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NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 12-5 
 2. Wellington S. 11-5 
 3. Southland S. 10-7 
 4. Waitakere SCR 9-7 
 5. Nelson G. 9-8 
 6. Taranaki MA 7-10 
 7. IMS Hawks 0-16 
Points Per Game
 Eric DEVENDORF
  Waitaker.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Devendorf, Waitake.26.5 
 2. Cowels III, Nelson25.8 
 3. Jones, Canterbury23.3 
 4. Jett, Southland S.22.8 
 5. Craig, Wellington22.3 
 6. Moore, Canterbury21.2 
 7. Webster, Waitaker.20.1 
 8. Tait, Waitaker.18.3 
 9. Porter, IMS Hawks18.3 
 10. Kay, Southland S.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Pledger, Southlan.11.6 
 2. Miller, Taranaki.10.6 
 3. Craig, Wellington10.4 
 4. Jones, Canterbury9.6 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.6 
 6. Porter, IMS Hawks8.0 
 7. Roberts, Waitaker.7.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington7.6 
 9. Johnson, Taranaki.7.6 
 10. Bailey-N., Tarana.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Moore, Canterbury8.0 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.5.7 
 3. Jett, Southland S.5.3 
 4. Tait, Waitaker.5.1 
 5. Kenny, Nelson G.4.4 
 6. Norton, Southlan.4.3 
 7. O'Riley, Ta.3.7 
 8. Boucher, Waitaker.3.6 
 9. Bartlett, Southlan.3.3 
 10. Whippy, Canterbury2.9 
Steals Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Moore, Canterbury3.6 
 2. Jett, Southland S.2.5 
 3. Boucher, Waitaker.2.3 
 4. Webster, Waitaker.2.0 
 5. Cowels III, Nelson1.9 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.9 
 7. Wesley, Wellington1.8 
 8. Porter, IMS Hawks1.5 
 9. Bailey-N., Taranak.1.5 
 10. Tait, Waitaker.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MILLER
  Taranaki.
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller, Taranaki.1.9 
 2. Wesley, Wellington1.8 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.5 
 4. Roberts, Waitaker.1.3 
 5. Jackson, Delaware.1.0 
 6. Jett, Southland S.1.0 
 7. Jones, Canterbury0.9 
 8. Strong, Nelson G.0.8 
 9. Henry, Wellington0.8 
 10. Craig, Wellington0.8 

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Round 12 (Regular Season)

Wellington S 86% May.29 IMS Hawks
Nelson G. 63% May.28 Wellington S
Taranaki MA 91% May.28 IMS Hawks
Southland S 71% May.27 Waitakere S
Canterbury 73% May.26 Waitakere S
CJ Bruton leads NZ Breakers to NBL title - Apr 24, 2012


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Breakers - Wildcats 79-73
CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) now has five NBL titles, but winning one against his first team, one his father helped build, means a lot to him. The New Zealand Breakers guard was named the most valuable player of the NBL finals series after scoring two vital three-pointers in the final two minutes of the deciding match against the Perth Wildcats. They gave the Breakers enough of a cushion to help them win an exciting final match 79-73, securing back-to-back NBL titles for the Auckland franchise. Bruton has won two titles with the Sydney Kings, one with the Brisbane Bullets and now two with the Breakers. But he has fond memories of the Wildcats, a team his father Calvin helped build and one which he began his professional basketball career with. 'I look at Perth in '87 with my father playing, and to watch that team grow and their fan base grow has been special,' he said. 'To come play at Vector Arena in front of 9000 people in a grand final against the team my father coached to their first championship ... I can't think of anything more special than that.' After the Breakers won the first final in overtime and the Wildcats took the second by one point, it would have been tough for the deciding game to match those but the two teams again produced a compelling and tight contest. The Breakers led by one point after the first quarter but went into halftime two points down after a stellar second quarter by Perth forward Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Mary). Defence dominated in the third quarter, the Breakers doing just enough to take a four-point lead going into the final quarter. Perth overcame a six-point gap to level the scores at 62 apiece before six points by Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) gave the home team a four-point lead. Bruton, ever the big-match player, then scored two vital three-pointers, and a vital block by Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) on a Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, college: Arizona St.) lay-up ensured the Breakers would take the title. Doubts were expressed about Bruton's future after an injury to the 36-year-old's knee but he said it was 'a blessing in disguise'. 'I think the coach and the team gave me time to go away from the team and work on my body and they won five in a row,' he said. 'For me it's about pushing. I was still hungry, I still am, and I will continue to be that way while I continue to play.' Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge said Bruton 'was the difference'. 'The guy's going to be a hall of famer. The coaching staff has done a great job getting him through the season and he's a big game player,' Beveridge said. Beveridge said he was proud of his team's performance but was frustrated they let the Breakers score too many points from the three-point arc. 'We started the game giving up four threes... and down at the end CJ managed to put another dagger in. That's frustrating as a coach, going away from the game plan.' *Courtesy of www.smh.com.au
  




Ben Strong
Strong's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - May 23, 2016

29-year old center Ben Strong (211-C-86, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nelson G. and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. He had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat IMS Hawks (#7, 0-16), the league's bottom-ranked team 90-77. Nelson G. maintains the 5th position in New Zealand league. Nelson G. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the s...   [read more]

McKenzie
Moore
NBL Round 11: Rams keep a leadership position - May 22, 2016

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL. The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Rams as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Rams defeated second-ranked Saints in Christchurch 90-85. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Rams forced 19 Saints turnovers. Strangely Saints outrebounded Rams 48-28 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP) orchestrated the victory...   [read more]

Alex Pledger
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 10 - May 16, 2016

Former international Center Alex Pledger (215-C-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Southland S. and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 28-year old center had a double-double of 17 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Nelson G. (#5, 8-8) 91-85. Southland S. maintains the 4th position in New Zealand NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Southland S. will ne...   [read more]


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