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 1 Saints 8-0 
 2 Hawks 6-2 
 3 Rams 5-2 
 4 Sharks 5-4 
 5 Huskies 3-4 
 6 Giants 3-5 
 7 Rangers 2-6 
 8 Jets 1-5 
 9 Airs 1-6 

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Points Per Game
 Tim QUARTERMAN
  Range.
  (198-G-94)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Quarterman, Range.26.8 
 2. Knight, Jets25.3 
 3. Ellenson, Jets24.7 
 4. Billups, Huskies22.9 
 5. Foster, Airs22.3 
 6. Singler, Hawks21.8 
 7. Rusbatch, Hawks21.6 
 8. Nichols, Huskies21.0 
 9. Weeks, Sharks20.8 
 10. Jett, Giants19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Craig MOLLER
  Huskies
  (203-F-94)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Moller, Huskies12.3 
 2. Jois, Rangers11.3 
 3. Iverson, Jets10.0 
 4. Kay, Saints9.1 
 5. Temara, Jets8.8 
 6. Pledger, Sharks8.3 
 7. Billups, Huskies8.0 
 8. Vague, Giants7.5 
 9. Egwu, Rangers7.3 
 10. Loe, Saints7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Hawks
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Kenny, Hawks7.9 
 2. Ili, Saints6.5 
 3. Jett, Giants5.0 
 4. Weeks, Sharks4.7 
 5. Nichols, Huskies4.6 
 6. Knight, Jets4.5 
 7. Iverson, Jets4.2 
 8. Raukawa, Airs4.0 
 9. Quarterman, Range.3.9 
 10. Naar, Rams3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tim QUARTERMAN
  Range.
  (198-G-94)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quarterman, Range.2.8 
 2. Iverson, Jets1.8 
 3. Bishop, Rangers1.8 
 4. Dech, Saints1.8 
 5. Kay, Saints1.8 
 6. Gliddon, Rams1.7 
 7. Jois, Rangers1.6 
 8. Perrott-Hunt, Gia.1.5 
 9. Harrison, Giants1.5 
 10. Ili, Saints1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Nnanna EGWU
  Rangers
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Egwu, Rangers2.0 
 2. Wilkins, Rams1.7 
 3. Pledger, Sharks1.1 
 4. Iverson, Jets1.0 
 5. Kickert, Hawks1.0 
 6. Ellenson, Jets1.0 
 7. Kay, Saints0.9 
 8. Billups, Huskies0.9 
 9. Thomas, Hawks0.8 
 10. Jois, Rangers0.8 
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Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Feb 15, 2019


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STEVEN ADAMS
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 led Oklahoma City Thunder to an easy victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (23-36) crushing them 117-95 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Adams scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes on the court. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 37-20 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Adams' sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Adams averages: 14.7ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 60.8%(345-567) and FT: 55.0% in 55 games he played so far. He played for the New Zealand senior national team eight years ago.

Finn Delany
Finn Delany
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist, currently plays in Australia). Delany could not help New Zealand Breakers (12-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance New Zealand Breakers were defeated 114-107 on the road by the higher-ranked Adelaide 36ers (#4). Delany scored 16 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Delany's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 66.3%(55-83), 3FGP: 41.2% and FT: 67.9%. He is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Corey Webster (188-88, agency: Alti Sport, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Finn Delany. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Webster led New Zealand Breakers to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Illawarra Hawks (12-16) crushing them 130-96. He scored 18 points and added 3 passes in a mere 15 minutes. New Zealand Breakers (12-15) are placed sixth in the NBL. It's Webster's first season with the team. Webster has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 40.2%, 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 78.8% in 26 games. He is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Shea Ili
Shea Ili
   #4. Guard Shea Ili (184-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Finn Delany. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Corey Webster (above) in the other team. Ili led New Zealand Breakers to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Illawarra Hawks (12-16) crushing them 130-96. He scored 14 points and added 5 passes. Ili's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.7apg. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #5. International forward Robert Loe (211-91, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Cairns Taipans' surprising victory against the second-ranked United (17-10) 87-85 in the Australian NBL last Thursday. Loe scored 9 points, had 10 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Cairns Taipans (6-21) are located at the very bottom in the NBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Loe's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #6. Forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Finn Delany and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Abercrombie was not able to help New Zealand Breakers (12-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance New Zealand Breakers were defeated 114-107 in Findon by the higher-ranked Adelaide 36ers (#4). Abercrombie scored 11 points and added 4 assists. Abercrombie's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Maxwell Darling
Maxwell Darling
   #7. An experienced U18 international forward Maxwell Darling (196-0, currently plays in Alpe-Adria-Cup) was not able to secure a victory for KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (4-2) in their game against Levice (4-2) in the Alpe Adria Cup. Darling scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. The first-placed KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (4-2) lost 73-87 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Levice in the group B of Alpe Adria Cup. This year Darling's total stats are: 4.1ppg and 4.0rpg in eight games. He is also New Zealand U18 national team player.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #8. Forward Mika Vukona (197-82, currently plays in Australia) helped Bullets win their game against one of league's weakest teams Illawarra Hawks (12-16) 98-87 in the Australian NBL last Thursday. Vukona scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Brisbane Bullets (13-14) are placed fifth in the NBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Vukona has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.9apg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Jordan Ngatai
Jordan Ngatai
   #9. International forward Jordan Ngatai (196-93, agency: MKP Management, college: BYU-Hawaii, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Finn Delany. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Shea Ili (above) in the other team. Ngatai helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against one of league's weakest teams Illawarra Hawks (12-16) crushing them 130-96. He scored 10 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in only 13 minutes. This year Ngatai averages only 1.3ppg in 13 games. 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) is a teammate of previously mentioned Robert Loe and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Kenny helped Cairns Taipans edge the second-ranked United (17-10) 87-85. He scored 9 points and added 3 passes. Kenny has averaged so far 4.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. International center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Robert Loe in the Australian NBL last game. Pledger couldn't help United in their game against Cairns Taipans. He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 18 minutes. His team was edged 87-85. Pledger has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 4.6rpg in 26 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #12. International swingman Reuben Te Rangi (198-94, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. However that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which brought him to that list. Te Rangi couldn't help Bullets in their game against Cairns Taipans. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. His team lost 68-79. This year Te Rangi has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

