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.