Breakers by Numbers and stuff!

 

Corey Webster must be in a good space at the moment. Recently married, he scored a career high 25 points in the Breakers 80-72 victory against Melbourne United on Friday night.

Webster is the leading points scorer for the club this season – 170 points at 15.5 ppg.

Reuben Te Rangi made his 50th appearance in a SKY CITY Breakers singlet against United.  The young swingman may not have rediscovered his shooting touch but he found many other ways to contribute adding 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a block to his 4 points in a strong performance He also played a career high 35 minutes in the absence of the injured Tom Abercrombie.

Duane Bailey (9pts/6rebs) also enjoyed extended playing time covering for Abercrombie and the foul ridden frontcourt. Bailey has had so little court time recently that he probably doesn’t know what type of form he is in. He certainly showed enough spark on Friday to suggest he warrants a little more regular playing time.

Marco Alexander was on the bench with the Melbourne United team at Vector Arena, he has a Development Player contract with United. Unfortunately the Kiwi guard has to undergo hip surgery that will prematurely end his NBL season.Following the operation he will rehab in Auckland before returning to Melbourne in January but realistically his next playing assignments are likely to be the New Zealand NBL in April.

Only 4,643 fans at Vector on Friday night must be a concern for Breakers management. With a winning team playing an attractive style of basketball you would have thought more fans would have turned up. Fingers crossed that the finish of student exams and the imminent arrival of school holidays will herald larger attendances in the second half of the season.

Breakers Academy outgun MaiFM 88 Sixers

The MaiFM 88 Sixers took their name literally as they tackled the star studded Breakers Academy with just six players and were subsequently outgunned 112-87 in the fifth round of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam.

Despite Sixers player coach Hayden Allen being sidelined on childcare duties his team hung tough in the early stages thanks largely to the inside presence of Nick Barrow and Morgan Natanahira. Barrow scored 12 points in the first quarter and Hayden Miller knocked down a couple of threes as the Breakers lead was restricted to just five points, 32-27 at quarter time.

Sam Colenutt was exhibiting his scoring prowess, he, Jordan Ngatai and Brad Anderson all in double figures at half time, Breakers ahead 60-46.

Coach Allen and his assistants Reggie and Mack called a time out early in the third quarter following a couple of runaway dunks from Ngatai and Reuben Te Rangi. The tide was stemmed temporarily as Matt Lacey and Miller converted from deep but the Sixers were in damage control most of the second half. The Breakers scored freely in the final period to run out comfortable winners.

Breakers coach Judd Flavell afforded Te Rangi and Duane Bailey plenty of court time, as there opportunities in the Breakers ANBL team have been rather limited of late.

Final score;

MaiFM Sixers 87 – Barrow 31, Natanahira 22, Lacey 17, Miller 11

Breakers Development 112 –Jordan Ngatai 21, Anderson 20, Duane Bailey 16, Reuben Te Rangi 16, Yuat Alok 12, Sam Colenutt 12.

Breakers by Numbers

There were a number of Sky City Breakers records created and milestones passed in the game against Wollongong Hawks last week.

Congratulations to Shea Ili who became the 79th Breaker when he took to the court late in the game. The 22 year old guard is the third of the  Breakers quintet of Development Players to debut this season following the appearances of Jordan Ngatai and Tai Wynyard. Yet to step on court are Brad Anderson and Yuat Alok.

Tom Abercrombie secured three rebounds to take his career tally to 750. Perhaps more significantly Mika Vukona, in pulling down five defensive rebounds, became the first Breakers player to pull down 1,000 defensive rebounds.

The full list of leading defensive rebounders for the club:

1000 Mika Vukona

597 Ben Pepper

548 Tom Abercrombie

504 Dillon Boucher

489 Paul Henare

474 Oscar Forman

408 Kirk Penney

400 Alex Pledger

377 Rick Rickert

365 Gary Wilkinson

320 Cedric Jackson

The three points scored by the team in the third quarter of the game created not only an unwanted club record but also an entire NBL record.

On a more positive note The Breakers became the first team to have double figure blocks (10) and single figure turnovers (8) in a game since September 1995.  (courtesy of @nblstats)

The ten blocks achieved last week were shared by Alex Pledger (3), Tai Wesley (3), Ekene Ibekwe (2), and Tom Abercrombie and Reuben Te Rangi one each.

The ten blocks in a single game is not quite a club record as 12 were recorded against West Sydney back in 2005 but it is only the second time double figure blocks have been registered in one match.

In 2005 the shot blockers were Ben Pepper, Tim Behrendorff, Paul Henare, Lindsay Tait and Rich Melzer.

The Birdmen secure first win

Your Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam correspondent missed the round 4 fixtures as a broken fan belt left me roadside awaiting AA assistance while the games were in progress.

A summary of the action:

Save Youthtown established an early advantage over Breakers Development, leading 27-18 at the first break and 46-42 at half time. Derone Raukawa drained four triples in the opening half for Youthtown, Brad Anderson leading the Breakers effort with 11 points.

Youthtown extended their lead to double digits early in the second half eventually winning 101-92. Raukawa finished with a game high 34 points (6/10 3pts) and forward Patrich Bolstad contributed 34 points.  The Breakers had five players in double figures, Anderson the best with with 27 points.

Final score;

Save Youthtown 101 – Raukawa 34, Bolstad 26, Anthony Jones 15, Inga Solofuti 10, Dillon Boucher 4/11/6.

Breakers Development 92 – Anderson 23, Yani Wetzel 17, Tai Wynyard 12, Jordan Ngatai 11, Jaylen Gerrand 10

In the second game Mai 88 Sixers had a mighty tussle with The Birdmen, the game eventually going to overtime. The Sixers led by a point, 59-58 at three-quarter time but trailed by the same margin with the last possession of regular time. The Birdmen made the mistake, or so it seemed, of fouling Sixers sharp shooter Hayden Allen as he attempted a three point shot to win the game. The 85% career free throw shooter managed only one from three, The Birdmen dodged a couple of bullets and made the most of their luck to record a 94-87 win after the scores were tied 82 apiece after regulation time

Final score;

The Birdmen 94 – Kane Keil 24, Karl Noyer 22, Jarrod Kenny 17, Josh Bloxham 12.

Mai 88 Sixers 87 – Morgan Natanahira 26, Allen 21, Chris Fahrenson 9, Hayden Miller 9.

Standings;

4-0 Save Youthtown

2-2 Mai 88 Sixers

1-3 The Birdmen

1-3 Breakers Academy

 

 

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Richie Edwards joins growing list

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