News | Basketball
21 Feb 2018 16:22
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Basketball

    Delany keen to kick on after Asia Cup run

    Breakers basketballer Finn Delany hopes to enjoy a breakout Australian NBL 2017-18 campaign after a star turn for New Zealand in this year's Asia Cup.


    New Zealand Breakers forward Finn Delany hopes a star basketball turn for the Tall Blacks at this year's Asia Cup can drive him to new heights in the upcoming Australian NBL season.

    Paul Henare, with his Tall Blacks coaching cap on, chose to take an inexperienced squad - including Delany and Shea Ili - to this year's Lebanon tournament.

    Yet the move came off, with Delany averaging almost 13 points per game in his six games and leading New Zealand to a semi-final berth.

    Delany, who was earning regular on-court minutes for the Breakers by the end of last year's campaign, hoped to kick on in 2017-18.

    Winning an ANBL championship with the club was his first priority.

    "It's the best job in the world because you just play basketball all year round - I mean, you just keep that rhythm leading into the season, so I don't really want a break," the 22-year-old Delany said.

    "That's just more motivation to keep growing, really.

    "It was a young group and I think the boys did super well with that, we did so much better as the days and weeks went along."

    Yet Henare warned that Delany's on-court minutes may be harder to come by in Auckland, with skipper Mika Vukona back from injury and Tom Abercrombie also expected to play a protagonist's role for the side.

    But the Asia Cup campaign could boost the likes of Delany and Ili.

    "You just want them to continue that level of confidence they played with against good-quality opposition," Henare said.

    "Their roles are going to change significantly - they go from being key players to limited role players, or a lot less, and then to try and be as effective."


    NZN




    © 2018 NZN, NZCity


     Other Basketball News
     21 Feb: Younger Fotu to make Tall Blacks debut
     19 Feb: Wildcats find NBL form to beat Taipans
     19 Feb: Gaze wants to coach on despite NBL woes
     18 Feb: Goulding fitness worry ahead of NBL finals
     18 Feb: High-energy basketball court cleaner becomes a social media star in China
     17 Feb: Henare defends reliance on Breakers bench
     16 Feb: Tall Ferns squad for Comm Games unveiled
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Seasoned Highlanders team named for opener More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Super Fund divests 'risky' carbon exposure More...



     Today's News

    Business:
    Super Fund divests 'risky' carbon exposure 16:15

    Rugby League:
    Beattie to meet with clubs over reform 16:05

    Law and Order:
    China cracks down on funeral strippers hired to entertain mourners, attract larger crowds 16:05

    Entertainment:
    Drew Barrymore insists "nothing has changed" since she got divorced 16:05

    Law and Order:
    Alfie Evans: UK parents lose legal battle to keep seriously ill toddler on life support 15:55

    Business:
    Fletcher Building shares hit 5-year low 15:35

    Entertainment:
    Chrissy Teigen will give birth to her second child in June 15:35

    Christchurch:
    CTV site transformed into 'peaceful place' 15:25

    Business:
    A2 shares jump 25pc on Fonterra deal 15:05

    Entertainment:
    Jordin Sparks held a "beautiful" baby shower for her family and friends on Saturday (17.02.18) 15:05


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd