14 Feb 2011

Top of the table clash for Breakers

6:17 am on 14 February 2011

Runaway ANBL basketball leaders New Zealand and Perth - the team the Breakers want to succeed as champions - are set to test their title credentials against each other in a mouth watering showdown later this week.

New Zealand (16-3) continued their seemingly unstoppable run to the minor premiership with a 101-91 home win over Melbourne (7-13) on Friday night.

It was the Breakers' ANBL record sixth straight win and their 11th in their last 12 games.

Perth (13-9) missed a chance to improve their chances of finishing second, splitting their NSW road games.

They enjoyed a 98-84 win over improving Sydney (4-16) on Friday, but crashed 105-73 to Wollongong (10-11) the following night.

Perth travel to New Zealand for a match on Thursday which could reveal a lot about both teams' title aspirations and give the Breakers a chance for some payback.

The Wildcats were responsible for inflicting the biggest defeat on the Breakers this season, a 114-74 thrashing at Challenge Stadium in mid-November.