A last-gasp basket from American import DJ Newbill has been enough for the Breakers to pip Sydney 87-85 in their second-round NBL clash in Auckland.
With the scores tied at 85-85 on Friday and just three seconds on the clock, Newbill’s lay-up was enough for the Breakers to steal their first win of the season.
The 25-year-old guard played a pivotal role for the three-time NBL champions, his 22 points bettered only by Kirk Penney’s 25 and augmented by seven rebounds.
Penney, hit with a stomach virus for the Breakers’ opening 82-71 loss to Cairns, was back to his long-range best in nailing six of nine from the three-point line.
The Kings started brightly to lead 29-26 at quarter-time, but could only manage 12 points in the second spell as the Breakers led 54-41 at halftime.
The Breakers still looked in control with a 69-63 lead at three-quarter time, but the Kings stormed back to level late in the final spell.
Perry Ellis topped Sydney’s shooting stats with 19 points, while Kevin Lisch, Travis Leslie and Todd Blanchfield each contributed 15.
It was a more disciplined effort from the Breakers, with a vastly improved effort from the free-throw line in converting 23 from 32.
They also cut back the turnovers to nine after conceding 17 against the Taipans.
The Breakers will face the Kings again on Thursday in Auckland.