More Mika Vukona Milestones following Crocodiles game

Mika Vukona was in outstanding defensive forms as the Sky City Breakers overcame the Townsville Crocodiles , 84-70 at Vector arena on Friday night.

He made Brian Conklin’s night one to forget as The NBL’s leading scorer was reduced to a 1 from 13 shooting night.

He dished a couple of assists early in the game to take his total career assists to 500 and soon grabbed the single steal needed to top 200 career steals.

Vukona didn’t have his best shooting night, only knocking down three of seven attempts, and two of those were in the final sixty seconds of the game. However it was enough for him to move past 1800 points for the Breakers and at the same time pass Aaron Olson and move to 4th all time on the Breakers scoring list.

Leaders:

2517 Penney

2049 Bruton

1958 Abercrombie

1803 Vukona

1800 Olson

 

Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam report – week 2

The newly named Mai 88 6ers (sounds superior to Team Allen) faced the Breakers Academy team in the first game of round two of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam on Tuesday night.

The game didn’t rise to any great heights in the first quarter, just 11 points apiece at the first break with Yuat Alok sitting next to Breakers coach Judd Flavell after three early fouls.

Things warmed up in the second period as the 6ers pair Morgan Natanahira and Robson Tavita scored the first 22 points of the game for the radio stars. Natanahira had 15 points by half-time, Matt Freeman 8 points for the Breakers.

The play of the half belonged to Glendowie College guard Sam Colenutt who out of nowhere produced an extremely athletic running put back over Nick Barrow. However Barrow and his team were the happiest at the main break, ahead 41-26.

Back to back baskets by Tai Wynyard and a triple from Colenutt started a 10-0 run by the Breakers to open the second half – the 6ers taking almost five minutes to get on the board courtesy of Barrow. Jackson Stent, Brad Anderson and Jordan Ngatai all contributed to the Breakers scoring as the 6ers lead was whittled down to just three points a three quarter time; 57-54.

The final period opened with a Natanahira score off a nice Hayden Miller pass, Anderson replying for the Breakers with a drive through traffic, Miller responding with a three.

Three minutes into the final period Jaylen Gerrand brought the Academy to within two points and it looked as if the youthful Breakers would surge past the understrength 6ers

A shortened 6ers bench became virtually no bench as Hayden Allen had retired after a couple of minutes due to injury and John Harrison limped out of the game in the last quarter.

With four minutes remaining Wynyard reduced the 6ers lead to a single point but then suddenly the Breakers scoring dried up and the 6ers seized their opportunity, Natanahira, Barrow and Tavita scoring back to back to back.

Jordan Ngatai sunk a deep three with 60 seconds remaining for the Breakers but man of the match Morgan Natanahira had the final say scoring under pressure at the offensive end then blocking a Gerrand shot at the defensive end.

Final score:

Mai 88 6ers 79 – M Natanahira 22, H Miller 15, N Barrow 12, R Tavita 13

Breakers Development 71- T Wynyard 15, B Anderson 15, M Freeman 10

The Supercity Rangers pairing of Patrich Bolstad and Dillon Boucher made their first appearances in the competition for Save Youthtown as they took on The Birdmen in game two at Auckland University Sports Centre.

It was all square at the first break, The Birdmen just ahead 44-42 at the half-time interval thanks to good work by Karl Noyer, Johnny Fesolai and player-coach Casey Frank, all in double figures after 20 minutes. Derone Raukawa nailed a couple of threes on his way to 10 first half points.

Youthtown eased to a 58-53 three quarter time advantage but were overhauled by the Birdmen who grabbed a two point lead inside the final two minutes. However, they couldn’t hang on as Bolstad and Anamata Haku had the final say to clinch a narrow 72-70 victory for Save Youthtown.

A good win for Youthtown as they were without influential point guard Lindsay Tait.

Final Score:

Save Youthtown 72- D Raukawa 14, A Haku 12, Anthony Jones 12, Carew Elers 11, D Boucher 10.

The Birdmen 70- J Fesolai 20, C. Frank 14, K Noyer 13, Kane Keil 12.

Interesting that the scoresheet had Karl Noyer’s French cousin Karl Noir scoring 13pts in the number 10 shirt – tres beau!

Alex Pledger joins illustrious list

Alex-Pledger-1200Scoring six points against Cairns Taipans on Thursday night, Alex Pledger became the 13th Breakers player to score 1,000 points.

As can be seen at the bottom of the list Cedric Jackson is closing in on the 1,000 points mark also.

The full list of leading scorers for the club:

2517 Kirk Penney

2049 C J Bruton

1946 Tom Abercrombie

1800 Aaron Olson

1797 Mika Vukona

1451 Ben Pepper

1423 Gary Wilkinson

1372 Phill Jones

1320 Paul Henare

1265 Oscar Forman

1037 Tony Ronaldson

1034 Mike Chappell

1013 Alex Pledger

Bubbling under – Cedric Jackson has 959 points

Dean Vickerman at post game media conference

The Sky City Breakers head coach Dean Vickerman shared his thoughts with the media following the 85-76 home loss to the Cairns Taipans.

Question. How did you see the game from your point of view?

They ran on us, I thought they really got some easy baskets when we were faltering at the offensive end. They pretty much put the basketball in Scottie Wilbekin’s hands in the second half.

