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NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 0-0 
 2. Manawatu J. 0-0 
 3. Nelson G. 0-0 
 4. SC Rangers 0-0 
 5. Southland S. 0-0 
 6. Taranaki MA 0-0 
 7. Taylor Hawks 0-0 
 8. Wellington S. 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Webster, Wellingt.25.3 
 2. Jones, Canterbury21.7 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.21.6 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.6 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.19.5 
 6. Ross, SC Rangers19.1 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.18.0 
 8. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.0 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.16.9 
 10. Tait, SC Rangers16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.0 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.10.0 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.9.9 
 4. Kay, Southland S.9.2 
 5. Jones, Canterbury8.8 
 6. Dempster, Nelson G.8.1 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.8.0 
 8. Egwu, SC Rangers7.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.7.5 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.7.9 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.6.5 
 3. Tait, SC Rangers5.8 
 4. Boucher, SC Rangers5.5 
 5. Kendle, Canterbury5.4 
 6. Norton, Southlan.5.4 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.3 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.4.6 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.6 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  SC Rangers
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Boucher, SC Rangers2.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.3 
 3. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.1.8 
 5. McCarron, SC Ra.1.7 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.5 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers1.3 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.5 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Dawson, Canterbury0.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.6 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers0.6 

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Manawatu J. 60% Apr.29 Taranaki MA
Nelson G. 58% Apr.28 SC Rangers
Canterbury 60% Apr.27 SC Rangers
Wellington S 56% Apr.27 Southland S
Taylor Hawks 56% Apr.26 Southland S
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Tall Blacks make it two from two in China - Jun 16, 2016


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Corey
Webster
The Tall Blacks were made to work hard for it, but in the end ground out a comfortable 73-68 win over Japan to make it two from two at the Atlas International Basketball Challenge in China. Perhaps showing the effects of long days of travel and training, the Tall Blacks were a little sluggish at times against the determined Japanese, who themselves are fighting for places in their roster for their Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Serbia next month. But the New Zealanders were not making excuses and were focused on nothing short of a win, with Assistant Coach Pero Cameron knowing what it is to grind out a tournament situation. 'You get into a bit of a grind, you train, you do video, you eat, sleep and you play a game, and these are tough games. Japan has some great shooters and at times we struggled to shut them down, they are in the same situation as us going to an Olympic Qualifying tournament and are desperate to win. This is the third time we have played them now, with two scrimmages and now a tournament game with neutral refs, that familiarity can make it tougher as well. But importantly we found a way to win, with some big plays down the stretch from Ike (Fotu) and Tai (Webster), the players lifted and I thought always had it under control. 'But we will keep our heads down and tomorrow we go to work again with a big game against China and another chance to improve and get better towards our only goal on this tour, to qualify for Rio at the tournament in Manila.' Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) led all scorers with 19 points on 8 of 22 shooting and chimed in with 5 assists, he was well supported by Isaac Fotu (15 points and 12 rebounds), Tai Jack Webster (193-G-95) (11, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals) and Shea Ili (184-G-92) (10). The Tall Blacks raced out of the blocks to an early 21-10 lead but Japan went on a run of their own to trail at the first break by just 5 points and then closed the margin further to just one point at halftime. While the focus was on the win, Coach Henare was also looking at different combinations and at one point had Tai Jack Webster, Shea Ili and Corey Webster on the floor together, with Ili in particular growing in maturity and confidence at every outing and relishing the responsibility of directing the national team. Finn Delany debuted from the bench, contributing 2 points and 2 boards in just over five minutes, while Derone Raukawa (181-G-94) was suited up but did not see court time in what was a close battle for the majority of proceedings. The Tall Blacks won the rebounding count 38-35 against a much taller opposition and kept turnovers down to a respectable 10, after conceding 24 the night before in the big win over Belarus.

Tall Blacks 73
C Webster 19, I Fotu 15, T Webster 11, Abercrombie 11
Japan 68
Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) 17, Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85) 14

Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz   




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