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NBL Standings
 1. Canterbury 4-1 
 2. Southland S. 4-2 
 3. Nelson G. 4-2 
 4. Taylor Hawks 4-2 
 5. Wellington S. 3-1 
 6. Taranaki MA 2-3 
 7. Manawatu J. 1-5 
 8. SC Rangers 0-6 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Ili, Wellington S.27.3 
 2. Iverson, Manawatu.24.0 
 3. Shepard, Canterbury23.6 
 4. Knight, Manawatu.23.0 
 5. Jones, SC Rangers23.0 
 6. Douglas, Taranaki.22.8 
 7. Thames, Canterbury22.0 
 8. Peak, Wellington S.21.0 
 9. Wilson, SC Rangers20.8 
 10. Heuir, Nelson G.20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Shepard, Canterbury11.6 
 2. Douglas, Taranaki.10.6 
 3. Majok, Wellington S.9.5 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.9.0 
 5. Jones, SC Rangers8.7 
 6. Smith, Taranaki MA8.2 
 7. Coleman, Southlan.8.2 
 8. Dempster, Nelson G.8.0 
 9. Pledger, Southlan.7.8 
 10. Washburn, Cante.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  SC Rangers
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Tait, SC Rangers8.0 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.8.0 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.6.8 
 4. Shepard, Canterbury6.4 
 5. ORiley, Taranaki.6.0 
 6. Knight, Manawatu.6.0 
 7. Weeks, Southlan.4.7 
 8. Thames, Canterbury4.6 
 9. Kenny, Taylor H.3.8 
 10. Morgan, Southlan.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shepard, Canterbury3.0 
 2. Thames, Canterbury2.8 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.2.3 
 4. Tait, SC Rangers2.2 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.2.2 
 6. Woods, Taranaki MA2.0 
 7. Ili, Wellington S.1.8 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.1.8 
 9. Weeks, Southlan.1.5 
 10. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Xavier SMITH
  Taranaki MA
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Smith, Taranaki MA1.6 
 2. Darling, Canterbury1.4 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.3 
 4. Jones, SC Rangers1.0 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.1.0 
 6. Henry, Wellington S.1.0 
 7. McRae, Manawatu J.0.8 
 8. Scott, SC Rangers0.8 
 9. Morgan, Southlan.0.8 
 10. Smith-Milner, Nelson G.0.8 

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Round 5 (Regular Season)

SC Rangers May.27 Nelson G. 92%
Wellington S 64% May.27 Taylor Hawks
Canterbury 80% May.26 Taranaki MA
Nelson G. 62% May.25 Taranaki MA
Wellington S 90% May.25 Manawatu J.
Southland S 96% May.24 SC Rangers
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.   




Kuran
Iverson
Iverson's 38-point game gives him Interperformances Player of the Week award - 19 hours ago
KURAN IVERSON 22-year old forward Kuran Iverson (206-F-95) had a great game in the last round for Manawatu J. and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 4. He had the game-high 38 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Manawatu J. as his team was edged out by Nelson G. (#3, 4-2) 87-85. Manawatu J. maintains the 7th position in New Zealand league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded jus...   [read more]

Alex Pledger
NBL Round 4 of Regular Season - 1 day ago
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games. Here is the last round review presented by ESL. Second defeat of league's leader Hawks (4-2) against fourth ranked Sharks (4-2) 104-74 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Sharks made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Hawks turno...   [read more]

Tai Jack
Webster
Tai Jack Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 3 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 an international guard Tai Jack Webster (193-95). He led Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a surprising victory over the league leader Bayern Muenchen in the German BBL in Saturday night's game.    [read more]


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