Ballina breaks Port hearts

THE Thursday Plantation Ballina Breakers men’s basketball team might soon be known as the ‘Cardiac Kids’ after thrilling the home crowd with another nail-biting 65-62 win over Port Macquarie on Saturday night.

Three of the Breakers’ four games have been decided by three points or less but with just one loss they now sit in outright second place on the State Basketball League ladder.

Captain Jessie Coates was the hero for the home side at the weekend after stepping up to ice a pair of free throws with the scores tied and only one second left on the clock.

Coach Marty Smith, minus some fingernails and plus some extra grey hairs, said he will take the win.

“We keep finding ways to keep these games really close which is a great spectacle for the crowd as well as a huge learning experience for the guys,” Smith said.

“Winning ‘ugly’ is better than losing ‘pretty’ any day and we have three weeks off now so we can get back on the practice court and fine-tune some of the things that are letting us down.”

James Whitby continued his hot-streak, top-scoring on Saturday with 21 points while Coates was outstanding at both ends and big Jayden Hetherington continued to build his reputation as a dominant interior force.

The next match is a Breakers home double-header with the men to play Grafton and the women to take on Bellinger Valley in three weeks’ time.



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