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NBL Standings
 1. Nelson G. 10-2 
 2. Wellington S. 10-2 
 3. Southland S. 8-3 
 4. Canterbury 6-4 
 5. Taylor Hawks 6-5 
 6. Taranaki MA 2-8 
 7. Manawatu J. 1-10 
 8. SC Rangers 1-10 
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Ili, Wellington S.25.4 
 2. Knight, Manawatu.25.3 
 3. Iverson, Manawatu.23.8 
 4. Douglas, Taranaki.21.5 
 5. Jones, SC Rangers21.1 
 6. Shepard, Canterbury20.3 
 7. Thames, Canterbury20.1 
 8. Wilson, SC Rangers19.6 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.19.5 
 10. Peak, Wellington S.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Majok MAJOK
  Wellington S.
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Majok, Wellington S.11.3 
 2. Douglas, Taranaki.11.3 
 3. Coleman, Southlan.9.7 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.9.4 
 5. Shepard, Canterbury9.3 
 6. Jones, SC Rangers8.4 
 7. Brandt, Taylor H.8.1 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.8.0 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.7.8 
 10. Pledger, Southlan.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  SC Rangers
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Tait, SC Rangers7.6 
 2. Adnam, Nelson G.7.0 
 3. Shepard, Canterbury6.9 
 4. Ili, Wellington S.6.7 
 5. Kenny, Taylor H.5.5 
 6. Knight, Manawatu.5.1 
 7. ORiley, Taranaki.5.0 
 8. Weeks, Southlan.4.8 
 9. Raukawa, Southlan.3.8 
 10. Thames, Canterbury3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Shepard, Canterbury2.6 
 2. Thames, Canterbury2.4 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.2.3 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.2.2 
 5. Delany, Nelson G.2.0 
 6. Ili, Wellington S.1.7 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 8. Woods, Taranaki MA1.7 
 9. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 10. Britt, Canterbury1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Maxwell DARLING
  Canterbury
  (196-F-0)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Darling, Canterbury1.6 
 2. Scott, SC Rangers1.6 
 3. Smith, Taranaki MA1.3 
 4. Pledger, Southlan.1.3 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.1.1 
 6. McRae, Manawatu J.0.9 
 7. Henry, Wellington S.0.9 
 8. Jones, SC Rangers0.8 
 9. Hunter, Southlan.0.6 
 10. Morgan, Southlan.0.6 

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Round 9 (Regular Season)

Manawatu J. Jun.30 Canterbury 86%
SC Rangers 59% Jun.24 Taranaki MA
Taylor Hawks 83% Jun.23 Taranaki MA
Canterbury 90% Jun.23 Manawatu J.
Corey Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Nov 3, 2017


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Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad.


Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Israel). He led Ironi Nahariya to a victory over the eighth-ranked Bnei Hasharon (1-3) 95-82 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Webster was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and added 6 passes in 35 minutes on the court. Ironi Nahariya (3-1) is placed fourth in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Webster's first year with the team. Webster has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 29.0%, 3FGP: 51.7%(15-29) and FT: 83.3% in four games he played so far. Webster played for the New Zealand senior national team one years ago.

Steven Adams
Steven Adams
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Adams' very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3) was edged 119-116 on the road by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Adams is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Thunder's roster. This season Adams has very high stats. He averages: 14.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 68.2%(45-66) and FT: 73.3%. Adams played for the New Zealand national team in 2011.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia). He was the major contributor in a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Adelaide 36ers (4-3) 92-88 in the Australian NBL on Thursday night. Abercrombie scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (5-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Abercrombie has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 70.8% in six games. Former Waikato Pistons starter played for the New Zealand national team one years ago.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #4. Forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams ratiopharm Ulm (2-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance ratiopharm Ulm was edged 95-93 in Saint Petersburg by the higher-ranked Zenit (#4). Fotu was the second best scorer with 18 points. It's Fotu's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 10.0ppg and 3.3rpg. Fotu has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. He used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.

