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New Zealand Basketball (Men)


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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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
Tall Blacks finish third in Atlas Challenge after beating hosts China - 4 days ago

The Tall Blacks have finished third at the Atlas Challenge in China, after a fiercely fought and often controversial playoff match against the host nation on Sunday night, winning 90-84. Rebounding after what was by their own admission a disappointing semifinal performance, the Tall Blacks responded to the urging of their coach to "overcome adversity" and ground out a win, despite losing three players to five fouls and ending the game with a further three on the brink of fouling out. Thom...   [read more]

Edgaras
Zelionis
Tall Blacks run ends in semifinals - 5 days ago

The Tall Blacks run at the Atlas Challenge in China has come to an end in the semifinals, beaten 80-65 by a fired up Lithuania team, leaving the New Zealanders to play in the third place playoff on the final day against either China or Iran. After marching through group play unbeaten and showing great hustle on defence and sharing the load offensively, tonight was a flat performance in which the Tall Blacks were always behind. The New Zealanders lost the rebound count (31-35) and shot poo...   [read more]

Michael
Karena
Tall Blacks crush China - 7 days ago

The Tall Blacks have made it three from three on their overseas tour, crushing hosts China 98-74 overnight. The visitors were in command the whole encounter in a promising all-around display, booking a semifinal spot at the Atlas International Basketball Challenge. Following victories over Belarus and Japan, the romp against the more favoured China was the most commanding of the lot, and will continue to boost the confidence within the camp. Aside from an early 7-5 lead, China barely thre...   [read more]


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