Kirk Penney returns to bolster struggling Breakers for Sydney clash




Breakers guard Kirk Penney is back training after a stomach virus kept him from playing a pivotal role in Sunday's NBL season opener against the Cairns Taipans.

Kirk Penney lines up a free throw

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Nailing just 41 per cent of their attempted field goals, the Breakers fell 82-71 in Auckland, with Penney contributing a low-key seven points from 26 minutes on court.

Coach Paul Henare expects Penney to be more prominent when the Breakers host the Sydney Kings tomorrow.

Henare has already spoken this week with Penney about production from the bench.

"That was a strength of ours in the pre-season and for whatever reason, we didn't get enough from the bench against Cairns," he said.

"But we know the quality we have in the likes of Kirk, Rob Loe, Shea Ili and the entire bench unit.

"This is a roster with plenty of depth and talent in all positions, I have no doubt they will bring it against the Kings."

Sydney have been clocking up the air travel, with their 105-96 first-round defeat against Adelaide hot on the heels of their trip to the US and a loss to NBA side Utah Jazz.

The Kings have won just twice in 14 visits to Auckland, but have a star-studded line-up which includes former league MVP Kevin Lisch, star Boomers Jason Cadee and Brad Newley, and seasoned veterans Todd Blanchfield and Tom Garlepp.

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