1 Dec 2012

Breakers blitz hapless Tigers

8:39 am on 1 December 2012

The New Zealand Breakers have thrashed the Melbourne Tigers 94-64 in their Australian basketball league clash in Auckland.

Breakers point guard Cedric Jackson thrilled the sold-out North Shore Events Centre with a high score of 28 points, also making 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his triple double - the first-ever for a Breakers player.

Jackson easily won his matchup with the Tigers' NBA top 10 draft pick Jonny Flynn, though that wasn't the main thing on his mind.

Jackson says he's played enough to know you win games with your team and while he played aggressively, as soon as the defence ganged up on him there were other players open.

Three other Breakers made it into double figures with Tom Abercrombie scoring 11, and Alex Pledger and Corey Webster 10 each.

Elsewhere the Townsville Crocodiles scored their first win of the season, a hard-fought 75-73 home victory over the visiting Adelaide 36ers.

Perth beat the Sydney Kings 75-56 at their new home stadium, with former Breaker Shaun Redhage making a big 24 points for the Wildcats.

The Breakers improve to eight wins and two losses but stay second behind Wollongong in second on the ladder. The Crocodiles remain last while Perth are still third.