Kiwis Abroad

Basketball - U19 World Champs, New Zealand v Argentina, 2 July 2009Erin Rooney was the only Tall Fern in professional action overseas this week. Unfortunately Arras was defeated in the French championship, 85-66 by Toulouse. This was a surprising result given that Toulouse are sitting 10th on the table and Arras 4th with a 13-7 record. Rooney scored just 3 points and added a solitary rebound and 3 assists in 26 minutes court time.

Micaela Cocks and Jillian Harmon enjoyed a well-earned break as they and their Townsvile Fire teammates were interested observes as Bendigo Spirit and Sydney University Flames were engaged in the WNBL Preliminary Final. Defending champions Bendigo proved too strong for Sydney, winning 85-77, meaning they will travel to Townsville for the Grand Final next weekend

In the Greek league Dramas (6-12) had a good win 78-62 against Korolvos (7-10), the win moves Dramas up a spot to 11th on the ladder. Rob Loe had a solid game scoring 7 points, grabbing a game high 9 rebounds and dishing an assist.

In Spain both Isaac Fotu and Kirk Penney suffered defeats at the weekend.

La Bruixa d’Or Manresa suffered their 4th straight loss, 80-64 at Andorra. Manresa would have been disappointed with their effort given both teams entered the game with an identical 5-16 record. Fotu contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds with Manresa now anchored at the foot of the table.

Penney scored 12 points (2/4 3pts) as Sevilla (6-15) slipped to a home defeat against UCAM Murcia (9-12). Sevilla had won three straight games since the arrival of Penney but he was unable to stop Sevilla slipping to a 96-83 loss. They maintain 15th position on the 18-team ladder.

Licher Basket (7-14) ranked 10th in the German B League South Division visited top of the table Iserlohn (16-4) on Sunday.

Jarrod Kenny posted 5 points, 6 rebounds and an assist as Licher went down 70-63, a creditable performance against their high flying rivals.

Breakers Play-off Records updated

The Breakers overall record in play-off basketball is 16 wins and 7 losses.

Below are the cumulative individual records.


20 Mika Vukona  plus 10 for South Dragons (8) and Gold Coast (2)

20 Tom Abercrombie

19 Dillon Boucher and CJ Bruton

18 Alex Pledger

12 Gary Wilkinson and Cedric Jackson

13 Corey Webster

11 Kirk Penney, Paul Henare

10 Daryl Corletto,

Other current players

Reuben Te Rangi 3 appearances

Rhys Carter 2 appearances plus 18 appearances for South Dragons (8), Perth Wildcats (4) and Adelaide 36ers (6).

Most Points

281 CJ Bruton

256 Kirk Penney

211 Tom Abercrombie

191 Gary Wilkinson

158 Alex Pledger

154 Cedric Jackson

139 Mika Vukona

102 Daryl Corletto

81   Corey Webster

Most Rebounds

116 Mika Vukona

91 Alex Pledger

83 Tom Abercrombie

79 Dillon Boucher

70 Gary Wilkinson

59 Cedric Jackson

56 Kirk Penney

Most Assists

75 Cedric Jackson

67 Dillon Boucher

44 Mika Vukona

41 CJ Bruton

30 Kirk Penney

30 Paul Henare

Most Steals

25 Cedric Jackson

17 Dillon Boucher and Tom Abercrombie

16 CJ Bruton

14 Mika Vukona

11 Paul Henare

9  Daryl Corletto

8  Corey Webste

7  Alex Pledger

Most Blocked Shots

19 Tom Abercrombie and Alex Pledger

8  Gary Wilkinson

4  Derrick Alston, Dillon Boucher, Kevin Braswell and Ekene Ibekwe

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Kiwis Abroad

2011 FIBA Oceania Championship

Pride of place this week goes to Tall Ferns Micaela Cocks and Jillian Harmon. The Townsville Fire duo has earned a week off following a comprehensive 82-63 victory against Bendigo Spirit at the weekend. The victory ensuring the Fire advance directly into the WNBL Grand Final

The Ferns have been terrific off the bench all season and Sunday was no different. Cocks scored 7 points and added 4 rebounds and teammate Harmon contributed 8 points/3 rebounds/2 assists and a steal.

The Fire will have home advantage when they take on the winner of this weekend’s Preliminary Final between Sydney and Bendigo.

Fellow Tall Fern Erin Rooney was outstanding for Arras in the French League as she accumulated 12 points/9rebounds/1 steal and a block. Unfortunately her performance wasn’t enough to secure a win.

Arras entered the fixture with the same 13-5 record as opponents Villeneuve but even with home court advantage slumped to a disappointing 78-64 loss. Arras has slipped from 3rd to 4th on the table.

Back in Australia and it was a tale of mixed fortunes for the Townsville Crocodiles in the final week of the NBL regular season. The Crocs had an 82-66 home win against lowly Wollongong on Friday before being defeated 81-71 in Perth 48 hours later.

Leon Henry was held scoreless by Perth but added 6 rebounds, a block and an assist to a couple of points against Wollongong. The Crocs finished in 6th place on the NBL ladder with an 11-17 record.

Henry had a solid season for the Crocodiles. Playing all 28 games the swingman averaged 5.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He now returns to NZ to join up with the Wellington Saints for the NZ NBL season.

Kirk Penney and Isaac Fotu enjoyed a few days off as the Spanish League had a break last weekend.

Rob Loe was also without a game at the weekend although his Greek team Dramas did play a mid week fixture, going down in a tight one, 78-75 to Aris. The scores were level 52 apiece entering the final quarter but it was the home team that prevailed – just. Loe scored 8 points, snared 3 rebounds and added a couple of blocks.

It was a creditable performance from Dramas on the road against the highflying PAOK who are third on the Greek League table with a 12-3 record. Dramas slipped to 12th with a 5-11 record.

Licher Basket ranked 10th in the German B League South Division suffered an embarrassing 92-69 walloping against bottom placed Saarlouis.  The Bears slipped to their 13th loss of the season and handed Saarlouis just their 5th win of the campaign.

Jarrod Kenny posted 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks.

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