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Breakers lose again in ANBL pre-season

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/09/2016

The New Zealand Breakers' winless pre-season has ended at 0-6 after a 103-89 loss to the Adelaide 36ers in the Australian Basketball Challenge in Brisbane.

It was their third defeat in the tournament, making them the only Australian NBL side in the 10-team event to fail to pick up a victory.

The Breakers, four-time ANBL champions and grand finalists last season, were again without injured guards Kirk Penney, Shea Ili and Corey Webster.

The trio's absence was compounded by American import Ben Woodside also being unable to suit up on Monday, which meant new coach Paul Henare having to reshuffle his starting five.

The Breakers produced a strong first half to lead 55-45 at the main break, but Adelaide dominated the third quarter 32-12 to head into the final 10 minutes in front 77-67.

Henare then chose to rest senior players and give extended court time to younger members of his squad.

Isaih Tueta, signed last week as injury replacement while Ili gets over a back problem, led all scorers with 22 points.

Tom Abercrombie (15), Finn Delany (12) and Derone Raukawa (10) also got into double digits.

The Breakers open their ANBL season against Melbourne United on October 7.

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