Anyone know goes to the Breakers often will have heard the phrase “Chief says no” a few times. Alex Pledger, a complete beast of a man, is nicknamed Chief. And every time Pledger makes a block, the call is made – Chief says no.
When the Blaze came to town tonight, they wanted a win. That’s something else that Chief said no to.
There was a few massive performances in tonight’s century making game, not least of which Alex Pledger with 18 points, six rebounds and a block. Top scorer was Mika Vukona, getting a double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Rounding out the top three scorers was Australian Daryl Corletto with 18 points, six assists and two rebounds.
I can’t say it was a bad night for the Blaze. Will Hudson and James Harvey took team bragging rights equally with 19 points each. Adris Deleon was number three with 15 points. Adam Gibson was the only other Gold Coaster who managed double figures with a round tenner.
There was a fair bit of controversy, with an on-court punch up during the third quarter, after players (I didn’t see who) tripped each other up. It ended with Leon Henry and Anthony Petrie being ejected from the stadium and Cedric Jackson getting a technical foul, though at the time, it wasn’t really made clear what happened. As far as I knew, and it seemed everyone around me thought the same, it was Jackson that was technical fouled and ejected. We couldn’t figure out when Jackson was in trouble at all, let alone why he was ejected. Then when he played on, we were a bit more confused. I still don’t understand Jackson’s technical, but having seen the incident on TV since, I do agree Henry should have been taken off.
This isn’t the first time Leon Henry’s been in trouble for his temper. He needs to learn to watch his temper. There’s been a few times I’ve thought he should have been given an unsportsmanlike foul but didn’t.
Final: New Zealand Breakers 106 – 85 Gold Coast Blaze
1/2 time: 58 – 50