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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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Australian NBL reaches half way point - Dec 31, 2012


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MIKE LACEY
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Round 11 of the Australian National Basketball League concluded on New Years Eve. As the curtain fell on 2012, a similar sight emerged as the New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats again, as in 2011, emerged as the teams to beat.
The Breakers rounded out their two game road trip with a win in Cairns, 66-61, to take hold of top spot on the ladder with an 11-3 record. A couple of days earlier Perth Wildcats (9-4) had demolished the Kings (9-6) in Sydney 95-61. Wollongong Hawks (8-5), third on the table surprisingly lost at home to Melbourne Tigers 80-72 in overtime.
These four teams with 9 wins already under their belts have opened up a significant gap on the chasing four, Adelaide 36ers (5-9), Cairns Taipans (4-9), Melbourne Tigers (4-8) and Townsville Crocodiles (4-10).
In 2011 the Breakers and Wildcats also led the pack but were being challenged by Townsville, Cairns and the now defunct Gold Coast Blaze. This season the chasers are Wollongong who after a very strong start has lost four of their last five and the surprise package the Sydney Kings. The Shane Heal coached Kings have, up until their towelling against Perth played with real poise and confidence despite losing their senior guard James Harvey to a serious injury. Shooting guard Ben Madgen has been a revelation, leading the league in scoring at 18.6 ppg but the lack of a reliable scoring weapon in the post may ultimately hurt their title hopes.
The Hawks, Wildcats and Breakers have similar traits. All three teams have a solid group of experienced players who have been together for a number of seasons and know what championship winning basketball is about. All three clubs have stability on and off court and have stood behind their coaching teams even when they have not been as successful as they are currently. Andrej Lemanis at the Breakers and Rob Beveridge at the Wildcats have between them won the last three championships and despite the good showing of the Heal coached Kings and Gordie McLeod coached Hawks it is hard to bet against a repeat of last years final; Perth Wildcats versus New Zealand Breakers.

  




Thomas
Abercrombie
Breakers pre-season losing streak continues against Cairns Taipans - 1 day 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 - 4 days 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]

Jermaine
Beal
Brisbane Bullets shoot down undermanned Breakers in pre-season clash - 8 days 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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