3 Dec 2011

Breakers win in double OT

2:01 pm on 3 December 2011

The New Zealand Breakers have reclaimed top spot on the Australian basketball ladder, defeating fierce rivals the Melbourne Tigers, 108-98, in a double-overtime thriller in Auckland.

The 100th ANBL game at the North Shore Events Centre was one for the ages, as local boy Tom Abercrombie amassing a spectacular 33 points (6/9 three-pointers) and 11 rebounds, including a monster triple in the second extra period to seal the result.

Daryl Corletto scored 18 points against his former team, while Cedric Jackson (10 points, eight assists, six rebounds) and Mika Vukona (10 points, 10 rebounds, five assists) were also outstanding.

Forward Ron Dorsey led Melbourne with 21 points (5/9 triples), while Cam Tragardh and Lucas Walker both scored 20. Captain Tommy Greer grabbed 14 rebounds.

The win lifts the Breakers back to the top of the ANBL ladder level with Perth while the Tigers remain fourth.

Also Friday night, the Taipans snapped the Gold Coast Blaze's three-game win streak with an 87-78 victory at the Cairns Convention Centre.

Cairns are now outright third on the ladder with the Blaze fifth.