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  •   Home > News > Sports > Basketball

    Delany keen to kick on after Asia Cup run

    Breakers basketballer Finn Delany hopes to enjoy a breakout Australian NBL 2017-18 campaign after a star turn for New Zealand in this year's Asia Cup.

    New Zealand Breakers forward Finn Delany hopes a star basketball turn for the Tall Blacks at this year's Asia Cup can drive him to new heights in the upcoming Australian NBL season.

    Paul Henare, with his Tall Blacks coaching cap on, chose to take an inexperienced squad - including Delany and Shea Ili - to this year's Lebanon tournament.

    Yet the move came off, with Delany averaging almost 13 points per game in his six games and leading New Zealand to a semi-final berth.

    Delany, who was earning regular on-court minutes for the Breakers by the end of last year's campaign, hoped to kick on in 2017-18.

    Winning an ANBL championship with the club was his first priority.

    "It's the best job in the world because you just play basketball all year round - I mean, you just keep that rhythm leading into the season, so I don't really want a break," the 22-year-old Delany said.

    "That's just more motivation to keep growing, really.

    "It was a young group and I think the boys did super well with that, we did so much better as the days and weeks went along."

    Yet Henare warned that Delany's on-court minutes may be harder to come by in Auckland, with skipper Mika Vukona back from injury and Tom Abercrombie also expected to play a protagonist's role for the side.

    But the Asia Cup campaign could boost the likes of Delany and Ili.

    "You just want them to continue that level of confidence they played with against good-quality opposition," Henare said.

    "Their roles are going to change significantly - they go from being key players to limited role players, or a lot less, and then to try and be as effective."


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