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NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 0-0 
 2. Manawatu J. 0-0 
 3. Nelson G. 0-0 
 4. SC Rangers 0-0 
 5. Southland S. 0-0 
 6. Taranaki MA 0-0 
 7. Taylor Hawks 0-0 
 8. Wellington S. 0-0 
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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First Round Schedule
Manawatu J. 60% Apr.29 Taranaki MA
Nelson G. 58% Apr.28 SC Rangers
Canterbury 60% Apr.27 SC Rangers
Wellington S 56% Apr.27 Southland S
Taylor Hawks 56% Apr.26 Southland S
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Vukona brings up a century - Nov 30, 2012


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MIKE LACEY
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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.
  




Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 20 hours ago
Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93). He could not help ratiopharm Ulm (12-9) in their last game. Despite Fotu's very good performance ratiopharm Ulm lost 90-95 on the road to the lower-ranked (#11) Giessen 46ers.    [read more]

Ethan
Rusbatch
Taylor Hawks land Ethan Rusbatch - 23 days ago
Taylor Hawks (NBL) tabbed 26-year old international swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) from Canterbury. In 17 NBL games he averaged 12.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.0apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season Rusbatch played at New Zealand Breakers in. But in two NBL games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. Among other achievements his team won New Zealand NBL Regular Season in 2016. Rusbatch received also Australiabasket.com...   [read more]

Steven Adams
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 1 month ago
We bring you last week's top performances from New Zealanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-20) in their last game. Despite Adams' very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-20) lost 100-114 on the road to the Phoenix Suns.    [read more]


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Breakers sign Rakeem Christmas - 1 month ago  
Tai Jack Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 2 months ago  
Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 2 months ago  
Nelson Giants re-sign Kyle Adnam - 2 months ago  
KL Dragons land Curtis Washington, ex Taranaki MA - 3 months ago  
Tall Blacks thump Hong Kong in WC qualifier - 3 months ago  
Asian Qualifiers: South Korea upset New Zealand in Wellington - 3 months ago  
Uni Baskets add Prewster to their roster, ex Nelson G. - 3 months ago  
Tai Jack Webster's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 3 months ago  
Corey Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 3 months ago  
Al-Riffa adds Jones to their roster, ex Canterbury - 4 months ago  
Tall Blacks in Europe - 4 months ago  
Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 4 months ago  
NZ Breakers' coach Paul Henare slams team's performance in 39-point loss - 5 months ago  
Saints' future uncertain - 6 months ago  
Wisconsin Badgers defeat NZ Breakers squad 85-75 in tour opener - 6 months ago  
New Zealand National Team 2017 - 6 months ago  
Oklahoma University Sooners too strong for NZ Premiers - 6 months ago  
Ethan Rusbatch paces Tall Blacks as they wind up Asia Cup buildup with defeat - 6 months ago  
Leon Henry's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 6 months ago  
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