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NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 13-5 
 2. Wellington S. 13-5 
 3. Southland S. 11-7 
 4. Waitakere SCR 9-9 
 5. Nelson G. 9-9 
 6. Taranaki MA 8-10 
 7. IMS Hawks 0-18 
Points Per Game
 Raymond COWELS III
  Nelson G.
  (193-F/G-90)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Cowels III, Nelson25.7 
 2. Devendorf, Waitake.25.3 
 3. Jones, Canterbury23.1 
 4. Jett, Southland S.22.8 
 5. Webster, Waitaker.22.5 
 6. Moore, Canterbury22.4 
 7. Craig, Wellington20.9 
 8. Porter, IMS Hawks18.3 
 9. Kay, Southland S.17.9 
 10. Tait, Waitaker.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Pledger, Southlan.11.4 
 2. Miller, Taranaki.10.6 
 3. Craig, Wellington9.8 
 4. Jones, Canterbury9.5 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.7 
 6. Porter, IMS Hawks8.0 
 7. Henry, Wellington7.8 
 8. Johnson, Taranaki.7.6 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.6 
 10. Johnson, IMS Haw.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Moore, Canterbury8.0 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.5.5 
 3. Tait, Waitaker.5.4 
 4. Jett, Southland S.5.3 
 5. Norton, Southlan.4.8 
 6. Kenny, Nelson G.4.4 
 7. O'Riley, Ta.3.6 
 8. Boucher, Waitaker.3.3 
 9. Bartlett, Southlan.3.3 
 10. Wesley, Wellingto.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Moore, Canterbury3.4 
 2. Jett, Southland S.2.5 
 3. Boucher, Waitaker.2.1 
 4. Webster, Waitaker.2.1 
 5. Wesley, Wellington1.9 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.9 
 7. Cowels III, Nelson1.8 
 8. Bailey-N., Taranak.1.5 
 9. Porter, IMS Hawks1.5 
 10. Jones, Canterbury1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MILLER
  Taranaki.
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller, Taranaki.1.9 
 2. Wesley, Wellington1.5 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.4 
 4. Roberts, Waitaker.1.3 
 5. Jones, Canterbury1.1 
 6. Jett, Southland S.1.0 
 7. Boucher, Waitaker.0.9 
 8. Henry, Wellington0.8 
 9. Strong, Nelson G.0.8 
 10. Watkins, Wellingt.0.7 

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Breakers and Wildcats kick off ANBL season - Sep 29, 2012


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MIKE LACEY
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Alex Pledger
It is fitting that the two best teams from last season kick start the 2012-2013 iiNet ANBL season. Just 164 days after the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers won their second iiNet Championship on a memorable night at Vector Arena, the Perth Wildcats are back in Auckland. Games between the Breakers and the Wildcats are always hard fought, intense affairs as we witnessed in the Finals series in April.
The opening game of the season always holds extra interest for the fans as they get to view new additions to the team for the first time, Will Hudson arrives at the Breakers from the recently disbanded Gold Coast Blaze. The 23 years old power forward was a standout at Oakland University before helping the Blaze to the semi-finals of the ANBL last season. He averaged 9.5ppg and 6.0 rebounds expect similar productivity from the American this season as he joins Alex Pledger (213-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey), Dillon Boucher and Mika Vukona in a powerful front court.

Corey Webster returns to the club after a twelve months break. He is a product of the Breakers development programme has played 41 games for the Breakers over three seasons, scoring 129 points at 3.1 points per game. Much will be expected of Webster this season as he provides valuable cover at the point and shooting guard spots.
Also look out for the captain of the 2012 Junior Tall Blacks, Reuben Te Rangi who was voted New Zealand National Basketball League Rookie of the Year after an eye catching season with the Harbour Heat. Not expected to play many minutes, the 17 year old, in his first season as a Development Player is viewed by the coaching staff as a player of the future.

Like the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers the Perth Wildcats have a very similar line up to last season. They have parted company with giant centre Luke Nevill and guard Drew Williamson but added Hawkes Bay favourite Everard Bartlett who debuted for the Tall Blacks in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament earlier in the year. Like team mates Jeremiah Trueman and Shawn Redhage, Bartlett had a spell with the Breakers a few seasons back.

The two teams played each other six times last season with two of the games going to overtime and three of the other encounters decided by six points or less. The Wildcats have had the more solid pre-season winning seven games on the trot and also won the recent National Basketball preseason tournament, at which the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers finished fourth. Not sure any of this will count for much when the two teams cross the white line onto the court but television and live fans can expect another intense affair between the two top teams in Australasia.

  




Thomas
Abercrombie
Breakers pre-season losing streak continues against Cairns Taipans - 9 hours ago

The Breakers have suffered yet another loss in their turbulent pre-season, going down 79-68 against the Cairns Taipans in Brisbane. Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, college: Washington St.) looked to have overcome his injury troubles of the past few weeks, scoring a game-high 24 points, while new man Akil Mitchell (206-F-92, college: Virginia) added 11 points coming off the bench. The rest of the squad underwhelmed, with an inexperienced Breakers side struggling to gel as the new season qu...   [read more]

Tyson Demos
NZ Maori to take on Australian Indigenous Team in Gisbourne, Te Awamutu and Tauranga - 3 days ago

The National Maori basketball team will be taking on the Apunipima Australian Indigenous Basketball team in a three game trans-Tasman series, starting tomorrow in Gisborne. Game two will be in Te Awamutu and the third in Tauranga. Head of Maori Basketball, Willy Taurima, says the Australians are the favourites due to the team being the defending champions and featuring some players, which will be led by ANBL veteran Tyson Demos(191-G-88). 'It certainly won't be a whitewash. They have a fe...   [read more]

Jermaine
Beal
Brisbane Bullets shoot down undermanned Breakers in pre-season clash - 7 days ago

New Zealand Breakers - Brisbane Bullets 77:86 Brisbane Bullets overcame New Zealand Breakers in the pre-season clash. Jermaine Beal (191-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) and Matthew Kenyon (195-G-98) stepped up with 13 points each to pace the winners. The Bullets grabbed a 23:14 lead after the opening frame. They extended the margin at 10-point mark at the interval 44:34. Brisbane and New Zealand Breakers exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter. Brisbane sank 21 points in the fourth st...   [read more]


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