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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
  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
  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.
  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
  SC Rangers
  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
  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 


Breakers won't rush search for new point guard following loss of Ben Woodside - Nov 8, 2016

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Ben Woodside
Paul Henare is treading carefully when it comes to a new import point guard potentially for the rest of the Australian NBL season − a process aided significantly by Sunday's top-notch performance from his undermanned Breakers squad. The club confirmed on Tuesday that American point guard Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, college: N.Dakota St.) had ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot and faces a minimum recovery time of six to eight weeks. Henare said he had no choice but to press on as if Woodside would not be back this season (the regular season concludes on February 10) and find a suitable replacement to see them through to, all going to plan, another playoff run. If Woodside did regain full fitness in time to return, they would deal with that as it arose. "We've made the decision to bring someone in, but the one thing I've spoken with [GM] Dillon [Boucher] and [owner] Paul [Blackwell] about is not having a knee-jerk reaction to getting someone in for the sake of getting someone in," Henare said after a shortened Tuesday practice. "We will still spend the time to make sure we find the right person. We don't want to shoot ourselves in the foot by rushing someone in. "Obviously the sooner the better as we've got a heavy schedule over the next few weeks, but we'll make sure we do due diligence in terms of finding the right guy." The Breakers have a tough Friday-Sunday double this week with the in-form Cairns Taipans at Vector on Friday night and then a short-turnaround Sunday visit to defending champions the Perth Wildcats who themselves are dealing with an injury crisis after point guard Damian Martin (186-C-84, college: Loyola Mary) joined Tall Black Jarrod Kenny (188-G-85) (groin) on the unavailable list with a MCL tear in his left knee that could keep him out for 10-12 weeks. Initially, Henare had expressed a desire to get a replacement point guard across in time to play this weekend, but he had now re-thought that on the back of Sunday's 86-70 victory over the Brisbane Bullets at Vector, achieved with Woodside sideline on crutches. In that game, with Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) deputising effectively as the starting point guard, and Aussie fill-in guard Izzy Tueta (career-high 13 points) making an excellent fist of hoovering up the backup minutes, Henare's squad showed demonstrably they could patch up the hole left by Woodside − at least on a short-term basis. "It was very pleasing to see we didn't skip a beat, and that's by no means saying we don't need a [replacement] point guard. But I thought Corey had a really solid game. He didn't shoot the ball well (he was two of 13), but he was aggressive, he got other guys involved, and got himself to the free-throw line through being aggressive. "And Izzy stepped up and played well. We need those guys to slot in and do that and it's pleasing to know they can." Still, the loss of Woodside, and necessary adjustment period with the new guy whenever he gets here, is a blow just as the Breakers looked to have figured a few things out. They have won three straight, are averaging 101 points over that span, and have risen to third on the table. Woodside suffered the injury in overtime of Friday's 98-92 victory over Melbourne at Hisense Arena. The 31-year-old had been playing through plantar fasciitis in the foot all season and when the tear happened his obvious pain said it all. "I basically gave surgery to myself," a rueful Woodside surmised at Breakers headquarters on Tuesday. "A lot of time the surgeon will go in there and cut your fascias on purpose. Essentially I just did that to myself." Woodside could not hide his disappointment at such an inopportune interruption to his season. He was averaging 8.8 points, 5.5 assists (second in the league), 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals. "It's very frustrating, very disappointing. I don't like any time off, so the 6-8 weeks gutted me a little bit. I feel that's a long time. But it is what it is, and I've just got to roll with the punches now, do the best I can with rehab and get back out there. "The team did a great job against Brisbane. I was super proud of how they played. Sitting on bench it guts you when you want to be out there helping the team and having fun, and you see guys jumping around high-fiving and chest-bumping. You want to be part of that." Henare said he felt deeply for Woodside who had well and truly figured out his role in the team. "I love him, as a person, as a player, and in what he brought to our team," Henare said. "In terms of the attributes I wanted in my point guard he more or less ticked every box. That's one of the reasons he's struggling with this right now, because he was getting to a real comfort level with the team. "He had such a great connection with [Alex] Pledger in Melbourne, and as a team we were starting to play well with him running the show. It's a big loss, but as a veteran team, and with pretty good chemistry, we should be able to deal with it." It had yet to be decided whether Woodside would rehab in Auckland or return to the US. The focus now is on identifying the right replacement, then getting him on the quickest flight over.
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Wellington Saints defend NBL title - 5 days ago
Wellington S. - Southland S. 108-75 Wellington Saints repeated as NBL champions. They stormed past Southland Sharks in the Grand Final tonight. Saints made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Saints looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who helped to w...   [read more]

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