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NZ Breakers taking game to Wellington

TSB Arena Wellington basketball
Wellington's TSB Arena, the home of the Saints in the NBL. PHOTO: ANBL

The NZ Breakers will play in Wellington for just the third time in their history in December.

The club confirmed on Wednesday their December 7 clash with the Sydney Kings, a repeat of the 2023 Australian National Basketball League (ANBL) Finals, would be played at TSB Arena.


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The Breakers last played at the capital's waterfront venue in 2019, defeating the Illawarra Hawks by 34 points. They also played at the then-Queens Wharf Events Centre in their inaugural season in 2003-04, losing 81-68 to the Cairns Taipans.


The club has regularly played regular season games outside of Auckland stadiums (Spark Arena, North Shore Events Centre, The Trusts Stadium and Franklin Leisure Centre), including Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.


The Breakers are still coach-less after head coach Mody Maor announced his departure from Atlas Place three weeks ago to take up a contract in Japan.



In an off-season of much changeover, the Breakers currently have American point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Australian guard Mitch McCarron, NZ-born NBA Draft pick Mojave King, Kiwi Sam Mennenga, former NBA player Jonah Bolden and Australian veteran Dane Pineau on the roster.


From last season's squad, captain Tom Abercrombie (retirement), Finn Delany (Europe), Izayah Le'afa (Sydney Kings), Will McDowell-White (Europe), Cam Gliddon (free agency), Mangok Mathiang (free agency) and Mantas Rubstavicius (NBA Draft) have departed, while the future of imports Anthony Lamb and Zylan Cheatham is uncertain.


Kiwi development players Alex McNaught, Carlin Davison and Max Darling will also return.

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