Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Now It's Make or Breakers Now It's Make or Breakers

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Now It's Make or Breakers Now It's Make or Breakers

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Byline: MATT BLOMBERG matt.blomberg@northernstar.com.au

THIS is D-Day for our basketballers.

Over the weekend the Ballina Breakers men and Lismore Storm women face the powerhouse Coffs Harbour Suns with top spot in their respective NSW State Basketball League northern divisions on the line.

After six months of basketball, the Breakers and Storm face a similar predicament Co win against the Suns this weekend and earn a home final, or lose and travel south to take on the best fromthe southern division.

The Breakers

BALLINA'S men won't be laying out the red carpet for their southern foes ahead of their clash at Southern Cross K-12 School tonight.

In fact, the opposite, this is a clash of David and Goliath, and David never intended to make life easy for his enemy.

The Suns are a basketball powerhouse Co the largest country basketball association in the State Co who have been around for more than a decade and play in a 350-seat stadium.

The Breakers, though, are a second-year team with a playing base of about 100 players and plays home games on a school basketball court.

If that wasn't enough motivation for Ballina Co what about their head-to-head history with the Suns.

In two meetings this season the Breakers have put themselves in a winning position with seconds on the clock Co and both times Suns sharp-shooter Robbie Linton nailed a long-distance three-pointer to steal the game.

And Linton is only the start of the problem.

The Suns also boast two-time NBL premiership winner Matt Shanahan, who dropped 28 points on the Breakers last time, as well State League top-five scorer Mitch Cole.

But in their corner the Breakers have their own fountain of points.

The league's leading scorer, 19-year-old James Whitby, returns from a knee injury he suffered in a rugby league match to go head-to-head with Shanahan.

"Shanahan went off last time," Whitby said. …

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