Maor calls for more effort as Breakers crash to sixth defeat
The struggling New Zealand Breakers paid the price for a sluggish start, going down 94-76 to the Perth Wildcats in their NBL match on Friday.
The Breakers had their sixth win in eight games, giving the home team 14 turnovers, many of them coming in the opening quarter, in a 34-17 loss.
Coach Mody Maor will be desperate for answers going into Thursday’s game against the Tasmanian JackJumpers in Launceston after overseeing another performance in which the Breakers struggled at both ends of the court to drop to second last on the position.
They struggled with the flashy guard Bryce Cotton, who scored a game-high 37 points and Keanu Pinder added 21 and ex-Brook Tai Webster produced eight points, six rebounds and three assists.
Imports Anthony Lamb (25 points) and Parker Jackson-Cartwright (20) led the Scorers’ scoring although there was a “double-double” for Mangok Mathiang (11 points, 14 rebounds).
“It was not a good game from us, we did not compete in the right way,” said a disappointed Warden at the press conference after the game.
“Nothing works in basketball when you don’t play with the proper effort.
“When your whole team doesn’t play with the appropriate intensity from the jump, the responsibility rests solely on the shoulders of the head coach.
“So, this is the only thing that has been attributed to my leadership. We have to be better and the responsibility is on me.”
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