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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 18-0 
 2. Southland S. 12-6 
 3. SC Rangers 11-7 
 4. Canterbury 10-8 
 5. Nelson G. 4-14 
 6. Taranaki MA 4-14 
 7. Taylor Hawks 4-14 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Webster, Wellingt.25.3 
 2. Jones, Canterbury21.7 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.21.6 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.6 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.19.5 
 6. Ross, SC Rangers19.1 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.18.0 
 8. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.0 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.16.9 
 10. Tait, SC Rangers16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.0 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.10.0 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.9.9 
 4. Kay, Southland S.9.2 
 5. Jones, Canterbury8.8 
 6. Dempster, Nelson G.8.1 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.8.0 
 8. Egwu, SC Rangers7.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.7.5 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.7.9 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.6.5 
 3. Tait, SC Rangers5.8 
 4. Boucher, SC Rangers5.5 
 5. Kendle, Canterbury5.4 
 6. Norton, Southlan.5.4 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.3 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.4.6 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.6 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  SC Rangers
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Boucher, SC Rangers2.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.3 
 3. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.1.8 
 5. McCarron, SC Ra.1.7 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.5 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers1.3 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.5 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Dawson, Canterbury0.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.6 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers0.6 

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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.
  




Jun-Beom
Yang
Asian Qualifiers: South Korea upset New Zealand in Wellington - 12 hours ago
New Zealand - South Korea 80:86 South Korea victoriously opened their World Cup Asian Qualifiers campaign. They defeated New Zealand in Wellington in Group A action today. Jun-Beom Yang (195-F-91) scored 22 points to pace the winners. The Tall Blacks grabbed an 18:17 lead after the opening quarter. However South Korea sank 24 points in the second period to ensure a 41:39 halftime lead. New Zealand narrowed the distance at one point heading into the fourth quarter. But South Korea droppe...   [read more]

Tai Jack
Webster
Tai Jack Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international guard Tai Jack Webster (193-95). He could not help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6-3) in their last game. Despite Webster's very good performance Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost 67-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Brose Baskets.    [read more]

Tai Jack
Webster
Uni Baskets add Prewster to their roster, ex Nelson G. - 10 days ago
Uni Baskets Paderborn (ProA) added to their roster 27-year old New Zealander international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin, agency: MKP Management). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Prewster played last summer at Mike Pero Nelson Giants in New Zealand NBL league. In 17 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. The last season he played at Kings (also in NBL) in. But in 14 games he recorded just 1.1ppg. The list of the past achievements is quite...   [read more]


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Tai Jack Webster's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 13 days ago  
Corey Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 20 days ago  
Al-Riffa adds Jones to their roster, ex Canterbury - 1 month ago  
Tall Blacks in Europe - 1 month ago  
Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 1 month ago  
NZ Breakers' coach Paul Henare slams team's performance in 39-point loss - 2 months ago  
Saints' future uncertain - 3 months ago  
Wisconsin Badgers defeat NZ Breakers squad 85-75 in tour opener - 3 months ago  
New Zealand National Team 2017 - 3 months ago  
Oklahoma University Sooners too strong for NZ Premiers - 3 months ago  
Ethan Rusbatch paces Tall Blacks as they wind up Asia Cup buildup with defeat - 3 months ago  
Leon Henry's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 3 months ago  
Meng Duo leads China over New Zealand at Basketball Friendly - 3 months ago  
Ironi Nahariya tabs Corey Webster, ex Wellington S. - 3 months ago  
Tall Blacks tip Angola over - 3 months ago  
China overwhelms New Zealand in 2017 Men's International Basketball Championship - 4 months ago  
Taranaki Mountain Airs claim big win over Malaysian men's basketball team - 4 months ago  
Tobias Cameron selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 4 months ago  
Boncourt lands Amir Williams, ex Taylor Hawks - 4 months ago  
Isaac Fotu (ex Zaragoza) signs at Ratiopharm - 4 months ago  
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