ANBL: New Zealand Breakers break losing streak to thump Brisbane Bullets in Tasmania

The New Zealand Breakers have snapped their three-game losing streak to thump the Brisbane Bullets 91-71 in Tasmania in their ANBL clash.

The Breakers were led by new signing William McDowell-White in just his fourth game for the club after he returned from the US after playing for the Houston Rockets G League team.  

The Australian Boomer controlled the evening with a triple-double (13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists) as the Kiwi club grabbed their third win of the season against the Bullets and just their sixth for the campaign. 

The Auckland based club were buoyed by the news they'll be able to return home next month to close the ANBL season, and were wanting to shake off the heartbreaking overtime loss to the Perth Wildcats last time out. 

The Breakers dominated the contest and put on a clinical first-half performance. After a tight opening quarter, the New Zealand side shot clear in the second stanza, with McDowell-White and import Levi Randolph - who scored a game-high 20 points -  the stars of the show.

The Bullets were led by Matt Hodgson on 16 points, his side's only bright point coming in the third quarter as they outscored the hosts 23-20.

The Breakers finished off with a strong final stanza to cruise to what was their most emphatic and dominant performance of the season.

Highlighting how good of a performance it was from the New Zealand side, was their 37 rebounds, 28 assists and just 10 turnovers for the game. 

Opposed to that, Brisbane had 39 rebounds, just eight assists and 16 turnovers.

Finn Delany continued his tremendous form (17 points, four rebounds and three assists) with Tom Abercrombie putting up another strong night (16 points, five boards, three assists and two blocks). 

Breakers coach Dan Shamir was proud of his team's performance but stressed how important it is for his side to go on a run. 

"First of all good team effort, we defended well for most of the time and we took control of the game early," Shamir said. "In situations like this, there is some anxiety when you come to a game like this as we need to start winning games. 

"When we got loose a lot of good things happened."

Shamir is proud to have a player of McDowell-White's quality and calibre and feels he has everything to be a top player in the league. 

"I love players like that," Shamir added. "He's young, he's got a lot to improve on but he's got a great feel for the game. 

"He's obviously got the tools because he's got a pretty big body but most importantly he's got a feel for the game and the right mentality.

The Breakers have a short turnaround as they head to take on league-leading Perth Wildcats on Sunday as they look to bounce back from their overtime defeat last time the two sides faced off. 

New Zealand Breakers 91 (Randolph 20, Delany 17, Abercrombie 16) Brisbane Bullets 71 (Hodgson 16, Sobey 15, Patterson 9)