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NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 12-5 
 2. Wellington S. 11-5 
 3. Southland S. 10-7 
 4. Waitakere SCR 9-7 
 5. Nelson G. 9-8 
 6. Taranaki MA 7-10 
 7. IMS Hawks 0-16 
Points Per Game
 Eric DEVENDORF
  Waitaker.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Devendorf, Waitake.26.5 
 2. Cowels III, Nelson25.8 
 3. Jones, Canterbury23.3 
 4. Jett, Southland S.22.8 
 5. Craig, Wellington22.3 
 6. Moore, Canterbury21.2 
 7. Webster, Waitaker.20.1 
 8. Tait, Waitaker.18.3 
 9. Porter, IMS Hawks18.3 
 10. Kay, Southland S.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Pledger, Southlan.11.6 
 2. Miller, Taranaki.10.6 
 3. Craig, Wellington10.4 
 4. Jones, Canterbury9.6 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.6 
 6. Porter, IMS Hawks8.0 
 7. Roberts, Waitaker.7.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington7.6 
 9. Johnson, Taranaki.7.6 
 10. Bailey-N., Tarana.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Moore, Canterbury8.0 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.5.7 
 3. Jett, Southland S.5.3 
 4. Tait, Waitaker.5.1 
 5. Kenny, Nelson G.4.4 
 6. Norton, Southlan.4.3 
 7. O'Riley, Ta.3.7 
 8. Boucher, Waitaker.3.6 
 9. Bartlett, Southlan.3.3 
 10. Whippy, Canterbury2.9 
Steals Per Game
 McKenzie MOORE
  Canterbury
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Moore, Canterbury3.6 
 2. Jett, Southland S.2.5 
 3. Boucher, Waitaker.2.3 
 4. Webster, Waitaker.2.0 
 5. Cowels III, Nelson1.9 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.9 
 7. Wesley, Wellington1.8 
 8. Porter, IMS Hawks1.5 
 9. Bailey-N., Taranak.1.5 
 10. Tait, Waitaker.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MILLER
  Taranaki.
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller, Taranaki.1.9 
 2. Wesley, Wellington1.8 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.5 
 4. Roberts, Waitaker.1.3 
 5. Jackson, Delaware.1.0 
 6. Jett, Southland S.1.0 
 7. Jones, Canterbury0.9 
 8. Strong, Nelson G.0.8 
 9. Henry, Wellington0.8 
 10. Craig, Wellington0.8 

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Round 12 (Regular Season)

Wellington S 86% May.29 IMS Hawks
Nelson G. 63% May.28 Wellington S
Taranaki MA 91% May.28 IMS Hawks
Southland S 71% May.27 Waitakere S
Canterbury 73% May.26 Waitakere S
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.
  




Ben Strong
Strong's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - May 23, 2016

29-year old center Ben Strong (211-C-86, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nelson G. and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. He had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat IMS Hawks (#7, 0-16), the league's bottom-ranked team 90-77. Nelson G. maintains the 5th position in New Zealand league. Nelson G. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the s...   [read more]

McKenzie
Moore
NBL Round 11: Rams keep a leadership position - May 22, 2016

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL. The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Rams as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Rams defeated second-ranked Saints in Christchurch 90-85. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Rams forced 19 Saints turnovers. Strangely Saints outrebounded Rams 48-28 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP) orchestrated the victory...   [read more]

Alex Pledger
Best players of New Zealand NBL round 10 - May 16, 2016

Former international Center Alex Pledger (215-C-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Southland S. and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 28-year old center had a double-double of 17 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Nelson G. (#5, 8-8) 91-85. Southland S. maintains the 4th position in New Zealand NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Southland S. will ne...   [read more]


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