New Zealand Breakers take down Adelaide 36ers in NBL
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A breakout performance from Finn Delany led the New Zealand Breakers to a 114-94 NBL victory over the flagging Adelaide 36ers.
It was the Breakers' their first home win of the season.
Unheralded Kiwi forward Delany came off the bench to score a career high 27 points, helping his team overcome a 14-point deficit midway through the opening quarter.
Usually a role player in the Breaker's rotation, Delany was irresistible when he drove to the basket, bringing the crowd to life at Spark Arena.
The Breakers had suffered heavy losses to Brisbane and Sydney in their two previous home games in Auckland.
Centre Shawn Long came alive in the second half to finish with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
Another American, Armani Moore, silenced critics who have questioned his quality with 17 points.
Adelaide had played just tw o days earlier, beating the Taipans in Cairns, before 12 hours of travel had them arriving in Auckland at 1am on Sunday, 13 hours before tip-off.
The scoreboard told their story. Their fast-paced offence functioned exceptionally in the first quarter as they poured in 37 points.
They managed just eight in the final stanza as the Breakers' high-speed approach ultimately paid dividends.
American Jacob Wiley scored 23 points while it was a career-high return for bench big man Harry Froling, with 20 points and nine rebounds.
Boomers guard Nathan Sobey, coming off a triple-double against Cairns, was under tight watch from Shea Ilia and managed just 10 points.
Adelaide's record slips to 3-3 while the Breakers at 2-2 climb off the bottom of the ladder.
Adelaide will hope to have American Ramone Moore (calf strain) back for their round four double-header next week against Brisbane.Source: Google News New Zealand | Netizen 24 New Zealand