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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 14-0 
 2. Southland S. 9-5 
 3. SC Rangers 8-5 
 4. Canterbury 7-7 
 5. Nelson G. 4-10 
 6. Taylor Hawks 3-10 
 7. Taranaki MA 3-11 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.5 
 2. Jones, Canterbury24.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.2 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.4 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.2 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.7 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers17.9 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.17.1 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pledger, Southlan.9.9 
 2. Jones, Canterbury9.4 
 3. Gomis, Taranaki MA9.3 
 4. Williams, Taylor H.8.8 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.6 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers8.2 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 8. Duinker, Wellingt.7.9 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 10. McCarron, SC Ra.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.7 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.7.4 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury5.8 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers5.4 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.2 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.1 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.4.8 
 10. ORiley, Taranaki.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ili, Wellington S.2.5 
 2. Boucher, SC Rangers2.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.2.0 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.1.8 
 5. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.7 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.5 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers1.5 
 9. Ross, SC Rangers1.4 
 10. Kendle, Canterbury1.4 
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 Rangers1.6 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 6. Grim, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 8. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 9. Kay, Southland S.0.7 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 

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Round 11 (Regular Season)

SC Rangers May.28 Wellington S 75%
Taranaki MA 57% May.27 Taylor Hawks
Canterbury 64% May.27 Southland S
Nelson G. May.26 Wellington S 90%
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.
  




Shea Ili
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 10 - 3 days ago
International Guard Shea Ili (184-G-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Wellington S. and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 24-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Wellington S. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Southland S. (#2, 9-5) 109-94. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Wellington S. to consolidate first pl...   [read more]

Nnanna Egwu
NBL Round 10: Rangers beat Sharks in the most crucial game of the week - 4 days ago
An exciting game was played in Auckland. Third ranked Rangers faced their biggest opponent Sharks. Host Rangers (8-5) smashed guests from Southland (9-5) 112-82. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 112-82. Rangers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Sharks' 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Nigerian-Americ...   [read more]

Thomas
Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days 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 Thomas Abercrombie (198-87). He could not help Demir IBB (9-21) in their last game. Despite Abercrombie's good performance Demir IBB lost 79-86 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Galatasaray.    [read more]


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Kay number one in New Zealand for round 9 - 10 days ago  
NBL Round 9: Rams lose to Sharks in the game between Top 4 teams - 11 days ago  
Mitchell Newton's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 13 days ago  
Final Four series to be hosted by Tauranga - 15 days ago  
Webster's 37-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 17 days ago  
NBL Round 8: Sharks defeat Rams in the game between Top 4 teams - 18 days ago  
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 7 - 25 days ago  
NBL Round 7: Hawks beat higher ranked Rangers - 26 days ago  
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 27 days ago  
Curtis Washington agreed terms with Mountain Airs - 27 days ago  
Canterbury welcomes back Moore, ex Promitheas - 28 days ago  
Henry number one in New Zealand for round 6 - 1 month ago  
NBL Round 6: Rangers lose to Saints in the game between Top 4 teams - 1 month ago  
Isaac Fotu selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 1 month ago  
Webster's 29 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - 1 month ago  
NBL Round 5: First victory of Giants - 1 month ago  
Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 1 month ago  
Giants add Grim to their roster, ex Uni Baskets - 1 month ago  
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 4 - 1 month ago  
NBL Round 4: Rangers are upset by Sharks - 1 month ago  
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