ANBL: Breakers brace for grudge match in the deep south

Three Breakers coaches will reunite on Friday night, as the North Shore franchise takes an Australian Basketball League game on the road.

As you'd expect, there will be plenty of bragging rights on the line against Melbourne United in Invercargill.

After storied spells as a player for the Breakers and two years coaching, Paul Henare is back as an assistant for Melbourne.

"Yeah, we're going to have to take it easy on him though, after we beat them," said assistant coach Judd Flavell, who has served under all three. "He doesn't take losses that well."

Henare's teamed up with head coach Dean Vickerman, who led the Breakers to a championship in 2015.

"Me and Pauly talk almost every other day, so it'll be great to actually see him, and sit down and talk, and Deano as well," said new Breakers head coach Kevin Braswell.

But Braswell and Henare haven't fired too many jibes at each other this week.

"You think that we'd do that, but it's actually trying to help each other, and that's where I think that your friendship over the sport is always one thing, especially with Pauly and I.

"We just talk about how we can help each other improve."

The Breakers head to Invercargill, after impressive back-to-back wins.

And Flavell, who coached Southland to the New Zealand NBL title earlier this year, is eager to have the final say about returning to the deep south.