The New Zealand Breakers showed their championship credentials in the first half of their 79-74 win at the Melbourne Tigers, but coach Andrej Lemanis admits there is a bit to work on before the play-offs.
The defending champions clinched the ANBL minor premiership with their 15th straight win which keeps them firmly on track for a third straight title.
The Breakers outscored the Tigers 32-12 in the second quarter to grab a 20 point halt time lead, however they managed just 26 points in the entire second half.
Tigers coach Chris Anstey says the Breakers showed in that one quarter why they're a hell of a basketball team and that was the difference in the game.
Lemanis says obviously they dried up offensively, but defensively was where it started.... they weren't ruthless and relentless, which is what they speak about as a team.
However he says the great thing about this is it's a playoff scenario, you play here and then you go home, watch some tape and re-work for the next game.
The Breakers play Melbourne again at home on Thursday.