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NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 13-5 
 2. Wellington S. 11-5 
 3. Southland S. 10-7 
 4. Waitakere SCR 9-8 
 5. Nelson G. 9-8 
 6. Taranaki MA 7-10 
 7. IMS Hawks 0-16 
Points Per Game
 Eric DEVENDORF
  Waitaker.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Devendorf, Waitake.25.9 
 2. Cowels III, Nelson25.8 
 3. Jones, Canterbury23.5 
 4. Jett, Southland S.22.8 
 5. Craig, Wellington22.3 
 6. Webster, Waitaker.22.0 
 7. Moore, Canterbury21.3 
 8. Porter, IMS Hawks18.3 
 9. Kay, Southland S.18.1 
 10. Norton, Southlan.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Pledger, Southlan.11.6 
 2. Miller, Taranaki.10.6 
 3. Craig, Wellington10.4 
 4. Jones, Canterbury9.6 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.6 
 6. Porter, IMS Hawks8.0 
 7. Roberts, Waitaker.7.9 
 8. Johnson, Taranaki.7.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington7.6 
 10. Bailey-N., Tarana.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Moore, Canterbury8.2 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.5.7 
 3. Jett, Southland S.5.3 
 4. Tait, Waitaker.5.1 
 5. Kenny, Nelson G.4.4 
 6. Norton, Southlan.4.3 
 7. O'Riley, Ta.3.7 
 8. Boucher, Waitaker.3.4 
 9. Bartlett, Southlan.3.3 
 10. Whippy, Canterbury2.9 
Steals Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Moore, Canterbury3.4 
 2. Jett, Southland S.2.5 
 3. Boucher, Waitaker.2.2 
 4. Whippy, Canterbury2.0 
 5. Cowels III, Nelson1.9 
 6. Webster, Waitaker.1.8 
 7. Wesley, Wellington1.8 
 8. Porter, IMS Hawks1.5 
 9. Bailey-N., Taranak.1.5 
 10. Devendorf, Waitak.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MILLER
  Taranaki.
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller, Taranaki.1.9 
 2. Wesley, Wellington1.8 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.5 
 4. Roberts, Waitaker.1.4 
 5. Jones, Canterbury1.1 
 6. Jett, Southland S.1.0 
 7. Jackson, Delaware.1.0 
 8. Strong, Nelson G.0.8 
 9. Boucher, Waitaker.0.8 
 10. Henry, Wellington0.8 

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Round 12 (Regular Season)

Wellington S 86% May.29 IMS Hawks
Nelson G. 63% May.28 Wellington S
Taranaki MA 91% May.28 IMS Hawks
Southland S 72% May.27 Waitakere S
Vukona brings up a century - Nov 30, 2012


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Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona (198-F-82) enjoyed his 100th win in a Breakers singlet as the SKY CITY Breakers mauled the Melbourne Tigers 94-64 in front of a full house at the North Shore Events centre on Friday night. Mika had a relatively quiet night scoring four points and pulling down three rebounds but most of his team mates suffered the same fate as Cedric Jackson dominated proceedings. Jackson completed a triple double (28 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists), the first ever by a Breakers player, and lit up the occasion with a display of real poise and class.

Mika first played for the Breakers in their inaugural NBL game, a pulsating 111-110 victory over the Adelaide 36ers back in October 2003. At that time he was a Development player making just three appearances in that opening season and a further eight the following season before securing a full time contract in 2005. Since that game he has made further 185 appearances for the club.

With his high energy game and obvious 100% commitment every time he takes to the floor Mika has been a crowd favourite since day one. A quiet person by nature he never the less commands immense respect within the SKY CITY Breakers set up. When he speaks during a game day time out or a break in training at Atlas Place quiet descends within the group and everyone listens.

An undersized power forward, Mika makes up for his lack of inches with great athleticism, strength and tenacity. His legendary powers of recovery from injury were uniquely displayed during the semi-final series against Perth Wildcats back in April 2010. He appeared to pick up a season ending leg injury during the first of the three game series against the Wildcats but astonished team mates, medical staff and the opposition by not only suiting up for game two in Perth but contributing 10 rebounds as the Breakers pulled off a remarkable win in Perth, before going on to win the series and then clinch the Championship against Cairns.

Further testament to his durability and fitness is the fact that since signing that full time contract in 2005, Mika has played six seasons for the club without missing a game. He made 102 consecutive appearances before taking himself off to South Dragons in 2008. Mika, hoping the move would further his basketball education perhaps received more than he bargained for as he experienced the high of the Melbourne based team winning the Championship but then a deep low as the club folded at the conclusion of the season. Mika moved to Gold Coast Blaze the following season but then returned to the Breakers and has since played a further 78 consecutive games.

Back to back iiNet NBL Championships with the SKY CITY Breakers have given Mika the distinction of winning three Championship rings, the most won by a Kiwi (alongside Dillon Boucher) in the Australian League.
He is likely to set many club records at the SKY CITY Breakers. He already has the most rebounds (1,259) and sits 4th all time in assists (132), 5th all time in Blocked Sots (963) and 8th all time in points scored (1,253). He may have had a quiet game watching the Cedric Jackson show against Melbourne but there are plenty of all-star performances to come from Mika as he chases his next 100 wins in a blue and black uniform.

  




Ben Strong
Strong's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - May 23, 2016

29-year old center Ben Strong (211-C-86, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nelson G. and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. He had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat IMS Hawks (#7, 0-16), the league's bottom-ranked team 90-77. Nelson G. maintains the 5th position in New Zealand league. Nelson G. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the s...   [read more]

McKenzie
Moore
NBL Round 11: Rams keep a leadership position - May 22, 2016

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL. The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Rams as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Rams defeated second-ranked Saints in Christchurch 90-85. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Rams forced 19 Saints turnovers. Strangely Saints outrebounded Rams 48-28 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP) orchestrated the victory...   [read more]

Alex Pledger
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 10 - May 16, 2016

Former international Center Alex Pledger (215-C-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Southland S. and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 28-year old center had a double-double of 17 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Nelson G. (#5, 8-8) 91-85. Southland S. maintains the 4th position in New Zealand NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Southland S. will ne...   [read more]


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