Category Archives: Breakers by Numbers

When were the Breakers last able to put a full team on court?

If, as indicated on the Breakers social media posts, they field a full compliment of rostered players against Adelaide 36ers later today it will be the first time they have been able to do so in 18 games this season.

In fact it will be the first time a full contingent of players have hit the floor since May 1st 2021 when the Breakers beat Perth Wildcats 86-84, in Tasmania – 29 games ago! 

Off the back of three consecutive double-doubles, while way with the Tall Blacks at the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, Rob Loe was given a start against the Tasmanian Jack Jumpers. Significantly his 12 points more than doubled his scoring output for the season – in his previous 8 games (albeit with limited playing time) he had scored 11 points.

Perhaps more significantly Tom Abercrombie made a welcome return to the playing roster against Brisbane Bullets. Abercrombie only had 3 rebounds and a point but he did get a valuable 12 minutes game time under his belt.

In the same game Rasmus Bach played his 50th game for the club.

The Breakers leading scorers this season are:

Yanni Wetzell – 220 points @ 16.9ppg

Hugo Besson – 216 points @ 14.4ppg

Finn Delany 179 points @ 10.5ppg

Peyton Siva 151 points @12.6ppg

Finn Delany has moved up a place on a couple of the Breakers all-time records categories recently.

Delany is now up to 10th spot on the Breakers scoring list moving past Gary Wilkinson’s 1,423 points. With 1,437 career points Delany will soon move to ninth, the place currently occupied by Ben Pepper (1,451 points).

Currently with 681 rebounds Delany is also closing in on 700 career rebounds. Only Vukona (2356), Abercrombie (1,638), Pledger (1,293), Boucher (939), Pepper (935) and Jackson (749) have bettered that mark for the club.

Chasson Randle and Breakers Trivia

Chasson Randle replaces Jeremiah Martin in the import guard spot for the game against the Cairns Taipans on Monday night.

Randle, the 48th import to play for Sky Sport Breakers played 41 games for the Orlando Magic last season averaging 6.5ppg. In his sole outing for the Breakers back in December he scored 8 points against the Tasmanian Jack Jumpers.

Martin played 10 games for the Breakers averaging 12.3 points and 3.5 assists per game. Those 10 appearances are certainly not the least by a Breakers import as the list below shows.

Excluding short-term replacement player Jeremy Kendle who played 3 games last season, the record for the shortest tenure belongs to Glen Rice Junior who committed a number of indiscretions before being released after three appearances in the 2019-20 season.

Other imports to have played 10 games or less are:

4 Darnell Lazare (2013-14)

6 Ben Woodside (2016-17)

6 Lamar Patterson (2021)

9 Awvee Storey (2009-10)

9 Pierre Wooten (2006-7)

9 Kevin Dillard (2016-17)

10 David Stockton (2016-17)

Rob Loe becomes 16th Breakers centurion.

Rob Loe made his 100th appearance for the Sky Sport Breakers against Melbourne United on Friday evening. 

The 31 year-old has become the 16th Breakers centurion and the fourth graduate of Westlake Boys High School, after Tom Abercrombie, Kirk Penney and Corey Webster, to play 100 Breakers games.

He debuted for the Breakers in 2016 and is now in his fifth season with the club having had a sabbatical in 2018-19 playing 28 games for Cairns Taipans. He has accumulated 711 points, 390 rebounds and 125 assists in his Breakers career to date.

In 2009, in his final year at Westlake Boys, Loe performed outstandingly at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Auckland. At just 17 years – the youngest member of the team – he led the Junior Tall Blacks in scoring averaging 18.8ppg.

Loe made his Tall Blacks debut the same year and went on to cement his place as the starting centre at both the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain and the 2019 event in China. He averaged 11.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in China where he also scored at 52% (12/23) from beyond the arc. He was also a member of the bronze medal winning team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games averaging 9.4ppg and 5.0rpg. He has so far racked up 86 appearances in the black singlet.

The North Harbour representative enjoyed a standout career at St Louis University playing 133 games for the Billikens. Those 133 games, that included 121 starts, are a record number of Men’s NCAA Division I appearances by a Kiwi.

Following college Loe spent a season each at KAO Dramas (Greece) and Limburg United (Belgium)  before linking with the Breakers.

He won a NZNBL championship with the Wellington Saints in 2019 picking up the Stan Hill Award for Most Outstanding New Zealand Forward.

