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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 
Full Standings
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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Round 3 (Regular Season)

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%
Hutt Valley claim their 2nd NBC title in 3 years - Nov 18, 2016


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Nico
Buckrell
Hutt Valley were named National Mens Basketball Champions following a hard-fought 92-87 win over the Canterbury Knights in Saturday night's final at Te Rauparaha Arena. With Canterbury down four with forty seconds remaining in the Grand Final, Marty Davison hit what initially looked to be a fallaway three pointer and the foul, sending the mainly Hutt-cheering crowd into shock, though after a few moments it was made clear that the whistle was infact for Davison stepping out of bounds. That was the final push for Canterbury as Brendon Polyblank put the game out of Canterbury's reach at the free-throw line, seeing Hutt Valley claim the Championship. It was a back-and-forth opening quarter with both teams making runs of their own, before Polyblank sparked Hutt Valley to a seven-point lead. The big man finished the opening 10 minutes with 12 points, though the Canterbury Knights clawed back in the dying stages of the period to make it a 25-23 ball game. As was the case in the opening quarter though, Hutt Valley made a mid-quarter run to stretch their lead out to nine as their pressurising defence left Canterbury scoreless for the opening four and a half minutes of the spell. Nico Buckrell (190-G-95) was crucial in this stretch on his way to 27-point night on 13 shots though the NBC MVP was quick to pass the credit onto his team. 'We've just got a core group of guys who have been playing for five or six years together so we've got that chemistry. We just know how to play together. It's nothing more than that,' said Buckrell. However, the Knights soon began to play together themselves, eroding away the Hutt Valley lead using an 22-9 stretch to take a 45-42 lead into the half-time interval. Crucial in that stretch was again Davison. The veteran guard had himself 12 points by the half and was the spark to Canterbury's resurgence, hitting two three-pointers to end their drought. A lethargic Hutt Valley outfit came out to start the third quarter, forgetting about transition defence as Canterbury raced out to an eight-point lead. Marques Whippy (193-PF-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) then took matters into his own hands as he bushed away his first half cobwebs to torture Hutt Valley on the offensive glass, leading to second-chance points that the Fijian was missing in the opening half as he made his way to a 22-point, 20-rebound statline. As was the theme of the game though, Hutt bounced back right at Canterbury. The substitution of Whippy opened up an 11-1 Hutt run which they used to make the score just two points in the Knights' favour heading into the final period, 65-63. Beginning the forth quarter as they ended the third, Hutt Valley leaped out to a seven-point lead with five minutes remaining thanks to Jackson and Elliot Stubbins as Hutt managed to keep the Knights at arms-length as the Grand Final drew to a close to claim the 2016 crown. A big part of the team's success was player-coach George Le'afa (178-PG-78) whose pair of three-balls put Hutt Valley in the driver's seat in the dying stages of the semi-final, before contributing 11 points, six rebounds and five assists - all at the age of 38. 'I've got one sore body. I don't know how I ended up playing but hey, it is what it is and I'm not sure how I made the All-Star five but hey, I'll take it… ' said Le'afa. Though, despite Le'afa claiming the individual accolade of making the tournament team, the player-coach was quick to credit his team attitude as the reason for success. 'These boys have been playing together for quite some time, so it wasn't that hard to build that chemistry. All it was, was work for each other, play hard and play our game. 'It was good to play with these young guys and I told them from the start 'this is your guys' competition, this is an opportunity for you guys to go into the NBL… it was awesome.'

MVP: Nico Buckrell

All-Star Five:
George Le'afa (Hutt Valley)
Brook Ruscoe (187-G-90) (Porirua)
Nico Buckrell (Hutt Valley)
Marques Whippy (Canterbury Knights)
Jaylen Gerrand (188-G) (North Harbour)

Final placings:
1st: Hutt Valley
2nd: Canterbury Knights
3rd: Harbour
4th: Porirua
5th: Nelson Suns
6th: Counties Franklin
7th: Kelvin Hotel Southland Flyers.
Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz   




Jeremy
Kendle
Kendle named Player of the Week - 21 minutes ago
Canterbury Rams point guard Jeremy Kendle(186-G-88, college: Bellarmine) is Round Two player of the week after tallying 24 points (10/15 FG, 4/7 3pt), nine assists, five rebounds and two steals in the 114-80 win over the Mike Pero Nelson Giants. Kendle currently leads the league in scoring (26.0 ppg) and is fourth in assists (5.5 apg). Marcel Jones backed up his player of the week performance from last week with 25 points and 11 rebounds against the Giants. The Wellington Saints collect...   [read more]
Giants ink Kyle Adnam, ex United - 1 day ago
Mike Pero Nelson Giants (NBL) signed 24-year old Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93). He just played at United in Australian NBL league. In 20 games he had 3.6ppg and 1.2apg this season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Adnam's team won Australian NBL Regular Season in 2016. He was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian SEABL Youth Player of the Year and Australiabasket.com All-Australian SEABL 1st Team in 2015. Adnam has played also professionally f...   [read more]

Jeremy
Kendle
Kendle's 24 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
28-year old guard Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Canterbury and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had the game-high 24 points adding five rebounds and nine assists for Canterbury in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Nelson G. (#6, 0-3) with 34-point margin 114-80. Canterbury is placed at 4th position in New Zealand league. Canterbury is a typical solid league team place...   [read more]


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