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Henare Glad To Have Revenge Opportunity

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Henare Glad To Have Revenge Opportunity

Auckland, Jan 23 NZPA - Veteran basketballer Paul Henare says he's delighted the New Zealand Breakers will get a chance tomorrow to take revenge for their loss to the Melbourne Tigers last night.

The Breakers were decisively outplayed by the Tigers in the second half of their crucial match in Auckland last night, losing 103-85 after going into the halftime break one point a head.

The loss brings the Tigers level with the Breakers in second place on the ANBL with five matches remaining, and another loss will take the Breakers out of the top two for the first time this season.

The two teams meet again for another vital clash tomorrow, this time in Melbourne, and Henare said the Breakers would be fired up for the match.

"It's not often that you have that opportunity so quickly. Usually you have to wait a month or two," Henare said.

"There's nothing better than getting that chance apart from winning.

"Also, it's good because it's like the playoffs, where you get a chance to get back up and travel and play again, so that should be good experience."

Henare said the Breakers had played too much like individuals when the pressure went on in the second half.

"We'll look at the footage more closely but the best thing we can do in those situations is to let our systems that work well for use create our opportunities."

Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis said his team was "out-physicalled" by the bigger Tigers team.

"They were disruptive and we never got the flow into our offence," he said.

The Tigers' star big man Chris Anstey made a significant impact early on, but as the defence started to look after him there were more opportunities for Daryl Corletto and David Thomas, both of whom got into double figures.

And while Ebi Ere scored just two points in the first half for the Tigers, he exploded in the second with 20 more, the Breakers seemingly unable to stop him.

In contrast, the Breakers didn't seem to have the scoring capability once the Tigers defence got control of Kirk Penney.

Penney had an outstanding first half, seeming to get through defenders at will on the way to 21 points, but he could only score seven in the second half.

Only Rick Rickert and Tony Ronaldson were able to make double figures for the Breakers other than Penney, while usual reliable points sources Phill Jones and Oscar Forman scored six and zero respectively.

Two other key statistics showed how effective the Tigers defence was last night. They gathered a total of 49 rebounds, 14 more than the Breakers, and they limited the normally outstanding three-point shooting of the home team to just six successful attempts out of 24.

The Tigers defence clearly satisfied the referees, as there were no free-throw attempts from the Breakers in the second half.

Both the Tigers and the Breakers will have vital matches following their return clash tomorrow against the table-topping South Dragons.

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