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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 10-0 
 2. Southland S. 5-3 
 3. Canterbury 5-5 
 4. SC Rangers 4-3 
 5. Taranaki MA 3-5 
 6. Nelson G. 2-8 
 7. Taylor Hawks 1-6 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Jones, Canterbury25.9 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.24.1 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.4 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.6 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.21.5 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers17.2 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.16.9 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.16.4 
 10. Te-Rangi, Southlan.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.6 
 2. Jones, Canterbury10.0 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.2 
 4. Wesley, Wellington S.8.3 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.1 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers8.0 
 7. Bailey-N., Taranaki.7.9 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.7.6 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.4 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.9.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.8.2 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.6 
 4. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.6 
 5. Norton, Southlan.5.6 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.5 
 7. ORiley, Taranaki.5.1 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.7 
 10. Webster, Wellingt.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.2.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.1 
 3. Boucher, SC Rangers2.0 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers1.8 
 6. Kenny, Taylor H.1.8 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.6 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.1.6 
 9. Kendle, Canterbury1.5 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.4 
 4. Grim, Nelson G.1.0 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 8. OLeary, Taranaki.0.8 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.0.7 

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Round 7 (Regular Season)

Nelson G. Apr.29 Taranaki MA 52%
SC Rangers 87% Apr.28 Taylor Hawks
SC Rangers 73% Apr.28 Taranaki MA
NBL Round 2: Saints defeat leader Sharks - Mar 26, 2017


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There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in NBL. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sharks (1-1) in Southland on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Saints (3-0) 88-86. Sharks were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Saints made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Reuben Te-Rangi (198-94) replied with 27 points and 4 assists for Sharks. Saints are looking forward to face Hawks (#7) in Tamatea in the next round where they are favorite. Sharks will play on the road against Mountain Airs in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Tamatea. Mountain Airs (2-1) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging Hawks (0-3) 76-75 on Sunday evening. Senegalese forward Daniel Gomis (208-91, college: Oregon St.) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Tylor Ongwae chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Mountain Airs' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) responded with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Mountain Airs will play against Rangers in Auckland in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hawks will play at home against Saints (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Stoke supposed to be also quite interesting. Rams (2-2) played at the court of Giants (0-3). Rams smashed Giants 114-80 on Saturday. Marcel Jones notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Finn Delany did not help to save the game for Giants. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rams will meet at home Rangers in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Giants will play against Sharks (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in New Plymouth was also worth to mention about. Rangers (2-0) played at the court of Mountain Airs (2-1). Rangers managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81. The best player for the winners was Mitchell McCarron who scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Mountain Airs' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rangers' next round opponent will be Rams (#4) in Christchurch. Mountain Airs will play again on the road against Rangers in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Christchurch was also quite interesting. Saints (3-0) played at the court of Rams (2-2). Saints managed to secure a 9-point victory 94-85 on Thursday. Tai Wesley orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Saints will face Hawks (#7) in Tamatea in the next round where they are favorite. Rams will play at home against Rangers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Taylor Hawks - Taranaki MA 75-76

Important game to mention about took place in Tamatea. Mountain Airs (2-1) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging Hawks (0-3) 76-75 on Sunday evening. Hawks were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 15-8 charge of Mountain Airs, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Hawks' 28. Senegalese forward Daniel Gomis (208-91, college: Oregon St.) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Mountain Airs' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) responded with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and British-Greek power forward Grant Fiorentinos (208-92, college: SIU Edwardsville) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mountain Airs will play against Rangers in Auckland in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hawks will play at home against Saints (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Taylor Hawks: E.Bartlett 21+6reb+5ast, G.Fiorentinos 12+13reb, D.Jones 10+4reb+1ast, J.Fox 10+3reb+3ast, T.Tolovae 9+2reb+2ast, L.Roberson 7+2reb
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 21+6reb+1ast, D.Gomis 13+13reb+2ast, A.Burton 13+3reb+3ast, H.O'Riley 11+2reb+6ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 9+7reb+1ast, B.Anderson 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531065


