9 Nov 2008

Breakers win a tight one in Melbourne

8:30 am on 9 November 2008

The New Zealand Breakers have moved to second place on the Australian National Basketball League ladder after beating the Tigers 86-84.

Kirk Penney top scored with 25 points.

Meanwhile Australian basketball is hailing a "momentous" day in its chequered history with the national and domestic organising bodies agreeing to operate under one umbrella.

In separate votes, the 16 members of the Basketball Australia Council and the National Basketball League's 11 each unanimously opted to merge and accept the recommendations of an independent review.

The agreement is expected to fast-track a lucrative multi-year deal with pay television service Fox Sports.

Officials believe the merger will make it easier to arrange such crucial elements as broadcasting rights and sponsorship deals.