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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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Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Dec 7, 2012


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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad.


Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia). He 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 last Friday. Abercrombie 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. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 68.8%. Abercrombie 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) 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 ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league with 2.0bpg. This year his other stats are: 10.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 61.5% in the 10 games he played so far. Pledger is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was 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 (3-5) in their last game. Despite Penney's good performance TED Kolejliler was edged 70-68 on the road by the higher-ranked (#6) Aliaga. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in 28 minutes. It was TED Kolejliler's third consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Penney's first year with the team. Penney is currently third on the list of top scorers with 17.9ppg. This year he also averages: 3.1rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 48.8%(21-43) and FT: 78.6% in the seven games. Penney played for the New Zealand national team one years ago.

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 (207-87, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kings (7-5) 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 (7-3) are placed third in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Trueman's overall stats are: 4.2ppg and 2.0rpg in the 10 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) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Monthey (6-3) 81-64 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday. Polyblank scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (8-1) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Polyblank's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. 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.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #8. 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. Vukona has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #9. International 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 in 13 minutes. Henry has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.6rpg in the nine games. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #10. 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 closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks (7-3) 80-68. He recorded 6 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Perth Wildcats (7-3) are placed third in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Bartlett's first season with the team. Bartlett has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 1.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. 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 in 4 minutes on the court. This year Te Rangi averages just 1.7ppg in the three games. He plays currently for the New Zealand U18 national team.

   #12. 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. Webster has averaged so far 0.5ppg and 1.5apg. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

   #13. International forward Robert Loe (211-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped St.Louis win their game against the University of North Texas 67-63 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Loe scored only 1 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. He has averaged so far 0.5ppg and 1.5apg in the two games. Loe is also New Zealand national team player.

   #14. International forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Hawaii in their game against the University of Nevada - Las Vegas in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Fotu scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 77-63. He has averaged so far 0.5ppg and 1.5apg. Fotu plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #15. International power forward Steven Adams (213-93, is currently at the American university) helped Pittsburgh win their game against the University of Duquesne crushing them 66-45 in a derby game in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 8 points, had 14 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Adams has averaged so far 0.5ppg and 1.5apg in the two games. 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. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in Adriatic League) was the major contributor in Un.Olimpija's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (4-7) 87-82 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 16 rebounds. Baynes also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 36 minutes. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (5-6) is placed ninth in the Adriatic League. Baynes is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 0.6bpg. He also averaged so far 12.0ppg and 5.8rpg in the 11 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 EuroChallenge) led his Romanian team Pitesti to a victory against the second-ranked Okapi Aalstar (3-2) 89-77 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. BCM U Pitesti (1-4) is placed fourth in group E. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Jones has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Jones used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.
  




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