Nelson G. - Canterbury 80-114

The game in Stoke supposed to be also quite interesting. Rams (2-2) played at the court of Giants (0-3). Rams smashed Giants 114-80 on Saturday. The game without a history. Rams led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rams outrebounded Giants 43-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) supported him with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Even 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by the former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) did not help to save the game for Giants. American forward Curtis Washington (208-91, college: Georgia St.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rams will meet at home Rangers in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Giants will play against Sharks (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: F.Delany 15+8reb+4ast, C.Washington 15+5reb+1ast, D.Prewster 13+5reb+3ast, S.Dempster 10+3reb+1ast, J.Slocum 8+2reb+1ast, B.Beri 6+3reb+1ast
Canterbury: M.Jones 25+11reb+3ast, J.Kendle 24+5reb+9ast, M.Alipate 15+2reb+4ast, T.Smith-Milner 10+4reb+1ast, E.Rusbatch 10+4reb+1ast, M.Whippy 8+8reb
gschID: 531064


Southland S. - Wellington S. 86-88

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sharks (1-1) in Southland on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Saints (3-0) 88-86. Sharks were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Saints made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Reuben Te-Rangi (198-94) replied with 27 points and 4 assists and Australian guard Mitch Norton (184-93) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Sharks. Five Saints and four Sharks players scored in double figures. Saints are looking forward to face Hawks (#7) in Tamatea in the next round where they are favorite. Sharks will play on the road against Mountain Airs in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: R.Te Rangi 27+3reb+4ast, N.Kay 16+8reb+4ast, M.Norton 16+5reb+8ast, L.Aston 11+6reb, H.Allen 6+3reb, D.Bailey 6+3reb+2ast
Wellington S.: C.Webster 22+5reb+6ast, L.Henry 21+8reb+1ast, T.Wesley 18+7reb+3ast, J.Duinker 14+6reb+1ast, S.Ili 13+5reb+9ast, A.Trousdall 0
gschID: 531063


Taranaki MA - SC Rangers 81-85

The game in New Plymouth was also worth to mention about. Rangers (2-0) played at the court of Mountain Airs (2-1). Rangers managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 20-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Rangers made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) who scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and Senegalese forward Daniel Gomis (208-91, college: Oregon St.) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mountain Airs' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rangers' next round opponent will be Rams (#4) in Christchurch. Mountain Airs will play again on the road against Rangers in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 20+9reb+1ast, A.Burton 19+1reb+2ast, D.Gomis 11+12reb+3ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 10+5reb+1ast, H.O'Riley 9+2reb+6ast, X.Shaw 8+1reb
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 23+9reb+4ast, N.Egwu 19+10reb+2ast, L.Tait 19+1reb+5ast, B.Ruscoe 13+2reb+3ast, H.Harris 5+6reb, D.Boucher 2+10reb+4ast
gschID: 531062


Canterbury - Wellington S. 85-94

The game in Christchurch was also quite interesting. Saints (3-0) played at the court of Rams (2-2). Saints managed to secure a 9-point victory 94-85 on Thursday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-18. But Rams won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saints made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Rams were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) contributed with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Tongan-American guard Marcus Alipate (183-92, college: St.Thomas) added 19 points in the effort for Rams. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Saints will face Hawks (#7) in Tamatea in the next round where they are favorite. Rams will play at home against Rangers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: M.Alipate 19+4reb+1ast, E.Rusbatch 16+4reb+3ast, M.Jones 16+7reb+3ast, J.Kendle 10+6reb+4ast, M.Whippy 10+8reb+3ast, W.Neighbour 8+4reb+2ast
Wellington S.: C.Webster 25+6reb+8ast, T.Wesley 23+14reb+2ast, J.Duinker 17+6reb+1ast, S.Ili 14+7reb+5ast, L.Henry 10+5reb+2ast, J.Ngatai 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 531061


  




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