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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 10-1 
 2. Nelson G. 9-2 
 3. Southland S. 7-3 
 4. Canterbury 6-4 
 5. Taylor Hawks 6-5 
 6. Taranaki MA 2-8 
 7. Manawatu J. 1-9 
 8. SC Rangers 1-10 
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Daishon KNIGHT
  Manawatu.
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Knight, Manawatu.25.5 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.25.3 
 3. Iverson, Manawatu.24.2 
 4. Douglas, Taranaki.21.5 
 5. Jones, SC Rangers21.1 
 6. Shepard, Canterbury20.3 
 7. Thames, Canterbury20.1 
 8. Wilson, SC Rangers19.6 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.19.5 
 10. Peak, Wellington S.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Javonte DOUGLAS
  Taranaki.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Douglas, Taranaki.11.3 
 2. Majok, Wellington S.10.9 
 3. Coleman, Southlan.10.0 
 4. Shepard, Canterbury9.3 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.8.7 
 6. Jones, SC Rangers8.4 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.8.2 
 8. Brandt, Taylor H.8.1 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.7.7 
 10. Pledger, Southlan.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  SC Rangers
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Tait, SC Rangers7.6 
 2. Adnam, Nelson G.7.0 
 3. Shepard, Canterbury6.9 
 4. Ili, Wellington S.6.7 
 5. Kenny, Taylor H.5.5 
 6. Knight, Manawatu.5.3 
 7. Weeks, Southlan.5.0 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.5.0 
 9. Raukawa, Southlan.4.1 
 10. Thames, Canterbury3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Shepard, Canterbury2.6 
 2. Thames, Canterbury2.4 
 3. Iverson, Manawatu.2.4 
 4. Adnam, Nelson G.2.3 
 5. Delany, Nelson G.1.9 
 6. Woods, Taranaki MA1.7 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 8. Ili, Wellington S.1.6 
 9. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Maxwell DARLING
  Canterbury
  (196-F-0)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Darling, Canterbury1.6 
 2. Scott, SC Rangers1.6 
 3. Smith, Taranaki MA1.3 
 4. Pledger, Southlan.1.3 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.1.0 
 6. McRae, Manawatu J.0.9 
 7. Jones, SC Rangers0.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.0.8 
 9. Washburn, Cante.0.6 
 10. Smith-Milner, Nelson G.0.6 

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Round 9 (Regular Season)

Manawatu J. Jun.30 Canterbury 86%
SC Rangers 59% Jun.24 Taranaki MA
Taylor Hawks 83% Jun.23 Taranaki MA
Canterbury 90% Jun.23 Manawatu J.
Southland S Jun.22 Wellington S 55%
Manawatu J. Jun.21 Nelson G. 92%
Tall Blacks finish third in Atlas Challenge after beating hosts China - Jun 20, 2016


