27 Sep 2016

Breakers end pre-season without a win

5:47 am on 27 September 2016

The Breakers have ended their Australian National Basketball League pre-season without a win after going down 103-89 to the Adelaide 36ers in Brisbane.

The Breakers' Tom Abercrombie cuts a dejected figure after the loss to Adelaide

Breakers star Tom Abercrombie Photo: Photosport

Once again a high rate of turnovers (26) proved the New Zealand side's undoing after a promising first half.

For the third consecutive game the Breakers were missing the services of the injured guard trio of Kirk Penney, Shea Ili and Corey Webster and to add to their woes new import Ben Woodside was also unable to suit up.

His absence caused a shuffle of the starting group with Mika Vukona, Alex Pledger, Tom Abercrombie, Finn Delany and Isaih Tueta taking the floor for the tip-off.

Tueta led the Breakers scoring with 22 points plus 5 assists, Abercrombie (15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals) also made a strong showing as did Delany (12 points, 6 rebounds) and Raukawa (10 points).

Alex Pledger (9 points) is still searching for his best shooting touch be he demonstrated he is one of the premier rebounders in the NBL with 13 boards.

Akil Mitchell, winner of the ABC Slam Dunk competition the previous day, had a quiet outing fouling out after 17 minutes of action with 6 points and 5 rebounds to his credit.

The Breakers have lost all six of the pre-season games and they don't have much time to address their problems with their first regular season game less than two weeks away.

The Breakers are now back home preparing for their opening round clash with Melbourne United at Vector Arena on October 7th.