Basketball: NZ Breakers clear on approach for semi-final decider, despite Game Two loss to Tasmania JackJumpers

NZ Breakers won't change the approach that saw them finish as the No.2 seeds in the ANBL, despite a Game Two defeat in the semi-finals.

Their 89-78 loss to Tasmania JackJumpers means the teams will now travel to Auckland to play a series decider at Spark Arena for a spot in the Grand Final.

The Breakers led by as many as five points late in the third quarter, but an 11-0 run by the hosts proved too much to overcome.

Dererk Pardon chases a rebound against Tasmania JackJumpers
Dererk Pardon chases a rebound against Tasmania JackJumpers. Photo credit: Getty Images

As the old sporting cliche goes, many teams may feel the need to go back to the drawingboard, but not Breakers coach Mody Maor.

He has full faith that his team can bounce back from the defeat on their terms and overcome another challenge, as they have done all season.

"We never look too far and we never have to search too deep for the answers," said Maor. "We have a very clear idea of who we are and we have a very clear idea of how we do things - on both sides of the floor. 

"It's always coming back to who we are in these situations. We've had a phenomenal regular season and when I say that, I don't mean the results, I mean we've been through everything.

"We've gone on winning streaks, gone on losing streaks, we've won close games, we've won tight games, we've lost by a lot, we've lost by a little.

"We've learned a lot and this was a new team. It was important that we learn those lessons and now we need to implement them.

"A bunch of things from a tactical standpoint that we can do better and we will do better with. Other than that, there's more fire in us.

"We're better from an intensity standpoint most times and we're a new team, new circumstances, and I think we really, really wanted it and sometimes that takes you to a place that's not necessarily a positive one.

"But I have so much faith and trust in this group. We have and they have overcome every challenge that's been thrown at them, and I'm sure this is going to be very similar."

American guard Barry Brown Jr starred for the Breakers in the defeat, with 19 points and three steals from the bench.

The ANBL Sixth Man of the Year is short and sweet on what they need to do to close out the series, echoing his coach's sentiments.

"I think we just need to be us on offence and defence," Brown Jr said.