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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%
Wildcats defeat Breakers in season opener - Oct 5, 2012


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Kevin Lisch
The Perth Wildcats showed they are primed to wrest the iiNet NBL Championship title back across the Tasman, overwhelming the New Zealand Breakers 93-72 at the North Shore Events Centre on Friday.

Continuing their fine pre-season form, the visitors looked in mid-season touch, rattling off 17 unanswered second- quarter points to open a 25-point lead, from which the Breakers could not recover.

Reigning MVP Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) and centre Matt Knight (9 rebounds) each had 20 points for Perth, while Breaker Cedric Jackson had five three-pointers in his 19 points.

"It was a great win and a great way to start the season, but its only the first game of the year," conceded Lisch.

The night started with the raising of last seasons championship banner at the Breakers spiritual home a ceremony tastefully short enough to avoid any emotional ill-feeling from the Wildcats.

The home team got the better start, and when CJ Bruton came off the bench for his first three-pointer of the season their lead was six points (16-10).

But two quick offensive fouls on both Alex Pledger and his replacement, Will Hudson, halted New Zealand's momentum and by quarter-time the Wildcats enjoyed a 27-20 advantage.

Early in the second period the Perth run had extended to 22-4 and their lead into double figures, as New Zealand could not find an answer offensively and continued to bleed points.

Seventeen unanswered points then took the advantage to 24 points at half-time, the Wildcats cruising at 54-34.

Possession was the key, Perth out-rebounded their rivals 8-3 under their own boards and also out-scored them 15-2 off turnovers.

Jackson caught fire from the arc in the third period, but Perth had all the answers in transition and still led 75-58 entering the home straight.

The Breakers got within 15 early in the final period but were never going to pull this one out of the bag.

"They played with much better desire and hunger than we did," said Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis.

"Right through that second quarter we looked like we were running in mud at times."

The Wildcats enjoyed a 25-5 advantage in points from turnovers even though each team finished with 20 turnovers.

Perth shot 53 per cent from the floor, 44 per cent (7/26) from the arc and had a big advantage (18-of-21) from the charity stripe.

"It was obviously an emotional night, with the unveiling of the banner, a full house and the grand-final replay," said Perth coach Rob Beveridge.

"It was good for us to be here tonight to see that."

"We did a tremendous job defending their bigs. Our game plan was all about playing physical basketball and not letting them get the ball where they wanted."

Perth Wildcats 93 (Lisch 20, Knight 20, Wagstaff 14)

New Zealand Breakers 72 (Jackson 19, Corletto 10)

Attendance: 4,000 (sellout) at North Shore Events Centre, Auckland   




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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