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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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Kirk Penney selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Nov 30, 2012


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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.


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), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help TED Kolejliler (3-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Penney's very good performance TED Kolejliler was defeated 93-89 at home by the lower-ranked Antalya (#14). He was the second best scorer with 24 points. Penney also added 3 assists. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Penney is currently first on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Penney averages: 18.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(18-31) and FT: 76.9%. He played for the New Zealand senior national team one years ago.

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). Abercrombie was the major contributor in a New Zealand Breakers' victory against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (2-7) crushing them 94-64 in the Australian NBL in Friday night's game. He scored 11 points and blocked 2 blocks. New Zealand Breakers (8-2) are placed first in the NBL. It's Abercrombie's fifth season with the team. Abercrombie has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 68.8%. He played for the New Zealand national team in 2011.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Pledger contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (2-7) crushing them 94-64. He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 20 minutes. Pledger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. Pledger is currently first on the league's list of best blockers with 2.0bpg. This year he also averages: 10.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 61.5% in the 10 games he played so far. Pledger is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #4. Guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Webster contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (2-7) crushing them 94-64. He scored 10 points. Webster's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 1.7rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.

Jeremiah Trueman
Jeremiah Trueman
   #5. International power forward Jeremiah Trueman (206-87, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kings (6-5) 75-56 in the Australian NBL in Friday night's game. Trueman scored 10 points in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Perth Wildcats (6-3) are placed third in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Trueman's overall stats are: 4.3ppg and 2.1rpg in the nine games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Brendon Polyblank
Brendon Polyblank
   #6. Swingman Brendon Polyblank (197-78, college: Texas St., currently plays in Switzerland) led Fribourg to an overtime victory against the fifth-ranked Lugano Tigers (4-4) 78-71 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Polyblank scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (7-1) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Polyblank's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team eight years ago.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #7. Former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Corey Webster (above) in the other team. Boucher managed to help New Zealand Breakers in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (2-7) crushing them 94-64. He scored only 3 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 14 minutes. Boucher has been at the team for five years. This season Boucher's total stats are: 1.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg in the 10 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team five years ago.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #8. Forward Robert Loe (211-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the St.Louis in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Loe's good performance the St.Louis was defeated 66-61 on the road by the The University of Washington. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Loe has averaged so far 1.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #9. International forward Mika Vukona (198-82, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Dillon Boucher (above) in the other team. Vukona contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (2-7) crushing them 94-64. He scored only 4 points in 19 minutes. Vukona has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 10 games. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #10. Swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Henry contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (2-7) crushing them 94-64. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Henry has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Everard Bartlett (198-86, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Trueman. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Bartlett contributed to a Perth Wildcats' victory against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles 68-63. He scored 5 points in 11 minutes. Bartlett has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 1.4rpg in the nine games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #12. U18 international forward Reuben Te Rangi (201-94, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Leon Henry (above) in the other team. Te Rangi helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers crushing them 94-64. He scored only 2 points. This season Te Rangi averages just 1.7ppg. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand U18 national team.

   #13. International guard Tai Jack Webster (186-95, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Reuben Te Rangi (above) in the other team. Webster helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers crushing them 94-64. He scored only 1 points in 3 minutes on the court. Webster has averaged so far 0.5ppg and 1.5apg in the two games. He is also New Zealand national team player.

   #14. International power forward Steven Adams (213-93, currently studies in the States) helped Pittsburgh win their game against the Howard University crushing them 70-46 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Adams recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Adams has averaged so far 0.5ppg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.


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 Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia could not help Un.Olimpija (4-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Un.Olimpija was edged 79-76 on the road by the higher-ranked (#8) Krka. Baynes had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. It's Baynes' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg and 4.8rpg in the 10 games he played so far. Baynes 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 closely-ranked Timba Timosoara (2-7) crushing them 84-55 in the Romanian Division A on Sunday night. Jones was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. BCM U Pitesti (5-5) is placed tenth in the Division A. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg in the 10 games. Jones is a naturalized American. He used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.
  




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