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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 3-0 
 2. SC Rangers 2-0 
 3. Southland S. 1-1 
 4. Taranaki MA 1-1 
 5. Canterbury 1-2 
 6. Nelson G. 0-2 
 7. Taylor Hawks 0-2 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jeremy KENDLE
  Canterbury
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Kendle, Canterbury26.7 
 2. McCarron, SC Ra.25.5 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.25.3 
 4. Tait, SC Rangers24.0 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.24.0 
 6. Jones, Canterbury23.7 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.22.5 
 8. Te-Rangi, Southlan.22.0 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.21.0 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 14
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA14.0 
 2. Egwu, SC Rangers9.5 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.0 
 4. Wesley, Wellington S.8.7 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers8.5 
 6. Jones, Canterbury8.3 
 7. Duinker, Wellingt.7.7 
 8. Ongwae, Taranaki.7.5 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.7.5 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ili, Wellington S.6.3 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.6.0 
 3. O'Riley, Ta.5.5 
 4. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.0 
 5. Norton, Southlan.5.0 
 6. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers4.5 
 8. Kendle, Canterbury4.3 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers4.0 
 10. Jones, Canterbury3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tylor ONGWAE
  Taranaki.
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ongwae, Taranaki.3.0 
 2. Bartlett, Taylor H.3.0 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.2.5 
 4. O'Riley, Ta.2.5 
 5. Burton, Taranaki.2.5 
 6. Jones, Canterbury2.0 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.1.7 
 8. Hunter, Southlan.1.5 
 9. Bailey-N., Taranaki.1.5 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA2.0 
 2. Neighbour, Cante.1.7 
 3. Washington, Nelson G.1.5 
 4. Jones, Canterbury1.3 
 5. Henry, Wellington S.1.3 
 6. Delany, Nelson G.1.0 
 7. Roberson, Taylor H.1.0 
 8. Pledger, Southlan.1.0 
 9. Brooks, Taranaki.1.0 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.1.0 
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Nelson G. Mar.25 Canterbury 85%
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.   




Grant
Fiorentinos
Taylor Hawks add Fiorentinos to their roster - 11 days ago
Taylor Hawks (NBL) added to their roster 25-year old British-Greek power forward Grant Fiorentinos (208-102kg-92). He just graduated from SIU Edwardsville (NCAA). Fiorentinos has played there for the last four years. In 25 games he had 7.0ppg and 3.4rpg last season. Fiorentinos also played 1 game where he recorded 5 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block. He represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 g...   [read more]

Steven Adams
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 14 days 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 (36-29) in their last game. Despite Adams' very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (36-29) lost 89-104 on the road to the Dallas Mavericks.    [read more]

Tai Wesley
Wesley comes back to Saints - 16 days ago
Defending champion Wellington Saints (NBL) added to their roster 31-year old American (has also Fijian passport) forward Tai Wesley (201-104kg-86, college: Utah State). It is actually his comeback to Saints as he has played here before. Wesley He just played at United in Australian NBL league. In 28 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last summer Wesley played at Saints where in 16 NBL games he averaged 15.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 1.9spg (in top 5) and 1.5bpg. He hel...   [read more]


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