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Breakers ready for strengthened 36ers tonight

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The SKYCITY Breakers are in Adelaide preparing for their fourth and final clash with the 36ers in the Australian National Basketball League tonight, tip off 9:30pm NZT (live on SKY Sport).

Head Coach Paul Henare is pleased with how the team is travelling over the Christmas season.

"Everyone had a couple of days off to be with family and put their feet up for a couple of days, but since we came back in training has been great and the boys are looking fresh and ready to go tonight. We lost twice, beat them once, the last time we played we had three really good quarters of basketball but couldn’t quite close it out, and I know that is part of the motivation for tonight."

Henare is not getting caught up in conversations about ladder positions or looking too far ahead.

"We are in a good place at the moment, we have won two of our last three games and are in a good position going into the New Year period. But I don’t really care about placings on the ladder, for us it is about our performance and trying to play good basketball. We are starting to make some good progress again and have had some good time on the practice floor. We just need to keep improving as a group and play good quality hoops."

Centre Rob Loe is part of a bench unit that is scoring heavily and maintaining pressure on opposing teams at both ends of the floor. Loe poured in a season high 23 points in the recent win over Sydney and is keen to maintain that form tonight, with thoughts of that final quarter meltdown still fresh in his mind.

"It's good while it's fresh in our memories, to get our revenge on them. We've worked hard this week and we'll be ready come game day."

The team has reported fit and healthy for the game in Adelaide tonight, with the short break over Christmas allowing a number of players to rehab and rest niggling injuries.

"This next period it is important for us to make sure we are healthy and find the right balance between working hard on the practice floor and playing just the one game a week. We have a few older bodies in our group, so it is important we make the most of this time. Later in January and February we are playing twice a week so will be more maintenance and game focused, but right now our health and conditioning staff are doing a great job in working the players hard at practice and ensuring we are fit and fresh come game time."

Adelaide are likely to be strengthened for the clash tonight, with noise out of the 36ers camp suggesting that leading forward Mitch Creek and import guard Ramone Moore are both good to return from injury.

Adelaide 36ers v SKYCITY Breakers

Friday 29 December

9:30pm NZT

Live on SKY Sport

Next Home Game

Sunday 7 January

Spark Arena

V Cairns Taipans

3pm tip off

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