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New Zealand Basketball (Men)


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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Alex Pledger's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad - Nov 9, 2012


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


Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia). Pledger was the major contributor in a 3-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Kings (4-4) 79-76 in the Australian NBL last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Pledger also added 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (5-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Pledger's fourth year with the team. He belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #7) and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This season Pledger averages: 9.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0bpg, 2FGP: 45.1% and FT: 61.1%. He is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #2. Second place goes to 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 against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (0-8) 81-72. He scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes. New Zealand Breakers (5-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth 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. Abercrombie has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 68.8% in the six games he played so far. He played for the New Zealand national team in 2011.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international 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 (4-4) 79-76. He scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Vukona is currently second on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). His overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 43.9% and FT: 47.8%. Vukona has a dual citizenship: Fijian and New Zealand. He is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Brendon Polyblank
Brendon Polyblank
   #4. Swingman Brendon Polyblank (197-78, college: Texas St., currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to a 2-point Fribourg's victory against the closely-ranked Geneve Lions (3-2) 83-81 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Polyblank scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (4-1) is placed second in the LNA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Polyblank has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6spg. He is another player who holds two passports: British and New Zealand. Polyblank used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2004.

Jeremiah Trueman
Jeremiah Trueman
   #5. International power forward Jeremiah Trueman (206-87, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia), who plays in the Australian NBL could not help Perth Wildcats (3-1) to beat Wollongong Hawks (5-1). He scored 8 points in only 13 minutes. Perth Wildcats were crushed 100-67 on the road by the second-ranked Wollongong Hawks. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Trueman's overall stats are: 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg in the four games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

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 to win against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (0-8) 81-72. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Boucher has been at the team for five years. Boucher's total stats this season are: 2.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team five years ago.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #7. International 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 contributed to a 3-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Kings (4-4) 79-76. He scored only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. This year Henry's total stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.2rpg in the five games. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #8. Guard Everard Bartlett (198-86, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Trueman and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Bartlett was not able to help Perth Wildcats (3-1) in their game against Wollongong Hawks (5-1). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Bartlett scored only 2 points. Perth Wildcats were crushed 100-67 in Gwynneville by the second-ranked Wollongong Hawks. This season Bartlett averages just 6.3ppg. 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 (1-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-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 fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Baynes' first season with the team. Baynes is currently seventh 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: 16.8ppg and 10.0rpg in the five 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), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to help Pitesti (3-5) in their last game. Despite Jones' very good performance Pitesti lost 86-97 at home to the lower-ranked (#11) Ploiesti. He was the second best scorer with 23 points. Jones also added 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. Jones is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg and 2.1spg in the eight games. Jones is a naturalized American. He used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.
  




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