The New Zealand Breakers tamed the Perth Wildcats with a remarkable turnaround to win game two of their semi-final playoff series in the Australian National Basketball league last night in Perth.
The Breakers rebounded from a 101-78 hiding in the opening game at home to win 93-89 on the back of a 38-point contribution from their star guard Kirk Penney, 23 of them in the first half.
Two late three-pointers from Kevin Braswell ensured the Breakers came away with the series-levelling win.
The Breakers suffered a major blow during the middle stages of the final quarter, losing guard CJ Bruton and forward Thomas Abercrombie after they each notched up five fouls.
Forward Mika Vukona was a surprise participant in the match after making a speedy recovery from a knee injury, pulling down 10 important rebounds.
The third and deciding game will be played in Auckland next Wednesday.
The other semi-final series is also tied up with the Cairns Taipans winning game two last night against the Townsville Crocodiles 74-57.