Basketball: Breakers sweep monthly awards

Cedric Jackson
Cedric Jackson
The Breakers have made a clean sweep of the Australian NBL awards for November, with Andrej Lemanis winning coach of the month and Cedric Jackson taking out player of the month.

Jackson was simply superb for the defending champions in November, twice winning player of the week honours in the period. In six games Jackson averaged 18.2 points, 9.2 assists, 5 rebounds and 2.5 steals.

The American import, who was named a starter for this weekend's All-Star game in Adelaide, made 45 of 88 shots from the field in November at a 51 per cent accuracy rate.

He highlighted his multi-faceted game by recording a rare triple-double in a round nine victory against Melbourne, recording 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Jackson took out the monthly award, voted on by coaches and media, after polling 61 votes to finish comfortably ahead of Ben Madgen (Sydney) and Adris Deleon (Wollongong).

Jackson's coach Andrej Lemanis was also honoured for his efforts in November, leading the Breakers to to a league-best 5-1 record for the month.

New Zealand started the month with four straight wins, downing Sydney, Cairns and Townsville twice. After suffering their only stumble of the period with a road loss to Perth, the Breakers then bounced back with a strong victory over the Melbourne Tigers.

Lemanis' side are now sitting in top spot on the ANBL ladder with a 9-3 record, well on track in their campaign to record a three-peat of titles.