31 Oct 2013

Breakers fightback falls short against Adelaide

10:52 pm on 31 October 2013

The Breakers' Australian National Basketball League title defence is in turmoil after they slumped to their fourth straight loss against the Adelaide 36ers 96-93 in Auckland.

It's the first time the three-time defending champions have lost to Adelaide in four years and leaves them 1-4 to start the season, rooted to the bottom of the ladder.

The Breakers got themselves into a hole early as they struggled to execute their offense and sat 10 points behind after the first quarter.

Things got worse in the second quarter when the captain, Mika Vukona, was ejected along with Adelaide's, BJ Anthony, in a controversial encounter, allowing the Sixers to lead 51-37 at half-time.

But the home side hit back, with the young forward, Reuben Te Rangi, scoring 14 of his career-high 22 points, in the third quarter to spark a comeback.

The resurgence continued as the Breakers hit the lead for the first time in the final quarter, but they were unable to execute down the stretch, with the game-tying three point attempt from Te Rangi falling short.