Monthly Archives: November 2013

Super City Rangers Open Trial

The Super City Rangers are conducting an open trial this Sunday, December 1st.

The trial will be held at Trusts Stadium, Waitakere from 1.00pm – 4.00pm.

Super City coaching staff for the 2014 season are Aik Ho, Dillon Boucher and Benny Anthony Snr.

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Young Breakers star in Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam

The semi finals line up for the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam has been settled following the last round of regular season games. Youthtown Clique moved to 8 and 4 in overcoming Flava Flyers (5-7) and in something of an upset The Birdmen (3-9) beat The Block City Brawlers (8-4). The Clique and The Brawlers finished with identical win/loss records and 2-2 head to head – The Clique securing top seeding on points differential. Continue reading

Daryl Corletto approaches another milestone

Two weeks after making his 350th NBL appearance Daryl Corletto is fast approaching another significant milestone. The Breakers opponents on Thursday are the Melbourne Tigers, Corletto’s former club and he requires just a further 13 points to top 3000 career points. Corletto made 277 appearances for the Tigers but his focus this week will be to help the Breakers to a second win in seven days as they strive to improve their 3-6 start to the season Continue reading

Numbers from Breakers v Townsville

4 Mika Vukona stayed on court for just the 4th time this season, picking up 4 offensive rebounds in the last 4 minutes. – Vukona demonstrated why his team needs him on court down the stretch, not sitting on the bench. Continue reading

Leon Henry replaces Lindsay Tait in Youthtown Clique team

The Youthtown Clique was deprived of the services of player coach Lindsay Tait for the penultimate round of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam.Tait broke a small bone in his wrist when taking a tumble playing for the Clique last Tuesday.

The injury will result in the classy guard missing the final three weeks of the Summer Jam and more significantly the FIBA Oceania Pacific Championships being held in Wellington next weekend. Tait was due to captain the New Zealand Maori team. Continue reading

Lindsay Tait to miss Oceania Pacific Champs

Lindsay Tait, for the second time in 2013 will be forced to go under the surgeons’ knife to repair damage to his left hand.

Tait broke a small bone in his wrist when taking a tumble playing for Youthtown Clique in the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam last Tuesday.

The injury will result in the classy guard missing the FIBA Oceania Pacific Championships being held in Wellington next weekend. Tait was due to captain the New Zealand Maori team.

Earlier in the year, New Zealand’s premier point guard missed the conclusion of the NBL season and the whole of the Tall Blacks international programme after breaking his thumb.

 

Numbers From Breakers v Adelaide

2    Breakers losses at Vector Arena – record is 14 wins, 2 losses
3    Alex Pledger blocks on Friday night – The Chief was at his disruptive best on defence snaring         11 rebounds and 2 steals. Continue reading

Johnny Fesolai Powers Birdmen to Second Win

In something of an upset The Birdmen recorded just their second win in the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam, overcoming Youthtown Clique 121-119.

The Clique powered by another strong performance from their captain Lindsay Tait were ahead 95-86 at threequarter time but a 9-2 run from The Birdmen breathed life into the contest. The outstanding Johnny Fesolai sparked the run with six straight points. Tait replied with a couple of triples to keep his team ahead but a Casey Frank ‘and one’ play, followed by a neat Derone Raukawa jump shot, meant the teams were level 112-112 with 2:45 to go.

Patrich Bolstad fouled out attempting to stop a Chris Fahrensohn score and although Shea Ili sunk a pair of freebies another neat finish from Raukawa kept The Birdmen flying – ahead 119-117 inside the last minute.

Duane Bailey missed an outside shot for Youthtown Clique but a poor box-out allowed Bailey to finish off his own rebound to tie the scores 119 apiece with 24 seconds left on the clock. Raukawa was fouled with 7 seconds remaining and coolly sank both free throws to put his team two points clear. The Clique advanced possesion courtesy of a time out and although The Birdmen gave up a foul on Ili he could not convert the resulting free throws, The Birdmen hanging on for a much needed victory.

Final score; The Birdmen 121 (Fesolai 32pts/10 rebounds/6 steals, Nash Oh 19, Fahrensohn 18, Frank 18 Youthtown Clique 119 (Tait 40, Ili 22, Jaylen Gerrand 16, Bolstad 16, Bailey 12)

Tohi Smith-Milner replaced Inga Solofuti (returned to Christchurch) in the Block City Brawlers team and Dillon Boucher was confirmed as a permanent signing for the Flava Flyers who may be without the injured Nick Barrow for the remainder of the competition.

Boucher was on the scoresheet from the opening tip and when Jarrod Kenny knocked down a pair of threes the Flyers had raced to a 8-0 lead. Things didn’t go to plan thereafter for the Flyers – Jack Salt piled in 12 first quarter points to give the Brawlers a 32-27 advantage, Jarrod Kenny rolled an ankle and hobbled out of the game and by half time the Brawlers were ahead 57-46.

The highlight of the third quarter was a Salt jam off a Paul Henare lob pass followed by an emphatic Smith-Milner dunk on the next offense. Hayden Allen scored 10 consecutive points for the Flyers midway through the period but the Brawlers appeared in complete control, 88-74 to the good at three quarter time.

They still held a healthy lead with six minutes to go but when Sam Everitt converted from beyond the three point arc on consecutive plays and Allen added another triple, the Flyers were closing in a rush. Henare steadied the Brawlers with a jumper followed by a free throw but when Allen scored with a trademark back door cut off a Boucher pass the lead to the Brawlers was just four points, 102-98 with 2:20 remaining. However, that was as close as it got. Houston O’Riley converted from the foul line and Salt capped a fine performance with a pair of baskets to seal the win for the Block City Brawlers. They join the Youthtown Clique at the top of the standings with two rounds remaining.

Final score; Flava Flyers 102 (Allen 31, Everitt 21, Anamata Haku 21) Block City Brawlers 112 (Salt 33, O’Riley 25, Alonzo Burton 23, Smith-Milner 18, Henare 10)

Standings after 10 rounds

7-3 Youthtown Clique

7-3 Block City Brawlers

4-6 Flava Flyers

2-8 The Birdmen

Breakers Stats and Milestones

Upcoming v ADELAIDE 36ers on November 15

Daryl Corletto plays his 350th NBL game (277 for Melbourne Tigers) against the Adelaide 36ers

Corey Webster needs 6 points to record 400 career points.

Alex Pledger needs 12 points to record 100 points for the season.

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Daryl Corletto signs for Supercity Rangers

The James Blond Supercity Rangers have made a major signing for the 2014 NBL season. The club has announced that SKY CITY Breakers Australian shooting guard Daryl Corletto will suit up for them next season.

In his third season Continue reading