Written by Mike Lacey, laceylowdown.com
The Breakers Academy recorded their second win in the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam beating the MaiFM 88 Sixers 112-87 at Auckland University Sports Centre on Tuesday night.
The Academy jumped out to an early 11-3 lead but was reeled in by the Sixers, Waikato Pistons forward Nick Barrow scoring 12 first quarter points to restrict the Breakers lead to just five points, 32-27 at quarter time. Barrow and Morgan Natanahira were having a ding dong battle with young Academy forwards Yuat Alok and Tai Wynyard as the Breakers established a 60-46 half time advantage - Sam Colenutt, Jordan Ngatai and Brad Anderson all in double figures for the Breakers.
Sixers coach Hayden Allen along with his assistants, son’s Reggie and Mack, called a time out early in the third quarter following a couple of runaway dunks from Jordan Ngatai and Reuben Te Rangi. The tide was stemmed temporarily as Matt Lacey and Hayden Miller converted from deep but the Sixers were in damage control most of the second half. The Breakers scored freely in the final period to run out comfortable winners.
Academy Coach Judd Flavell was able to give senior players Duane Bailey and Reuben Te Rangi close to thirty minutes game time each and both responded with 16 point contributions.
MaiFM Sixers 87 – Barrow 31/12, Natanahira 22/10, Lacey 17, Miller 11 Breakers Development 112 – Ngatai 21, Anderson 20, Bailey 16, Te Rangi 16, Alok 12, Colenutt 12.