The National Basketball League has revealed the ten bench players who will participate in the 2012 NBL All-Star Game to be played in Adelaide on 22 December, with former number six NBA Draft pick Jonny Flynn of the Melbourne Tigers and Australian Boomers star Adam Gibson of the hometown Adelaide 36ers included amongst the selections.
The ten starters for the event were revealed last week and were chosen by a fan vote, whilst the 10 bench players were selected by the League office.
The North All-Stars bench will consist of Gary Ervin (Townsville Crocodiles), Corin Henry (Sydney Kings), Lance Hurdle (Wollongong Hawks), Clint Steindl (Cairns Taipans) and Ian Crosswhite (Sydney Kings).
The Souths bench will be made up of Jonny Flynn (Melbourne Tigers), Adam Gibson (Adelaide 36ers), Chris Goulding (Melbourne Tigers), Anthony Petrie (Adelaide 36ers) and Shawn Redhage (Perth Wildcats).
The selection is a just reward for Townsvilles Gary Ervin, who actually garnered more fan votes than two of the players who will start for the North but missed out on selection as he was the third guard to feature in the popular vote.
London Olympian Adam Gibson will join South fellow reserve Anthony Petrie and starter Daniel Johnson as the three Adelaide 36ers representatives who will take the floor at Adelaide Arena before their home crowd in the All-Star Game.
The selection of Jonny Flynn should also meet with approval, as he finished tenth in fan voting amongst all South players despite only being added to the ballot late in the voting process after joining the Tigers mid-season.
New Zealands Andrej Lemanis will coach the South All-Stars, while Wollongongs Gordie McLeod will coach the North after the pair finished Round Nine with the best records in the NBL.
Hutt Valley claim their 2nd NBC title in 3 years - 22 days ago
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92-87 win over the Canterbury Knights in Saturday night's final at Te Rauparaha Arena. With Canterbury down four with forty seconds remaining in the Grand Final, Marty Davison hit what initially looked to be a fallaway three pointer and the foul, sending the mainly Hutt-cheering crowd into shock, though after a few moments it was made clear that the whistle was infact for Davison stepping out of bounds. That... [read more]
Hutt Valley were named National Mens Basketball Champions following a hard-fought 92-87 win over the Canterbury Knights in Saturday night's final at Te Rauparaha Arena. With Canterbury down four with forty seconds remaining in the Grand Final, Marty Davison hit what initially looked to be a fallaway three pointer and the foul, sending the mainly Hutt-cheering crowd into shock, though after a few moments it was made clear that the whistle was infact for Davison stepping out of bounds. That was the final push for Canterbury as Brendon Polyblank put the game out of Canterbury's reach at the free-throw line, seeing Hutt Valley claim the Championship. It was a back-and-forth opening quarter with both teams making runs of their own, before Polyblank sparked Hutt Valley to a seven-point lead. The big man finished the opening 10 minutes with 12 points, though the Canterbury Knights clawed back in the dying stages of the period to make it a 25-23 ball game. As was the case in the opening quarter though, Hutt Valley made a mid-quarter run to stretch their lead out to nine as their pressurising defence left Canterbury scoreless for the opening four and a half minutes of the spell. Nico Buckrell (190-G-95) was crucial in this stretch on his way to 27-point night on 13 shots though the NBC MVP was quick to pass the credit onto his team. 'We've just got a core group of guys who have been playing for five or six years together so we've got that chemistry. We just know how to play together. It's nothing more than that,' said Buckrell. However, the Knights soon began to play together themselves, eroding away the Hutt Valley lead using an 22-9 stretch to take a 45-42 lead into the half-time interval. Crucial in that stretch was again Davison. The veteran guard had himself 12 points by the half and was the spark to Canterbury's resurgence, hitting two three-pointers to end their drought. A lethargic Hutt Valley outfit came out to start the third quarter, forgetting about transition defence as Canterbury raced out to an eight-point lead. Marques Whippy (193-PF-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) then took matters into his own hands as he bushed away his first half cobwebs to torture Hutt Valley on the offensive glass, leading to second-chance points that the Fijian was missing in the opening half as he made his way to a 22-point, 20-rebound statline. As was the theme of the game though, Hutt bounced back right at Canterbury. The substitution of Whippy opened up an 11-1 Hutt run which they used to make the score just two points in the Knights' favour heading into the final period, 65-63. Beginning the forth quarter as they ended the third, Hutt Valley leaped out to a seven-point lead with five minutes remaining thanks to Jackson and Elliot Stubbins as Hutt managed to keep the Knights at arms-length as the Grand Final drew to a close to claim the 2016 crown. A big part of the team's success was player-coach George Le'afa (178-PG-78) whose pair of three-balls put Hutt Valley in the driver's seat in the dying stages of the semi-final, before contributing 11 points, six rebounds and five assists - all at the age of 38. 'I've got one sore body. I don't know how I ended up playing but hey, it is what it is and I'm not sure how I made the All-Star five but hey, I'll take it… ' said Le'afa. Though, despite Le'afa claiming the individual accolade of making the tournament team, the player-coach was quick to credit his team attitude as the reason for success. 'These boys have been playing together for quite some time, so it wasn't that hard to build that chemistry. All it was, was work for each other, play hard and play our game. 'It was good to play with these young guys and I told them from the start 'this is your guys' competition, this is an opportunity for you guys to go into the NBL… it was awesome.'
Breakers add Stockton to their roster, ex Cedevita - 1 month ago
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25-year old American point guard David Stockton (180-75kg-91, college: Gonzaga). He already started the season at Cedevita in Croatia A1 league. Stockton managed to play in three leagues this year. In 5 A1 games he recorded 13.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.2apg and 3.0spg. Stockton also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.5ppg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 6 games in ABA League where he had 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg. The las... [read more]
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) added to their roster 25-year old American point guard David Stockton (180-75kg-91, college: Gonzaga). He already started the season at Cedevita in Croatia A1 league. Stockton managed to play in three leagues this year. In 5 A1 games he recorded 13.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.2apg and 3.0spg. Stockton also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.5ppg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 6 games in ABA League where he had 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg. The last season Stockton played at another team Bighorns in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In 49 games he got impressive 18.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 7.2apg (top 4) and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the D-League West Division title (twice). Two years ago Stockton was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (40th overall). The former Gonzaga University staris in his third season in pro basketball. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League this summer. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Stockton was voted USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 2nd Team in 2015. He has played also professionally for other NBA teams like Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings.
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