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Corey Webster's big second quarter sparks Breakers' win over 36ers

An explosive second quarter by Corey Webster has sparked the New Zealand Breakers to a 94-76 NBL win over the Adelaide 36ers in Christchurch.

Corey Webster. Source: Photosport

Tuesday night's match between the second-last Breakers and seventh-placed 36ers was the first of the season that didn't have an impact on the top four.

But somebody forgot to tell the hosts, who came out firing in a rare home game.

Webster was the spearhead, dropping 16 points in the second term to finish with 22 along with eight assists off the bench as the Breakers (11-21 record) extended their dominance over the Adelaide outfit (13-21).

New Zealand notched their third straight victory over the 36ers whose late season freefall continued with a fifth consecutive loss.

Three of the Breakers' four biggest wins of the season have now been against Adelaide in their last three meetings.

Besides Tuesday's 18-point thumping, New Zealand have also savoured 44-point and 16-point triumphs against the battling South Australian outfit.

The Breakers notched their second win in three games since finally returning to New Zealand to play their final seven matches of the season at home after more than five months on the road due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

They will finish off the testing season in their home country with their next stop at Pukekohe against top-four aspirants the Illawarra Hawks on Friday.

The Breakers showed no sign of slowing down on Tuesday despite big man Rob Loe (knee) joining captain Tom Abercrombie (hamstring) on the injury list before tip-off.

Webster led a three-point barrage as the Breakers shot 7-10 from beyond the arc in the second term to outscore the visitors 29-18 and blow the game open with a 47-33 half-time lead.

Webster shot 4-7 from three-point range overall while import Levi Randolph finished with 17 points (5-8 from beyond the arc) and six rebounds.

Big man Colton Iverson gave the Breakers a scare when he hobbled off with a suspected quad complaint in the third term but returned to step up in Loe's absence with 14 points and seven rebounds while Finn Delany had 14 points and six boards.

"I was just taking what the defence gave me. I made some shots early and I was feeling good," Webster said.

"For the most part (as a team) we executed well, got the shots that we wanted and we played good defence in spurts but we need to be more consistent with that."

The 36ers cut an 18-point third quarter deficit to just eight with eight minutes left on the clock.

But they couldn't get it done despite the efforts of Daniel Dillon (22 points, six assists), sharp shooting big man Daniel Johnson (18 points, six boards) and bench weapon Jack McVeigh (13 points).