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GAME REPORT: SKYCITY Breakers vs Adelaide 36ers

The SKYCITY Breakers lost their third straight game at the Australian Basketball Challenge in Brisbane on Monday going down 103-89 against the Adelaide 36'ers. Once again a high rate of turnovers (26) proved their undoing after a promising first... Read More

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GAME REPORT: SKYCITY Breakers vs Sydney Kings

An under manned SKYCITY Breakers were beaten 94-65 by Sydney Kings at the Australian Basketball Challenge in Brisbane... Read More

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Mitchell is Wary Of Dangerous Australian Creatures

American import Akil Mitchell is enjoying his time on the floor with the SKYCITY Breakers and can’t wait to suit up... Read More

Young Breaker Contemplates Big Step into USA Market

Development player and three-year Academy player Sam Waardenburg came home from the USA last week with his future... Read More

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Undermanned Breakers fight hard but go down to Bullets in Invercargill

The SKYCITY Breakers return to Auckland tomorrow knowing they have plenty of work in front of them and players to get... Read More

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Improved SKYCITY Breakers go down in thriller

There was much to like in the improvement from the SKYCITY Breakers in just their second pre-season hit out but they... Read More

Player Profiles

  • DOB 12/8/1995 Hometown Nelson Position Forward Height 198cm High School Nelson College College Otago University Pro Career Nelson Giants & NZ Breakers Hobbies Beach, swimming & golf. Idol Growing Up Phill Jones & Mika Vukona

    Finn Delany

    Forward

    #3

    Small Foward

    Despite being just 20 years of age Finn Delany has already played 47 games over three seasons for the Nelson Giants in the New Zealand NBL. Prior to returning home to play with his Giants team, Delany played the 2014-15 season at SW Baptist University in America. An eager student and a great athlete, Delany joins the SKYCITY Breakers full-time player roster following his season last year as a Development player. Look for Head Coach Henare to further upskill the long limbed Delany into a versatile player who can switch between the 3 and 4 spot, with defending a variety of opponents already a string in the bow of this promising young player.

     

     

     

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  • DOB 6.10.92 Hometown Auckland Position Guard Height 183 cm High School Onehunga High School Pro Career Auckland Pirates, Supercity Rangers, Southland Sharkes & Breakers Development Hobbies Rugby Idol Growing Up Joe

    Shea Ili

    Guard

    #5

     

     

    Shea joins the SKYCITY Breakers full-time roster for the 2016/17 season having previously played two seasons as a Development player. During that time Ili showed his readiness for a fulltime contract, as he was called upon to play key minutes during the Breakers post-season run, earning the faith of then Head Coach Dean Vickerman on the back of outstanding practice form and attitude.

    An outstanding defender and a developing leader, 23 year old Ili was a key figure alongside former Breakers Tai Wesley and Duane Bailey for the Southland Sharks, as they lifted the 2015 New Zealand NBL championship. He averaged 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the Sharks in that campaign. Ili has more recently moved to the Wellington Saints to continue playing under former Breaker’s point guard Kevin Braswell. In July 2015 he made his international debut for the New Zealand Tall Blacks while on tour in the build up to the Oceania Series.

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  • DOB 23/11/1980 Hometown Auckland Position Shooting Guard Height 196cm High School Westlake College Wisconsin

    Kirk Penney

    Shooting Guard

    #6

    Kirk Penney is a favourite son of the North Shore and one of the country’s all-time great players, one of just three to appear in the NBA during his storied career that has taken him to the highs of the NBL (winning the Championship with the Breakers in 2011), the top leagues of Europe and of course those looks at the NBA. Penney’s name adorns the club honours board many times from his first stint from 2007 to 2011 and he has lost none of his scoring touch, finishing second in league scoring when playing for Illawarra in 2015/16. Highlights in a long career include playing on the famous 2002 Tall Blacks team that finished 4th at the World Championships and finishing as the tournament’s second highest scorer at the 2010 FIBA World Championships (24.7 ppg). The shooting guard now looks to repeat past success as he returns home to the SKYCITY Breakers on a three year deal.

