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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 
Full Standings

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  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.
  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
  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
  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
  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.
Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - May 4, 2018

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Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently 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 (48-34) in their last game. Despite Adams' very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (48-34) lost 91-96 on the road to the Utah Jazz. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 16 rebounds. Adams also added 3 assists in 39 minutes on the court. It's Adams' fifth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Adams averages: 13.6ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 62.8%(475-756) and FT: 56.5% in 82 games he played so far. He played for the New Zealand senior national team seven years ago.

Tai Jack Webster
Tai Jack Webster
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Tai Jack Webster (193-95, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany). Webster was the major contributor in a Deutsche Bank Skyliners' victory against the closely-ranked EWE Baskets (21-13) 90-74 in the German BBL last Tuesday. He recorded 21 points and added 4 passes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Webster's third season in pro basketball. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (20-14) is placed eighth in the BBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Webster's first year with the team. This season he has very high stats. Webster averages: 15.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 81.1%. Ex-Advice First Waikato Pistons player is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Germany). He led ratiopharm Ulm to a victory against the 16th-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8-26) 89-82 in the German BBL on Friday night. Fotu scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Ratiopharm Ulm (16-18) is placed tenth in the BBL. The Regular Season already ended. It's Fotu's first year with the team. Fotu has relatively good stats this season: 14.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 65.9%(166-252), 3FGP: 54.1%(20-37) and FT: 75.5% in 33 games. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Dyson King-Hawea
Dyson King-Hawea
   #4. Forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Diamond Valley Eagles (1-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite King-Hawea's very good performance the seventh-placed Diamond Valley Eagles (1-5) were defeated 85-78 in Melbourne by the higher-ranked Tigers (#4) in the SEABL-South group. He scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year King-Hawea has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Zane Meehl
Zane Meehl
   #5. Former University international guard Zane Meehl (188-86, college: Mid-Continent, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Sunshine CR (1-1) in their last game. Despite Meehl's good performance Sunshine CR (#6) lost 84-91 at home to the second-ranked Sunshine CP in the QBL group. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Meehl's first year with the team. This season Meehl's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5spg in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: New Zealand and Australian. Meehl used to play for the New Zealand university national team eleven years ago.

Mike Karena
Mike Karena
   #6. Center Mike Karena (208-93, college: Wright St., currently plays in Spain) managed to help Actel Forca Lleida in a victory against the third-ranked La ICL Manresa (24-10) 74-68 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Karena recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Actel Forca Lleida (12-22) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the LEB Gold. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. It's Karena's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 6.0ppg and 2.2rpg in 27 games. Karena is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team two 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) contributed to an easy victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (44-38) 112-96 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics have a solid 55-27 record this season. Baynes' overall stats this year are: 5.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Zac Carter (203-F/G-89, currently plays in Australia) could not help Brisbane Capitals (1-0) in their last game. Despite Carter's very good performance the second-placed Brisbane Capitals (1-0) lost 84-99 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#12) Rollers in the QBL group. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Carter also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Brisbane Capitals this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Carter is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Brisbane Capitals' roster. He is another player who holds two passports: New Zealand and Australian.

   #3. Zeke Meehl (181-G-88, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Sunshine CR's victory against the 15th-ranked NGC Seahawks (0-2) 86-78 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He scored 7 points. Sunshine Coast Rip (1-1) is placed sixth in QBL group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Meehl's first season with the team. This year Meehl averages only 3.5ppg. Similarly like Carter and Baynes above he has both New Zealand and Australian nationalities.

   #4. Matthew Wilson (201-F-92, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Hawthorn Magic to win against the ninth-ranked Keilor Thunder (2-5) 87-81 in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored only 4 points. Hawthorn Magic (4-2) is placed fifth in Big V group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Wilson has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 2.2rpg.


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]

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]

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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