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Adelaide 36ers v NZ Breakers Game Report

Brendan Teys and the Adelaide 36ers have blitzed New Zealand 103-89 in a game of wild fluctuations at the Australian Basketball Challenge on Monday. Teys was a one-man wrecking crew in the Sixers' decisive 32-12 third term, but the real story of the game was the unearthed gem that is 25-year-old Breakers point guard Isaih Tueta. In just 18 minutes of playing time over the first half, Tueta proved he will be a stellar replacement for injured Tall Black Shea Ili who is expected to be out for the first 6-7 weeks of the season with a back injury. A former Gold Coast Blaze training squad member in 2011/12, Tueta has grown leaps and bounds under the tutelage of Brisbane Spartans (SEABL) coach CJ Bruton over the last two years and exploded into the NBL conscious with a 17-point first half on 7/10 shooting. Tueta ran the offence to perfection (three first-half assists) in a one-two punch with Thomas Abercrombie (15 points on the game) worth 23 points in a blowout 30-16 second term. Tueta hit threes, got to the rack and showed the kind of court vision that wouldn't have him out of place in the starting unit. The first half was a battle of relative unknowns as promising Sixers rookies Anthony Drmic and Majok Deng made plays, while Johnson (14 first-half points) went to work on whoever guarded him. New Zealand rode the Abercrombie-Tueta wave to a 55-45 half-time lead before a complete reversal of play in the third term. Teys caught fire and got his side the lead back with a wing triple at the midway point of the quarter as part of a 23-4 run over the first seven minutes of the half. Sunday's slam dunk champ Akil Mitchell and Finn Delaney both threw down heavy two-handed slams but those two plays comprised a third of the Kiwis' points production in a 32-12 quarter from hell. Teys alone equalled New Zealand's output with threes and hard takes to the rack, along with intangibles like lockdown man coverage and full-court pressure which created points off turnovers. Randle took the baton from Teys and ran with it in the fourth term, dishing a pretty wrap-around to Deng under the bucket, flashing his patented quick crossover/mid-range jumpshot combination and snaking his way to the bucket in transition. With the game out of reach late in the final term Nathan Sobey shot the passing lane at the top of the key and rammed home a two-hander, while Josh Hodgson put the cherry on top of a dominant win with a surprising reverse jam off two feet under the bucket. The 36ers got six competition points from the game, with the Breakers' second quarter their only point.   ADELAIDE 36ERS 103 (Daniel Johnson 18, Brendan Teys 17, Jerome Randle 16) NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS 89 (Isaih Tueta 22, Thomas Abercrombie 15, Finn Delaney 12) BOX SCORE
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