Full list of Breakers Centurions including total games played:

359 Tom Abercrombie 

354 Mika Vukona 

250 Paul Henare

238 Alex Pledger

236 Corey Webster

220 Dillon Boucher

179 CJ Bruton

160 Kirk Penney

147 Finn Delany

130 Cedric Jackson

130 Aaron Olson

125 Oscar Forman

118 Tim Behrendorff

103 Reuben Te Rangi

101 Rob Loe

100 Shea Ili

Yanni Wetzell up amongst Breakers elite

Yanni Wetzell has made and impressive start to his Sky Sport Breakers career with points tallies of 18, 20,25,12,20 and 27. Can he continue this hot run against Melbourne United tonight.

Wetzell ranks fourth in the NBL for scoring (20.3ppg), is tenth in rebounding (7.8rpg) and is second in field goal percentage at 66.7%.

Those four scores of 20 or more in the first six games have only previously been achieved by Mike Chappell (2003), Carlos Powell (2006), Kirk Penney (2007) and all three were chalked up in the era when games were of 48 minutes duration not the current 40.

Looking back, the numbers Carlos Powell put up in the 2006-07 season are astonishing. In addition to scoring the Breakers all-time single game record of 50 points against Melbourne Tigers he scored 20 points or more in 30 of the 33 games played by the Breakers that season – his lowest points tally was 13!

Back to Yanni, and in the win against Brisbane he became the first Breaker to score 100 points this season. In the same game Hugo Besson’s 12 points also took him past the century mark in his seventh game for the club.

Latest Div I wrap – Sam Mennenga with a Bakers Dozen

Four former Harbour athletes have been involved in NCAA Division I men’s basketball games in the past 24-hours and the quartet have all been part of winning performances.

Sam Mennenga posted his fifth double-figure score of the season as Davidson College defeated Saint Joseph’s 88-73 for a convincing victory in their Atlantic-10 Conference opener. The former Westlake Boys High forward scored 13 points (5/9FG) and added 4 rebounds and a block. His career points tally moved beyond the 200 mark to stand at 212 from 33 games for Davidson.

Another ex-Westlake standout James Moors pulled down a season best 6 rebounds as Colorado State opened Mountain West Conference play with a 67-59 victory against Air Force.

The sophomore forward added 5 points (2/3FG) and an assist as Colorado State reinforced their #20 ranking with an 11thstraight win.

Taine Murray scored a couple of points as Virginia won 75-65 at Clemson to improve to 3-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Travelling even better in the ACC are Sam Waardenburg and the University of Miami Cavaliers that boast a 4-0 record. After missing the last couple of games the former Rangitoto College star converted a steal and layup with virtually his first touch of the ball since December 20. He went on to post 7 points, 5 rebounds, a block and a steal as Miami squeezed past Syracuse 88-87 to move to 4-0.

Breakers Boxing Day Numbers

In the third round of the NBL Sam Timmins scored 8 points on debut against Melbourne United – becoming Sky Sport Breaker #131 in the process.

Against Illawarra Hawks Finn Delany moved ahead of Rick Rickert (600 rebounds) on the club’s all-time rebounding list – up to 9th spot with 615 rebounds.

Yanni Wetzell’s double-double against Illawarra came in the form of a career high 17 rebounds and a Breakers high 25 points. 

He also passed 500 NBL career points – 437 points scored last season for South East Melbourne Phoenix.

Averaging 18.8ppg Wetzell is 6th on the NBL scoring list.

20 year-old Hugo Besson is one place behind in 7th averaging 17.8ppg.

Will McDowell-White is 6th on the assists list averaging 4.4 dimes per game.

Former NBA player Chasson Randle will make his debut for the injured Peyton Siva in the Boxing Day game in Tasmania – the Breakers first game against the Jack Jumpers.

Rob Loe will make his 99th appearance for the club against Tasmania.

Breakers by Numbers – Wetzell in elite company

Yanni Wetzell, becoming Breaker #130, scored 18 points on debut against South East Melbourne Phoenix.

This is the third-highest scoring effort by a New Zealand born Breaker behind Kirk Penney (23 points v West Sydney Razorbacks in October 2007) and Phill Jones (20 points v Adelaide 36ers in October 2003).

With 3 rebounds against South East Melbourne Phoenix Finn Delany moved ahead of Oscar Forman (593 rebounds) on the club’s all-time rebounding list – up to 10th spot.

Will McDowell-White scored a career high 27 points (10/14FG, 7/9 3PG) and also tallied 7 assists against the Adelaide 36ers. 

