Breakers look to get on top over NBL ladder leaders Melbourne United

The Breakers are looking to do the double again this weekend as they bid for home court advantage in the NBL play-offs.

The New Zealand team with the pressure on ahead of this weekend’s home and away games against the leaders Melbourne United, there was a change of pace at yesterday’s training.

"Every season we just try to break up the year, it's such a full on schedule and that day to day grind on the practice floor the guys can feel it sometimes more mentally than physically," said Breakers coach Paul Henare.

The Breakers have already secured a play-off spot after clinching a double win against the Illawarra Hawks last week.

They are now focussing on toppling the NBL front runners.

"Right now it's on Melbourne they sit in top place with a two game advantage on us and the only way to catch them is by beating them.

"That's why it is such an important weekend for us."

The Breakers are 2-0 against Melbourne this season. Double wins again this weekend will almost guarantee them a top two position and a home semi-final.  

The NZ team have already secured a play-off spot in the NBL. Source: 1 NEWS

Kiwi teen follows in her Tall Blacks father's footsteps set to play US college ball

Kiwi teenager Amiee Book is the latest young New Zealand athlete to be offered a basketball scholarship to play ball in the United States.

Book, 17, will link up with the Titans at California State Fullerton in California later in the year, following in her father's footsteps Ed, by playing college basketball in America.

Her mother Lisa is a former national league guard while her dad starred in the famous Tall Blacks team that finished fourth at the World Championships in 2002.

"He loves to talk about his old days," said Amiee.

"Oh it definitely seems long ago but it does seem nice to reminisce about the days," said Ed.

"But the biggest thing I'm looking forward to is watching Aimee going through and following her."

The former Tall Black has been able to keep a close eye on her progress, coaching Aimee throughout high school.

"My dad has been my biggest influence over the year, having someone who has already been there and done that is definitely the best resource you could have," said Amiee.

The Christchurch teen is set to head to Summer school at Fullerton in June.

Amiee Book, 17, is the daughter of former Tall Blacks player Ed Book, and has a basketball scholarship to California University. Source: 1 NEWS



US student with Down syndrome inspires Harlem Globetrotters with no-look half-court shot

An American high school student with Down syndrome pulled off a remarkable basketball trick shot which shot him to internet stardom again – this time in front of his school, reporters and a Harlem Globetrotter.

James Meiergerd, 18, sunk an incredible backward half-court shot early last month which went viral.

A video which showed him pulling off the shot during a varsity basketball game at West Point-Beemer High caught the eyes of millions around the world.

The Globetrotters saw Meiergerd's trick shot online and sent their own player Orlando Melendez to invite the teen to be an honorary member of his team, when they play at Omaha's Century Link Centre in April.

Melendez invited Meiergerd to attempt his trick shot again at his school's gymnasium in front of 800 of his school mates, with the teen nailing the feat after 10 attempts.

The crowd erupted into cheers with several students swarming him, Melendez congratulated him with a hug.