Casper Ware of Melbourne United.
Casper Ware of Melbourne United. Scott Barbour

Fourth straight loss has NZ at breaking point

BASKETBALL: The NZ Breakers are bottom of the NBL ladder after slipping to a fourth-straight defeat.

The 98-74 loss to Melbourne United completed a miserable two weeks for the club, which included the arrest of American Corey Webster for an alleged assault.

Webster played yesterday after a one-game ban but his 15 points were not enough to help the Breakers out of a slump at Hisense Arena.

The Breakers had held a 33-30 advantage midway through the second quarter, having started strongly on defence for the first time in four games. Then it all went wrong. Ten minutes and nine turnovers later, the Breakers suddenly trailed 60-40, having allowed Melbourne to enjoy a 30-7 run that decided the game and sent the visitors spiralling into eighth spot.

Casper Ware (pictured) led the way for the home team with 26 points.

The Breakers have four days to find their way out of a deepening hole before the visit of Brisbane on Thursday night.



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