The Tall Blacks got their ASIA Cup campaign off to a great start overnight last night, with a 70-49 demolition of Kazakhstan in the tournament’s opening game, and SKYCITY Breakers players were to the forefront in a good first up effort.
2016/17 development player Derone Raukawa led all scorers in a stat stuffing display, with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals as he came off the bench to great effect. Finn Delany had his best game of the tour, with a double double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, highlighting his value to the Breakers in the 3 and 4 spots this coming season.
Shea Ili led the side well at the point, with his trademark defence unsettling the Kazakhstan side and driving to the hoop for 11 points and new Breakers signing James Hunter had 6 points on 3 of 5 shooting.
Next up for the Paul Henare coached Tall Blacks is host nation Lebanon, in what will be a cauldron of an atmosphere in the early hours of Thursday morning NZT.