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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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Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - Mar 3, 2017


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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad.


Steven Adams
Steven Adams
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in NBA). He led Oklahoma City Thunder to an easy victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (19-42) 110-93 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Adams had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals in 31 minutes on the court. The Oklahoma City Thunder has 35-26 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Adams' fourth year with the team. Adams has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 11.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(291-512) and FT: 65.2% in 59 games he played so far. Adams played for the New Zealand senior national team six years ago.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Zaragoza (7-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Fotu's very good performance Zaragoza was defeated 99-88 at home by the much higher-ranked Baskonia (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. Fotu has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 68.5%(89-130) and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Tai Jack Webster
Tai Jack Webster
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Tai Jack Webster (193-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. Webster was not able to help the Nebraska (5-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Nebraska was badly defeated 73-57 on the road by the University of Illinois. Webster recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Webster is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Nebraska's roster. This season Webster has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 30.9% and FT: 74.5%. Ex-Advice First Waikato Pistons player is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #4. Forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Demir IBB (6-13) in their game against Banvit (14-5) in the Turkish BSL. Abercrombie recorded 7 points in only 13 minutes. It was his first game for Demir IBB this season. Demir IBB was crushed 89-65 on their home court in Buyukcekmece by the much higher-ranked (#4) Banvit. It was Demir IBB's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Abercrombie is also New Zealand national team player.

Jayden Bezzant
Jayden Bezzant
   #5. Former U19 international guard Jayden Bezzant (188, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Northwest Nazarene University (9-7) in their last game. Despite Bezzant's very good performance the Northwest Nazarene University lost 73-81 in Anchorage to the University of Alaska at. He scored 19 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 36 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. It's Bezzant's first season with the team. This year Bezzant's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg in 22 games. He used to play for the New Zealand U19 national team two years ago.

Tom Vodanovich
Tom Vodanovich
   #6. Forward Tom Vodanovich (201-94, currently studies in the States) led JMU to a victory against the Drexel University (8-4) 70-64 in the NCAA last Thursday. Vodanovich recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The James Madison University has 5-9 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Vodanovich has been at the team for four years. His total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg. Vodanovich is a former U18 international player as he played for the New Zealand team five years ago.

Jarrod Kenny
Jarrod Kenny
   #7. Former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Perth Wildcats in a victory against the closely-ranked Illawarra Hawks (15-13) 89-77 in the Australian NBL on Wednesday night. He scored only 4 points and added 4 passes in 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Perth Wildcats (15-13) are placed third in the NBL. This year Kenny's total stats are: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.1apg in 29 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Sam Timmins
Sam Timmins
   #8. Center Sam Timmins (211-97, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Washington (2-11) in their game against the Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles (9-5) in the NCAA. Timmins recorded only 4 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The Washington was crushed 98-66 on their home court in Seattle by the Univ.of Calif.at. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Timmins has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand U19 national team back in 2015.

Jack Salt
Jack Salt
   #9. Former international center Jack Salt (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Virginia's surprising victory against the North Carolina State University (8-3) 70-55 in the NCAA last Saturday. Salt scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. The The University of Virginia has a solid 8-4 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Salt has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 3.8rpg in 29 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

Mike Karena
Mike Karena
   #10. Center Mike Karena (208-93, college: Wright St., currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Sammic ISB's victory against the league outsider Zamorano (5-17) 72-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes. Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia (16-6) is placed first in the LEB Silver. This year Karena has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0apg in 22 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. Former U16 international power forward Gus Riley (203-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Bryant's victory against the Central Connecticut State University 91-77 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Riley has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.0rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the New Zealand U16 national team six years ago.


The list of other players, who all have New Zealand passport but never been selected to any of New Zealand national teams:

   #1. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Detroit Pistons' victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (25-34) 120-113 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Detroit Pistons have 28-32 record this season. This year Baynes' overall stats are: 4.5ppg and 4.0rpg in 57 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Yanni Wetzell (208-F, currently plays in NCAA2) led Saint Mary's (TX) University to an easy victory against the Oklahoma Panhandle State University (0-14) 87-71 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. He scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Saint Mary's (TX) University has 7-7 record this season. Wetzell's team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Wetzell has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.8apg.

   #3. Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa (188-G-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Sacramento St. win their game against the Southern Utah University (0-13) 86-76 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Mauriohooho-Le'afa scored 7 points and added 3 assists. The Sacramento State University has 6-6 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Mauriohooho-Le'afa has averaged so far 4.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Mauriohooho-Le'afa has never played in New Zealand.

   #4. Javaan Mumtaz (193-G, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Eastern New Mexico University win their game against the Angelo State University 82-66 in the NCAA2 last Thursday. Mumtaz scored 9 points. The Eastern New Mexico University has rather weak 3-7 record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. Mumtaz has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #5. Isaac Davidson (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Sonoma State University in a victory against the Humboldt State University 65-56 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. He scored only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. The Sonoma State University has quite an impressive 14-3 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Davidson has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 1.9rpg in 11 games.

   #6. Nikau McCullough (188-G-97, currently plays in NCAA2) is a teammate of previously mentioned Yanni Wetzell and both played together in the last NCAA2 game. McCullough helped Saint Mary's (TX) University win their game against the Oklahoma Panhandle State University 87-71. He scored only 3 points. This season McCullough averages just 2.5ppg.   




Leon Henry
Leon Henry's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 1 hour ago
Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad. Zac Carter (203-F/G-89) was the major contributor in a Brisbane Capitals' victory against the fourth-ranked Sunshine CR in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game.    [read more]
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Mitchell
Newton
Mitchell Newton selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 15 days ago
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad. Zac Carter (203-F/G-89) was the major contributor in a Brisbane Capitals' victory against the seventh-ranked Ipswich Force in the Australian State League (second division) in Friday night's game.    [read more]


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