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NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 13-5 
 2. Wellington S. 11-5 
 3. Southland S. 10-7 
 4. Waitakere SCR 9-8 
 5. Nelson G. 9-8 
 6. Taranaki MA 7-10 
 7. IMS Hawks 0-16 
Points Per Game
 Eric DEVENDORF
  Waitaker.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Devendorf, Waitake.26.5 
 2. Cowels III, Nelson25.8 
 3. Jones, Canterbury23.3 
 4. Jett, Southland S.22.8 
 5. Craig, Wellington22.3 
 6. Moore, Canterbury21.2 
 7. Webster, Waitaker.20.1 
 8. Tait, Waitaker.18.3 
 9. Porter, IMS Hawks18.3 
 10. Kay, Southland S.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Pledger, Southlan.11.6 
 2. Miller, Taranaki.10.6 
 3. Craig, Wellington10.4 
 4. Jones, Canterbury9.6 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.6 
 6. Porter, IMS Hawks8.0 
 7. Roberts, Waitaker.7.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington7.6 
 9. Johnson, Taranaki.7.6 
 10. Bailey-N., Tarana.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Moore, Canterbury8.0 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.5.7 
 3. Jett, Southland S.5.3 
 4. Tait, Waitaker.5.1 
 5. Kenny, Nelson G.4.4 
 6. Norton, Southlan.4.3 
 7. O'Riley, Ta.3.7 
 8. Boucher, Waitaker.3.6 
 9. Bartlett, Southlan.3.3 
 10. Whippy, Canterbury2.9 
Steals Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Moore, Canterbury3.6 
 2. Jett, Southland S.2.5 
 3. Boucher, Waitaker.2.3 
 4. Webster, Waitaker.2.0 
 5. Cowels III, Nelson1.9 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.9 
 7. Wesley, Wellington1.8 
 8. Porter, IMS Hawks1.5 
 9. Bailey-N., Taranak.1.5 
 10. Tait, Waitaker.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MILLER
  Taranaki.
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller, Taranaki.1.9 
 2. Wesley, Wellington1.8 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.5 
 4. Roberts, Waitaker.1.3 
 5. Jackson, Delaware.1.0 
 6. Jett, Southland S.1.0 
 7. Jones, Canterbury0.9 
 8. Strong, Nelson G.0.8 
 9. Henry, Wellington0.8 
 10. Craig, Wellington0.8 

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Round 12 (Regular Season)

Wellington S 86% May.29 IMS Hawks
Nelson G. 63% May.28 Wellington S
Taranaki MA 91% May.28 IMS Hawks
Southland S 71% May.27 Waitakere S
Canterbury 73% May.26 Waitakere S
Kirk Penney selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Nov 2, 2012


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Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad.


Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Turkey). Penney was the major contributor in a TED Kolejliler's victory against one of league's weakest teams Gaziantep (0-3) 91-73 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. He scored 23 points. TED Kolejliler Ankara (2-1) is placed sixth in the TBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Penney is currently second on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Penney averages: 18.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 77.8%(14-18), 3FGP: 43.8%. He played for the New Zealand senior national team one years ago.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia). He led New Zealand Breakers to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Kings (3-3) 79-76 in the Australian NBL in Friday night's game. Pledger recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. New Zealand Breakers (4-1) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Pledger's fourth year with the team. Pledger is currently first on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.4bpg and FT: 57.1%. Pledger is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Abercrombie led New Zealand Breakers to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (0-4) 75-64. He was MVP of the game. Abercrombie recorded 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. New Zealand Breakers (4-1) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Abercrombie is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 35.1%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 83.3% in the five games he played so far. Abercrombie played for the New Zealand national team one years ago.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #4. Forward Mika Vukona (198-82, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Vukona contributed to a 3-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Kings (3-3) 79-76. He scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Vukona belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. His overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg. Vukona has a dual citizenship: Fijian and New Zealand. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Brendon Polyblank
Brendon Polyblank
   #5. Former international swingman Brendon Polyblank (197-78, college: Texas St., currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Starwings (0-4) crushing them 85-62 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Polyblank recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (4-0) is placed first in the LNA. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Polyblank has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 5.0rpg in the four games. He is another player who holds two passports: British and New Zealand. Polyblank used to play for the New Zealand national team eight years ago.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #6. Forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Thomas Abercrombie (above) in the other team. Boucher managed to help New Zealand Breakers in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (0-4) 75-64. He recorded only 4 points in 14 minutes. Boucher has been at the team for five years. Boucher is currently fifth on the list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. This year his other stats are: 2.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg in the five games. Boucher is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team five years ago.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #7. International guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Dillon Boucher (above) in the other team. Webster contributed to a New Zealand Breakers' victory against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (0-4) 75-64. He recorded 7 points. It's Webster's first season with the team. Webster's overall stats this year are: 3.8ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #8. Swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Henry helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Kings (3-3) 79-76. He scored only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. This year Henry averages just 1.5ppg in the four games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.


The list of other players, who all have New Zealand passport but never been selected to any of New Zealand national teams:

   #1. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Slovenia could not help Union Olimpija (1-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Union Olimpija lost 65-75 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Khimky in the group A of Euroleague. Baynes had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was Union Olimpija's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Baynes' first season with the team. Baynes is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Baynes averages: 18.3ppg and 10.0rpg in the four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Romania) led Pitesti to a victory over the league outsider Miercurea Ciuc (0-6) crushing them 88-67 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. Jones was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. Jones also added 4 assists and 5 steals in 26 minutes. BCM U Pitesti (3-3) is placed 11th in the Division A. Jones has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Jones used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.

   #3. Karl Noyer (193-G-88, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-6) crushing them 86-54 in the British BBL last Friday. He scored 6 points. Worcester Wolves (5-4) is placed fourth in the BBL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Noyer's first season with the team. Noyer's overall stats this year are: 3.7ppg and 1.2rpg.
  




Ben Strong
Strong's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - May 23, 2016

29-year old center Ben Strong (211-C-86, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nelson G. and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. He had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat IMS Hawks (#7, 0-16), the league's bottom-ranked team 90-77. Nelson G. maintains the 5th position in New Zealand league. Nelson G. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the s...   [read more]

McKenzie
Moore
NBL Round 11: Rams keep a leadership position - May 22, 2016

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL. The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Rams as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Rams defeated second-ranked Saints in Christchurch 90-85. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Rams forced 19 Saints turnovers. Strangely Saints outrebounded Rams 48-28 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP) orchestrated the victory...   [read more]

Alex Pledger
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 10 - May 16, 2016

Former international Center Alex Pledger (215-C-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Southland S. and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 28-year old center had a double-double of 17 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Nelson G. (#5, 8-8) 91-85. Southland S. maintains the 4th position in New Zealand NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Southland S. will ne...   [read more]


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