Monthly Archives: October 2015

Webster and Wesley work wonders


It is not often that two players enjoy a personal best scoring night but that is what happened during the Breakers 90-67 victory against Cairns Taipans at Vector Arena on Wednesday night.

Tai Wesley scored 26 points, his previous best being 23 points in Sydney on Boxing Day last year.

Corey Webster scored 35 points easily surpassing his previous best of 27 points against Perth late last season.

The 35 points haul was the highest points haul in an NBL game at Vector Arena and the highest anywhere by a Breakers player since Kirk Penney’s memorable 38 points outburst in the 2011 semi-final win in Perth against the Wildcats.

The victory against Cairns was the 132nd win enjoyed by Tom Abercrombie in a Breakers singlet. Only Mika Vukona has won more games.

Breakers all time ‘winningest’ players:

Wins Games % W’s
Mika Vukona 155 272 57.0
Tom Abercrombie 132 198 66.7
Dillon Boucher 131 220 59.5
CJ Bruton 120 179 67.0
Paul Henare 113 250 45.2
Alex Pledger 112 154 72.7
Corey Webster 92 130 70.8
Cedric Jackson 78 103 75.7
Kirk Penney 68 110 61.8
Daryl Corletto 63 92 68.5

News for students wanting US College Scholarships

A prominent United States basketball scout will be returning to New Zealand next week on a talent drive offering young basketball players exposure to colleges in the U.S.

Shane Howard, Chief Executive of Custom College Recruiting, specialises in recruiting athletes outside the U.S. Last year Custom College Recruiting partnered with Basketball New Zealand to help 13 New Zealand players receive basketball scholarships at U.S. colleges. Another 14 are in talks about offers for 2016. Mr Howard says that number should more than double in the coming year or two, as New Zealand produce basketball athletes that fit well with U.S. colleges across all basketball divisions.

“New Zealand fosters smart and talented basketballers. The sport is increasing in popularity there and Kiwis are starting to realise that basketball offers great opportunities for them in the U.S. Our business is helping those players to get noticed by college coaches, which often leads to scholarships at colleges that suit their ability,” says Mr Howard.

During the free seminars, Mr Howard will cover the traps that people can fall into when chasing scholarships. He says players need to be careful when they enlist private operators to help, particularly if there are guarantees or promises that might seem too good to be true.

“There’s lots of private academies out there that charge the earth for a trip to play in scouting tournaments in the States. Many people don’t realise that those tournaments can have hundreds of teams participating, and they can end up being a small fish in an ocean of players. Also college coaches will most likely have no idea that the player is there, or who that player is, so people can depart U.S. shores feeling disappointed and dismissed.

“There are never any guarantees with the college recruiting process, but if players and their families are armed with the right information, they can navigate the process well. We will give them the facts about what opportunities are available in the U.S. and the truth about what they should stay away from.”

Basketball New Zealand Chief Executive Iain Potter says U.S. based colleges are increasingly interested in New Zealand talent, and he agrees that players and their families need to be careful about how they chase that dream. Mr Potter says it is for this reason Basketball New Zealand invited Custom College Recruiting to New Zealand.

“We endorse Custom College Recruiting because they are upfront about what people should expect and they know what U.S. colleges are looking for.

“Custom College Recruiting are experts in assessing the talent of our players, and they know the academic requirements that players need to meet. They can then reach out through their extensive contacts to approach colleges that are the right fit for those young basketballers. Best of all, it doesn’t require players and their families to invest heavily. Custom College Recruiting negate other privateers that can run-up expectations by over-promising, but then under-delivering,” says Mr Potter.

Custom College Recruiting has a network of over 7000 college coaches from every level throughout the U.S. and Canada. They’ve helped aspiring college athletes from about 30 different countries connect with these coaches and, in the process, helped provide almost $40 million in college scholarship opportunities.

To register for the Custom College Recruiting New Zealand Seminars, click here.

·      Christchurch. Saturday 31 October. 7pm – 8:30pm. Middleton Grange School.

·      Wellington. Wednesday 4 November. 6pm – 8pm. ASB Sports Centre (Kilbirnie, Matairangi Room).

·      New Plymouth. Thursday 5 November. 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Yarrow Stadium.

·      Cambridge (Waikato). Date TBA (7 or 8 November). Time TBA. St Peter’s School.

·      Auckland, North Shore. Monday 9 November. 6pm – 8 pm. North Shore Events Centre (King’s Lounge).

·      Auckland, Central. Tuesday 10 November. 6pm – 8pm. Auckland Grammar School.


Media Contact

Shane Howard will be available for media interviews during his time in New Zealand.

For more information contact Joe Wallace, Communications Manager, Basketball New Zealand

Phone 021 246 4814. Email

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Tall Ferns overseas update

Useful contribution off the bench from Chevannah Paalvast

Useful contribution off the bench from Chevannah Paalvast

For the second week running Townsville Fire posted a century of points in the Australian WNBL this week demolishing Adelaide Lightning 101-41. The Lightning were outplayed in all facets of the game, they trailed 57-24 at half time and never looked like threatening the defending champions. The Lightning’s cause was not helped when Jess Bygate fouled out in 13 minutes with just two rebounds to her name. Continue reading

Tall Blacks wins and losses overseas this week


It was another busy few days for our Tall Blacks plying their trade overseas. Continue reading


A big boost for women’s basketball in the Auckland region comes with the news that the 2015 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam will feature a four team competition alongside the successful men’s version. Continue reading

Vukona and Jackson rise up the scoring list


The good news was that Corey Webster was back the not such good news was that the Breakers turnovers trouble continues. A week after committing a record (in 40 minute games) 25 against Illawarra the Breakers bettered or rather worsened that by two in the 74-62 win against Sydney Kings. Continue reading

Penney shines but other Kiwis perform well overseas also


The headline act amongst the Tall Blacks overseas this week has to belong to Kirk Penney. The former Breakers shooting guard, who still holds the club’s all time scoring record, scored 36 points for the Illawarra Hawks as they beat the defending champions 96-75 on Wednesday. He shot a perfect 9 from 9 free throws to back up 10 from 24 from the field (7/12 3PG), repeatedly knocking down open shots, to sink his former team. Continue reading

Townsville back on track and Harmon on Fire


Townsville Fire atoned for their shock loss in the opening round of the Australian WNBL last week by destroying Canberra Capitals 104-60 on Sunday. The Fire led by a decisive 55-20 at half time and thereafter it was a procession. Continue reading

Breakers Dozen


So just who are the SKY CITY Breakers centurions, the men who have played 100 games for the club? There are just a dozen players to have brought up a hundred appearances in a Breakers singlet, most of them, although not quite all, household names in New Zealand hoops land. Continue reading

Jackson’s 100th Breakers game and more


The 96-75 drubbing at the hands of the Illawarra Hawks on Wednesday did provide a couple of statistical highlights.Development guard Shea Ili seized his opportunity with a Breakers NBL career high 12 points. Continue reading