The size of Alex Pledger and speed of Cedric Jackson were too much for the struggling Townsville Crocodiles as the New Zealand Breakers romped to a 93-63 NBL win in Auckland.
The clash between the first and last-placed teams in the league produced a predictable outcome on Friday as the two-time defending champions consigned the Crocodiles to their ninth loss from nine matches.
It capped a disastrous week for the visitors, whose chief executive Ian Smythe resigned on Tuesday, citing the poor performance of the club on and off the court.
They were outclassed in all departments by a Breakers side who have won their seven matches since losing the season opener against Perth.
This was the most comfortable win, restricting Townsville to just eight points in the second quarter to take a 50-29 lead into halftime.
The scoreline had blown out to 79-42 with a quarter to play before Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis gave several of his bench players an extended run.
As they did in their two previous wins over Townsville this season, the Breakers dominated the rebounding while they also drilled 12 of 25 shots from outside the three-point line.
Lanky centre Pledger was a dominant figure, particularly in the first half when he scored 14 of his game-high 18 points.
Thomas Abercrombie scored 16 points and veteran CJ Bruton 15 for the winners but it was the speed of Jackson that was most appreciated by a crowd of nearly 7500.
The import guard was a constant menace on defence, making three steals while he made 11 steals to complement a 10-point haul.
Centre Ben Allen and forward Larry Abney top-scored for the Crocodiles with 11 while star guard Gary Ervin was restricted to 10.