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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 10-0 
 2. Southland S. 6-3 
 3. Canterbury 5-5 
 4. SC Rangers 4-4 
 5. Taranaki MA 3-7 
 6. Nelson G. 3-8 
 7. Taylor Hawks 2-6 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Jones, Canterbury25.9 
 2. McCarron, SC Ra.24.4 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.24.1 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.6 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.19.5 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers17.4 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.17.1 
 9. Te-Rangi, Southlan.16.6 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.6 
 2. Jones, Canterbury10.0 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.7 
 4. Egwu, SC Rangers8.4 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.8.3 
 6. Kay, Southland S.8.2 
 7. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.7.5 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers7.3 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.8 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.8.2 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.6 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.3 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.1 
 7. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 9. Webster, Wellingt.4.6 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.2.3 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.1 
 3. Boucher, SC Rangers2.0 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 6. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 7. Kendle, Canterbury1.5 
 8. Dempster, Nelson G.1.4 
 9. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.7 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.4 
 4. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Kay, Southland S.0.8 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers0.8 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
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Round 8 (Regular Season)

Taranaki MA May.7 Canterbury 64%
Taylor Hawks 56% May.6 Nelson G.
Wellington S 88% May.5 SC Rangers
Southland S 66% May.5 Canterbury
Taranaki MA May.4 SC Rangers 51%
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   




Jarrod Kenny
NBL Round 7: Hawks beat higher ranked Rangers - 2 hours ago
The game with biggest difference of round 7 in NBL was guest Hawks' (#7) road victory over 4th placed Rangers (4-4) 101-95 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the...   [read more]

Steven Adams
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 15 hours 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 (47-35) in their last game. Despite Adams' very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) lost 109-113 on the road to the Houston Rockets.    [read more]

Curtis
Washington
Curtis Washington agreed terms with Mountain Airs - 1 day ago
Taranaki Mountainairs (NBL) inked 26-year old American forward Curtis Washington (208-109kg-91, college: Georgia State) from Mike Pero Nelson Giants. In 10 NBL games in New Zealand he recorded 9.3ppg and 4.2rpg this season. This season Washington played at Al Fateh (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league. He won UBA championship title in 2015. Washington is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different contine...   [read more]


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