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New Zealand Basketball (Men)


NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 13-5 
 2. Wellington S. 13-5 
 3. Southland S. 11-7 
 4. Waitakere SCR 9-9 
 5. Nelson G. 9-9 
 6. Taranaki MA 8-10 
 7. IMS Hawks 0-18 
Points Per Game
 Raymond COWELS III
  Nelson G.
  (193-F/G-90)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Cowels III, Nelson25.7 
 2. Devendorf, Waitake.25.3 
 3. Jones, Canterbury23.1 
 4. Jett, Southland S.22.8 
 5. Webster, Waitaker.22.5 
 6. Moore, Canterbury22.4 
 7. Craig, Wellington20.9 
 8. Porter, IMS Hawks18.3 
 9. Kay, Southland S.17.9 
 10. Tait, Waitaker.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Pledger, Southlan.11.4 
 2. Miller, Taranaki.10.6 
 3. Craig, Wellington9.8 
 4. Jones, Canterbury9.5 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.7 
 6. Porter, IMS Hawks8.0 
 7. Henry, Wellington7.8 
 8. Johnson, Taranaki.7.6 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.6 
 10. Johnson, IMS Haw.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Moore, Canterbury8.0 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.5.5 
 3. Tait, Waitaker.5.4 
 4. Jett, Southland S.5.3 
 5. Norton, Southlan.4.8 
 6. Kenny, Nelson G.4.4 
 7. O'Riley, Ta.3.6 
 8. Boucher, Waitaker.3.3 
 9. Bartlett, Southlan.3.3 
 10. Wesley, Wellingto.3.0 
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.2.1 
 4. Webster, Waitaker.2.1 
 5. Wesley, Wellington1.9 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.9 
 7. Cowels III, Nelson1.8 
 8. Bailey-N., Taranak.1.5 
 9. Porter, IMS Hawks1.5 
 10. Jones, Canterbury1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MILLER
  Taranaki.
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller, Taranaki.1.9 
 2. Wesley, Wellington1.5 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.4 
 4. Roberts, Waitaker.1.3 
 5. Jones, Canterbury1.1 
 6. Jett, Southland S.1.0 
 7. Boucher, Waitaker.0.9 
 8. Henry, Wellington0.8 
 9. Strong, Nelson G.0.8 
 10. Watkins, Wellingt.0.7 

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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.

  




Thomas
Abercrombie
Tall Blacks finish third in Atlas Challenge after beating hosts China - 4 days ago

The Tall Blacks have finished third at the Atlas Challenge in China, after a fiercely fought and often controversial playoff match against the host nation on Sunday night, winning 90-84. Rebounding after what was by their own admission a disappointing semifinal performance, the Tall Blacks responded to the urging of their coach to "overcome adversity" and ground out a win, despite losing three players to five fouls and ending the game with a further three on the brink of fouling out. Thom...   [read more]

Edgaras
Zelionis
Tall Blacks run ends in semifinals - 5 days ago

The Tall Blacks run at the Atlas Challenge in China has come to an end in the semifinals, beaten 80-65 by a fired up Lithuania team, leaving the New Zealanders to play in the third place playoff on the final day against either China or Iran. After marching through group play unbeaten and showing great hustle on defence and sharing the load offensively, tonight was a flat performance in which the Tall Blacks were always behind. The New Zealanders lost the rebound count (31-35) and shot poo...   [read more]

Michael
Karena
Tall Blacks crush China - 7 days ago

The Tall Blacks have made it three from three on their overseas tour, crushing hosts China 98-74 overnight. The visitors were in command the whole encounter in a promising all-around display, booking a semifinal spot at the Atlas International Basketball Challenge. Following victories over Belarus and Japan, the romp against the more favoured China was the most commanding of the lot, and will continue to boost the confidence within the camp. Aside from an early 7-5 lead, China barely thre...   [read more]


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