In­jury-hit Break­ers roll Taipans

Mercury (Hobart) - - BASKETBALL, SOCCER - DANIEL RICHARD­SON Auck­land

THE New Zealand Break­ers over­came a host of in­juries to beat Cairns Taipans 93-85 in their NBL en­counter in Auck­land last night.

The luck­less Break­ers went into the game with­out reg­u­lars Rob Loe (head) and Finn De­lany (an­kle) and lost im­port guard Scotty Hop­son to a knee in­jury in the sec­ond quar­ter.

To make mat­ters worse, big man Ater Ma­jok had to fight through ill­ness to suit up and he con­trib­uted eight points and five re­bounds off the bench. Corey Web­ster was the main ar­chi­tect for the Break­ers as he scored 23 points and car­ried the load with­out Hop­son.

“One of our broth­ers went down again so we had to dig in,” Web­ster said.

“Ev­ery­body stepped up, chipped away at it as a team and we came away with a good win.”

Teenage tyro R.J. Hamp­ton hit some timely shots in the fi­nal quar­ter for the Break­ers to end the game with a ca­reer­high 18 points.

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