News

R12 Report: Webster erupts, Breakers hold off Kings

[ooyala code="ZoNHNxeTovLv388iMjYb4NAiyd2og2CC" player_id="d5b993422b3e4b5ebd61f9e19ca2a6a5" width="1920" height="1080" auto="true"] Reigning NBL champions New Zealand spoiled the Sydney Kings’ debut at Sydney Olympic Park and the return of favourite son Ben Knight with a solid albeit scrappy 93-83 victory on Sunday. Making the first appearance at their new home after 28 years at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, the Kings fought to the end but were unable to mark the occasion with a win. Sydney assistant coach Knight made his comeback to shore up the Kings’ injury-depleted frontcourt, but the home team simply couldn’t contain Breakers guard Corey Webster, who erupted for a game-high 38 points. High-flying forward Tom Abercrombie had 14 points and Tai Wesley finished with 11 off the bench. Tommy Garlepp was Sydney’s standout with 25, Jason Cadee had 14 and veteran guard Rhys Carter added 14. The game was tied at halftime before the Breakers took control in the second half to boost their record to 11-4 in Knight’s first taste of NBL action since retiring four years ago. He hit the court with 2:12 remaining in the first quarter with the score tied at 14 apiece and registered himself in the box score moments later with a foul on Tai Wesley in the low block. Knight finished his 400th NBL game with zero points (0/3 field goals) and one rebound in eight minutes. “We were trying to play too fast in the first half and in the second half we let the ball move a bit more,” Breakers coach Dean Vickerman said. “Corey got hot and the boys kept screening for him well. He found different ways to score tonight and it was a good all-round performance by him.” Despite making just 5/17 shots and being out-rebounded 14-7 in the first quarter, the Kings led 17-16 at quarter time after forcing a careless Breakers into seven turnovers. Garlepp re-energised the home crowd with back-to-back shots, but Webster was heating up and the margin swelled to seven midway through the second period. Garlepp continued to shoulder his team’s offensive workload and Cadee was the perfect complement with some timely bombs from the perimeter, including a buzzer-beating three which tied the game at 38-all at halftime. The two combined for 17 of Sydney’s final 19 points of the second quarter, while Webster was the only Breakers player in double figures with 12. “We kept fighting but eventually those moral victories get a little old so hopefully we can get over the hump,” Kings coach Joe Connolly said. The Breakers raised the bar with a 14-6 burst in the first three minutes of the third period, punctuated by Cedric Jackson’s steal and runaway layup. Webster added 10 points to his tally and New Zealand’s lead was 70-56 heading into the final quarter. The Kings pulled within seven but the Breakers kept their cool to secure an important road win. “I’m not sure if I’ll play next week. It was just to get through tonight and we’ll evaluate it and see where we’re at,” Knight said of prolonging his comeback. Last-placed Sydney (4-14) host Melbourne United in round 13 next Wednesday and the Breakers face a New Year’s Eve road duel with Townsville on Thursday. NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS 93 (Webster 38, Abercrombie 14, Wesley 11) SYDNEY KINGS 83 (Garlepp 25, Cadee 14, Carter 14) BOX SCORE
NEWS

Report: Makur Maker Signs NBA Deal

21 hours ago

NBL23

Analysis: Breakout Candidates

21 hours ago

NEWS

Humphries Drawn to United "Prestige"

22 hours ago

FREE AGENCY

36ers Add “Extra Edge” to Roster

22 hours ago

NEWS

NBL Trading Cards Return With Topps

23 hours ago

GAME REPORT

Gaels Overrun Phoenix in OT Thriller

1 day ago

FREE AGENCY

Hawks Welcome Emerging Point Guard

1 day ago

WORLD CUP

Jackson Makes Fairytale Opals Return

1 day ago

FREE AGENCY

Phoenix Add Promising Local Forward

1 day ago

GAME REPORT

St Mary's Beat United in NBL23 Teaser

2 days ago

LaMelo Ball Leads Hawks, Taipans Beat Bullets Again

16 September 2019

Fourth Place Frustration for Boomers in China

15 September 2019

FIBA World Cup Bronze Medal Game | Australia v France Preview

15 September 2019

Prather Shines In United's Big Win, Taipans Smash Bullets

14 September 2019

Starting Five: World Cup Heartbreak

14 September 2019

Spain Again Breaks Boomers Hearts in Double OT

13 September 2019

Watch Live | Illawarra Hawks vs Melbourne United

13 September 2019

FIBA World Cup Semi-Final | Australia v Spain Preview

13 September 2019

Starting Five: Boomers Two Wins from Gold

12 September 2019

Australia Advance to World Cup Final Four

12 September 2019

NBL Partners

Naming Rights
Major Partners
Broadcast & Media Partners
Profile Partners
Suppliers
Associates