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New Zealand Basketball (Men)


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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Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Jan 18, 2013


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We bring you last week's top performances from New Zealanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #1. This week's number one is 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 one of league's weakest teams 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 in 28 minutes on the court. New Zealand Breakers (14-3) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Abercrombie's fifth season with the team. Abercrombie has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 69.4% in the 17 games he played so far. He played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #2. Second place goes to an international 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 1-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks (8-8) 72-71. He scored 12 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (14-3) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Pledger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. Pledger is currently first on the list of best blockers. This season he averages: 9.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 47.2% and FT: 55.3%. Pledger is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Everard Bartlett (193-86, currently plays in Australia). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Cairns Taipans (5-11) crushing them 86-64 in the Australian NBL on Friday night. Bartlett scored 16 points in 23 minutes. Perth Wildcats (12-4) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bartlett's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 34.1%, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 87.5% in the 16 games. He 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) 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 one of league's weakest teams Townsville Crocodiles (5-11) 82-78. He scored 8 points, grabbed 8 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls. Vukona is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders. His total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.1apg. Vukona has a dual citizenship: Fijian and New Zealand. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #5. Former international guard Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help TED Kolejliler (8-7) to beat Karsiyaka (12-3). Penney scored 7 points in 28 minutes. TED Kolejliler was crushed 87-66 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Karsiyaka. Penney is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 17.6ppg. This year he also averages: 3.6rpg and 2.9apg in the 14 games. Penney used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #6. Forward Robert Loe (211-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped St.Louis win their game against the University of Massachusetts (2-1) 70-62 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Saint Louis University has 1-1 conference record this season. Loe's total stats this year are:, 3.6rpg and 2.9apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #7. International 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 one of league's weakest teams Townsville Crocodiles (5-11) 82-78. He scored 8 points in only 11 minutes. This year Henry's total stats are: 2.9ppg and 2.1rpg in the 16 games. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #8. Forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, currently studies in the States) managed to help University of Hawaii to win against the University of Pacific (3-2) 60-52 in the NCAA last Thursday. Fotu scored only 4 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The University of Hawaii has 3-2 conference record this season. It's Fotu's first year with the team. He has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.1rpg. Fotu plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #9. 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 (8-8) 72-71. He scored 7 points in only 7 minutes. Webster has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 1.5rpg in the 13 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #10. 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 one of league's weakest teams Townsville Crocodiles (5-11) 82-78. He scored 6 points. Boucher has been at the team for five years. Boucher has averaged so far 2.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg. He is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the New Zealand senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Jeremiah Trueman (204-87, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Everard Bartlett. However that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which brought him to that list. Trueman helped Perth Wildcats win their game against the closely-ranked Melbourne Tigers 73-58. He scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. Trueman has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.1rpg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #12. Former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, is currently at the American university) helped Pittsburgh win their game against the Villanova University 58-43 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Adams recorded 9 points and blocked 2 blocks. He has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.1rpg. Adams used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2011.
  




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