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  • DOB 29/11/1987 Hometown Auckland Position Guard Height 188cm

    Corey Webster

    Guard

    #9

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A triple Championship winner, Corey is another who is a product of the club’s Development Programme, having debuted for the SKYCITY Breakers in 2008 after spending time in the Academy and Development system. Webster enjoyed an excellent and breakout season in 2014-15, playing every game and leading the SKYCITY Breakers scoring with 491 points at 15.3 points per game. Taking those records to new heights in 2015/16, Webster broke his own single game scoring record for the club on three separate occasions ;that record now sits at 39 points, scored against Melbourne United in 2015/16 season. Prior to the 2015/16 campaign, Webster tried his luck in the States and was all but called up to the NBA, impressing scouts during his time at the New Orleans Pelicans before being released to come home and light up the Aussie league. Corey was also the Tall Blacks leading scorer during the 2015 international season.

    Club statistics;

    156 Appearances – seventh all time

    1,619 Points – seventh all time

    241 Assists – tenth all time

    106 Steals – eighth all time

    Most points in a single game, 39 v Melbourne United, 22.11.15

    Weight (kg) 86

     

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    33.56AVG MINS
    2.32AVG AS
    19.57AVG PTS
    2.18AVG REB
  • DOB 5/7/1987 Hometown Auckland Position Swingman Height 198cm High School Westlake College Washington State Pro Career NZ Breakers Hobbies Playstation, Surfing & Fishing Idol Growing Up Reggie Miller

    Tom Abercrombie

    Swingman

    #10

     

    Now in his ninth season with the club, 28 year old Abercrombie has progressed from Development player to one of the premier players in the NBL. One of three team members to have played in all four Championship winning teams for the SKYCITY Breakers, he was named MVP of the 2011 Finals Series. Abercrombie led the Breakers scoring (19 points) in game two of the 2015 Grand Final victory against Cairns Taipans. A product of the North Shore, Abercrombie is one of the most athletic players in the league and can dominate in the paint in getting to the rim, his elevated jump shot is ‘undefendable’ while he can also light it up from deep, consistently putting up some of the most accurate long range shooting in the league. Abercrombie’s numbers are a reflection of a long and successful career, even for a player who is only just reaching his prime. He is just a basketball focused player though, he is studying towards a Bachelor of Science at Massey University when not playing hoops here or in Europe during the off-season.

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    224 Appearances – third all time

    171 Blocked Shots – second all time

    2,667 Points – first all time

    1029 Rebounds – second all time

    151 Steals – sixth all time

    Most points in a single game, 33 v Melbourne Tigers, 2.12.11

     

    Weight (kg) 94

     

     

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    32.52AVG MINS
    1.35AVG AS
    14AVG PTS
    6.29AVG REB
  • DOB 13/5/1982 Hometown Tauranga Position Power Forward Height 197cm High School Bethlehem College College Nelson College Hobbies Anything I am able to do Idol Growing Up Michael Jones

    Mika Vukona

    Power Forward

    #14

     

     

     

    Vukona is the heart and soul of the Breakers, often captaining the team but always leading them. Revered throughout the league and indeed international basketball for his strength, fighting qualities and ability to consistently out muscle and out jump much bigger opponents on the boards. Vukona holds the record for the most appearances (297) and the most consecutive appearances (161) for the club. He at one point did not miss a game for five seasons. He is the winningest Breaker of all time with 170 victories to his credit and is also the club’s all-time leading rebounder (2028). Vukona is an out and out winner though, he has five NBL titles to his name, having a championship win with South Dragons in 2009 to go with his four for the SKYCITY Breakers. Mika is also the current captain of the New Zealand Tall Blacks. Vukona will be aiming up for a big 2016/17 campaign after injury affected his ability to play at 100% fitness in the last campaign, but never once did it stop him giving 100% effort as he led his team to another Grand Final appearance.

