ANBL: New Zealand Breakers clinch semi-finals with come-from-behind overtime win over Brisbane Bullets

The New Zealand Breakers have secured a favourable route in the ANBL playoffs with an overtime win over the Brisbane Bullets.

Veteran Tom Abercrombie inspired his team to a come-from-behind 80-75 victory to clinch second spot on the ladder.

Will McDowell-White.
Will McDowell-White. Photo credit: Getty Images

They edged the Cairns Taipans for the position due to their better points differential and will play the winner of the third v fourth playoff in a best-of-three series.

By sealing second on the ladder, the Breakers will host two of the three games, with a potential decider held at Spark Arena.

But the Breakers didn't have it all their own way against the second-from-bottom Bullets, who led by as much as 12 during the second quarter.

Jarrell Brantley was the Breakers' top-scorer with 19 points, while Will McDowell-White notched 15 points and eight rebounds, including a go-ahead three-pointer in overtime.

However, it was Abercrombie's defence that came up trumps for the Breakers with a vital steal late in the game to finish with four, as well as 14 points.

Izayah Le'afa (12), and Tom Vodanovich (10) also hit double figures, as the Breakers won their fifth straight game.

Breakers coach Mody Maor was proud of his team's efforts against a very highly-thought-of Bullets outfit.

"Second place is awesome," he said. "We talked about this today in the morning and I brought to the coaching staff the predictions of everybody before the season.

"They [Brisbane] were supposed to be champions and we were supposed to be going home. So to come here and win in this way after a tough, hard-fought game after a tough stretch, I couldn't be happier and couldn't be prouder."

Breakers 80 (Brantley, McDowell-White 15, Abercrombie 14)
Bullets 75 (Baynes 17, Johnson 15, Sobey 14)