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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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Wildcats defeat Breakers in season opener - Oct 5, 2012


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HUGH MCAULIFFE
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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
  




Nico
Buckrell
Hutt Valley claim their 2nd NBC title in 3 years - 18 days ago

Hutt Valley were named National Mens Basketball Champions following a hard-fought 92-87 win over the Canterbury Knights in Saturday night's final at Te Rauparaha Arena. With Canterbury down four with forty seconds remaining in the Grand Final, Marty Davison hit what initially looked to be a fallaway three pointer and the foul, sending the mainly Hutt-cheering crowd into shock, though after a few moments it was made clear that the whistle was infact for Davison stepping out of bounds. That...   [read more]

David
Stockton
Breakers add Stockton to their roster, ex Cedevita - 26 days ago

New Zealand Breakers (NBL) added to their roster 25-year old American point guard David Stockton (180-75kg-91, college: Gonzaga). He already started the season at Cedevita in Croatia A1 league. Stockton managed to play in three leagues this year. In 5 A1 games he recorded 13.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.2apg and 3.0spg. Stockton also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.5ppg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 6 games in ABA League where he had 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg. The las...   [read more]

James Hunter
James Hunter (ex Ballarat M.) joins Sharks - 27 days ago

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