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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 14-0 
 2. Southland S. 9-5 
 3. SC Rangers 8-5 
 4. Canterbury 7-7 
 5. Nelson G. 4-10 
 6. Taylor Hawks 3-10 
 7. Taranaki MA 3-11 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.5 
 2. Jones, Canterbury24.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.2 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.4 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.2 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.7 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers17.9 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.17.1 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pledger, Southlan.9.9 
 2. Jones, Canterbury9.4 
 3. Gomis, Taranaki MA9.3 
 4. Williams, Taylor H.8.8 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.6 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers8.2 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 8. Duinker, Wellingt.7.9 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 10. McCarron, SC Ra.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.7 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.7.4 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury5.8 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers5.4 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.2 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.1 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.4.8 
 10. ORiley, Taranaki.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ili, Wellington S.2.5 
 2. Boucher, SC Rangers2.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.2.0 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.1.8 
 5. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.7 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.5 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers1.5 
 9. Ross, SC Rangers1.4 
 10. Kendle, Canterbury1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.6 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 6. Grim, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 8. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 9. Kay, Southland S.0.7 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 

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Round 11 (Regular Season)

SC Rangers May.28 Wellington S 75%
Taranaki MA 57% May.27 Taylor Hawks
Canterbury 64% May.27 Southland S
Nelson G. May.26 Wellington S 90%
Giants sign Brook Ruscoe - Dec 11, 2012


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Brook Ruscoe
Guard Brook Ruscoe (189-G-90) has signed with Nelson for the 2013 NBL season and is looking forward to revisiting some old haunts, including the Jack Robins Stadium in Stoke.

"I used to come down for Nenad's [Vucinic] summer camps from the time I was 11 or 12 and quite a few of the guys who were intermediate kids then made it through to the Giants," the 22-year-old said.

Ruscoe is a Wellington lad. He's won a swag of age group national titles, a couple of national schoolboys championships, including claiming the MVP award both times, and he's a current NBL champion, being part of the Auckland Pirates side that monstered their opposition in 2012.

He's also played briefly at a college in Missouri and was a key figure when the Junior Tall Blacks played host to the world at the 2009 under-19 FIBA championships.

It's a healthy resume, yet Ruscoe was looking for something new, a change of style and tempo when he committed to Nelson.

Two NBL seasons ago, he made the decision to move to Auckland. He'd been in Wellington most of his life and the Saints squad there was settled and something of a closed shop.

The Pirates of 2011 became a woebegone bunch, though. Ruscoe averaged five points a game as a rookie as Auckland won just five of 16 games, finishing one spot off the foot of the league ladder.

A change of coach and a franchise revamp saw the Pirates stride to a championship this year, with Ruscoe up to eight points a night in a squad oozing Tall Blacks and Breakers veterans.

Ruscoe has tested his talents further afield, too. A stint at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri was cut short by injury and an operation, while he also attended a free agent camp with the 36ers franchise in Adelaide that, perhaps, should have yielded more.

Ruscoe rated his performance in front of Adelaide's management as the best he had ever played ("everything went my way, everything"), yet the phone never rang once and he returned to New Zealand.

"They went with local guys for their development spots but I thought I had done as much as I could."

He is not a part of the formal Breakers roster this season, either, but is in a wider group that benefits from coaching by Dean Vickerman and Judd Flavell and the occasional chance to train with members of the ANBL squad.
  




Shea Ili
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 10 - 3 days ago
International Guard Shea Ili (184-G-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Wellington S. and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 24-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Wellington S. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Southland S. (#2, 9-5) 109-94. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Wellington S. to consolidate first pl...   [read more]

Nnanna Egwu
NBL Round 10: Rangers beat Sharks in the most crucial game of the week - 4 days ago
An exciting game was played in Auckland. Third ranked Rangers faced their biggest opponent Sharks. Host Rangers (8-5) smashed guests from Southland (9-5) 112-82. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 112-82. Rangers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Sharks' 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Nigerian-Americ...   [read more]

Thomas
Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87). He could not help Demir IBB (9-21) in their last game. Despite Abercrombie's good performance Demir IBB lost 79-86 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Galatasaray.    [read more]


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Kay number one in New Zealand for round 9 - 10 days ago  
NBL Round 9: Rams lose to Sharks in the game between Top 4 teams - 11 days ago  
Mitchell Newton's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 13 days ago  
Final Four series to be hosted by Tauranga - 15 days ago  
Webster's 37-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 17 days ago  
NBL Round 8: Sharks defeat Rams in the game between Top 4 teams - 18 days ago  
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 7 - 25 days ago  
NBL Round 7: Hawks beat higher ranked Rangers - 26 days ago  
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 27 days ago  
Curtis Washington agreed terms with Mountain Airs - 27 days ago  
Canterbury welcomes back Moore, ex Promitheas - 28 days ago  
Henry number one in New Zealand for round 6 - 1 month ago  
NBL Round 6: Rangers lose to Saints in the game between Top 4 teams - 1 month ago  
Isaac Fotu selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 1 month ago  
Webster's 29 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - 1 month ago  
NBL Round 5: First victory of Giants - 1 month ago  
Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 1 month ago  
Giants add Grim to their roster, ex Uni Baskets - 1 month ago  
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 4 - 1 month ago  
NBL Round 4: Rangers are upset by Sharks - 1 month ago  
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