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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.
Tai Jack Webster's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - Nov 10, 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.


Tai Jack Webster
Tai Jack Webster
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Tai Jack Webster (193-95, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany). He led Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a victory over the closely-ranked EWE Baskets (5-3) 93-82 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Webster was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 11 rebounds. Webster also added 4 assists in 33 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (6-2) is placed fourth in the BBL. 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 relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 61.1%(11-18) and FT: 81.0% in eight games he played so far. Former Advice First Waikato Pistons starter 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). Adams could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (4-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (4-7) lost 86-94 on the road to the Sacramento Kings. Adams recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 29 minutes. It was Thunder's fourth consecutive loss in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Adams is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Thunder's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Adams averages: 12.3ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 65.2%(58-89) and FT: 76.0% in 11 games. He 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). Abercrombie was the major contributor in a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Adelaide 36ers (4-4) 92-88 in the Australian NBL in Thursday night's game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (7-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Abercrombie has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 43.2% and FT: 74.1%. Former Waikato Pistons starter played for the New Zealand national team one years ago.

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #4. Swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, 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. Penney contributed to a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats (5-2) 88-84. He scored 14 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (7-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Penney has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg and 2.8rpg in five games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2015.

Shea Ili
Shea Ili
   #5. International guard Shea Ili (184-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Ili helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Adelaide 36ers (4-4) 92-88. He scored 13 points and added 5 assists. Ili's stats this season are: 10.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #6. Center Mika Vukona (197-82, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. However that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which brought him to that list. Vukona helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the fifth-ranked Cairns Taipans (4-5) 73-70. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. New Zealand Breakers (7-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Vukona's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.7apg in seven games. He is international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team one years ago.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #7. International forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Germany) helped ratiopharm Ulm win their game against the league outsider Walter Tigers (0-8) 81-74 in the German BBL last Saturday. Fotu scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ratiopharm Ulm (3-5) is placed 11th in the BBL. It's Fotu's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 11.9ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg. Fotu used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.

Finn Delany
Finn Delany
   #8. 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 Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Delany helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the fifth-ranked Cairns Taipans (4-5) 73-70. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. This year Delany's total stats are: 3.9ppg and 3.4rpg in seven games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #9. Former international 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 Kirk Penney (above) in the other team. Pledger helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats (5-2) 88-84. He scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Pledger has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 5.4rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #10. Guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Ironi Nahariya in their game against Galil Gilboa (2-3) in the Israeli Winner League. Webster scored only 4 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. Ironi Nahariya was badly defeated 92-73 in Rosh Pina by the lower-ranked (#8) Galil Gilboa. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Webster has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 5.0apg and 1.6spg in five games. He is international player as one years ago he still played for the New Zealand senior national team.

   #11. International 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 Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Loe helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats 88-84. He scored 7 points. Loe has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 5.1rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.

   #12. Former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Perth Wildcats in a victory against the league outsider Kings crushing them 93-69 in the Australian NBL in Friday night's game. Kenny scored only 4 points in 13 minutes. Kenny has averaged so far 3.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg in six games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2015.

   #13. 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 last Thursday. Smith-Milner scored only 3 points. This season Smith-Milner averages just 1.5ppg. He is also New Zealand national team player.


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 over the Los Angeles Lakers (5-7) 107-96 in the NBA last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Baynes scored 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Boston Celtics have a very good 10-2 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Baynes has relatively solid stats: 7.1ppg and 5.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Bahrain) was the main contributor in Al-Riffa's victory against the closely-ranked Al-Najma (3-5) 87-84 in the Bahrain Premier League on Monday night. Jones was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 36 points and getting 12 rebounds in 39 minutes. Al-Riffa (4-4) is placed seventh in the Premier League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 30.0ppg, 14.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5bpg and 2.3spg in four games he played so far. 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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