Only one other Breaker has had 7 assists and 7 made threes in a single game. Aaron Olson, in February 2007, made 7 threes and dished 9 dimes against West Sydney Razorbacks.

Also, against the 36ers Isaac Davidson scored 3 points in his first appearance of the season.

20 year-old Hugo Besson leads the Breakers scoring after the first two rounds of the season. The Frenchman has 61 points and sits sixth on the NBL leaderboard averaging 20.3ppg.

He is the only player in the NBL that has scored 20-points in consecutive games this season so far with 26 points against the Phoenix and 25 points against the 36ers.

Breakers by numbers ahead of Game 2 v SEM Phoenix

With 18 points in the NBL season opener against South East Melbourne Phoenix Finn Delany moved ahead of Oscar Forman (1,265 points) into 13th spot on the Sky Sport Breakers all-time scoring list.

Delany now has 1,276 points with Paul Henare (1,320 points) the next player in his sights.

Another 1 rebound will also carry Delany ahead of Forman (593 rebounds) on the all-time rebounding list – up to 10thspot.

Hopefully Yanni Wetzell will be fit to debut on Friday and become Breaker #130.

Wetzell played in all 39 games for South East Melbourne last season but ironically had to sit out the game against his former teammates last Saturday.

This is the third season running the Breakers have played the same opponent twice in the opening two games of the season. In 2019 they faced Sydney Kings twice in three days to open proceedings and last season it was back-to-back games against Adelaide 36ers. All four of these games were lost! 

The absence of Dan Shamir from the opening game is the second occasion a Breakers Head Coach has been too unwell to take his spot on the sideline.

Back in January 2015 Dean Vickerman was taken to his sick bed for the fixture in Wollongong against Illawarra and his then assistant Paul Henare was the man to take charge.

Breakers squeezed home 86-84 in that one with Ikene Ibekwe, Tai Wesley, Corey Webster, Mika Vukona, Rhys Carter and Tom Abercrombie all making double figure contributions.

Breakers By Numbers – Season Opener

When the Sky Sport Breakers open their 2021-22 NBL campaign at South East Melbourne Phoenix on Saturday evening Tom Abercrombie will be missing from the lineup as he recovers from a side strain.

It’s a frustrating time for Abercrombie as he missesd the final nine games of last season. Prior to that he had made 117 successive appearances dating back to 2016.

Only Mika Vukona, Paul Henare and Aaron Olson have played more games on the bounce for the Breakers.

Mika played 161 straight games between 2010 and 2015 while Henare and Olson both played in the club’s opening 130 games from October 2003 to the end of the 2006-07 season.

Finn Delany requires 8 points on Saturday to move ahead of Oscar Forman (1,265 points) into 13th spot on the Breakers all-time scoring list.

Another 10 rebounds will also carry Delany ahead of Forman on the all-time rebounding list – up to 10th spot.

125 players have so far worn the Breakers singlet in the NBL. Peyton Siva, Hugo Besson, Jeremiah Martin, Ousmane Dieng, Sam Timmins and Yanni Wetzell are all poised to make their club debuts against SEM on Saturday – which one will be Breaker #126?

Yanni Wetzell will become the seventh Westlake Boys High School alumni to suit up for the Breakers. He follows in the footsteps of Abercrombie, Kirk Penney, Rob Loe, Jack Salt and the Webster brothers Corey and Tai.

Breakers numbers ahead of clash with Adelaide 36ers

Finn Delany

Ahead of the Sky Sport Breakers home encounter with the Adelaide 36ers on Sunday it is interesting to note that four  of the players are closing in on significant milestones.

Corey Webster needs just a single assist to become the 6th Breaker to tally 400 career assists.

Tom Abercrombie requires 3 rebounds to register 1,500 career rebounds. He is second on the all-time Breakers rebounding list behind  Mika Vukona who pulled down a whopping 2,356 rebounds and set a mark that will not be passed for a long time.

Following on from his 150th NBL appearance against the Brisbane Bullets, Jarrad Weeks needs to score 10 points to total 1,000 NBL career points.

A couple of baskets will see Finn Delany become the 24th Breaker to score 500 points for the club.

Against Brisbane Bullets (home last Monday)

In scoring 23 points Corey Webster became the first Breaker to pass 200 points this season – he currently sits on 215 points at 19.6ppg. He is 8th on the NBL scoring list for the current season and in addition is 6th on the leading assists list averaging 4.3 dimes per game.

Tom Abercrombie’s 19 points was his highest score of the season.