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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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Kirk Penney's 30 points make him top New Zealand player abroad of the week - Jan 4, 2013


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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad.


Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Turkey). He led TED Kolejliler to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Mersin (7-5) 88-85 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Penney was MVP of the game. He recorded 30 points (!!!) in 39 minutes on the court. TED Kolejliler Ankara (8-5) is placed seventh in the TBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Penney is currently third on the league's list of top scorers with 18.6ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 56.1%(37-66), 3FGP: 46.2%(36-78) and FT: 83.7% in the 12 games he played so far. Penney played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Everard Bartlett (198-86, currently plays in Australia). He led Perth Wildcats to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kings (9-6) crushing them 95-61 in the Australian NBL last Sunday. Bartlett scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Perth Wildcats (9-4) are placed second in the NBL. It's Bartlett's first season with the team. This year he averages: 4.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 32.3%, 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 83.3%. Bartlett is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Hawaii to a 2-point victory against the California State University, Fullerton (1-1) 90-88 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Fotu scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. The University of Hawaii has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Fotu's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 32.3%, 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 83.3% in the 13 games. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #4. Forward Mika Vukona (198-82, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the league outsider Cairns Taipans (4-9) 66-61 in the Australian NBL in Monday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers (11-3) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vukona's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Fijian and New Zealand. Vukona is also New Zealand national team player.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #5. Former international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Abercrombie helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the sixth-ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-10) 71-66. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. New Zealand Breakers (11-3) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Abercrombie is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. This season Abercrombie's total stats are: 9.6ppg and 4.4rpg in the 14 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #6. Center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Thomas Abercrombie (above) in the other team. Pledger managed to help New Zealand Breakers to win against the sixth-ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-10) 71-66. He scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Pledger has been at the team for four years. Pledger is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. He has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.9bpg. Pledger is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #7. Former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Webster helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the sixth-ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-10) 71-66. He scored 6 points in only 10 minutes. Webster has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 1.6rpg in the 10 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #8. Forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Boucher helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the league outsider Cairns Taipans (4-9) 66-61. He scored only 3 points. Boucher plays fifth season for the team. Boucher has averaged so far 2.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2007.

Jeremiah Trueman
Jeremiah Trueman
   #9. International power forward Jeremiah Trueman (207-87, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Everard Bartlett and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Trueman helped Perth Wildcats win their game against the closely-ranked Kings (9-6) crushing them 95-61. He scored only 4 points and blocked 2 shots in 12 minutes. Trueman has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 2.0rpg in the 13 games. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #10. Swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Dillon Boucher (above) in the other team. Henry helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the league outsider Cairns Taipans (4-9) 66-61. He scored only 2 points. Henry has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Robert Loe (211-91, currently studies in the States) helped St.Louis win their game against the University of New Mexico 60-46 in the NCAA last Monday. Loe scored 7 points in 21 minutes. Loe has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.4rpg in the 13 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.
  




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