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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 18-0 
 2. Southland S. 12-6 
 3. SC Rangers 11-7 
 4. Canterbury 10-8 
 5. Nelson G. 4-14 
 6. Taranaki MA 4-14 
 7. Taylor Hawks 4-14 
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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Tall Blacks run ends in semifinals - Jun 19, 2016


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Edgaras
Zelionis
The Tall Blacks run at the Atlas Challenge in China has come to an end in the semifinals, beaten 80-65 by a fired up Lithuania team, leaving the New Zealanders to play in the third place playoff on the final day against either China or Iran. After marching through group play unbeaten and showing great hustle on defence and sharing the load offensively, tonight was a flat performance in which the Tall Blacks were always behind. The New Zealanders lost the rebound count (31-35) and shot poorly from the three (24%) and defensively couldn't find the answers to stop the Lithuanians, in particular Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) who ended with a game high 25 (9 of 14). Head Coach Paul Henare was left disappointed in an effort that never really got going. 'I definitely thing that was a reality check in terms of where we have been playing, we came up against a quality well drilled side tonight and didn't respond to the challenge well, I thought our start in particular was poor and while we went into the half only a few points down but I thought there were several areas on the defensive end and offensively where for whatever reason we let their changing defences' disrupt us where we have actually been pretty good through the first few games. It is a lesson and a good opportunity to realize that we are in for a long run and that we have a bigger goal in mind.' After trailing 23-15 at the first break, the Tall Blacks reduced that arrears to 37-32 and briefly drew level late in the third but could not go on from there. Henare was not concerned about how good the opposition were, for him it was his own team's standards that weren't met on the night. 'It is not necessarily that we are better than them or not, more it is about our own standards. It is hard to keep a high level of play for a long period of time, there are bound to be dips in our play, we responded well in the third quarter and kept grinding away and making plays, I think if we had knocked our free throws in that end of the third quarter we would have put a lot more pressure on them, but we couldn't capitalize and they broke away again.' While bitterly disappointed at being knocked out of the tournament and being left with the playoff for third, Henare says the key is the learnings that can be taken in the context of the long game, that of trying to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. 'I think the immediate goal is how we respond and what we learn for our game tomorrow, we will play China or Iran, I can guarantee the China we beat the other night will not be the team we face tomorrow if it is them, but regardless of who we play this is about us and how we bounce back from today's disappointment.' While a disappointing result, the game was notable for the debut for Derone Raukawa (181-G-94), who played 2 minutes in the final quarter to notch up his first court time for the Tall Blacks. The Tall Blacks will play either China or Iran at 8pm NZT on Sunday in the third place playoff, before immediately travelling the next day to Europe where they will set up camp in Latvia for ten days in their final preparation before the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila starting on July 5.

Tall Blacks 65
Isaac Fotu (203-F-93, college: Hawaii) 20, Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) 15, Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) 12
Lithuania 80
Edgaras Zelionis 25, Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85) 16

Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz   




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