Aber­crom­bie marks mile­stone at home

North Shore Times - - OUT & ABOUT - SPORTS RE­PORTER

BAS­KET­BALL

The New Zealand Break­ers’ first home game at North Shore Events Cen­tre this sea­son will be an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate one of the Shore’s own stars. Shore lo­cal Tom Aber­crom­bie has been playing for the Break­ers in the Aus­tralian Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League since 2009. Aber­crom­bie brought up his 250th game for or­gan­i­sa­tion in a win against the Bris­bane Bul­lets on Oc­to­ber 26. Tonight, the Break­ers will cel­e­brate the 30-year-old’s mile­stone when they take the court at the NSEC against the against the Ade­laide 36ers, as the Break­ers look to main­tain their win­ning streak and po­si­tion atop the NBL lad­der along­side Perth Wild­cats.

The round five NBL game tips off at 7.35pm.

Aber­crom­bie also joins 11 other Break­ers in be­ing named in Tall Blacks head coach Paul Henare’s ex­tended ros­ter of 23 play­ers ahead of the up­com­ing FIBA World Cup Qual­i­fier against South Korea in Welling­ton. Twelve play­ers from the ex­tended squad will suit up against the Kore­ans on Novem­ber 23.

The squad is no­table for the in­clu­sion of Euro­pean based stars Isaac Fotu, Tai Web­ster and Is­rael based Corey Web­ster.

Henare says the game in Welling­ton marks the start of a journey to­wards not only the FIBA World Cup, but the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and he wants his best play­ers in­volved and com­mit­ted from the start of the cam­paign.

LAWN BOWLS

With the cen­tre’s top bowlers, Tony Gran­tham and Elaine McClin­tock the spear­heads, Browns Bay con­tin­ued its dom­i­nance of North Har­bour bowls’ ma­jor tour­na­ments.

Gran­tham, now with Browns Bay as well as Birken­head, skipped a line-up of Adam Hay­wood, Scott Mou­ton and Lind­say Gil­more to a 17-14 win over the Leon Wech-skipped Mairangi Bay four in the men’s fi­nal at Mil­ford. And McClin­tock made it a Browns Bay dou­ble when she skipped Kerin Roberts, Eileen Shand and Chris­teen Dalzell to a 19-10 win over an­other four from the club skipped by Rona Turner in the women’s fi­nal.

For Gran­tham, with 13 cen­tre ti­tles to his credit, it was good prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing Transtas­man series on the Gold Coast when he will be part of the Black Jacks squad.

For Hay­wood and Gil­more it was their first Har­bour ti­tles.

CHRIS HYDE/GETTY IM­AGES

Tom Aber­crom­bie shoots dur­ing his 250th NBL match be­tween the Bris­bane Bul­lets and New Zealand Break­ers on Oc­to­ber 26

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