The Vector Arena is only four miles or so from the travails going on at Eden Park, but last night it was a million miles in terms of excitement, guts and ticker.
The Breakers basketball team last night hosted Perth’s Wildcats and a sold-out Arena of 9,200 screaming fans in the first of the best-three finals. What a game!
Starting slowly, the Breakers wound up through the second quarter, went to sleep again in the third, and did just enough in the fourth to earn the five minutes of extra time they needed to get over the line. Just over the line—the contest not being decided until the final minute.
Basketball at the highest level is one of the most thrilling games around. This game was one of those.
What a game.*
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*Now, if only someone could strangle the dickhead with the microphone. And the one playing Metallica through the first two minutes of every quarter.