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Abercrombie
The Tall Blacks have finished third at the Atlas Challenge in China, after a fiercely fought and often controversial playoff match against the host nation on Sunday night, winning 90-84. Rebounding after what was by their own admission a disappointing semifinal performance, the Tall Blacks responded to the urging of their coach to "overcome adversity" and ground out a win, despite losing three players to five fouls and ending the game with a further three on the brink of fouling out. Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) was clutch on the big occasion, with a game high 27 points on 9 of 14 shooting, including 4 of 7 from deep and a perfect 5 from 5 from the free throw line. Isaac Fotu (203-F-93, college: Hawaii) poured in 21 points on 8 of 13, including an ice cold three point dagger in the final minute of the game to gap the Chinese. With Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) in early foul trouble, Breakers point guard Shea Ili (184-G-92) had a career night with 15 points and 5 boards, and was a constant menace on defence. Coach Paul Henare was proud of the passion shown by his side, not to mention the ability to stay calm in the face of immense pressure, including a delay of the game by almost an hour before tip-off. "I am very proud of the boys, any time you prepare for a game and you are on court and finishing your warm up, and they tell you the game is delayed 50 minutes, that is tough for anyone to deal with. "I spoke to them and said we have to deal with it, it is what it is. I said I wouldn't like to be in their position but they had to find some way to come out and get themselves going, and while we didn't get a good start, which wasn't ideal, I did have a feeling that if we could just chip away at it we would be fine." The game began in controversial circumstances: after officials nominated both teams in white uniforms, the game was delayed while China sourced their red uniform from their hotel. What was initially set to be a 15-minute delay turned into 50, with the players waiting on court for the opening buzzer. Once the game was finally underway, Corey Webster and Mika Vukona (197-F-82) were quickly in foul trouble in what would soon be a feature of the game. The Tall Blacks described several of the ref's calls as "curious", saying players were "confused but all the more determined to come out on top" in their final game in China before travelling to Europe. The Tall Blacks had a total of 31 fouls called on them, with Tai Jack Webster (193-G-95), Ili and Vukona all fouling out of the game. China got away to a fast start in a first quarter that contained 13 foul calls from the officials, giving no chance for the game to flow. But a 21-9 lead was cut to 25-23 and from then on the two sides were closely matched. The composure came from the men in white, though, as they made clutch shots down the stretch, with Fotu and Thomas Abercrombie both making big threes, while defensively they shut down the Chinese and restricted their scoring options. The New Zealanders smashed the boards 38-21, shot an impressive 58 per cent from the two but struggled from deep, making six of 27 attempts. Henare was pleased that lessons were learned from the Tall Blacks' semifinals disappointment the previous night, and highlighted some key players to Sunday night's success. "Tai Jack Webster's leadership of the group, even early on when things weren't going well, he was leading well. I did see a more conscious effort from the guys to what we are trying to achieve, there were definite improvements from yesterday to today. "The adversity of being down early, at least 10 down in the first quarter, to peg that back to be down by two at the first break, that was great to turn around in such a short time. Corey got in foul trouble, all our bigs got into foul trouble, which allowed different guys to get opportunities and different guys to step up. "Tommy (Thomas Abercrombie) was outstanding throughout the game, he put the team on his shoulders and was really impressive. He is a class act, he is always capable of that sort of thing but he understood the need when others were down, and it was great to see him take on that responsibility for the team. "Shea (Ili) had an immediate impact, his stat line at halftime was something like six minutes, 10 points, two offensive rebounds and three fouls, he was just awesome and is understanding the game a lot more. "He still has his moments but the energy he brings to this team outweighs what I call inexperienced mistakes, but what he brings is outstanding." The team now faces a long travel day to Europe, where they will be based in Latvia and Lithuania for 10 days, with a week of training before three final tune up games ahead of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila from July 4-10.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz   




Jordan
Ngatai
Ngatai number one in New Zealand for round 8 - 1 day ago
International Forward Jordan Ngatai (196-F-93, agency: MKP Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Wellington S., receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 8. The 24-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Manawatu J. (#7, 1-9) 79-70. It allowed Wellington S. to consolidate first place in the New Zealand NBL. Wellington S. has a very good season and are considered to have a run fo...   [read more]

Julian
Washburn
NBL Round 8: Sharks are defeated by Rams - 2 days ago
Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most important game in the last round took place in Southland between third ranked Sharks (7-3) and fourth ranked Rams (6-4) on Friday night. Sharks were defeated by Rams at home 89-77. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sharks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Julian Washburn (203-91, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and the other A...   [read more]

Dominique
Kelman-Poto
Kelman-Poto's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 8 days ago
Forward Dominique Kelman-Poto (201-F) put on an amazing game in the last round for SC Rangers and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 7. He had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Taranaki MA (#6, 2-7) 93-86. SC Rangers maintains the 8th position in New Zealand league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 9 games and recorded just one victory. Kelman-Poto just recently signed...   [read more]


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