Tasmania JackJumpers' forward Rashard Kelly attempting a shot over New Zealand Breakers' Tom Vodanovich. (Image: @NBL - Twitter)

With competition for the top six playoff spots still up for grabs, the JackJumpers were looking to keep themselves in the playoff race with a consistent four-quarter performance.

During the match, the JackJumpers found it hard to get going offensively, as both teams lifted their physicality and had numerous opportunities to get to the free-throw line.

Whilst the Breakers stayed with the JackJumpers, Tasmania controlled the tempo, added the pressure defensively, and got numerous offensive boards giving them a 10-point lead at quarter time.

Fabijan Krslovic was instrumental in the paint, whilst Rashard Kelly was influential off the bench, driving to the basket to score quick points.

Whilst turnovers hurt the JackJumpers early in the second quarter, Tassie found their flow offensively and shot the ball at a high percentage.

Jarrell Brantley, Derek Pardon, and Barry Brown Jr played their part in hitting shots for New Zealand, but Tasmania continued to punish the Kiwi’s turnovers and continued to pull down offensive boards off its own missed shots, to enjoy a 10-point lead at halftime.

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The JackJumpers continued to add defensive pressure in the third quarter, forcing early turnovers in the Breakers’ backcourt.

Whilst Josh Magette and Milton Doyle played their role shooting the ball well, Will Magnay stepped up in the paint, blocking shots and being a presence offensively. With several contributions and scorers in double figures, the JackJumpers took an 11-point lead going into three-quarter time.

The majority of the last quarter was even, with the Breakers fighting their way back into the game, reducing the margin to as much as seven points off the back of two threes from Tom Abercrombie and Barry Brown Jr.

With some big plays from Jack McVeigh and Magette which included them hitting some tough shots down the stretch, the JackJumpers held on to their third win from their last five games.

Speaking to the media post-game, JackJumpers head coach Scott Roth talked about the rebounding count and was pleased with his side’s efforts on the glass, winning the count, 45-29.

“There are a few things we were trying to, especially for this game but we’re trying to put some layer on us to hopefully get down the road to where we are lucky enough to get into the finals and into the playoffs,” Roth explained.

“Rebounding has been something that we continue to stress and against this team, they kind of out-hustled us a few times.

“Foul discipline was not great in the first half but was very good in the second half for the most part. Those two areas are continuous things that we harp on.”

The JackJumpers face a doubleheader in Round 13, facing the Sydney Kings on Friday night in Sydney and the Phoenix at home on New Year’s Day on Sunday.

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