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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 3-0 
 2. SC Rangers 2-0 
 3. Taranaki MA 2-1 
 4. Canterbury 2-2 
 5. Southland S. 1-1 
 6. Nelson G. 0-3 
 7. Taylor Hawks 0-3 
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jeremy KENDLE
  Canterbury
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 26
 1. Kendle, Canterbury26.0 
 2. McCarron, SC Ra.25.5 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.25.3 
 4. Jones, Canterbury24.0 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers24.0 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.23.0 
 7. Te-Rangi, Southlan.22.0 
 8. Bartlett, Taylor H.21.0 
 9. Delany, Nelson G.20.0 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA13.7 
 2. Egwu, SC Rangers9.5 
 3. Jones, Canterbury9.0 
 4. Wesley, Wellington S.8.7 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers8.5 
 6. Fiorentinos, Taylor H.7.7 
 7. Duinker, Wellingt.7.7 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.7.5 
 9. Ongwae, Taranaki.7.0 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ili, Wellington S.6.3 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.6.0 
 3. ORiley, Taranaki.5.7 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury5.5 
 5. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.0 
 6. Norton, Southlan.5.0 
 7. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers4.5 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers4.0 
 10. Jones, Canterbury3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Houston O'RILEY
  Taranaki.
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. ORiley, Taranaki.2.7 
 2. Ongwae, Taranaki.2.7 
 3. Bartlett, Taylor H.2.7 
 4. McCarron, SC Ra.2.5 
 5. Burton, Taranaki.2.0 
 6. Dempster, Nelson G.1.7 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.1.7 
 8. Boucher, SC Rangers1.5 
 9. Bailey, Southland S.1.5 
 10. Norton, Southlan.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.7 
 2. Neighbour, Cante.1.5 
 3. Henry, Wellington S.1.3 
 4. Washington, Nelson G.1.0 
 5. Jones, Canterbury1.0 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers1.0 
 7. Kay, Southland S.1.0 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.1.0 
 9. Dawson, Canterbury0.8 
 10. Roberson, Taylor H.0.7 

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SC Rangers 68% Apr.2 Taranaki MA
Taylor Hawks Apr.1 Wellington S 99%
Taranaki MA 59% Mar.31 Southland S
Canterbury Mar.31 SC Rangers 70%
Nelson G. Mar.30 Southland S 90%
Tall Blacks finish third in Atlas Challenge after beating hosts China - Jun 20, 2016


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The Tall Blacks have finished third at the Atlas Challenge in China, after a fiercely fought and often controversial playoff match against the host nation on Sunday night, winning 90-84. Rebounding after what was by their own admission a disappointing semifinal performance, the Tall Blacks responded to the urging of their coach to "overcome adversity" and ground out a win, despite losing three players to five fouls and ending the game with a further three on the brink of fouling out. Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) was clutch on the big occasion, with a game high 27 points on 9 of 14 shooting, including 4 of 7 from deep and a perfect 5 from 5 from the free throw line. Isaac Fotu (203-F-93, college: Hawaii) poured in 21 points on 8 of 13, including an ice cold three point dagger in the final minute of the game to gap the Chinese. With Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) in early foul trouble, Breakers point guard Shea Ili (184-G-92) had a career night with 15 points and 5 boards, and was a constant menace on defence. Coach Paul Henare was proud of the passion shown by his side, not to mention the ability to stay calm in the face of immense pressure, including a delay of the game by almost an hour before tip-off. "I am very proud of the boys, any time you prepare for a game and you are on court and finishing your warm up, and they tell you the game is delayed 50 minutes, that is tough for anyone to deal with. "I spoke to them and said we have to deal with it, it is what it is. I said I wouldn't like to be in their position but they had to find some way to come out and get themselves going, and while we didn't get a good start, which wasn't ideal, I did have a feeling that if we could just chip away at it we would be fine." The game began in controversial circumstances: after officials nominated both teams in white uniforms, the game was delayed while China sourced their red uniform from their hotel. What was initially set to be a 15-minute delay turned into 50, with the players waiting on court for the opening buzzer. Once the game was finally underway, Corey Webster and Mika Vukona (197-F-82) were quickly in foul trouble in what would soon be a feature of the game. The Tall Blacks described several of the ref's calls as "curious", saying players were "confused but all the more determined to come out on top" in their final game in China before travelling to Europe. The Tall Blacks had a total of 31 fouls called on them, with Tai Jack Webster (193-G-95), Ili and Vukona all fouling out of the game. China got away to a fast start in a first quarter that contained 13 foul calls from the officials, giving no chance for the game to flow. But a 21-9 lead was cut to 25-23 and from then on the two sides were closely matched. The composure came from the men in white, though, as they made clutch shots down the stretch, with Fotu and Thomas Abercrombie both making big threes, while defensively they shut down the Chinese and restricted their scoring options. The New Zealanders smashed the boards 38-21, shot an impressive 58 per cent from the two but struggled from deep, making six of 27 attempts. Henare was pleased that lessons were learned from the Tall Blacks' semifinals disappointment the previous night, and highlighted some key players to Sunday night's success. "Tai Jack Webster's leadership of the group, even early on when things weren't going well, he was leading well. I did see a more conscious effort from the guys to what we are trying to achieve, there were definite improvements from yesterday to today. "The adversity of being down early, at least 10 down in the first quarter, to peg that back to be down by two at the first break, that was great to turn around in such a short time. Corey got in foul trouble, all our bigs got into foul trouble, which allowed different guys to get opportunities and different guys to step up. "Tommy (Thomas Abercrombie) was outstanding throughout the game, he put the team on his shoulders and was really impressive. He is a class act, he is always capable of that sort of thing but he understood the need when others were down, and it was great to see him take on that responsibility for the team. "Shea (Ili) had an immediate impact, his stat line at halftime was something like six minutes, 10 points, two offensive rebounds and three fouls, he was just awesome and is understanding the game a lot more. "He still has his moments but the energy he brings to this team outweighs what I call inexperienced mistakes, but what he brings is outstanding." The team now faces a long travel day to Europe, where they will be based in Latvia and Lithuania for 10 days, with a week of training before three final tune up games ahead of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila from July 4-10.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz   




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Rory Fannon
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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. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93). Heto an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings in the NBA in Saturday night's game.    [read more]


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