Basketball: NZ Breakers largely snubbed at ANBL end-of-season awards, Barry Brown Jr takes home best sixth man

NZ Breakers have been largely snubbed at the annual ANBL awards, despite returning to the playoffs as the league's second-best team.

Finishing the regular season with an 18-10 record - enough to earn second-place and an automatic home semi-final - the Breakers only winner was US import Barry Brown Jr, named best sixth man for his efforts off the bench.

Breakers centre Dererk Pardon, 26, was named in the All-NBL Second Team, as the only other nod to the Auckland side on the night.

Mody Maor, who has made a noticeable impression on the Breakers in his first season after taking the reins from Dan Shamir, missed out on the Coach of the Year award.

Instead, that honour went to Cairns Taipans boss Adam Forde, whose side also finished with an 18-10 record, but missed second place on points differential.

Along with Brown - the Breakers' leading scorer this season - Jarrell Brantley, 26, was also overlooked for Most Valuable Player, picked up by Sydney Kings' Xavier Cooks, after helping his side to a tabletopping regular-season finish. Cooks was also MVP of the NZ NBL last season, playing for Wellington Saints.

The Breakers will face the winners of Cairns Taipans and Tasmania JackJumpers on Sunday in the first game of their three-match semi-final series.

Game two will be played away from home, but the all-important game three - if required - will also be on the homecourt.