Basketball: NZ Breakers humbled by Sydney Kings as horror Australian National Basketball League season continues to unravel

Their horror star to the Australian National Basketball League has continued for NZ Breakers, suffering a 96-78 loss to Sydney Kings.

The Breakers opened with a spark, leading by 13 in the first quarter, but a limp six-point second quarter proved their downfall, as the Kings ran rampant against a sluggish defensive effort from the Kiwi franchise.

"It would be a little bit embarrassing for me to talk about the first quarter, when this was another game where we weren't competitive," coach Dan Shamir says.

"The first thing we need to improve is our one-on-one defence... the way to stop the bleeding or not to bleed any further is to take it a bit personally on a one-on-one level.

"The bottom line is it's tough, the hole gets deeper and we will fight harder."

Guard Corey Webster was the only shining light, finishing with 24 points in another excellent individual performance from the Tall Blacks star. 

The Breakers remain rooted to the bottom of the ANBL ladder with one win from seven games and play Adelaide 76ers on Saturday.