24 Oct 2014

Breakers falter at home to Cairns

5:26 am on 24 October 2014

The Breakers have fallen to their second straight National Basketball League loss,going down 85-76 to the league-leading Cairns Taipans in Auckland.

Rhys Carter

Rhys Carter Photo: PHOTOSPORT

After a promising start to the season, the North Shore-based club have slipped to a 2-2 record, as they gave up a half-time lead to the unbeaten Taipans.

The visitors were led by 24 points, nine assists and six rebounds from the import point guard, Scottie Wilbekin, and none of the Breakers' big guns were able to get going with Corey Webster needing 17 shots to get his team-high16 points.

Much of the home side's scoring came off the bench with the back-up guard, Rhys Carter, making a useful contribution, producing 14 points in a strong display, while Ekene Ibekwe showed his skill around the rim to finish with 15 points.

The Breakers led by six points at half-time but struggled offensively coming out of the break as they lost the third quarter 29-15, with the Taipans heading to the line 13 times and they were unable to make up the deficit in a fourth quarter fightback.

They now face a road trip to play the Wollongong Hawks on Sunday.