Crown topples in Kings defeat

THEY fought valiantly but the Sydney Kings’ championships defence is officially over after losing last Wednesday’s Play-In Qualifier to the New Zealand Breakers 83-76 at Qudos Bank Arena.

Traded baskets between Alex Toohey and the Breakers saw the game all tied up, with contributions from Jaylen Adams keeping it even.
It was then efforts from Jaylin Galloway and Adams that had the tie-breaking in the King’s favour, seeing the purple and gold up by five.
The Breakers fought to see this gap close to one before three for Adams and two for Kouat Noi drew it to six and then seven ahead after the first (22-15).
A three-point play for Noi and three for Hogg saw Sydney build a 13-point lead but the Breakers fought back and the Kings’ halftime lead was reduced to nine (47-38).
Toohey put up three for the purple and gold, with the Breakers quick to follow before Adams returned the Kings to the throne.
Fouls in the King’s favour closed the quarter, with the board all tied up going into the final minutes (60-60).
The Breakers drew away before the Kings crawled back into the game thanks to three from Hogg.
But the Breakers remained ahead, despite contributions from Toohey and Adams, with the Kings ending their NBL24 season down by seven (83-76).
The Breaker’s high final quarter, with an early six-point lead, and an (8-0) run, was pivotal in their win over the Kings, as Sydney struggled to close the gap and take back the lead.
Adams took home player of the game, bringing in 18 points and five assists for the Kings, with Hogg (17), Hunter (10) and Noi (10) also scoring double figures.