NBL 2014/15 SF Game 2: Sixers dumped after Kiwi sweep
|Steve Chalmers||Feb 28, 2015|
The New Zealand Breakers are the first team to successfully make their way through to the 2014/15 NBL Grand Final, after defeating the Adelaide 36ers 94-83 in game two of their semi-finals.
The Kiwi's clean sweep of the resurgent Sixers made yet another statement in their championship aspirations with both imports playing a vital role.
Despite early foul trouble Ekene Ibekwe destroyed the highly touted Adelaide forwards, scoring 18 points and swatting two shots on a very efficient 7-8FG shooting.
Cedric Jackson pitched in early and often with 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals in yet another fantastic display.
While the Breakers could lean on their two stars throughout key parts of the match, it was the core of the team which has continued to frustrate opposing sides.
Corey Webster (15 points, 5 steals), Mika Vukona (12 points) and Tai Wesley (11 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) were all amongst it as New Zealand managed to find themselves leading by as many as 20 at one stage in the game, despite committing 22 turnovers.
For the home side, their ten straight wins to conclude the regular season couldn't have ended in a more disappointing way.
Back-to-back losses in their post-season campaign ends up turning their Cinderella story into a failure.
Brock Motum struggled all night, 0-8 from the field for a total of two points and eight rebounds.
Jamar Wilson (23 points, 4 assists, 4 steals) managed to keep the Sixers in shape for parts of the contest along with captain Adam Gibson (14 points, 3 assists).
New Zealand now await the winner of the other semi-final where the Cairns Taipans currently lead the Perth Wildcats one game to zero.
Adelaide 36ers 83 (Wilson 23, Johnson 16, Gibson 14)
New Zealand Breakers 94 (Ibekwe 18, Jackson 18, Webster 15)
@ Adelaide Arena