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Three-Points We Learned: NBL Blitz Session #5

  Breakers Blitz form no cause for concern The Breakers have won just two of the past nine games in Blitz competition, so is there a cause for concern? Not at all. Down to just seven able bodies after half time in the third game of a tough weekend, Breakers showed their champion qualities. Despite an eclectic playing group, NZ fought tooth and nail to stretch the unbeaten Cairns outfit into overtime.   Bartlett belongs Signed on a tournament only contract to cover the loss of Corey Webster, who is currently trialing with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, Everard Bartlett sent out a reminder of his talent to the Breakers faithful and basketball scouts alike with a game high points tally of 26. Even more impressive is that when the Breakers were behind by 5 deep in the fourth, the journeyman delivered with a long-range effort that brought the Auckland-based side back into the contest. The former Ballarat Miner sunk a sweet 6 from 10 from 3-point territory. Let’s hope we can see his talents back in the NBL soon.   Cairns miss chance to wrap up cup  After coming runners-up in the past two pre-season tournaments, the Taipans were on track to be elevated from Blitz bridesmaids. With Cairns going ahead at several stages throughout the game, it seemed that the Loggins-Bruton Cup was destined to remain in North Queensland for another year. That was until an amazing finish by Breakers development player Shae Ili with just 2.1 seconds on the clock, forced the game into overtime and the Snakes to wait an extra day to find out if they will earn their first piece of silverware. All in all, this was the best of the NBL on show.   Townsville Crocodiles 47 – Perth Wildcats 84 The western wall stands tall  The formidable Perth Wildcats front wall was just too big and too powerful for the inexperienced and injury depleted Townsville Crocodiles outfit. Back-up centre Tom Jervis was a force in the middle with 14 points, a game-high seven rebounds and five massive blocked shots. Jesse Wagstaff also made an impact, coming off the bench with a game-high 16 points.   Concerns about Crocodiles depth Key injuries throughout the tournament have ruined the Crocodiles attempt at defending their 2014/15 Blitz title. To put it in perspective, Harry Frolling, a 17-year-old AIS graduate racked up 16 minutes of valuable experience against a Perth unit, stacked with seasoned NBL veterans. We will also celebrate Nick Kay’s breakout tournament. The young Queenslander posted a team-high 14 points, the only Crocs player to reach double figures.   Evergreen Redhage back to best After missing the 2014/15 NBL Finals due to injury, it would have pleased Perth’s supporters to see fan-favourite Shawn Redhage stay healthy and increase his contributions as the tournament progressed. Against the Crocs, the big-man hit three triples, a strong indication that he will remain an important cog in the Wildcats’ attempt at making a 30th consecutive finals appearance. An Australian sporting record!  
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