We got to the line more times than them in the first half and it seems like in this league right now the team that gets to the line the most gets the advantage. We made some dumb fouls there for a while that allowed them to live on the line at the end of the third quarter.

I thought our effort and intensity was so much better than last week, we just dried up for periods offensively. We were solid defensively, Wilbekin is tough and is quick, I thought we played him pretty well; he made some pretty tough shots. We guarded their post players pretty well. Wilbekin and Stephen weigh were the two who hurt us the most tonight

Q Do you think now you have played them, do you think you will be more effective against them next time? You have to play them again in a fortnight.

I hope so. One of the things they are doing so far this season is averaging under eight turnovers a game. Anytime you are holding that much possession and shooting at a reasonable clip and rebound pretty well you are going to give yourself an opportunity in every game.

We tried to disrupt up the floor and tried to force them into error but that whole group right now is pretty tuned in to what each other is doing. They are moving the basketball and know where each other are and we don’t have quite that synergy that they have at the moment.

Q Do they benefit from having a lot of guys back from last year? The Taipans have seven players who were in their team last season.

Yes. They are the best team in the league by a long way from what we have seen so far in their ability to play together. Obviously their import has come in and done a good job of learning their systems very quickly. Again we got out rebounded in the second half, it’s one of our advantages, we are a dominant rebounding team, it is one of the things we do well but they were a bit more committed to coming up with those rebounds in the second half.

Q Things that you did well?

I thought once we found some offence that really moved the ball from side to side we really looked much better, really attacking, it allowed a lot more people to get involved.

They played periods of zone and we handled that ok but we still have a couple of areas offensively that we need to work on. Our ball movement was much better in the fourth quarter than it was in the third when we got into trouble.

Q How did you think import Ekene Ibekwe played?

I thought he was good tonight, made good decisions, attacked the rim and did a good job on the post defence.

Q The Taipans are a little more advanced, can you get up to that speed?

I hope so, that’s definitely the challenge.

We won a couple of games early on when we got great momentum, took some tough shots that we made and got good margins. Tonight was a good test for us, against a team that were really solid defensively, don’t give you anything cheap they did some different things in doubling the post and new things we need to be able to deal with.

I think holding them to 85 points at not an unbelievable percentage either I thought we were pretty solid defensively. I thought tonight really it was our offense that really needs to get better

Q Free throws a concern? The Breakers shot just 14 from 24

Not a concern, we just have got to be better. I’m happy that we are getting to the line, I want us to get 21 to 25 free throws a game. We have to get our percentage up to that 75% mark as soon as we can.

Q With Ibekwe’s contribution off the bench, will there be lines up change come Sunday?

Again we just needed to see if Alex is going to be better to start or not to start, so it’s something we will keep looking at. Ekene stayed out of trouble and got to finish the game tonight and helped us around the rim and did some good things.

Q You have two days between games this weekend rather than one, that must help?

It helps with your preparation and recovery and one of the things we learnt from last week is that you need at least one good practice session between games so we will get one good practice before we leave on Saturday.

We will still want to do a little bit more over there (Wollongong) before we go and play. The change in the schedule means that you have got to find quick hit sessions this year. We missed one of those last week and we need to make sure we get it this week going into the game on Sunday.

The Breakers meet Wollongong Hawks on Sunday afternoon in Wollongong.

Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Week 1

The 2014 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam tipped off on Tuesday at Auckland University. In the opening game of the competition Save Youthtown proved too strong for the Breakers Academy running out 99-77 winners. Continue reading

Breakers news ahead of Taipans clash

A crowd of over 6,000 was on hand at Vector Arena last Friday to farewell the ‘old’ (sorry CJ) and usher in the new. The SKY CITY Breakers sent CJ Bruton off in style with a commanding 101-80 victory against Adelaide 36ers. Corey Webster led all scorers with 23 points ably assisted by Tom Abercrombie, Cedric Jackson, Tai Wesley and Ekene Ibekwe who all made double digit contributions. Continue reading

Webster to play 100th game for Breakers

Corey Webster plays his 100th game for the SKY CITY Breakers against the Cairns Taipans having debuted against Wollongong Hawks back in 2008. Continue reading

Tai Wynyard and Mika Vukona set Breakers records

Congratulations to Jordan Ngatai and Tai Wynyard who made their SKY CITY Breakers debuts against the Adelaide 36ers. Earlier in the year Wynyard became the youngest player to play for the Tall Blacks. Last Friday he also became the youngest player ever to suit up for the SKY CITY Breakers, aged just 16 years, 168 days. Continue reading

Looking ahead to Breakers v Adelaide 36ers

The win in Perth last week was a great way to start the season, even more meritorious given that the injury gods were once again frowning on the SKY CITY Breakers. Alex Pledger is on light duties due to a toe injury and Tom Abercrombie missed the trip west following a sports hernia operation. To add to that Corey Webster was only able to play just over 11 minutes in Perth after sustaining a back injury. Continue reading

Carter shines against the Wildcats

Rhys-Carter---1200Quite rightly Cedric Jackson received most of the plaudits for orchestrating the Breakers impressive 80-70 victory against the Wildcats in Perth on Friday night. However the efforts of Rhys Carter are worthy of a little more scrutiny. Continue reading

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