Category Archives: NZ NBL

Breakers news ahead of Taipans clash

A crowd of over 6,000 was on hand at Vector Arena last Friday to farewell the ‘old’ (sorry CJ) and usher in the new. The SKY CITY Breakers sent CJ Bruton off in style with a commanding 101-80 victory against Adelaide 36ers. Corey Webster led all scorers with 23 points ably assisted by Tom Abercrombie, Cedric Jackson, Tai Wesley and Ekene Ibekwe who all made double digit contributions. Continue reading


NBL Rookie of the Season

During the 2014 Bartercard NBL season a number of players put their hand up for the overall Rookie of the Season award at various times.I have taken a look at the individual performers from each team. Continue reading

Rookie of the Week for Round 13

The thirteenth and final round of the Batercard NBL accorded many of the rookies around the league a little extra court time as senior players were given some time on the bench. Continue reading

A story of what might have been.

All the NBL teams that missed out on the 2014 play-offs will be reflecting on a season of missed opportunities. For three of the teams the post-season review will be containing a host of ‘if only’ statements. Continue reading

NBL Rookie of the Week for Round 12

There were three main contenders for Rookie of the Week in Round 11 of the Batercard NBL Continue reading

Thoughts ahead of Tall Blacks Trial

The Tall Blacks obviously face a dilemma caused by the well-documented misbehavior of the Southland Sharks trio Reuben Te Rangi, Leon Henry and Shea Ili.

It will be difficult, probably impossible for the NZ management team to select any of these players given that the sentencing resulting from their recent court case will not be handed down until August 1st.

By then the Tall Blacks preparation for the upcoming World Cup in Spain will be well underway. Three home internationals will have been completed against South Korea and the team will have departed on the overseas section of their pre World Cup build up.

Te Rangi and Henry were due to contest the back up three spot behind Tom Abercrombie at the upcoming Tall Blacks trials. That opportunity will now surely be given to other players.

One who may benefit is Duane Bailey, the James Blond Super City Rangers forward has had an outstanding NBL season. He is the leading Kiwi in the NBL rebounding stat category, pulling down 9.5 rebounds per game. In addition he is the second highest Kiwi point’s scorer, averaging 20 points per game. Only Corey Webster has scored more points amongst NZ born players in the NBL. His free throw shooting (56%) is a concern but his three-point percentage (41%) is up there with the best in the NBL.

At 199cm the 22 year old is probably undersized to play the forward spot at international level and possibly even in the Australian NBL. The three spot is perhaps his better position long term, is Bailey about to profit from the misconduct of the Sharks duo?

Rookie of the Week Round 11

A couple of contenders for Rookie of the Week squared off in the opening game of round one of the Bartercard NBL on Wednesday. If it was boxing the contest wouldn’t have taken place, the diminutive Derek Albertsen giving away to many kilos and centimetres to the towering Tohi Smith-Milner. Continue reading

Early front runners for Rooke of the Week

A couple of contenders for last week’s Rookie of the Week squared off in the opening game of round 11 of the NBL on Wednesday. Continue reading

Breakers players present, past and future update.

While Tom Abercrombie and Alex Pledger concentrate on fitness and on court training sessions their current and former colleagues are busy in New Zealand and overseas. Continue reading

Rookie of the Week for Round 9

If Super City Rangers forward Tohi Smith-Milner could stay out of foul trouble he is capable of putting up some serious numbers as the Rangers head into their final five NBL games. Continue reading

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