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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
 Eric DEVENDORF
  Waitaker.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Devendorf, Waitake.25.8 
 2. Cowels III, Nelson25.7 
 3. Jones, Canterbury23.5 
 4. Webster, Waitaker.23.0 
 5. Jett, Southland S.22.8 
 6. Moore, Canterbury21.3 
 7. Craig, Wellington21.2 
 8. Norton, Southlan.18.4 
 9. Porter, IMS Hawks18.3 
 10. Kay, Southland S.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Pledger, Southlan.11.4 
 2. Miller, Taranaki.10.6 
 3. Craig, Wellington10.0 
 4. Jones, Canterbury9.6 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.9 
 6. Porter, IMS Hawks8.0 
 7. Henry, Wellington7.7 
 8. Johnson, Taranaki.7.6 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.6 
 10. Roberts, Waitaker.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Moore, Canterbury8.2 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.5.6 
 3. Jett, Southland S.5.3 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.2 
 5. Tait, Waitaker.5.2 
 6. Kenny, Nelson G.4.4 
 7. O'Riley, Ta.3.6 
 8. Bartlett, Southlan.3.4 
 9. Boucher, Waitaker.3.2 
 10. Wesley, Wellingto.3.1 
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.2.0 
 5. Whippy, Canterbury2.0 
 6. Wesley, Wellington1.8 
 7. Cowels III, Nelson1.8 
 8. Porter, IMS Hawks1.5 
 9. Bailey-N., Taranak.1.5 
 10. Devendorf, Waitak.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MILLER
  Taranaki.
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller, Taranaki.1.9 
 2. Wesley, Wellington1.6 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.4 
 4. Roberts, Waitaker.1.3 
 5. Jones, Canterbury1.1 
 6. Jackson, Delaware.1.0 
 7. Jett, Southland S.1.0 
 8. Boucher, Waitaker.0.8 
 9. Strong, Nelson G.0.8 
 10. Frank, Wellington0.7 

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Kirk Penney selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Jan 11, 2013


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Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently 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), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help TED Kolejliler (8-6) in their last game on Monday. Despite Penney's very good performance TED Kolejliler was defeated 69-64 at home by the much lower-ranked Besiktas (#14). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Penney also added 8 rebounds. It's Penney's first season with the team. Penney is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Penney averages: 18.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 55.7%(39-70), 3FGP: 46.5%(40-86) and FT: 83.7%. He played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). Fotu led Hawaii to a 2-point victory against the California State University, Fullerton (2-1) 90-88 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. The University of Hawaii has 2-1 conference record this season. Fotu has very impressive stats this year: 18.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 55.7%(39-70), 3FGP: 46.5%(40-86) and FT: 83.7% in the 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia). He led New Zealand Breakers to a victory over the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (5-11) 82-78 in the Australian NBL in Friday night's game. Abercrombie was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points. New Zealand Breakers (13-3) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth 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. Abercrombie's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 41.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 69.4%. He played for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #4. Center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Pledger was the major contributor in a 2-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks (8-7) 78-76. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (13-3) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Pledger has been at the team for four years. Pledger is currently first on the league's list of best blockers with 1.7bpg. This year he also averages: 9.4ppg and 6.3rpg in the 16 games. Pledger is also New Zealand national team player.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #5. International forward Mika Vukona (198-82, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Vukona contributed to a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (5-11) 82-78. He scored 8 points, grabbed 8 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls. Vukona's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Fijian and New Zealand. Vukona plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #6. Forward Robert Loe (211-91, currently studies in the States) helped St.Louis win their game against the University of Massachusetts (0-1) 70-62 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Saint Louis University has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Loe's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.1apg in the 16 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #7. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86, currently plays in Australia) helped Perth Wildcats win their game against the sixth-ranked Cairns Taipans (5-10) 85-66 in the Australian NBL last Saturday. Bartlett recorded 9 points. Perth Wildcats (10-4) are placed second in the NBL. Bartlett's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 1.6rpg. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #8. Swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Henry helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (5-11) 82-78. He scored 8 points in only 11 minutes. This year Henry's total stats are: 2.9ppg and 2.2rpg in the 15 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #9. Former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Leon Henry (above) in the other team. Boucher helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (5-11) 82-78. He scored 6 points. Boucher plays fifth season for the team. Boucher has averaged so far 2.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team six years ago.

Jeremiah Trueman
Jeremiah Trueman
   #10. Power forward Jeremiah Trueman (204-87, 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 managed to help Perth Wildcats to win against the sixth-ranked Cairns Taipans (5-10) 85-66. He recorded only 3 points. Trueman has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 2.1rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Webster helped New Zealand Breakers edge the closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks 78-76. He recorded only 3 points in 9 minutes on the court. Webster has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 1.6rpg in the 12 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, is currently at the American university) helped Pittsburgh win their game against the Georgetown University crushing them 73-45 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Adams scored 6 points and blocked 3 blocks. Adams has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 1.6rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2011.


The list of other players, who all have New Zealand passport but never been selected to any of New Zealand national teams:

   #1. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia could not help Un.Olimpija (8-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance Un.Olimpija lost 56-70 at home to the second-ranked Zvezda. Baynes had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks and 4 steals in 35 minutes. It's Baynes' first season with the team. Baynes is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg and 6.8rpg in the 16 games he played so far. Baynes has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Pitesti (7-9) in their game against Oradea (15-1) in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance last Wednesday. Jones was the second best scorer with 13 points in 22 minutes. But Pitesti lost 74-81 on their home court in Pitesti to the leading Oradea. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg in the 16 games. Jones is a naturalized American. He used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.
  




Duane Bailey
Duane Bailey (ex Southland S.) joins Brisbane Spartans - May 30, 2016

Brisbane Spartans (SEABL) agreed terms with 25-year old New Zealander forward Duane Bailey (198-87kg-91). He moved there from Zero Fees Southland Sharks in New Zealand NBL league where he started the season. Bailey managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 8 NBL games he had 8.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg this season. The most of this season he spent at Plymouth Raiders (BBL) in British league. In 24 NBL games he recorded 10.5ppg, 6.8rpg and 3.0apg. Bailey also played a...   [read more]

Dion
Prewster
Prewster number one in New Zealand for round 12 - May 30, 2016

Naturalized American Swingman Dion Prewster (195-G/F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Wellington S., receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12. The 25-year old player was the main contributor (40 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team IMS Hawks (#7, 0-18) with 48-point margin 120-72. Wellington S. maintains the 2nd position in New Zealand NBL. They would have...   [read more]

Shea Ili
NBL Round 12: Giants lose to Saints in the game between Top 4 teams - May 29, 2016

The Regular Season in NBL just ended. Very significant was Saints' (#2, 13-5) victory against 4th ranked Giants (9-9) 96-83. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Saints made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Shea Ili (184-92) who helped to win the...   [read more]


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