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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 3-0 
 2. SC Rangers 2-0 
 3. Southland S. 1-1 
 4. Taranaki MA 1-1 
 5. Canterbury 1-2 
 6. Nelson G. 0-2 
 7. Taylor Hawks 0-2 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jeremy KENDLE
  Canterbury
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Kendle, Canterbury26.7 
 2. McCarron, SC Ra.25.5 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.25.3 
 4. Tait, SC Rangers24.0 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.24.0 
 6. Jones, Canterbury23.7 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.22.5 
 8. Te-Rangi, Southlan.22.0 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.21.0 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 14
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA14.0 
 2. Egwu, SC Rangers9.5 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.0 
 4. Wesley, Wellington S.8.7 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers8.5 
 6. Jones, Canterbury8.3 
 7. Duinker, Wellingt.7.7 
 8. Ongwae, Taranaki.7.5 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.7.5 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ili, Wellington S.6.3 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.6.0 
 3. O'Riley, Ta.5.5 
 4. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.0 
 5. Norton, Southlan.5.0 
 6. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers4.5 
 8. Kendle, Canterbury4.3 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers4.0 
 10. Jones, Canterbury3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tylor ONGWAE
  Taranaki.
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ongwae, Taranaki.3.0 
 2. Bartlett, Taylor H.3.0 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.2.5 
 4. O'Riley, Ta.2.5 
 5. Burton, Taranaki.2.5 
 6. Jones, Canterbury2.0 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.1.7 
 8. Hunter, Southlan.1.5 
 9. Bailey-N., Taranaki.1.5 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA2.0 
 2. Neighbour, Cante.1.7 
 3. Washington, Nelson G.1.5 
 4. Jones, Canterbury1.3 
 5. Henry, Wellington S.1.3 
 6. Delany, Nelson G.1.0 
 7. Roberson, Taylor H.1.0 
 8. Pledger, Southlan.1.0 
 9. Brooks, Taranaki.1.0 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.1.0 
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Round 2 (Regular Season)

Taylor Hawks Mar.26 Taranaki MA 89%
Nelson G. Mar.25 Canterbury 85%
Breakers and Wildcats kick off ANBL season - Sep 29, 2012


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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.
  




Grant
Fiorentinos
Taylor Hawks add Fiorentinos to their roster - 11 days ago
Taylor Hawks (NBL) added to their roster 25-year old British-Greek power forward Grant Fiorentinos (208-102kg-92). He just graduated from SIU Edwardsville (NCAA). Fiorentinos has played there for the last four years. In 25 games he had 7.0ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Fiorentinos also played 1 game where he recorded 5 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block. He represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 g...   [read more]

Steven Adams
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 14 days ago
Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (36-29) in their last game. Despite Adams' very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (36-29) lost 89-104 on the road to the Dallas Mavericks.    [read more]

Tai Wesley
Wesley comes back to Saints - 16 days ago
Defending champion Wellington Saints (NBL) added to their roster 31-year old American (has also Fijian passport) forward Tai Wesley (201-104kg-86, college: Utah State). It is actually his comeback to Saints as he has played here before. Wesley He just played at United in Australian NBL league. In 28 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last summer Wesley played at Saints where in 16 NBL games he averaged 15.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 1.9spg (in top 5) and 1.5bpg. He hel...   [read more]


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