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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 18-0 
 2. Southland S. 12-6 
 3. SC Rangers 11-7 
 4. Canterbury 10-8 
 5. Nelson G. 4-14 
 6. Taranaki MA 4-14 
 7. Taylor Hawks 4-14 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  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
  (208-F-91)
  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.
  (188-G-85)
  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
 Dillon BOUCHER
  SC Rangers
  (196-F-75)
  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
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  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 

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Saints show Gurley exit after standout game - Apr 6, 2012


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Anthony
Gurley
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 selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
We bring you last week's top performances from New Zealanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93). He was the major contributor in an Oklahoma City Thunder's victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA in Friday night's game.    [read more]
Nelson Giants re-sign Kyle Adnam - 9 days ago
The Mike Pero Nelson Giants yesterday announced the re-signing of Australian point guard Kyle Adnam (186-G-93) for the 2018 season. After spending four seasons as a development player in the Australian NBL (Adelaide 36ers 2013-14, Wollongong Hawks 2014-15, Melbourne United 2015-17), and three seasons in the SEABL with the Kilsyth Cobras (2014-16), Adnam ventured to New Zealand in March 2017 for his first professional gig. Adnam appeared in 11 games for the Giants in 2017, averaging 16.6...   [read more]

Steven Adams
Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 13 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). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12) in their last game. Despite Adams' good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12) was edged 99-98 on the road by the Detroit Pistons.    [read more]


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Al-Riffa adds Jones to their roster, ex Canterbury - 2 months ago  
Tall Blacks in Europe - 2 months ago  
Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 2 months ago  
NZ Breakers' coach Paul Henare slams team's performance in 39-point loss - 3 months ago  
Saints' future uncertain - 4 months ago  
Wisconsin Badgers defeat NZ Breakers squad 85-75 in tour opener - 4 months ago  
New Zealand National Team 2017 - 4 months ago  
Oklahoma University Sooners too strong for NZ Premiers - 4 months ago  
Ethan Rusbatch paces Tall Blacks as they wind up Asia Cup buildup with defeat - 4 months ago  
Leon Henry's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - 4 months ago  
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