Sixers thump Breakers in NBL

Steve Barrett
Eric Griffin had a superb stint from the bench for the 36ers

Import Eric Griffin gave Adelaide's finals hopes a boost after propelling the 36ers to a thumping 117-100 NBL victory over the New Zealand Breakers at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Coming off the bench, Griffin provided athleticism, energy and efficiency, notching 24 points at 92 percent in just 18 minutes on Sunday.

Daniel Johnson contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Sixers blew the visitors away after quarter-time.

"Exceptional" was Adelaide coach Joey Wright's succinct appraisal of Griffin's performance.

"He played some really good basketball, inside-outside and defensively he was really good.

"We had some specific areas where we wanted to take shots from and I thought we did a good job of getting the ball to those areas."

Making matters worse for the Breakers, whose losing streak stretched to five matches, star combo guard Corey Webster limped off with a nasty left ankle injury after landing awkwardly early in the second quarter and didn't return.

"He's in hospital right now getting that examined," NZ coach Dan Shamir said.

"Obviously it doesn't look good but we'll wait for the results before we have more information."

It was a massive blow as Webster started brilliantly, scoring 14 points at 71 per cent including four three-pointers in an entertaining opening term that comprised 12 lead changes.

At the other end the 36ers were electric, connecting on a sizzling 85 per cent, spearheaded by Griffin who rattled off 10 quick points, including a steal and thunderous breakaway dunk.

The athletic American had 20 by halftime as the Sixers, who hit 16 of their first 18 shots, pressed home their advantage in a lopsided 31-15 second stanza.

Jerome Randle shook Jarrad Weeks with a killer crossover and dynamic drive to help Adelaide extend their 29-28 quarter-time edge to 60-43 at halftime against the rattled Webster-less Breakers.

Johnson was busy in the third as the 36ers continued to dictate, moving ahead 90-69 at three-quarter-time before clearing the bench and cruising across the line in the fourth.

Import Sek Henry (18 points) top-scored for the Breakers while teen sensation RJ Hampton had 15 points and six assists.

"We need to defend much better," Shamir said.

"We gave Adelaide 30 points each quarter and that doesn't give you any chance to win."