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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 10-0 
 2. Southland S. 5-3 
 3. Canterbury 5-5 
 4. SC Rangers 4-3 
 5. Taranaki MA 3-5 
 6. Nelson G. 2-8 
 7. Taylor Hawks 1-6 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Jones, Canterbury25.9 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.24.1 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.4 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.6 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.21.5 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers17.2 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.16.9 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.16.4 
 10. Te-Rangi, Southlan.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.6 
 2. Jones, Canterbury10.0 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.2 
 4. Wesley, Wellington S.8.3 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.1 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers8.0 
 7. Bailey-N., Taranaki.7.9 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.7.6 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.4 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.9.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.8.2 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.6 
 4. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.6 
 5. Norton, Southlan.5.6 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.5 
 7. ORiley, Taranaki.5.1 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.7 
 10. Webster, Wellingt.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.2.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.1 
 3. Boucher, SC Rangers2.0 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers1.8 
 6. Kenny, Taylor H.1.8 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.6 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.1.6 
 9. Kendle, Canterbury1.5 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.4 
 4. Grim, Nelson G.1.0 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 8. OLeary, Taranaki.0.8 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.0.7 

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Round 7 (Regular Season)

Nelson G. Apr.29 Taranaki MA 52%
SC Rangers 87% Apr.28 Taylor Hawks
SC Rangers 73% Apr.28 Taranaki MA
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Apr 7, 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 could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (45-33) in their last game. Despite Adams' good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (45-33) lost 95-100 on the road to the San Antonio Spurs. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Adams' fourth season with the team. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(357-620) and FT: 60.6% in 76 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). Fotu was not able to help Zaragoza in their game against CB Canarias (19-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Zaragoza lost 54-65 in Tenerife to the leading CB Canarias. It was Zaragoza's third consecutive loss in a row. Fotu has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 68.8%(108-157), 3FGP: 8.7% and FT: 58.7% in 26 games. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia). He contributed to Eagles' victory against the 13th-ranked Slammers (0-3) 86-75 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Tawhiti scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. East Perth Eagles (4-12) are placed in SBL group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Tawhiti's overall stats this year are: 9.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 53.1% and FT: 71.4%. He played for the New Zealand national team four years ago.

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #4. Forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Bandits (0-3) in their game against Spectres (2-2) in the Australian State League (second division). Newton scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. But the sixth-placed Bandits (0-3) lost 87-96 in East Burwood to the second-ranked Spectres in the SEABL-East group. So far Bandits lost all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Newton has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2015.

Mike Karena
Mike Karena
   #5. International center Mike Karena (208-93, college: Wright St., currently plays in Spain) led Sammic ISB to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked L'Hospitalet (9-18) crushing them 94-65 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Karena scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia (21-6) is placed first in the LEB Silver. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Karena has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.9apg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #6. Forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Mitchell Newton in the Australian State League last game. King-Hawea managed to help Nunawading Spectres in a victory against the sixth-ranked Bandits (0-3) 96-87. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year King-Hawea's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 5.0rpg in two games. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team three 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) could not help the Detroit Pistons (34-43) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Detroit Pistons (34-43) were edged 105-102 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. Baynes recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Baynes' overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 4.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Zeb Lovell (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Eastern Mavericks in their game against West Adelaide Bearcats (0-1) in the Australian State League (second division). Lovell scored 7 points. It was his first game for Eastern Mavericks this season. Eastern Mavericks were defeated 85-73 in Woodville by the much lower-ranked West Adelaide Bearcats (#10) in the Premier League. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.

   #3. Simon Bennett (188-G-85, currently plays in Germany) managed to help BSG Grevenbroich in a victory against the 11th-ranked Bonn II (12-14) crushing them 89-63 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Bennett scored only 3 points in 19 minutes. BSG Grevenbroich (17-8) is placed fourth in West group. The Regular Season already ended. Bennett has been at the team for five years. This season he averages just 2.3ppg in 15 games he played so far. Bennett is another player who holds two passports: New Zealand and German.   




Leon Henry
Henry number one in New Zealand for round 6 - 2 days ago
Forward Leon Henry (200-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Wellington S., receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. The 31-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Canterbury (#4, 4-5) with 23-point margin 102-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Wellington S. to consolidate first place in the New Zealand NBL. They maintain a perfect record without any...   [read more]

Josh Duinker
NBL Round 6: Rangers lose to Saints in the game between Top 4 teams - 3 days ago
Very significant was Saints' (#1, 9-0) victory against second-best Rangers (4-3) 103-67. The game was mostly controlled by Saints. Rangers managed to win fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rangers' 34. Saints had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes m...   [read more]

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
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 an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93). Heto a victory against the closely-ranked Joventut in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.    [read more]


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