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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)

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Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - Apr 14, 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 (47-35) in their last game. Despite Adams' good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) was crushed 120-99 on the road by the Phoenix Suns. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds in 33 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: 11.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(374-652) and FT: 61.1% in 80 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 was not able to help Zaragoza (8-19) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Fotu's good performance Zaragoza was edged 91-88 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#5). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Fotu has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 67.9%(112-165), 3FGP: 8.7% and FT: 59.7%. 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 was not able to secure a victory for Eagles (4-12) in their last game. Despite Tawhiti's very good performance his team lost 83-96 in Northbridge to the leading Redbacks in the SBL group. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Tawhiti also added 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Tawhiti has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.5% and FT: 76.9% in seven games. He played for the New Zealand national team four years ago.

   #4. Forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia) contributed to Spectres' victory against the fifth-ranked Kilsyth Cobras (1-3) 84-73 in the Australian State League (second division) in Friday night's game. King-Hawea scored 7 points. Nunawading Spectres (3-0) are placed first in SEABL-East group. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. King-Hawea's overall stats this year are: 5.7ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2014.

Mike Karena
Mike Karena
   #5. International center Mike Karena (208-93, college: Wright St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Sammic ISB (21-7) in their last game. Despite Karena's good performance the league leader Sammic ISB lost 67-73 in Granada to the lower-ranked (#3) CB Granada. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Karena also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Karena has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.0apg in 28 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #6. Forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Sabres (1-2) crushing them 107-82 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Newton scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Albury Wodonga Bandits (1-2) are placed fifth in SEABL-East group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Newton's stats this season are: 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team two years ago.

James Paringatai
James Paringatai
   #7. Former international forward James Paringatai (201-86, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Geraldton Buccaneers in a victory against the seventh-ranked Cougars (3-3) 89-75 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. He scored only one point in 16 minutes. Geraldton Buccaneers (4-1) are placed fourth in SBL group. This year Paringatai's overall stats are: 2.0ppg and 3.0rpg in five games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team four 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. Thomas Giles (180-G-88, currently plays in Australia). Giles could not help Norths Soul Sports Bears (2-0) to beat Spiders (3-0). He cannot count it as his best performance. Giles scored only 3 points and added 3 passes in 7 minutes on the court. The third-placed Norths Soul Sports Bears (2-0) lost 69-75 on the road to the leading Spiders in the WARATAH group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Giles' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 1.4ppg and 1.4apg in five games he played so far.

   #2. Zeb Lovell (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Eastern Mavericks (2-0) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lovell's good performance the first-placed Eastern Mavericks (2-0) were badly defeated 85-69 in Gawler by the much lower-ranked Central District Lions (#8) in the Premier League. He scored 12 points. It's Lovell's first season with the team. Lovell's overall stats this year are: 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg.   




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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