8 Mar 2013

Breakers do it tough

8:22 am on 8 March 2013

The New Zealand Breakers are one game away from their third straight minor premiership in the Australian basketball league - but they were made to work hard for last night's 80-77 home victory over a desperate Cairns Taipans outfit.

It's the Breakers' club record 14th straight win and fourth over the Taipans this season, but it looked in doubt until the last 30 seconds, when guard Cedric Jackson hit the go-ahead floating two-pointer, before swingman Tom Abercrombie iced the win with a pair of free-throws.

The Breakers' usual accuracy from distance was missing with just two from 13 three-pointers going in, and they trailed for the majority of the match, and by four points heading into the final quarter.

Centre Alex Pledger stepped up in his 100th game for the Auckland side with his season-high of 20 points while Jackson hit 17 and Mika Vukona 15.

With three games remaining in the regular season, the Breakers now need just one win to ensure home advantage throughout the playoffs - they play away at the Melbourne Tigers on Sunday.