NZ Breakers eye points from abandoned NBL match

The New Zealand Breakers will be hoping a provisional NBL decision to award them the abandoned match against Illawarra will stand as they press for a finals berth.

NZ Breakers coach, Dan Shamir. Source: Photosport

Sunday's round 18 fixture at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre had been called off due to player safety concerns in the third quarter, because of a roof leak.

At the time the fifth-placed Breakers led 65-52.

The NBL could make a decision as soon as Monday on the match, the most likely option that the Breakers secure the win. But there's also scope to replay the whole match or start it at the point it was abandoned.

With the Breakers set to face fourth-placed Brisbane, who sit two wins ahead, on Friday, the NBL's imminent decision could prove crucial in determining who secures the fourth and last finals spot.

"The outcome of thematch is out of our control and we will wait on the league's decision - we appreciate there is a process they must go through," Breakers coach Dan Shamir said.

"We will continue to play strong basketball and put ourselves in the best position to win and play finals basketball - which has been our goal all season."

Breakers forward Finn Delany, who finished with 16 points and five rebounds on Sunday, echoed the thoughts of his coach.

"We're on a strong run as a group at the moment, which can be credited to all the characters we have in our organisation," Delany said.

We're confident we can beat anyone in this league on our day and I'm sure all the boys will be up for Brisbane on Friday."

In contrast, the Hawks sit in last place on the ladder, thanks to a 5-20 record.

Their final two matches of the season are on the road, firstly against Melbourne and then Sydney.

"Sunday's game epitomises the season I've had during my first year as a head coach - I've literally experienced it all," Hawks coach Matt Flinn said.

"But the year isn't done yet and we've got two great opportunities to end our season on a high in the coming weeks.

"Our group has never stepped away from a challenge and I expect that to continue against two of the top teams in the league."