Life at the top creates headache for minor premiers
CROWNED NBL minor premiers with four matches still to play, the New Zealand Breakers face a tricky few weeks until the finals.
They know they will go into the play-offs as top qualifiers, and with home advantage, irrespective of what happens between now and then.
But while securing the minor premiership is a notable feat, experienced forward Dillon Boucher con- cedes that maintaining their intensity could be an issue on the home stretch. ‘‘ It’s going to be hard, the motivational side of things, obviously with four games to go and nothing really counting on the result,’’ Boucher said.
‘‘ But we want to go into the playoffs with momentum, so it’s important for us to make sure we play really well and carry that over into the finals.’’ The run home involves tonight’s away match against Townsville, who are sure to be fired up as they look to consolidate their own spot in the top four.
‘‘ This game is extremely important,’’ Boucher said.
‘‘ We want to make sure we’re confident we can beat them on their home floor as well as on our own.’’
The Crocodiles have the best home record in the competition this season, winning 10 of their 11 matches, including the last nine in succession.
‘‘ They have very smart fans – they understand when to cheer and when to boo,’’ Boucher said.
However, travelling across the Tasman doesn’t hold too many fears for the Breakers, who have already won a club record nine times away from home this season.