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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 18-0 
 2. Southland S. 12-6 
 3. SC Rangers 11-7 
 4. Canterbury 10-8 
 5. Nelson G. 4-14 
 6. Taranaki MA 4-14 
 7. Taylor Hawks 4-14 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Webster, Wellingt.25.3 
 2. Jones, Canterbury21.7 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.21.6 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.6 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.19.5 
 6. Ross, SC Rangers19.1 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.18.0 
 8. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.0 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.16.9 
 10. Tait, SC Rangers16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.0 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.10.0 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.9.9 
 4. Kay, Southland S.9.2 
 5. Jones, Canterbury8.8 
 6. Dempster, Nelson G.8.1 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.8.0 
 8. Egwu, SC Rangers7.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.7.5 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.7.9 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.6.5 
 3. Tait, SC Rangers5.8 
 4. Boucher, SC Rangers5.5 
 5. Kendle, Canterbury5.4 
 6. Norton, Southlan.5.4 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.3 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.4.6 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.6 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  SC Rangers
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Boucher, SC Rangers2.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.3 
 3. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.1.8 
 5. McCarron, SC Ra.1.7 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.5 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers1.3 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.5 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Dawson, Canterbury0.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.6 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers0.6 

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Play-Off bracket1
NBL Round 1 of Regular Season - Mar 19, 2017


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Mitchell
McCarron
The Regular Season in NBL just started.

Rangers defeated Rams in Auckland 114-107. Rams trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 37-28 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 107-114 at the end of the game. Rangers made 30-of-39 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game, while Rams only scored three points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Rams helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) fired 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) chipped in 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) produced a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Rams' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rams will play next round against Giants trying to get back on the winning streak. Rangers will try to continue on its current victory against Mountain Airs in New Plymouth.
Another exciting game was played in Tamatea between Rams and Hawks where Rams (1-1) beat Hawks (0-2) on the road 99-87. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Jeremy Kendle contributed with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) answered with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for Hawks. Rams will play against Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round. Hawks will play at home against Mountain Airs to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Stoke was also quite interesting. Mountain Airs (1-0) played at the court of Giants (0-2). Mountain Airs did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 93-76 on Saturday. Tylor Ongwae stepped up and scored 28 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Finn Delany responded with 26 points and 4 assists. Mountain Airs will meet Hawks (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Giants will play against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Southland. Local Sharks (1-0) outscored Giants (0-2) 96-58. Alex Pledger nailed 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Sharks' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sharks' next round opponent will be Saints (#4) in Wellington. Giants will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 1 winless Taylor Hawks lost to undefeated Wellington S. in a road game 84-107.

Taylor Hawks - Canterbury 87-99

Another exciting game was played in Tamatea between Rams and Hawks where Rams (1-1) beat Hawks (0-2) on the road 99-87. Rams made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) contributed with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) answered with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and British-Greek power forward Grant Fiorentinos (208-92, college: SIU Edwardsville) added 25 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Rams will play against Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round. Hawks will play at home against Mountain Airs to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: M.Jones 33+10reb+2ast, J.Kendle 31+5reb+4ast, T.Smith-Milner 10+5reb+1ast, W.Neighbour 9+5reb+1ast, M.Alipate 8+1reb+1ast, G.Dawson 6+4reb
Taylor Hawks: G.Fiorentinos 25+7reb+1ast, E.Bartlett 23+7reb+7ast, J.Fox 12+1reb+2ast, T.Tolovae 10+7reb+4ast, A.Haku 6+1reb+1ast, D.Jones 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 531060


Nelson G. - Taranaki MA 76-93

The game in Stoke was also quite interesting. Mountain Airs (1-0) played at the court of Giants (0-2). Mountain Airs did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 93-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-76. Mountain Airs made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Mountain Airs outrebounded Giants 42-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) stepped up and scored 28 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Senegalese forward Daniel Gomis (208-91, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 7 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Mountain Airs players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) responded with 26 points and 4 assists and American forward Curtis Washington (208-91, college: Georgia St.) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Mountain Airs will meet Hawks (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Giants will play against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 28+6reb+3ast, H.O'Riley 17+5reb+5ast, A.Burton 14+5reb+1ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 13+8reb+2ast, B.Anderson 9+1reb+3ast, D.Gomis 7+16reb+4ast
Nelson G.: F.Delany 26+4reb+4ast, C.Washington 16+7reb, B.Beri 11+5reb+2ast, J.Slocum 7+5ast, S.Dempster 6+7reb+1ast, T.Ingham 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 531059


SC Rangers - Canterbury 114-107

Rangers defeated Rams in Auckland 114-107. Rams trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 37-28 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 107-114 at the end of the game. Rangers made 30-of-39 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game, while Rams only scored three points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Rams helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) fired 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) chipped in 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Rangers players scored in double figures. American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) produced a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Rams' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rams will play next round against Giants trying to get back on the winning streak. Rangers will try to continue on its current victory against Mountain Airs in New Plymouth.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: L.Tait 29+6reb+4ast, M.McCarron 28+6reb+6ast, B.Ruscoe 22+4reb+1ast, H.Harris 17+6reb+3ast, N.Egwu 16+9reb, D.Boucher 2+7reb+4ast
Canterbury: J.Kendle 39+10reb+5ast, M.Jones 22+8reb+6ast, W.Neighbour 14+9reb+1ast, M.Alipate 12, T.Smith-Milner 8+8reb+1ast, M.Whippy 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 531058


Wellington S. - Taylor Hawks 107-84

There was a minor upset in Wellington where Hawks (0-2) were crushed by Saints (1-0) 107-84. The game was mostly controlled by Saints. Hawks was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Hawks' 46. Saints players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) accounted for 29 points and 4 assists. Saints' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Hawks in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Saints' next round opponent will be Sharks in Southland and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hawks will play at home against Mountain Airs (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: C.Webster 29+1reb+4ast, J.Duinker 18+11reb+6ast, T.Wesley 17+5reb+3ast, L.Henry 15+6reb, S.Ili 13+3reb+5ast, J.Stubbins 7+1ast
Taylor Hawks: E.Bartlett 19+8reb+3ast, T.Tolovae 18+1reb, L.Roberson 13+8reb, A.Haku 11+4reb+1ast, G.Fiorentinos 10+3reb, D.Jones 7+2ast
gschID: 531057


Southland S. - Nelson G. 96-58

The game with biggest result difference took place in Southland. Local Sharks (1-0) outscored Giants (0-2) 96-58. The game without a history. Sharks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 26. They outrebounded Giants 52-29 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) nailed 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Australian center James Hunter (208-92, college: S.Dakota) accounted for 13 points and 11 rebounds. Four Sharks players scored in double figures. Sharks' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Curtis Washington (208-91, college: Georgia St.) added 12 points respectively for Giants in the defeat. Sharks' next round opponent will be Saints (#4) in Wellington. Giants will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: D.Raukawa 19+1reb+1ast, A.Pledger 19+9reb, R.Te Rangi 17+4reb+2ast, J.Hunter 13+11reb+2ast, M.Norton 9+9reb+2ast, N.Kay 8+6reb+1ast
Nelson G.: F.Delany 19+5reb+1ast, C.Washington 12+4reb, A.Granger 9+2reb, T.Ingham 9+4reb, B.Beri 4+3reb, S.Dempster 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 531056


  




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