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Illawarra Hawks vs New Zealand Breakers Statement

The NBL has reviewed submissions from the Illawarra Hawks and SKY Sport New Zealand Breakers following the decision to abandon yesterday’s game at the WIN Entertainment Centre.

 

The NBL has determined that the result at the time the game was called off with three minutes remaining in the third quarter will stand and the Breakers declared the winners, 65-52.

 

NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said: “As we said following the game, these were highly unusual circumstances and we had no choice but to call the game off to protect the safety of the players because of the leaking roof.


“Having reviewed submissions from both clubs, we believe it would be both inequitable and impractical for us to replay the game or complete the time remaining.


“Under the rules, over a half of the game must be completed to declare a result. Given this has occurred in this instance, we believe this is the fairest outcome and the result will stand.”


Both clubs can appeal the decision within 24 hours.

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