The New Zealand Breakers finally broke their New Year's Eve
drought with a 66-61 victory over the Cairns Taipans at the
Cairns Convention Centre last night.
Having never won before on December 31, the league leaders
and defending champions ended 2012 in style with their 10th
win of the season.
Import Cedric Jackson once again led the way for the Breakers
with 17 points and six assists while fellow American Will
Hudson chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Jamar Wilson had a game-high 23 points for Cairns, but had
little support from his teammates with Dusty Rychart the next
best scorer with eight points.
The Breakers still took away the win despite a dreadful
shooting display, making just 38 percent from the field and
48 percent from the free throw line. Cairns were equally
woeful, however, scoring just eight points in the opening
quarter to trail 16-8.
In a low-scoring affair the Breakers led 35-24 at the break
and took a 54-44 led into the final quarter before the
Taipans finished strongly to make the scoreline look somewhat
The Breakers travel to Wollongong to face the third placed
Wollongong Hawks on January 5, who will be looking to bounce
back from a New Year's hangover after falling to the
seventh-placed Melbourne Tigers 80-72 last night.
Breakers 66 (C Jackson 17 W Hudson 12 C Bruton 10), Taipans
61 (J Wilson 23 D Rychart 8 C Tragardh 6 S Edwards 6 A