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NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 4-1 
 2. Southland S. 4-2 
 3. Nelson G. 4-2 
 4. Taylor Hawks 4-2 
 5. Wellington S. 3-1 
 6. Taranaki MA 2-3 
 7. Manawatu J. 1-5 
 8. SC Rangers 0-6 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Ili, Wellington S.27.3 
 2. Iverson, Manawatu.24.0 
 3. Shepard, Canterbury23.6 
 4. Knight, Manawatu.23.0 
 5. Jones, SC Rangers23.0 
 6. Douglas, Taranaki.22.8 
 7. Thames, Canterbury22.0 
 8. Peak, Wellington S.21.0 
 9. Wilson, SC Rangers20.8 
 10. Heuir, Nelson G.20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Shepard, Canterbury11.6 
 2. Douglas, Taranaki.10.6 
 3. Majok, Wellington S.9.5 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.9.0 
 5. Jones, SC Rangers8.7 
 6. Smith, Taranaki MA8.2 
 7. Coleman, Southlan.8.2 
 8. Dempster, Nelson G.8.0 
 9. Pledger, Southlan.7.8 
 10. Washburn, Cante.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  SC Rangers
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Tait, SC Rangers8.0 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.8.0 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.6.8 
 4. Shepard, Canterbury6.4 
 5. ORiley, Taranaki.6.0 
 6. Knight, Manawatu.6.0 
 7. Weeks, Southlan.4.7 
 8. Thames, Canterbury4.6 
 9. Kenny, Taylor H.3.8 
 10. Morgan, Southlan.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shepard, Canterbury3.0 
 2. Thames, Canterbury2.8 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.2.3 
 4. Tait, SC Rangers2.2 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.2.2 
 6. Woods, Taranaki MA2.0 
 7. Ili, Wellington S.1.8 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.1.8 
 9. Weeks, Southlan.1.5 
 10. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Xavier SMITH
  Taranaki MA
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Smith, Taranaki MA1.6 
 2. Darling, Canterbury1.4 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.3 
 4. Jones, SC Rangers1.0 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.1.0 
 6. Henry, Wellington S.1.0 
 7. McRae, Manawatu J.0.8 
 8. Scott, SC Rangers0.8 
 9. Morgan, Southlan.0.8 
 10. Smith-Milner, Nelson G.0.8 

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Round 5 (Regular Season)

SC Rangers May.27 Nelson G. 92%
Wellington S 64% May.27 Taylor Hawks
Canterbury 80% May.26 Taranaki MA
Nelson G. 62% May.25 Taranaki MA
Wellington S 90% May.25 Manawatu J.
Southland S 96% May.24 SC Rangers
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   




Kuran
Iverson
Iverson's 38-point game gives him Interperformances Player of the Week award - 19 hours ago
KURAN IVERSON 22-year old forward Kuran Iverson (206-F-95) had a great game in the last round for Manawatu J. and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 4. He had the game-high 38 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Manawatu J. as his team was edged out by Nelson G. (#3, 4-2) 87-85. Manawatu J. maintains the 7th position in New Zealand league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded jus...   [read more]

Alex Pledger
NBL Round 4 of Regular Season - 1 day ago
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games. Here is the last round review presented by ESL. Second defeat of league's leader Hawks (4-2) against fourth ranked Sharks (4-2) 104-74 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Sharks made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Hawks turno...   [read more]

Tai Jack
Webster
Tai Jack Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 3 days ago
We bring you last week's top performances from New Zealanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international guard Tai Jack Webster (193-95). He led Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a surprising victory over the league leader Bayern Muenchen in the German BBL in Saturday night's game.    [read more]


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