Break­ers beaten first-up

The Press - - Sport - Marc Hin­ton

The brave new era of Break­ers bas­ket­ball has started on a bum note, with Kiwi re­ject Mika Vukona ex­act­ing a sat­is­fy­ing dose of ret­ri­bu­tion in Auck­land last night.

The last laugh went to the vet­eran Tall Blacks for­ward who re­jected a down­graded role from the Break­ers for this sea­son to shift to the Bul­lets. That saw the 36-year-old re­united with former coach An­drej Le­ma­nis who no doubt promised his new ad­di­tion all the min­utes he could han­dle.

Vukona would have been rapt to walk off with an 86-73 up­set vic­tory in the Aus­tralian NBL sea­son opener, the hard-nosed big man chip­ping in with nine points (4/4 FG) and five re­bounds in 17 qual­ity min­utes off the bench, be­fore foul­ing out late.

The Bul­lets cer­tainly proved plenty as, be­hind a game-high 29 points (8/13 FG, 5/10 3PT) from the sharp­shoot­ing Cameron Glid­don, they roared back from a three-point half­time deficit to coast to a de­served vic­tory.

For the Break­ers un­der new own­er­ship, with a new head coach (rookie Kevin Braswell) and seven new play­ers on this year’s ros­ter, it was a dis­ap­point­ing open­ing.

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