Basketball New Zealand

Matthew Freeman

Young kiwi to rub shoulders with NBA stars

December 17, 2014

A young New Zealand basketballer has been invited to a prestigious international basketball camp next February, one that will have yet another Kiwi rubbing shoulders with the world’s leading scouts from the NBA, not to mention attending NBA All-Star activities while in New York.

Westlake Boys High student Matt Freeman received the exciting news from Basketball New Zealand just prior to departing for Fiji with the Junior Tall Blacks for the recent Oceania Junior Championships, the 16 year old will be one of 40 of the best young players from around the world invited to the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp, the first of its kind organized by the international governing body FIBA. Continue reading the full story »

BBNZ funding news

December 11, 2014

Today is a mixed day for Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) as they contemplate the funding round from High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ), the highlight being a two year commitment to the Tall Blacks Rio Programme.

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2014 Tournaments Wrap Up

December 10, 2014

Congratulations to all teams who participated in Basketball New Zealand 2014 Tournaments, we hope to see you all back in 2015 for another exciting season of Basketball! Continue reading »

Heartbreak in Fiji

December 6, 2014

The Oceania Championship ended in defeat for both the Junior Tall Ferns and the Junior Tall Blacks at the hands of Australia in Fiji today, but both gave a good account of themselves against their much vaunted opponents, with the Junior Tall Blacks in particular pushing the star studded Aussie side to the wire.

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Aussie v NZ Showdown

December 6, 2014

As expected both finals at the Oceania Junior Basketball Championships will be fought out between New Zealand and Australia after both won through to their respective finals with easy wins in the semifinals last night in Suva.

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Tall Blacks Win Thriller!

September 5, 2014

The Tall Blacks won a thriller in Bilbao to give themselves a shot at progressing to the knock out stage of the FIBA World Cup, defeating Finland 67-65 in a game of hugely contrasting fortunes. At the time of writing the New Zealanders are now just awaiting other results in Pool C, with the United States needing to defeat Ukraine to ensure the Tall Blacks safe passage to Barcelona.

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Tall Blacks Are Alive!

September 4, 2014

The Tall Blacks World Cup remains alive after a strong 73-61 win over Ukraine this morning NZT, ensuring they go to their final pool game against Finland with a chance of progressing to the knock out stages of the tournament.

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TB’s compete with USA

September 3, 2014

The Tall Blacks have taken on the might of the USA and come away beaten but now bowed, losing the game 98-71 but doing enough to take confidence into their final must win pool games against Ukraine and Finland.

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TB’s Downed Again

September 1, 2014

The Tall Blacks have suffered their second consecutive defeat at the FIBA World Cup, beaten by the Dominican Republic 76-63.

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Tall Ferns So Close

August 30, 2014

The Tall Ferns brought their tour of China and the second of two four nation tournaments to a close with a heartbreaking loss against Slovenia, missing on a morale boosting win for this young team that has learned so much on their 10 day visit to China.

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Tall Ferns Well Beaten

August 29, 2014

A day after pushing the USA hard in the Four Nation Tournament in China, the young Tall Ferns side struggled to contain the home side, losing to China 91-40.

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Tall Ferns downed by USA

August 25, 2014

The Tall Ferns have been beaten by the powerful USA team in the first game at the Four Nations Tournament in China, going down 76-44 to a star studded American lineup.

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August 19, 2014
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The Tall Ferns leave for the Four Nation Tournament in China tonight and for many players a debut for the senior national team as a new-look team earns their stripes against quality international opposition. Continue reading »

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Sharks sign Breaker Bailey

October 29, 2014

Logan Savory – Southland Times
The Southland Sharks have lured promising Breakers player Duane Bailey south to play in the 2015 National Basketball League. Continue reading »

Giants promote deputy

September 29, 2014

Pete McNae – Nelson Mail
More than 200 emails clogged the Nelson Giants’ inbox after they advertised for a new basketball head coach, but there was only one they were watching for. Continue reading »

Saints win 8th title

July 5, 2014

The Pacific Jewellers Saints have been crowned the 2014 Bartercard National Basketball League for the eighth time, defeating the IMS Payroll Hawks 85-69. Continue reading »

Saints win, bringing curtain down on 22 year career of Phill Jones

July 5, 2014

It was way back in 1993, two generations ago in the world of sport, when Phill Jones debuted in the New Zealand National Basketball League for the Nelson Giants. Few would have thought then that the ‘Reefton Kid’ would wait until July 4 2014 to bow out of the game that he has loved so much, a game that has loved him in return. Continue reading »

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