Mika Vukona has a string of statistical milestones on the horizon.
The New Zealand Breakers leader is now only 14 games short of equaling the record number of appearances for the club. Former player and now Breakers assistant coach Paul Henare played 250 games over a distinguished eight seasons career, Vukona has amassed 236 games so far.
Vukona is fast approaching another of Henare’s records. Henare, along with Aaron Olson, played every game in the club’s first 4 seasons – a total of 130 consecutive games.
Friday night’s game in Perth will be Vukona’s 129th consecutive game.
Vukona has displayed remarkable durability having never missed a game for the Breakers since signing as a fully contracted player. In three seasons between 2005-2008 he played 97 consecutive games before playing a season each at South Dragons and then Gold Coast. He returned in 2010 and has not missed a game in the four seasons since.
The power forward’s club record rebounding tally currently stands at 1608, well ahead of the second placed player Dillon Boucher who retired with 941 boards.
Dillon Boucher enjoyed a stellar career with the Breakers appearing 220 times and winning on 131 occasions. Vukona has tucked a few more appearances under his belt but now has 130 W’s and will soon pass Boucher as the all time ‘winningest’ Breaker.
Add on the 67 games Vukona played in his two seasons in Australia and he has amassed 303 NBL appearances. Dillon Boucher (325 games) holds the record for the most games played by a Kiwi in the Australian National League, another record that looks likely to tumble this season.