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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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NBL Round 3: #1 Rangers are defeated by Rams - Apr 3, 2017


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The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Rangers (3-1) in Christchurch on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Rams (3-2) 88-86. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-17. But Rangers won second period 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rams dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Rangers' 44. Rams forced 21 Rangers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) helped adding 19 points and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Rams is looking forward to face Saints in Wellington in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rangers will play on the road against Sharks in Southland and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Auckland. Rangers (3-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Mountain Airs (3-2) 65-62 in the game for the second place. It was an exceptional evening for Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Lindsay Tait accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) came up with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Mountain Airs in the defeat. Mountain Airs' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rangers will play against Sharks (#5) in Southland in the next round. Mountain Airs will play at home against Saints and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in New Plymouth between Mountain Airs and Sharks. Mountain Airs (3-2) got a very close home victory over Sharks (2-2). Mountain Airs managed to escape with a 3-point win 64-61 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Tylor Ongwae who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Mountain Airs' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Nick Kay who recorded 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Mountain Airs will meet at home Saints in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sharks will play against Rangers (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Saints (4-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat Hawks (0-4) in Tamatea 102-91. It was a good game for Corey Webster who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!). Saints' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Saints' next round opponent will be Rams (#3) in Christchurch, which may be the game of the day. Hawks will play at home against Giants (#6) and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game in Stoke was also quite interesting. Sharks (2-2) played at the court of Giants (0-4). Sharks managed to secure a 6-point victory 100-94 on Thursday. It was a great evening for Nick Kay who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Sharks will face Rangers in Auckland in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Giants will play on the road against Hawks (#7) in Tamatea and look forward to get finally their first victory.

Taylor Hawks - Wellington S. 91-102

Saints (4-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat Hawks (0-4) in Tamatea 102-91. It looked good early as Hawks took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Saints had a 28-24 second period charge getting the lead and Hawks were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 91-102. Saints players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a good game for the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!). American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St.) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Saints' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 assists and naturalized Australian guard Tony Tolovae (196-92) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Hawks. Four Saints and five Hawks players scored in double figures. Saints' next round opponent will be Rams (#3) in Christchurch, which may be the game of the day. Hawks will play at home against Giants (#6) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Taylor Hawks: J.Kenny 22+4reb+15ast, J.Fox 16+5reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 14+5reb+4ast, E.Bartlett 14+2reb+1ast, G.Fiorentinos 12+5reb+2ast, A.Haku 10+6reb
Wellington S.: C.Webster 33+4reb+3ast, S.Ili 19+4reb+7ast, T.Wesley 19+6reb+7ast, J.Ngatai 14+3reb+1ast, J.Duinker 8+5reb+2ast, L.Henry 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 531069


SC Rangers - Taranaki MA 65-62

Important game to mention about took place in Auckland. Rangers (3-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Mountain Airs (3-2) 65-62 in the game for the second place. It looked good early as Mountain Airs took a 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rangers took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 3 points. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) came up with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Houston ORiley (180-89) added 12 points respectively for Mountain Airs in the defeat. Mountain Airs' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rangers will play against Sharks (#5) in Southland in the next round. Mountain Airs will play at home against Saints and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 14+9reb+4ast, H.O'Riley 12+4reb+3ast, A.Burton 10+5reb+1ast, B.Anderson 8+1reb, X.Shaw 6+3reb, A.Bailey-Nowell 6+12reb
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 24+10reb+4ast, L.Tait 15+7reb+6ast, N.Egwu 9+10reb, B.Ruscoe 7+4reb+1ast, D.Boucher 7+8reb+1ast, D.Green 3+2reb
gschID: 531070


Taranaki MA - Southland S. 64-61

A very close game took place in New Plymouth between Mountain Airs and Sharks. Mountain Airs (3-2) got a very close home victory over Sharks (2-2). Mountain Airs managed to escape with a 3-point win 64-61 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 22-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Houston ORiley (180-89) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Mountain Airs' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) who recorded 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Australian guard Mitch Norton (184-93) added 12 points respectively. Mountain Airs will meet at home Saints in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sharks will play against Rangers (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: M.Norton 12+2reb+2ast, H.Allen 10+3reb+2ast, R.Te Rangi 10+3reb+3ast, A.Pledger 8+7reb+1ast, L.Aston 7+4reb+1ast, N.Kay 7+6reb+5ast
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 22+5reb+3ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 13+6reb+1ast, H.O'Riley 12+7reb+2ast, A.Burton 6+1reb+3ast, D.Gomis 4+9reb, X.Shaw 4+1reb
gschID: 531067


Canterbury - SC Rangers 88-86

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Rangers (3-1) in Christchurch on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Rams (3-2) 88-86. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-17. But Rangers won second period 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rams dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Rangers' 44. Rams forced 21 Rangers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) helped adding 19 points and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Brook Ruscoe (187-90) scored 20 points. Five Rams and four Rangers players scored in double figures. Rams is looking forward to face Saints in Wellington in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rangers will play on the road against Sharks in Southland and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 32+7reb+5ast, B.Ruscoe 20+3reb+3ast, L.Tait 14+6reb+6ast, N.Egwu 10+12reb, D.Green 5+1reb+2ast, D.Boucher 3+9reb+6ast
Canterbury: E.Rusbatch 19+4reb+6ast, M.Jones 17+14reb+7ast, M.Whippy 16+4reb+3ast, J.Kendle 13+4reb+7ast, W.Neighbour 12+2reb+1ast, M.Alipate 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 531068


Nelson G. - Southland S. 94-100

The game in Stoke was also quite interesting. Sharks (2-2) played at the court of Giants (0-4). Sharks managed to secure a 6-point victory 100-94 on Thursday. It was a great evening for Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Australian guard Mitch Norton (184-93) helped adding 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin) with 22 points and 7 assists and American forward Curtis Washington (208-91, college: Georgia St.) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Five Sharks and four Giants players scored in double figures. Sharks will face Rangers in Auckland in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Giants will play on the road against Hawks (#7) in Tamatea and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: D.Prewster 22+3reb+7ast, C.Washington 17+6reb, K.Adnam 13+2reb+3ast, A.Granger 10+3reb+2ast, F.Delany 10+7reb+2ast, B.Beri 9+5reb+2ast
Southland S.: N.Kay 24+15reb+3ast, M.Norton 19+5reb+8ast, L.Aston 15+4reb+1ast, D.Bailey 12+5reb+3ast, R.Te Rangi 12+5reb+2ast, H.Allen 12
gschID: 531066


  




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