In the 100th game of the NBL21 season, the Breakers left nothing to chance, trouncing the Bullets 91-71.
Staring down the barrel of last place, the Breakers had a happy hour of scoring at the Silverdome on Friday night.
After losing his 350th game in a heart-breaker to the Wildcats a match prior, Breakers captain Tom Abercrombie (16pts) shook off the jitters with a three-pointer in the first minute.
Poor shooting plagued the Bullets from the start (6-16 FG%), allowing the Breakers to scratch up an lead, aided by a stout defensive performance from centre Colton Iverson.
Aside from Iverson, the bigger bodies of Brisbane were able to bully their way to the rim early on.
A lovely layup from recent addition Levi Randolph (20pts), as well as a spectacular three-pointer from William McDowell-White, saw the Breakers to a six-point lead at quarter time.
Randolph continued to build momentum in the second, getting good looks from downtown and in the paint.
This allowed the Breakers to build on their sizeable lead in the second, helped by the Breakers continued tightening up on defence, scoring seven more points off turnovers.
Randolph said he was pleased to contribute to his first win as a Breaker.
"Today he had a good game, he really impacted the match on all fronts," Breakers coach Dan Shamir said. "He's a great piece for us."
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The Bullets continued to struggle to break through New Zealand's defence in the third. An aggressive Brisbane team tried as they did to claw back into the game, but Abercrombie had other plans.
The 33-year-old kept the heat on, even landing a slam dunk off a half-court turnover.
The Breakers did not look comfortable throughout the second half, knowing full-well how fragile a significant lead can be from the previous match.
An agile Nathan Sobey saw to this, making the Breakers pay at every misstep.
After an impressive 30-point game in Melbourne, the Bullets guard did what he could against a New Zealand team in their element; he finished with 15 points.
Tension rose on both sides in the final quarter, with Randolph, Corey Webster and McDowell-White (13pts, 14 assists) all contributing in the field to a sizeable, and unbeatable Breakers lead.
Shamir said the first quarter anxiety of the team didn't take long to disappear, with team defence being the key to the victory.
The win puts the Breakers two games up on the Bullets for the season. The Breakers' next Silverdome game will be against the Cairns Taipans on April 23.