Hungry Jack's NBL
R8 Preview: Perth v New Zealand
Who: Perth Wildcats v New Zealand Breakers When: 9.30pm (AEDT), Friday 27 November Where: Perth Arena Watch: Fox Sports (Live and in HD); Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: New Zealand 88 (Webster 28, Abercrombie 20, Charles Jackson 15) d Perth 80 (Prather 15, Jawai 14, Knight 11), Round 6, Vector Arena, Auckland
Jackson steals and finishes with the dunk #HardBall @NZBreakers @PerthWildcats https://t.co/PUL1NItYis — NBL (@NBL) November 13, 2015But the younger Jackson’s dirty work down low against Jawai – in tandem with Alex Pledger, who had seven rebounds and four blocks in 20 minutes – was even more important, meaning New Zealand’s defence didn’t have to help and rotate. It’s a strategy you can expect again in this Friday’s rematch at Perth Arena. “I thought we played to our scout fairly well, the type of shots we would live with,” Vickerman said of the job of Jawai. “There were a couple of second shot opportunities that I wasn’t happy with, but both Alex and Charles have done a pretty solid job both games against him.” Another man they nullified well in Auckland was Beal, who shot just 3-of-13 with Webster and Abercrombie giving him little respite. Vickerman wasn’t fully content with the defensive effort, however, and his team will have to be at their stingy best given the Wildcats are 27-3 at Perth Arena when they score more than 80 points. “We missed some defensive assignments, to me it’s our focus that is still something that can get better,” he said. “We went under (the screen on) Beal, we went over Prather, we did some things that were against our scout and at our best we’re locked into every one of those details.” THE WRAP Perth’s offensive patience has been a feature, utilising their imposing wall inside and nailing 38 per cent from outside, including 49 per cent from the corners, to punish double teams. The Breakers are the NBL’s most clinical defensive team, and their ability to contain individually or help-and-recover regularly forces opponents into contested shots.
Breakers teamwork on song #HardBall @NZBreakers @PerthWildcats https://t.co/Ujg1DqcJYk — NBL (@NBL) November 13, 2015