Shea Ili
Shea Ili
   #5. International guard Shea Ili (184-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Ili was the main contributor in a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the sixth-ranked Bullets (2-4) 101-96. He was the best player in that game. Ili recorded 23 points. New Zealand Breakers (5-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Ili has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.8apg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #6. Forward Robert Loe (211-91, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Shea Ili (above) in the other team. Loe contributed to a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the sixth-ranked Bullets (2-4) 101-96. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Loe's overall stats are: 4.8ppg and 5.5rpg in six games. He is international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team one years ago.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #7. International center Mika Vukona (197-82, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Vukona helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Adelaide 36ers (4-3) 92-88. He scored 7 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Vukona's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #8. Center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Pledger helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Adelaide 36ers (4-3) 92-88. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. This year Pledger's total stats are: 8.2ppg and 5.0rpg in six games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2014.

Finn Delany
Finn Delany
   #9. International forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Robert Loe (above) in the other team. Delany helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the sixth-ranked Bullets (2-4) 101-96. He recorded 7 points. Delany has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 3.2rpg. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Jarrod Kenny
Jarrod Kenny
   #10. Guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Perth Wildcats in a victory against the league outsider Kings (2-5) crushing them 93-69 in the Australian NBL last Friday. Kenny scored only 4 points in 13 minutes. Perth Wildcats (5-1) are placed second in the NBL. Kenny has averaged so far 3.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg in six games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the New Zealand senior national team.

   #11. International swingman Reuben Te Rangi (198-94, currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Shea Ili in the Australian NBL last game. Te Rangi was not able to secure a victory for Bullets in their game against New Zealand Breakers. He recorded 7 points. His team were defeated 101-96. This season Te Rangi averages only 3.3ppg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #12. Former international swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Penney helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Adelaide 36ers 92-88. He scored 5 points in 17 minutes. Penney has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg and 3.0rpg in four games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2015.

   #13. International forward Jordan Ngatai (196-93, agency: MKP Management, college: BYU-Hawaii, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Finn Delany (above) in the other team. Ngatai helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the sixth-ranked Bullets 101-96. He recorded 5 points. This season Ngatai averages only 2.3ppg. He is also New Zealand national team player.

   #14. International power forward Tohi Smith-Milner (206-95, college: Polk State CC, currently plays in Australia) helped United win their game against the closely-ranked Cairns Taipans crushing them 87-65 in the Australian NBL on Thursday night. Smith-Milner scored only 3 points in 2 minutes on the court. It was his first game for United this season. Smith-Milner plays currently for the New Zealand national team.


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) led Boston Celtics to a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (4-4) 96-89 in the NBA last Thursday. Baynes recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 24 minutes. The Boston Celtics have a solid 6-2 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Baynes' overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg in eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Bahrain) could not help Al-Riffa (3-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Al-Riffa was defeated 72-66 on the road by the leading Al-Ahli. Jones recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jones has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 28.0ppg, 15.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7bpg and 2.3spg. Jones is a naturalized American. He used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.   




Jordan
Ngatai
Ngatai number one in New Zealand for round 8 - 4 days ago
International Forward Jordan Ngatai (196-F-93, agency: MKP Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Wellington S., receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 8. The 24-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Manawatu J. (#7, 1-9) 79-70. It allowed Wellington S. to consolidate first place in the New Zealand NBL. Wellington S. has a very good season and are considered to have a run fo...   [read more]

Julian
Washburn
NBL Round 8: Sharks are defeated by Rams - 5 days ago
Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most important game in the last round took place in Southland between third ranked Sharks (7-3) and fourth ranked Rams (6-4) on Friday night. Sharks were defeated by Rams at home 89-77. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sharks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Julian Washburn (203-91, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and the other A...   [read more]

Dominique
Kelman-Poto
Kelman-Poto's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 11 days ago
Forward Dominique Kelman-Poto (201-F) put on an amazing game in the last round for SC Rangers and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 7. He had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Taranaki MA (#6, 2-7) 93-86. SC Rangers maintains the 8th position in New Zealand league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 9 games and recorded just one victory. Kelman-Poto just recently signed...   [read more]


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