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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
  Nelson G.
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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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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.

Breakers pre-season losing streak continues against Cairns Taipans - 29 days ago

The Breakers have suffered yet another loss in their turbulent pre-season, going down 79-68 against the Cairns Taipans in Brisbane. Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, college: Washington St.) looked to have overcome his injury troubles of the past few weeks, scoring a game-high 24 points, while new man Akil Mitchell (206-F-92, college: Virginia) added 11 points coming off the bench. The rest of the squad underwhelmed, with an inexperienced Breakers side struggling to gel as the new season qu...   [read more]

Tyson Demos
NZ Maori to take on Australian Indigenous Team in Gisbourne, Te Awamutu and Tauranga - 1 month ago

The National Maori basketball team will be taking on the Apunipima Australian Indigenous Basketball team in a three game trans-Tasman series, starting tomorrow in Gisborne. Game two will be in Te Awamutu and the third in Tauranga. Head of Maori Basketball, Willy Taurima, says the Australians are the favourites due to the team being the defending champions and featuring some players, which will be led by ANBL veteran Tyson Demos(191-G-88). 'It certainly won't be a whitewash. They have a fe...   [read more]

Brisbane Bullets shoot down undermanned Breakers in pre-season clash - 1 month ago

New Zealand Breakers - Brisbane Bullets 77:86 Brisbane Bullets overcame New Zealand Breakers in the pre-season clash. Jermaine Beal (191-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) and Matthew Kenyon (195-G-98) stepped up with 13 points each to pace the winners. The Bullets grabbed a 23:14 lead after the opening frame. They extended the margin at 10-point mark at the interval 44:34. Brisbane and New Zealand Breakers exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter. Brisbane sank 21 points in the fourth st...   [read more]

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