Monthly Archives: August 2015

Third time lucky as Rangitoto College defeat Westlake Boys


Westlake Boys High School met Rangitoto College in the final of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier competition at North Shore Events Centre on Thursday night. Continue reading

Westlake Girls beat Rangitoto College in Premier Final


The finals of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier basketball competition were held at North Shore Events Centre on Thursday night. Both the boys and the girls finals featured Westlake versus Rangitoto College match ups Continue reading

Kiwi Coach attends FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate


 Nele Nikovic has been given the rare opportunity to join the prestigious three year FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate.

Every National Basketball Association in Europe is only allowed to nominate two coaches for every three year cycle to attend the certification. On occasions non FIBA Europe countries are permitted to send coaches to the course and Nele jumped at the chance when given the opportunity. Continue reading

Bartlett eliminated but Tall Ferns progress


After five weeks of globetrotting on international duty most of the Tall Ferns and Tall Blacks are enjoying some time away from the game before college and club commitments commence at the end of the month. Continue reading

The Breakers D squad named


The SKYCITY Breakers have today confirmed the final four places on the wider 2015/16 ANBL roster with confirmation of the four players on development contracts for the new season.

The four players have all been signed following the highly successful Rookie Camp held at the club two weekends ago, with players from around the country invited to trial to be a part of the team for the coming seasoShea Ili, Jordan Ngatai and Tai Wynyard return for further seasons as development players while Finn Delany is the newcomer amongst the group, after the 20 year old impressed at Rookie Camp after doing likewise during recent Tall Black trials.

The club has chosen to go with four players, with Tai Wynyard signed on a non-payment contract that protects his amateur status ahead of taking up his scholarship at Kentucky University in the USA. Teams can name up to 12 players on the roster for all home games, with development players eligible for consideration each week.

Below is a run down on the four players named by the SKYCITY Breakers

Jordan Ngatai

SF/PF, 195cm, 109kg

NZ Breakers Development Player 14-15, Tall Blacks ’13, Wellington Saints ’14, Manawatu Jets ‘15.

Prior to joining the Breakers Jordan had a year playing NCAA Division 2 college basketball at BYU Hawaii where he averaged 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Seasiders.

Played New Zealand NBL basketball in 2015 for Manawatu Jets. Unfortunately he carried a foot injury, incurred late in the Breakers season, into his NBL season and that affected his early season form.

However he finished the campaign strongly averaging 13.5 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Jets.

Debuted for the New Zealand Tall Blacks in 2013 and a strong 12 months could see the versatile forward back in contention for an international spot next year.

The oldest of the four development players at 22 years Ngatai made 7 brief appearances for the Breakers last season and will be keen to log more minutes in this campaign.

Shea Ili

PG, 184cm, 84kg

NZ Breakers Development Player 14-15, Tall Blacks ’15, Super City Rangers ‘13 Southland Sharks ’14 and ‘15

An outstanding defender he was a key figure, alongside Breakers teammates Tai Wesley and Duane Bailey, as the Southland Sharks lifted the 2015 New Zealand NBL championship. He averaged 9.4 points, 4.3rebounds and 3.6 assists for the Sharks.

In July he made his international debut for the New Zealand Tall Blacks and late in the second Oceania Olympic Qualifying game against the Australian Boomers underlined his defensive prowess as he caused NBA stars Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova some anxious moments.

The twenty two year old made 8 appearances for the Breakers last season

Needs to develop his point guard leadership and his outside shooting ability but there is no doubt he possesses the quickness and athleticism to be a success at ANBL and international level.

Tai Wynyard

PF/C, 205cm, 115kg

NZ Breakers Development Player 14-15, Tall Blacks ’14’, 15, Super City Rangers ‘14, ’15.

Tai Wynyard returns for his second season as a Development player having made 2 appearances last season.

Tai has had a sensational past few months on the basketball court. In July 2014 he became the youngest ever New Zealand Tall Black when he debuted against South Korea. Three months later he became the youngest SKY CITY Breaker when taking the court against the Adelaide 36ers. Tai again made headlines in June 2015 when he was a member of the New Zealand team that won gold at the FIBA Under 18 3 on 3 World Championship in Hungary.

In his final year at Rangitoto College the 17 year old has committed to the University of Kentucky.

Wynyard will play a significant role for the Breakers while Alex Pledger recovers from his toe surgery but it remains to be seen if the Breakers will seek dispensation to enable the young forward to play road games during that time.

Finn Delany

PF/SF, 198cm, 100kg

Tall Black trialist ’15, Nelson Giants ’13-‘15

Just 20 years of age and Finn has already played 47 games over three seasons for the Nelson Giants in the New Zealand NBL. Averaging 6.1 points and 3.3 rebounds Delany helped the Giants reach the semi-finals in the recently completed 2015 NBL season.

He played the 2014-15 season at SW Baptist University, Missouri and averaged 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds. He also enjoyed terrific shooting percentages – 54% FG/40% 3PG/80% FT.

Delany is currently studying Commerce at Otago University and will join the team permanently following his exams.

Westlake and Rangitoto to contest finals


The semi finals of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier basketball competition were held at North Shore Events Centre on Friday night. The North Harbour teams dominated their opponents from south of the bridge to set up Westlake v Rangitoto College finals in both the boys and the girls grades. Continue reading

School buddies become international colleagues

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 14: Lisa Wallbutton of New Zealand (L) and Lauren Jackson of Australia in action during the Women's FIBA Oceania Championship match between the New Zealand Tall Ferns and the Australian Opals at North Shore Events Centre on August 14, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Two of the senior players in the recent Tall Ferns team, both former North Harbour representative players, are currently living on opposite sides of a continent but have shared an immense amount of time together over the years. Continue reading

NZ U16 Boys fall just short


Mike Fitchett’s boys came up just short in the gold medal game featuring New Zealand and Australia at the FIBA U16 Oceania champoinship final in Wellington. Continue reading

Great effort from New Zealand Under 16 Girls


The fourth and final day of play at the Women’s FIBA Under 16 Oceania Championship featured the two medal games.

At stake in the gold medal game was a place at the FIBA Under 17 World Championship to be held in Spain in June 2016. Continue reading

Westlake get the double

230713. Photo Maarten Holl/Fairfax Media, The Dominion Post. COLLEGE SPORTS. Isaac Letoa - NZ U-16 basketball rep

The second win of the competition against their local rivals ensured Westlake finished top of the table at the end of the regular season giving them a likely semi-final match up against Onehunga High School. Rangitoto will play Auckland Grammar in the other semi-final Continue reading