Tisby on Top of Overall Rankings
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OceanaGold Nuggets big man Antoine Tisby is top of the Overall Player Rankings for the NBL regular season, edging out Telecom Business Hub Jets centre Nick Horvath.
Zero Fees Southland Sharks forward Larry Abney finished third and also won Round 12 Player of the Week for his game against the LZ Harbour Heat.
The 35 year old finished the season with 28 points and 15 rebounds in the 96-81 win over the Heat, which saved the Sharks from the wooden spoon.
Despite a tough season for the Sharks, Abney has been the one consistent player for the Southland Franchise this season averaging 19.6 points and 10.3 rebounds.
After struggling with a foot injury in 2010 which limited him to only six games in a Nuggets uniform, Tisby has played all 16 games for the Otago franchise, averaging 38 minutes per game, finishing third in the league in scoring (22.0), second in rebounds (12.1) and second in blocks (1.6).
Despite the Nuggets not making the playoff, they finished with six wins and ten losses, which makes it their best season since 2003 when they won seven of eighteen.
Horvath has been an absolute monster on the boards this season for the Jets averaging a career high 15.8 rebounds, also being making it second consecutive season he has won the rebounding title.
The former Duke alumni averaged 20 points per game, also a career high and will be making his fourth semi final appearance, winning a title in 2010 with the Wellington Saints.
At fourth was the Nuggets other import Akeem Wright who made an instant impression on debut, scoring a league high 40 points against the Heat in Round One.
The six foot seven small forward could do it all, finishing second in the league in scoring (22.4), fifth in rebounding (9.3), sixth in assists (4.6), third in steals (2.2) and fourth in blocks (1.2).
After returning to his home city after a succcessful stint with the Saints, point guard Lindsay Tait has transformed the Auckland Pirates from second to last in the league to second with a 13-3 win/loss record.
The Tall Black led the Pirates in scoring (19.9) and was second in the league in assists (7.6) to round out the top five player rankings.
The next on the list is the league leading scorer Josh Pace, who has helped the Jets make the semi finals for the first time since 2003.
Pace, who won a Most Valuable Player award in 2007, is a proven winner, making at least a semi final in all five of his NBL seasons, which includes a title with the Nelson Giants in 2007.
The TAB Final Four begins this Saturday, as the James Blond Auckland Pirates play the Telecom Business Hub Jets at 6.30, followed by the HBS Bank Hawks against the Wellington Saints at 8.30pm.
The Grand Final will be on the next night at 6pm, live on Sky Sport.
All games will be held at TSB Bank Arena, Wellington. You can order your tickets online at ticketek