Breakers into third NBL final

The all-conquering New Zealand Breakers have made the Australian NBL grand finals for the third year running after beating the Sydney Kings in the semi-final series.

 
 

Alex Pledger

THE all-conquering New Zealand Breakers have made the Australian NBL grand finals for the third year running after beating the Sydney Kings in the semi-final series.

They have set up a rematch with great rivals Perth, who they beat in the 2012 final series and knocked out at the semi stage in 2011.

They won the first match of the best-of-three series against the Kings by 17 points, but faced more of a challenge in the second outing before pulling away with a 99-88 victory.

The Breakers ended the regular season with an amazing 24-4 record, however the Perth Wildcats notched three of those defeats and will not make the Auckland-based sides chances of only the second three-peat in the competition’s history easy.

The Kings looked odds-on to sending the series into a decider, holding a nine-point lead midway through the third quarter.

It only took six stunning minutes for those hopes to be dashed, with the Breakers stretching out to a 10 point lead.

Alex Pledger registered the best numbers for the Breakers, scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds, while veteran CJ Bruton knocked down 21 points.

The finals series begins later this week, with Perth coming off their clean sweep of Wollongong.

There is an injury cloud over their star guard Damian Martin.

 
 

 

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