Brisbane v New Zealand Feb 7
Massive game in the scheme of things. Brisbane (14/11) are sitting 4th and you would think a win would lock in that spot. New Zealand (13/13) are 5th and like an All Blacks team down by 2 points with 5 mins to play, still think they can win. So much so, rumour has it that they've flown over Kevin Tuakanaoruru, master plumber from Whakatane armed with a caulking gun and a pallet load of no more gaps from new sponsors, Selleys, to give the roof of the BEC a little tickle to make sure the game lasts the full 40 mins. Will the roof hold up? Word from Kevin, is "choice".
New Zealand have refused to die this season. Dramas on and off the court have tempered their resolve and now their season comes down to this. Brisbane seemed to have buoyed along the first half the season, then gone into beast mode once their coach was told that he was no longer required for national duties. Since he was dumped, the Bullets have improved incredibly. Even the JC5 clothing range is now doing better than First Ever. Jason is practicing his blue steel look for the catwalk.
Past results don't really count for much when the pressure is on, but New Zealand have had the wood over Brisbane this season. This game should go down to the wire and this season deserves a cliff hanger. I'm expecting Andre Lemanis to be pacing the sidelines like a tiger making sure every call is correct. If there's a game heading for OT, this could be it.
Breakers by 3