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Australia - Powell scoops Breakers awards

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American power forward Carlos Powell has been named the NZ Breakers MVP for the 2006/2007 Philips Championship season.

The 23-year-old was in scintillating form in his debut season in the ANBL, averaging a league-high 28.2 points per game whilst hauling in 8.2 rebounds per match - the best at the Breakers this season.

Powell's scoring percentage, 54.3%, was the 10th best in the league, his incredible 50-point haul against the Melbourne Tigers was the best individual points haul and he also claimed the Slam Dunk crown at the NBL All-Star weekend.

Powell, who headed to South Carolina last week to catch up with family before taking up a contract in the Ukraine until the end of the European season, also snared two NBL Player of the Month Awards and looks to be in a battle with Brisbane's Sam Mackinnon and Cairns Taipan Martin Cattalini for the NBL's overall MVP title.

The Breakers' season ticket holders also voted Powell their MVP while hard working guard Brent Charleton earned the Players' Player of the Year award despite limited court time.

Captain Paul Henare was a popular recipient of the Club Man of the Year award for his inspiring leadership and dedication on and off the court. Henare averaged 8.78 points per game (his best return in four years playing in the NBL) and 3.3 rebounds per match. He topped the Assists chart for the Breakers, averaging 4.7 assists per game, and was second only to Powell in steals, snaring 1.4 steals per game.