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NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 12-5 
 2. Wellington S. 11-5 
 3. Southland S. 10-7 
 4. Waitakere SCR 9-7 
 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
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.
  




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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