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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 14-0 
 2. Southland S. 9-5 
 3. SC Rangers 8-5 
 4. Canterbury 7-7 
 5. Nelson G. 4-10 
 6. Taylor Hawks 3-10 
 7. Taranaki MA 3-11 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.5 
 2. Jones, Canterbury24.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.2 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.4 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.2 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.7 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers17.9 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.17.1 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pledger, Southlan.9.9 
 2. Jones, Canterbury9.4 
 3. Gomis, Taranaki MA9.3 
 4. Williams, Taylor H.8.8 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.6 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers8.2 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 8. Duinker, Wellingt.7.9 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 10. McCarron, SC Ra.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.7 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.7.4 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury5.8 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers5.4 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.2 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.1 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.4.8 
 10. ORiley, Taranaki.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ili, Wellington S.2.5 
 2. Boucher, SC Rangers2.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.2.0 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.1.8 
 5. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.7 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.5 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers1.5 
 9. Ross, SC Rangers1.4 
 10. Kendle, Canterbury1.4 
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 Rangers1.6 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 6. Grim, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 8. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 9. Kay, Southland S.0.7 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 

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Round 11 (Regular Season)

SC Rangers May.28 Wellington S 75%
Taranaki MA 57% May.27 Taylor Hawks
Canterbury 64% May.27 Southland S
Nelson G. May.26 Wellington S 90%
New Zealand 3x3 champions crowned and book tickets to World Tour Masters in Japan - Mar 25, 2017


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Rory Fannon
Team Tamaki-Central were crowned the Burger King 3x3 Quest Tour Champions this weekend after winning the final of the World Tour Qualifier at The Cloud Event Centre in Auckland. Through this victory, Tamaki-Central teammates Rory Fannon (204-C-87, college: Utah Valley), Sherif Hassan, Anthony Jones, and Connor Woodbridge have claimed their right to compete in the FIBA 3x3 World Masters in Utsunomiya, Japan in July. The Grand Final was highly anticipated by local basketball fans with defending champions Auckland having 3x3 heavyweights Karl Noyer and James McLeod lining up. Both Noyer and McLeod have represented New Zealand at the past two FIBA 3x3 World Masters and their experience had Auckland as favourites, yet Tamaki-Central paid no respect to history or their own underdog status. The game was a back and forth slugfest. The lead was traded throughout right up until the final anxious moments where both teams fired a rally of missed free throws that would have otherwise won the game. Eventually it was an amazing clutch two-point basket by Connor Woodbridge that sealed the deal for the Tamaki team to claim the 2017 title, winning a nail biting final 21-19. Tamaki-Central's captain Rory Fannon was a force in the paint, but said he was battling fatigue and put the game winning moments down to their new recruit, young Connor Woodbridge, who managed to make the final basket to reach 21 before their experienced opponents. 'Coming down to the last basket we were all exhausted. My back was hurting, so I'm just so glad we could pull it together. Connor was the real hero of the game and was amazing for us down the stretch, he deserves all the praise.' Woodbridge is the youngest player of the Tamaki-Central squad and has enjoyed success as a Kiwi in the High School system in the United States, recently graduating from Florida's IMG academy. He is back in New Zealand with an eye on returning to the U.S. to play Division 1 College Basketball. He said it was great to step into the 3x3 environment while back home. 'It was great to be part of an excellent group of players that welcomed me in straight away. It was a simple transition from the full game as it's a lot easier to exploit matchups in 3x3. I'm happy at how our team played, and glad to get my teammates involved early and have a chance to win it at the end.' Overall the event was a gruelling day of street basketball for the 12 teams that had qualified, first needing to survive a taxing five-game round robin, before the semi-finalists were found. Tamaki-Central battled with an unsteady 18-17 loss to a gutsy Hamilton team early in the day. They needed to find their feet fast and managed to rally to pull together a string of victories in their remaining round robin games to find their way to the semi-finals. The semis provided a wide array of talent with Canterbury and Hamilton making up the minor placings. Tamaki-Central exploited the size mismatches of a smaller Canterbury to a 16 - 8 win in the first semi-final. On the other side of the brackets, Auckland Central took on a young Hamilton squad that played shot for shot up until the final moments, but again it appeared to be the Auckland team's collective experience that let them to the final with a 15-13 win. For 3x3 National Coach Anthony Corban it was a great time to identify future talent for the upcoming 3x3 international schedule, which includes the FIBA 3x3 World Cup taking place in Nantes, France and The U18 3x3 World Cup in Chengdu, China. 'The 3x3 game is all about finding balance in a squad and having the ability to read the play and not perform in a robotic system. Ideally we are looking for players who can react to situations and are comfortable with not being in a system, but ultimately all players need to be able to shoot the ball and be versatile in all parts of the game.' Basketball New Zealand's 3x3 Manager, David Huxford, has seen the growth of the 3x3 game in New Zealand, having run the Burger King 3x3 Quest Tour for the last four years. He says with the full weight of FIBA behind the 3x3 format and international participation sky-rocketing, the street version of basketball has a strong chance of being added to the 2020 Olympic Games. 'An announcement is expected in June as to whether or not 3x3 will be included by the IOC in future Olympics. If yes, then the first Olympics will be the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo Japan. Japan is the only country that currently has a professional 3x3 league.' Fannon's Squad will travel to Utsunomiya, Japan to represent Tamaki-Central in the World Tour Masters on 29-30 July 2017. The FIBA World Tour culminates in the World Tour Finals in the Philippines at a date to be announced. If the team picks up the win in Japan, they will stamp their ticket into the World Masters Final.
Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz
  




Shea Ili
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 10 - 2 days ago
International Guard Shea Ili (184-G-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Wellington S. and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 24-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Wellington S. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Southland S. (#2, 9-5) 109-94. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Wellington S. to consolidate first pl...   [read more]

Nnanna Egwu
NBL Round 10: Rangers beat Sharks in the most crucial game of the week - 3 days ago
An exciting game was played in Auckland. Third ranked Rangers faced their biggest opponent Sharks. Host Rangers (8-5) smashed guests from Southland (9-5) 112-82. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 112-82. Rangers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Sharks' 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Nigerian-Americ...   [read more]

Thomas
Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 5 days ago
Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87). He could not help Demir IBB (9-21) in their last game. Despite Abercrombie's good performance Demir IBB lost 79-86 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Galatasaray.    [read more]


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Kay number one in New Zealand for round 9 - 9 days ago  
NBL Round 9: Rams lose to Sharks in the game between Top 4 teams - 10 days ago  
Mitchell Newton's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 12 days ago  
Final Four series to be hosted by Tauranga - 14 days ago  
Webster's 37-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 16 days ago  
NBL Round 8: Sharks defeat Rams in the game between Top 4 teams - 17 days ago  
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 7 - 24 days ago  
NBL Round 7: Hawks beat higher ranked Rangers - 25 days ago  
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 26 days ago  
Curtis Washington agreed terms with Mountain Airs - 26 days ago  
Canterbury welcomes back Moore, ex Promitheas - 27 days ago  
Henry number one in New Zealand for round 6 - 1 month ago  
NBL Round 6: Rangers lose to Saints in the game between Top 4 teams - 1 month ago  
Isaac Fotu selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 1 month ago  
Webster's 29 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - 1 month ago  
NBL Round 5: First victory of Giants - 1 month ago  
Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 1 month ago  
Giants add Grim to their roster, ex Uni Baskets - 1 month ago  
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 4 - 1 month ago  
NBL Round 4: Rangers are upset by Sharks - 1 month ago  
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