Manawatu Jets

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Manawatu Jets
Manawatu Jets logo
League National Basketball League
Established 1982
History Palmerston North Jets
Manawatu Jets
Arena Arena Manawatu
(Capacity: 2,500)
Location Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand
Team colours Green, White, Black
Main sponsor Breakers Cafe Bar
President Richard Hanson
Head coach Darron Larsen
Championships 0
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The Manawatu Jets, formerly known as the Palmerston North Jets and the Central Power Jets, are a professional basketball team that play in the New Zealand National Basketball League. They play their home games at Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The team boosts several high profile players including former Duke standout Nick Horvath, New Zealand Breakers development player Alonzo Burton, and several former or current Tall Blacks such as Jeremiah Trueman, Troy McLean and Arthur Trousdell. The biggest signed import to play for the Jets was Brandon Payton, brother of former NBA player, Gary Payton. The team was previously coached by former Los Angeles Sparks and Houston Comets coach, Ryan Weisenberg.[1][2]

The team deliver thousands of hours of community basketball coaching each year via programmes to increase interest and participation in basketball. Much of this work is funded through community trusts such as NZCT and others.[3]

Current roster[edit]

Manawatu Jets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 4 New Zealand Manyang, Dier (DP) 70002040000000000002.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
SG 5 New Zealand McLean, Troy 70001930000000000001.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
PG 7 New Zealand Fee, Nick (DP) 70001830000000000001.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
PG 8 New Zealand Raukawa, Derone (DP) 70001870000000000001.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
SF 9 United States Jones, Paul (I) 70001980000000000001.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
PG 10 New Zealand Bristol, Paul 70001780000000000001.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
PG 11 United States Jenkins, Brandon (I) 70001910000000000001.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
G 15 New Zealand Te Huna, Matt 70001930000000000001.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
SF 14 New Zealand Hansen, Steve 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in)
C 21 New Zealand Horvath, Nick (C) 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
F/C 25 New Zealand Trueman, Jeremiah 70002040000000000002.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
SG 30 New Zealand Burton, Alonzo 70001930000000000001.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
F/C 42 New Zealand Trousdell, Arthur 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
SG 55 New Zealand Hokianga, Kaine 70001920000000000001.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Head coach
  • New Zealand Darron Larsen
Assistant coach(es)
  • New Zealand Miles Pearce
  • New Zealand Ryan Dubbledam
Team manager
  • New Zealand Terry Bristol

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 31 March 2014

Home ground[edit]

The Breakers' Manawatu Jets home stadium is Arena 2, Arena Manawatu, minutes away from the Palmerston North Central Business District. Arena 2 offers first class facilities to spectators, the teams and to the sponsors.

Facilities include indoor seating for up to 2,500 spectators, top class playing showcourt of national competition standard, fantastic changing facilities and a spectacular view from the various corporate lounges.

2014 Season[edit]

The Breakers' Manawatu Jets started the 2014 season with a new head coach, Darron Larsen, who was returning for his second stint as head coach after having led the team from 2005 through 2007.[4] Early season results did not fall the Jets way, with the injury to key centre Nick Horvath proving costly.[5] The team ultimately finished one game short of the playoffs, finishing the season in fifth place with a nine win, nine loss record. The season was also the swansong for veteran NBL player Kaine Hokianga, who had played 236 games in the league over 14 years, 11 of them with the Jets.[6] For the first time in many years home game attendance averaged over 2000 fans.

2013 Season[edit]

The 2013 season started with alot of hope, the roster that previous coach Ryan Weisenberg had pulled together was put in the hands of Mike Kalavros, a Greek coach who inherited the squad at the eleventh hour.[7] Ultimately the season was to prove a disappointment with the Jets finishing fifth and missing out on the playoffs. Star Center Nick Horvath was named to the All Star Five.[8] Kalavros was to leave the Jets before the season ended, with then assistant coach Darron Larsen taking over as head coach for the final games of the season.[9]


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