Life at the top cre­ates headache for mi­nor premiers

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

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.

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