Pen­ney ready to drop in buck­ets af­ter shak­ing off stom­ach virus

The New Zealand Herald - - SPORT - — NZN

Break­ers guard Kirk Pen­ney has shaken off the stom­ach virus which kept him quiet in their NBL sea­son opener.

Now he is ready to bounce back in the round two clash against the Syd­ney Kings.

Nail­ing just 41 per cent of their at­tempted field goals, the Break­ers fell 82-71 to the Cairns Taipans in Auck­land, with Pen­ney con­tribut­ing a low-key seven points from 26 min­utes on court.

Break­ers coach Paul Henare has a full ros­ter to se­lect from for tonight’s clash, and says it’s not only Pen­ney who has some­thing to prove.

“It’s im­por­tant to have Kirk fir­ing, but it’s not the be-all and end-all,” he said. “Across the board, we had sev­eral guys who played be­low ex­pec­ta­tions. Kirk and sev­eral guys are look­ing to bounce back.

“This is a ros­ter with plenty of depth and tal­ent in all po­si­tions, I have no doubt they will bring it against the Kings.”

Pen­ney said while it was dis­ap­point­ing to start the sea­son with a loss, he’s con­fi­dent the Break­ers will lift against Syd­ney.

“We just want to get our first win as quickly as pos­si­ble and keep that win col­umn rolling,” he said.

“We’re just try­ing to come to­gether as a team and find our rhythm out there.

“You don’t have to fo­cus on the score, just do the work at both ends of the court and the wins will come.”

Tonight is the first of two back-to-back clashes be­tween the two teams, with a quirk in the draw see­ing the Kings re­turn­ing to Auck­land next Thursday.

Syd­ney have been clock­ing up the air travel, with their 105-96 first-round de­feat against Ade­laide hot on the heels of their trip to the US and a loss to NBA side Utah Jazz.

The Kings have won just twice in 14 vis­its to Auck­land, but have a star-stud­ded line-up which in­cludes for­mer league MVP Kevin Lisch.

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