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Smith urges sixth Breaker to show

THE BALLINA Breakers could start with an extra man on the court in their clash with Port Macquarie tonight.

That is the view of coach Marty Smith who has implored fans to come out and support his team for the round six clash at the Southern Cross School.

“The spectators were like a sixth man at our last home game against Tamworth,” Smith said.

“When the crowd is behind us the boys play harder and the noise disrupts the other team’s flow. It’s great to see.”

Smith’s men sit second in Pool A of the NSW State Basketball League with two wins and a loss.

Tonight’s opponents, the Port Macquarie Dolphins, have split their opening pair of games, including a last-start 30-point thrashing of Grafton, but come to Ballina as an unknown quantity to the revived Breakers.

Smith knows his men will need to be on high alert against the free-running Dolphins but has them primed for anything.

After going down to premiership heavyweights Coffs Harbour in a tight one last week, Smith has instilled a belief in his men that they can compete with even the best.

“Our team is beginning to understand how to expose the weaknesses of other teams and we plan to capitalise on that while employing our own game-plan,” Smith said.

Over the opening of the season the Breakers have looked inside to the big men early which has successfully opened up the floor for the wing-men to strike.

Smith will be looking for another big game from James Whitby who has already racked up 82 points in three matches.

Tip-off is at 7:30 tonight at the Southern Cross School, Chickiba Drive, Ballina East.