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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 10-0 
 2. Southland S. 6-3 
 3. Canterbury 5-5 
 4. SC Rangers 4-4 
 5. Taranaki MA 3-7 
 6. Nelson G. 3-8 
 7. Taylor Hawks 2-6 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Jones, Canterbury25.9 
 2. McCarron, SC Ra.24.4 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.24.1 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.6 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.19.5 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers17.4 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.17.1 
 9. Te-Rangi, Southlan.16.6 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.6 
 2. Jones, Canterbury10.0 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.7 
 4. Egwu, SC Rangers8.4 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.8.3 
 6. Kay, Southland S.8.2 
 7. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.7.5 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers7.3 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.8 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.8.2 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.6 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.3 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.1 
 7. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 9. Webster, Wellingt.4.6 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.2.3 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.1 
 3. Boucher, SC Rangers2.0 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 6. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 7. Kendle, Canterbury1.5 
 8. Dempster, Nelson G.1.4 
 9. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.7 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.4 
 4. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Kay, Southland S.0.8 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers0.8 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
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Round 8 (Regular Season)

Taranaki MA May.7 Canterbury 64%
Taylor Hawks 56% May.6 Nelson G.
Wellington S 88% May.5 SC Rangers
Southland S 66% May.5 Canterbury
Taranaki MA May.4 SC Rangers 51%
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.   




Jarrod Kenny
NBL Round 7: Hawks beat higher ranked Rangers - 2 hours ago
The game with biggest difference of round 7 in NBL was guest Hawks' (#7) road victory over 4th placed Rangers (4-4) 101-95 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the...   [read more]

Steven Adams
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 15 hours ago
Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) in their last game. Despite Adams' very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) lost 109-113 on the road to the Houston Rockets.    [read more]

Curtis
Washington
Curtis Washington agreed terms with Mountain Airs - 1 day ago
Taranaki Mountainairs (NBL) inked 26-year old American forward Curtis Washington (208-109kg-91, college: Georgia State) from Mike Pero Nelson Giants. In 10 NBL games in New Zealand he recorded 9.3ppg and 4.2rpg this season. This season Washington played at Al Fateh (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league. He won UBA championship title in 2015. Washington is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different contine...   [read more]


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