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.
Wynyard may also have set an NBL record swatting away a shot from international team mate BJ Anthony, just 27 seconds after appearing on court. Can any player have recorded a block less than 30 seconds into their NBL careers?
With the Breakers securing a 101-80 victory Mika Vukona became the all time ‘winningest’ Breaker. The win was his 132nd in a Breakers singlet, passing the previous record of 131 held by Dillon Boucher.
Corey Webster with 23 points equaled his career best points in the NBL. The shooting guard took his career tally for the Breakers past 600 points in his 98th game for the club.
In Melbourne on Sunday Mika Vukona plays his 131st consecutive game for the club passing the record jointly held by Paul Henare, and Aaron Olson who played every game in the club’s first 4 seasons – a total of 130 appearances without missing a game.
Vukona has displayed remarkable durability having never missed a game for the Breakers since signing as a fully contracted player in 2005. 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 this his fifth season back at the Breakers.
In addition Vukona is only six rebounds shy of 2000 career rebounds collected at the rate of 7.2 per game.
The Breakers will come up against a couple of familiar faces in Melbourne. Darryl Corletto won a couple of championships with the Breakers and Kiwi Marco Alexander, a development player with United, would love to make his NBL debut against familiar faces.