30 Apr 2011

Breakers win NBL title

12:26 pm on 30 April 2011

The New Zealand Breakers have made trans-Tasman sporting history as they crushed Cairns Taipans 71-53 in Auckland to claim Australia's National Basketball League title on Friday night.

They're the first New Zealand team in any sport to to win an Australian club competition.

The Breakers scored the first six points and the closest Cairns came was at the end of the first quarter when they trailed by two.

A 16-4 run in the third quarter took the hosts' lead out to 15 and a pair of three pointers from CJ Bruton with five minutes to go in the fourth stretched it to 21.

That was more than enough to ensure a memorable end to captain Paul Henare's 250-game career with the Breakers.

Both teams shot below 40 per cent from the field, but the Taipans made just two out of 25 three-point attempts and were out rebounded 43-36.

Bruton topscored with 14, followed by import American forward Gary Wilkinson with 13 and guard Kirk Penney with 11.