    Club Statistics;

    297 Appearances – leading all time

    2028 Rebounds – leading all time

    91 Blocked Shots – fourth all time

    211 Steals – third all time

    2,220 Points – third all time

    36 double doubles – second all time

    Most points in a single game, 24 v Wollongong Hawks, 15.2.13

    Most rebounds in a single game, 17 v Melbourne Tigers, 28.11.13

     

    Weight (kg) 103

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    23.11AVG MINS
    2.21AVG AS
    6.24AVG PTS
    7.45AVG REB
  • DOB 27/03/1987 Hometown Hamilton Position Centre Height 215cm High School Hamilton Boys High School College UMKC Pro Career SKYCITY Breakers Hobbies Xbox, Write my blog for my website - www.alexpledger.com Idol Growing Up My Mum

    Alex Pledger

    Centre

    #35

    In his eighth season with the club, Pledger or the man known as ‘Chief’ or simply ‘Pledge’, has played in all four SKYCITY Breakers championship winning teams. He was the NBL’s leading shot blocker in 2012/13 (46 at 1.5bpg) and rebounder (227 at 7.3rpg).  He also had his most productive scoring season, notching 331 points at 10.7ppg. In the 2014/15 campaign Alex picked up a severe foot injury which severely limited his effectiveness but he still managed to play in all but two of the club’s 32 games in a memorable display of bravery and commitment to the team and club, putting off surgery until the post-season. That is now a distant memory, with the Chief featuring strongly throughout the 2015/16 season to again rank as one of the league’s best big men. Pledger was the first new signing of Head Coach Paul Henare who spoke of his importance to the roster, someone that the team can be built around.

    Club Statistics;

    181 Appearances – fifth all time

    192 Blocked shots – leading all time

    959 Rebounds – third all time

    1337 Points – eleventh all time

    Most points in a single game, 22 v Melbourne Tigers, 14.3.13

    Most rebounds in a single game, 14 v Wollongong Hawks, 26.1.13

    Weight (kg) 115

     

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    19.12AVG MINS
    0.32AVG AS
    6.45AVG PTS
    5.68AVG REB
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    NBL 2015/16 Ladders

    Team P W L %
    Melbourne United 28 18 10 101.79
    Perth Wildcats* 28 18 10 105.52
    Illawarra Hawks 28 17 11 106.07
    New Zealand Breakers 28 16 12 103.29
    Adelaide 36ers 28 14 14 99.8
    Cairns Taipans 28 12 16 95.07
    Townsville Crocodiles 28 11 17 95.02
    Sydney Kings 28 6 22 94.04
    * 2015/2016 Season Champions

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    Points Per Game

    CoreyWebster
    New Zealand Breakers
    19.57
    Thomas Abercrombie New Zealand Breakers 14.00
    Cedric Jackson New Zealand Breakers 12.91
    Tai Wesley New Zealand Breakers 11.65
    Charles Jackson New Zealand Breakers 10.30

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    Assists Per Game

    CedricJackson
    New Zealand Breakers
    6.27
    Corey Webster New Zealand Breakers 2.32
    Mika Vukona New Zealand Breakers 2.21
    Tai Wesley New Zealand Breakers 1.85
    Thomas Abercrombie New Zealand Breakers 1.35

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    Rebounds Per Game

    CharlesJackson
    New Zealand Breakers
    7.67
    Mika Vukona New Zealand Breakers 7.45
    Thomas Abercrombie New Zealand Breakers 6.29
    Cedric Jackson New Zealand Breakers 5.97
    Alex Pledger New Zealand Breakers 5.68

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    Steals Per Game

    CedricJackson
    New Zealand Breakers
    1.30
    Corey Webster New Zealand Breakers 1.04
    Mika Vukona New Zealand Breakers 0.83
    Tai Wesley New Zealand Breakers 0.81
    Thomas Abercrombie New Zealand Breakers 0.71

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