NZ Maori has Aaron Bailey-Nowell to thank

Last updated 14:29 06/12/2013

Relevant offers

Basketball

Spurs star Tony Parker changes mind, set to play against Tall Blacks NZ Breakers make key change to morph from pretenders to contenders NZ Breakers take confidence into closing double against Melbourne United Nelson Giants sign D-League player Ben Strong for National Basketball League Steven Adams and OKC push GS Warriors but go down in NBA thriller NZ Breakers defeat Cairns Taipans to move to fourth on ANBL standings Kirk Penney goes for 28 points as Illawarra Hawks book ANBL playoffs berth Corey Webster transforms NZ Breakers from stagger to swagger Size matters as Steven Adams' OKC Thunder take on Golden State Warriors NZ Breakers get result they needed as Cairns Taipans down Adelaide 36ers

Taranaki Mountain Airs forward Aaron Bailey-Nowell stepped up to help the New Zealand Maori men's basketball team when it was needed this week.

A Bailey-Nowell two-pointer on the buzzer lifted the Maori team to a 77-75 win over Guam in the semifinals of the Pacific championships in Porirua on Tuesday night.

Bailey-Nowell finished the match with 25 points along with 16 rebounds.

Twenty-four hours later, Bailey- Nowell went close to his fourth double double of the tournament with 12 points and nine rebounds as the Maori team beat Australia 71-66 in the final.

"It was just luck. I was on the weak side and that's what basketball is all about, being in the right position," Bailey- Nowell said referring to his winning shot in the final seconds of the semifinal.

"Puke [Lenden] put the shot up and I could see it was going long. I just stuck my hand out like I've been doing all my career and managed to tip it in."

Bailey-Nowell said New Zealand Maori's first win in the tournament was special.

"So too was winning the MVP at the tournament. I got a beautiful watch for that, it's very special. It's something I'll always remember."

Bailey-Nowell said he was looking forward to next year's National Basketball League with the Mountain Airs.

"We've been working hard in the off-season. We're trying to develop our young guys to have a strong Taranaki core to the side in 2014," he said.

In the women's final, Australia beat New Zealand Maori 74-54.

Ad Feedback

- Taranaki Daily News

Special offers
Opinion poll

How do you expect the Breakers to perform in this season's Australian NBL?

Last season was a blip, they'll be champions once again

They'll go close to another title, beaten finalists I'd say

Playoffs for sure, but can't see them going any further

Not too excited, they'll miss the playoffs again

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content