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NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 0-0 
 2. Manawatu J. 0-0 
 3. Nelson G. 0-0 
 4. SC Rangers 0-0 
 5. Southland S. 0-0 
 6. Taranaki MA 0-0 
 7. Taylor Hawks 0-0 
 8. Wellington S. 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Webster, Wellingt.25.3 
 2. Jones, Canterbury21.7 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.21.6 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.6 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.19.5 
 6. Ross, SC Rangers19.1 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.18.0 
 8. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.0 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.16.9 
 10. Tait, SC Rangers16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  Avg: 10
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.0 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.10.0 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.9.9 
 4. Kay, Southland S.9.2 
 5. Jones, Canterbury8.8 
 6. Dempster, Nelson G.8.1 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.8.0 
 8. Egwu, SC Rangers7.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.7.5 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.7.9 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.6.5 
 3. Tait, SC Rangers5.8 
 4. Boucher, SC Rangers5.5 
 5. Kendle, Canterbury5.4 
 6. Norton, Southlan.5.4 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.3 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.4.6 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.6 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.3 
Steals Per Game
  SC Rangers
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Boucher, SC Rangers2.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.3 
 3. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.1.8 
 5. McCarron, SC Ra.1.7 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.5 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers1.3 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.5 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Dawson, Canterbury0.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.6 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers0.6 


New Zealand Basketball (Men)

First Round Schedule
Manawatu J. 60% Apr.29 Taranaki MA
Nelson G. 58% Apr.28 SC Rangers
Canterbury 60% Apr.27 SC Rangers
Wellington S 56% Apr.27 Southland S
Taylor Hawks 56% Apr.26 Southland S
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Saints show Gurley exit after standout game - Apr 6, 2012

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Rookie Saints American guard Anthony Gurley (190-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts) must have thought he'd helped his new club turn the corner as he poured in a season's best performance in a vital National Basketball League (NBL) victory last Thursday.

Instead the former University of Massachusetts stand-out was rewarded with a plane ticket home and 'thanks for coming' as the defending NBL champions decided to replace him for the remainder of the season. In comes former Saint Ernest Scott (201-F-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Valdosta St.), out goes the NBL's reigning Player of the Week.

Welcome to the world of professional basketball - where the highs and lows often follow each other in close succession.

In Gurley's case it was a mere matter of minutes. He was still soaking in a 33-point, six-rebound effort in the Saints' 121-84 victory over the Harbour Heat last Thursday night when coach Pero Cameron tapped him on the shoulder.

The 23-year-old who'd just knocked in 10 of his 15 shots, and five of his seven three-pointers, was told that the Saints needed to upsize in the import spot, and that as happy as they were with his play, he was the one to make way.

It was like a slap in the face for a young man who was feeling rather good about himself.

Saints General Manager Nick Mills Jnr said it was the toughest thing he's had to do in the job. He described Gurley as a 'good kid' and 'model professional' but coach Pero Cameron had simply come to the realisation that he had to beef up his front line which had hitherto consisted of Casey Frank, Arthur Trousdell and not much else.

'Over the past month or so we've been out-rebounded by everyone. We'd been monstered on the boards and we needed some more big guys,' said Mills.

When Scott became available, Cameron pondered the situation long and hard. The 6'7' forward had been a standout for the Saints in 2008 when they lost to Cameron's Waikato Pistons in the final series. Scott averaged 21.3 points and 6.7 rebounds and shot 53.8 percent from the field and 47.1 from deep. Good numbers in anyone's book.

'We decided if we were going to compete with the Auckland Pirates and the Hawks and so forth we needed size to match up,' added Mills.

'Pero made the decision we needed a small forward who could play the four spot and could shoot. Ernest fitted that bill and he was available.

'But [letting Gurley go] has been one of the toughest weeks I've had. He's a great kid, he had a great attitude, it was his first pro gig and he stepped up to the plate.'

Circumstances also didn't play out in Gurley's favour. The Saints had been hoping to add a Kiwi small forward from the US collegiate system - understood to be former Junior Tall Black Richie Edwards - but had not been able to get that over the line.

Mills said Gurley took the news well and understood the Saints' predicament.

'He knows it's business and even said he would be willing to come back if an injury happened to one of our imports. That's a mark of the young man.'

Mills said it was hoped Scott, who has been playing most recently in the NBA's D-League and in Greece, would provide a better balance in the squad.

'He made the All-Star Five in 2008 and we think he's going to help us out a lot.'

Also joining the Saints this week is 2.13m big man Martin Iti (213-C-83, college: N.Mexico St.) from the Sydney Kings to further beef up the front line.

Suddenly the Wellington club's height problems have vanished in a flash. Mills just hopes the pain of letting a good young player go will prove worth it.   

Steven Adams
Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 6 days ago
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93). Heto an easy victory against the Phoenix Suns in the NBA in Thursday night's game.    [read more]

Jarrad Weeks
Sharks tab Jarrad Weeks, ex Taipans - 8 days ago
JARRAD WEEKS SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks (NBL) inked 28-year old Australian guard Jarrad Weeks (185-89). He played recently at Taipans in Australian NBL league. In 28 games he averaged 8.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.1apg this season. This summer Weeks played at Cairns Marlins. Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Australian NBL in 2017. Weeks received also All-Australian SEABL 1st Team award in 2016. He has played previously professionally also i...   [read more]

Tall Blacks hold off South Korea for third straight Fiba World Cup qualifying win video - 24 days ago
The New Zealand Tall Blacks wanted this one badly, and delivered with a sweet dose of revenge against South Korea in Seoul on Monday night (Tuesday morning NZ Time). Paul Henare 's New Zealand squad is now back in the box seat in Group B of Fiba Asia's World Cup qualifying after securing back-to-back quality road victories in the February window. The Tall Blacks followed Friday night's grind-out statement victory over China in Dongguan with an even more impressive 93-84 win against the da...   [read more]

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Tall Blacks shine to conquer China - 27 days ago  
New Zealand National Team 2018 - 27 days ago  
NZ basketball star Kirk Penney to retire - 28 days ago  
Jerry Evans (ex Taipans) signs at Giants - 29 days ago  
Isaac Fotu selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 1 month ago  
Taylor Hawks land Ethan Rusbatch - 2 months ago  
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 2 months ago  
Breakers sign Rakeem Christmas - 2 months ago  
Tai Jack Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 3 months ago  
Nelson Giants re-sign Kyle Adnam - 3 months ago  
KL Dragons land Curtis Washington, ex Taranaki MA - 4 months ago  
Tall Blacks thump Hong Kong in WC qualifier - 4 months ago  
Asian Qualifiers: South Korea upset New Zealand in Wellington - 4 months ago  
Uni Baskets add Prewster to their roster, ex Nelson G. - 4 months ago  
Tai Jack Webster's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 4 months ago  
Corey Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 4 months ago  
Al-Riffa adds Jones to their roster, ex Canterbury - 5 months ago  
Tall Blacks in Europe - 5 months ago  
Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 5 months ago  
NZ Breakers' coach Paul Henare slams team's performance in 39-point loss - 6 months ago  
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