points (7/14 field goals), eight boards and a pair of assists, while CJ Bruton (12 points), Alex Pledger (11) and Mika Vukona (10) made it five Breakers players in double figures.

Bruton, in particular, looked sharp as he dropped three of his five attempts from deep, while Vukona added four boards and four assists in a typically busy display.

The Breakers won without too much in the way of offence from star point guard Cedric Jackson who finished with just four points on two-of-nine shooting. But he did have four rebounds, 10 assists and a pair of steals.

The Breakers shot 51 per cent for the match and made 11 of their 22 three-pointers on an excellent shooting night. They also outscored the Kings 35-18 off the bench and had a 17-4 edge in points off turnovers.

The Breakers travel across the Tasman today for a game against the Wollongong Hawks that can set a new consecutive win mark.

You wouldn't bet against notching it up in this sort of form. 

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- The Dominion Post

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