Breakers beaten first-up
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.