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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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Ethan Rusbatch paces Tall Blacks as they wind up Asia Cup buildup with defeat - Aug 5, 2017


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Paul Henare 's 'Baby' Tall Blacks are now officially battle hardened for the looming Asia Cup in Lebanon. The New Zealand men's basketballers wrapped up their buildup for Lebanon with a battling 60-53 defeat at the hands of dual tournament winners Angola in Chengdu, China. They pushed the full-strength African nation all the way, though weren't able to repeat their upset victory from the previous tournament in Kunshan. With the team travelling less than 24 hours later to Beirut and playing their sixth game in seven days in China, a drop in intensity from the young Tall Blacks would have been understandable. But they hustled hard the entire night, won the final quarter 18-14 and got as close as a couple of buckets to the Angolans. Henare, who has given all his senior players and most of his US-based collegians the campaign off, was happy with the last fortnight from his young team of largely untried international players as he looks to build depth in the national programme. "I am really proud of the effort the guys have put in over the past few weeks," Henare said. "It has culminated in a good performance tonight - not a perfect performance, but the Angolan side has been the class of the two tournaments and no one has gotten close to them. "We are the only team to have beaten them and again tonight we competed with a very good team. That is what we must take into Beirut, knowing we can compete against very good sides." Canterbury shooting guard Ethan Rusbatch (196-G/F-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) led the Tall Blacks with a game-high 16 points (6/13 FG, 4/8 3PT), backed up by some excellent defence and four rebounds in a performance that might help garner some ANBL interest for the free-agent sharpshooter. New Zealand started slowly and were still looking for their first bucket midway through the opening quarter, but kept Angola within reach, at 14-15 down by the first break. The offence continued to splutter thoughout, with a final shooting percentage of 38 from two-point range and 24 from deep reflecting the team's shooting struggles. With Angola edging out to an 11-point lead at three-quarter time, the Tall Blacks' response came, with a Rusbatch corner three and an Ili drive to the basket establishing some momentum. But the experienced Angolans responded to keep the New Zealanders at arm's length down the stretch. Henare is confident the games in China have toughened his young charges for what they will face in Beirut, starting with Kazakhstan in three days' time. "In Beirut we are going to have a day off in between games, and it is going to feel like a holiday for these guys," said Henare. "That is one of the great things about this schedule - six games in seven days with a decent travel day in between. They will be as game ready and game hardened as they can be in Beirut. "This will be another useful experience for these guys. They will be playing against high-quality basketballers. I know for a fact they will walk away from this experience in China all the better for it." New Zealand travel to Beirut on Saturday, arriving on Sunday afternoon to put the finishing touches on preparations ahead of their opening pool game against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz
  




Steven Adams
Steven Adams 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 former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93). He was the major contributor in an Oklahoma City Thunder's victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA in Friday night's game.    [read more]
Nelson Giants re-sign Kyle Adnam - 7 days ago
The Mike Pero Nelson Giants yesterday announced the re-signing of Australian point guard Kyle Adnam (186-G-93) for the 2018 season. After spending four seasons as a development player in the Australian NBL (Adelaide 36ers 2013-14, Wollongong Hawks 2014-15, Melbourne United 2015-17), and three seasons in the SEABL with the Kilsyth Cobras (2014-16), Adnam ventured to New Zealand in March 2017 for his first professional gig. Adnam appeared in 11 games for the Giants in 2017, averaging 16.6...   [read more]

Steven Adams
Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 11 days ago
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12) in their last game. Despite Adams' good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12) was edged 99-98 on the road by the Detroit Pistons.    [read more]


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KL Dragons land Curtis Washington, ex Taranaki MA - 12 days ago  
Tall Blacks thump Hong Kong in WC qualifier - 15 days ago  
Asian Qualifiers: South Korea upset New Zealand in Wellington - 19 days ago  
Tai Jack Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 25 days ago  
Uni Baskets add Prewster to their roster, ex Nelson G. - 29 days ago  
Tai Jack Webster's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 1 month ago  
Corey Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 1 month ago  
Al-Riffa adds Jones to their roster, ex Canterbury - 2 months ago  
Tall Blacks in Europe - 2 months ago  
Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 2 months ago  
NZ Breakers' coach Paul Henare slams team's performance in 39-point loss - 3 months ago  
Saints' future uncertain - 4 months ago  
Wisconsin Badgers defeat NZ Breakers squad 85-75 in tour opener - 4 months ago  
New Zealand National Team 2017 - 4 months ago  
Oklahoma University Sooners too strong for NZ Premiers - 4 months ago  
Ethan Rusbatch paces Tall Blacks as they wind up Asia Cup buildup with defeat - 4 months ago  
Leon Henry's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 4 months ago  
Meng Duo leads China over New Zealand at Basketball Friendly - 4 months ago  
Ironi Nahariya tabs Corey Webster, ex Wellington S. - 4 months ago  
Tall Blacks tip Angola over - 4 months ago  
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