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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
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.

  




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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