   #13. Former U19 international forward Samuel Waardenburg (208-99, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Miami, FL in their game against the University of North Carolina in the NCAA. Waardenburg scored 8 points. His team was edged 88-85. Waardenburg has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the New Zealand U19 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international power forward Denhym Brooke (203, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the University of Hawaii at Hilo in their game against the Academy of Art in the NCAA2. Brooke scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in 35 minutes. His team lost 63-68 in the NCAA2. Brooke has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5bpg in 17 games. He used to play for the New Zealand U19 national team back in 2012.

   #15. Former U19 international guard Jayden Bezzant (188, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Northwest Nazarene University in their game against the Simon Fraser University in the NCAA2. Despite his good performance in Thursday night's game Bezzant scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bezzant has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the New Zealand U19 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. Tony Tolovae (196-G-92, currently plays in Norway) could not help Gimle BBK (18-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Tolovae's very good performance Gimle BBK was defeated 87-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Baerum Basket (#3). He scored 18 points and added 3 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tolovae has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg. Tolovae has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Isaac Davidson (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Sonoma State University (5-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Davidson's good performance his team was edged 70-68 in San Francisco by the State University. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Davidson has very high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg and 4.7rpg.

   #3. Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa (188-G-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Sacramento St.'s victory against the Portland State University (5-1) 78-67 in the NCAA last Monday. Mauriohooho-Le'afa recorded 6 points and added 3 passes. The Sacramento State University has rather weak 1-5 conference record this season. Mauriohooho-Le'afa has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Mauriohooho-Le'afa has never played in New Zealand.

   #4. Yanni Wetzell (208-F/C, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Vanderbilt (0-5) in their game against the The University of Alabama (2-4) in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points in 17 minutes. his team lost 67-77 in Tuscaloosa to the The University of Alabama. So far Vanderbilt lost all five games in the conference Wetzell has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 3.0rpg in 24 games he played so far.

   #5. Takiula Fahrensohn (198-G, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Portland (0-5) in their game against the Brigham Young University in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Fahrensohn scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. his team was crushed 83-48 in Provo by the Brigham Young University. So far Portland lost all five games in the conference This year Fahrensohn averages just 1.4ppg in 14 games.

   #6. Jackson Stent (203-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Houston Baptist University in a victory against the Central Arkansas 75-71 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. Stent has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 1.4rpg in 21 games.

   #7. Quintin Bailey (201-F-97, college: Citrus JC, currently plays in NAIA) helped John Brown University win their game against the Mid-America Christian University 83-67 in the NAIA in Thursday night's game. He scored only 2 points. Bailey has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 3.3rpg.

   #8. Corey Le'Aupepe (198-F, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Menlo College (1-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Menlo College was defeated 94-90 in Rocklin by the William Jessup University. Le'Aupepe recorded 10 points. Le'Aupepe has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #9. Jordan Hunt (206-F, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Southern Oregon University in their game against the Corban College in the Cascade, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds. Hunt also added 3 blocks in 35 minutes. But his team was edged 94-92 in the Cascade. Hunt's stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.9apg and 2.2bpg in 17 games.

   #10. Sam Smith (193-G, currently plays in NAIA) helped Texas Wesleyan University win their game against the Southwestern Christian University crushing them 90-55 in the NAIA last Thursday. He scored only 3 points. Smith has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 1.4rpg.

  




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