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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 5: First victory of Giants - Apr 16, 2017


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Morgan Grim
Giants' fans can celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in New Plymouth, where they defeated Mountain Airs (3-5) 79-74 on Sunday. Mountain Airs were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Giants made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 6 assists. American forward Morgan Grim (203-88, college: Utah St.) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Alonzo Burton (193-93) answered with 22 points for Mountain Airs. Mountain Airs' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Giants maintains seventh place with 1-6 record. It was Mountain Airs' fourth loss in a row. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Giants are looking forward to face higher ranked Sharks (#4) in Southland in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mountain Airs will have a break next round.
NBL top team - Saints (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Sharks (4-3) in Wellington 111-93. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) stepped up and scored 29 points and 7 assists for the winners and Tai Wesley chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. The former international swingman Reuben Te-Rangi (198-94) responded with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Undefeated Saints have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-0 record. Sharks at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Canterbury. Saints will play against league's second-placed Rangers in Auckland in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sharks will play at home against Giants and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Tamatea was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Sharks (4-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Hawks (1-5). Sharks defeated Hawks 101-87 on Friday. Reuben Te-Rangi nailed 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Amir Williams came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Hawks in the defeat. Sharks moved-up to third place, which they share with Canterbury. Loser Hawks keep the sixth position with five games lost. Sharks will meet at home bottom-ranked Giants (#7) in the next round. Hawks will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 5 bottom-ranked Nelson G. were beaten by SC Rangers on the road 99-87. Canterbury won against Taranaki MA on its own court 95-82.

Taranaki MA - Nelson G. 74-79

Giants' fans can celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in New Plymouth, where they defeated Mountain Airs (3-5) 79-74 on Sunday. Mountain Airs were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Giants made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 6 assists. American forward Morgan Grim (203-88, college: Utah St.) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Alonzo Burton (193-93) answered with 22 points and Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) added 16 points in the effort for Mountain Airs. Mountain Airs' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Giants maintains seventh place with 1-6 record. It was Mountain Airs' fourth loss in a row. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Giants are looking forward to face higher ranked Sharks (#4) in Southland in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mountain Airs will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: A.Burton 22+4reb+2ast, T.Ongwae 16+4reb+3ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 9+5reb+2ast, X.Shaw 8+9reb+1ast, B.Anderson 8+5reb, T.O'Leary 4+7reb
Nelson G.: K.Adnam 26+4reb+6ast, M.Grim 13+6reb, C.Washington 8+3reb, D.Prewster 8+6reb+2ast, S.Dempster 8+10reb+1ast, F.Delany 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 531080


SC Rangers - Nelson G. 99-87

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Rangers (4-2) beat bottom-ranked Giants (1-6) in Auckland 99-87 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Rangers. Giants managed to win fourth quarter 23-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rangers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 32. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri) nailed a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) accounted for 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin) came up with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Sam Dempster (192-90) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Giants in the defeat. Four Giants players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rangers moved-up to second place. Giants lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Rangers will meet league's leader Saints in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Giants will play against Sharks (#4) in Southland and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: A.Granger 19+1reb+1ast, D.Prewster 18+5reb+5ast, S.Dempster 14+9reb, F.Delany 11+4reb+2ast, M.Grim 9+2reb+1ast, B.Beri 7+3reb
SC Rangers: E.Ross 32+10reb+2ast, M.McCarron 21+6reb+6ast, L.Tait 17+6reb+7ast, N.Egwu 8+2reb, B.Ruscoe 7, N.Barrow 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531078


Canterbury - Taranaki MA 95-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Mountain Airs' (3-5) road loss to fourth ranked Rams (4-3) in Christchurch 82-95 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Rams. Mountain Airs managed to win fourth quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rams dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Mountain Airs' 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Mountain Airs' players. Naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) nailed 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) accounted for 9 points, 13 assists and 4 steals. Four Rams players scored in double figures. Rams' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) came up with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and point guard Houston ORiley (180-89) added 13 points and 9 assists respectively for Mountain Airs in the defeat. Rams moved-up to third place, which they share with Southland S. Mountain Airs lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Rams will meet at home bottom-ranked Giants (#7) in the next round. Mountain Airs will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 33+7reb+1ast, A.Burton 14+3reb+3ast, H.O'Riley 13+2reb+9ast, X.Shaw 8+5reb+1ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 7+10reb+3ast, B.Anderson 4+2reb
Canterbury: M.Jones 22+9reb+5ast, M.Alipate 18+2reb+2ast, W.Neighbour 13+7reb+3ast, M.Whippy 13+8reb+3ast, T.Smith-Milner 10+3reb, J.Kendle 9+4reb+13ast
gschID: 531077


Taylor Hawks - Southland S. 87-101

The game in Tamatea was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Sharks (4-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Hawks (1-5). Sharks defeated Hawks 101-87 on Friday. Sharks made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international swingman Reuben Te-Rangi (198-94) nailed 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and the former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) accounted for 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds and British-Greek power forward Grant Fiorentinos (208-92, college: SIU Edwardsville) added 21 points respectively for Hawks in the defeat. Five Sharks and four Hawks players scored in double figures. Sharks moved-up to third place, which they share with Canterbury. Loser Hawks keep the sixth position with five games lost. Sharks will meet at home bottom-ranked Giants (#7) in the next round. Hawks will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Taylor Hawks: G.Fiorentinos 21+3reb+3ast, A.Williams 19+8reb, J.Kenny 12+5reb+8ast, J.Fox 11+6reb+3ast, E.Bartlett 10+7ast, T.Tolovae 7+7reb+5ast
Southland S.: A.Pledger 21+11reb, H.Allen 20+1reb+2ast, R.Te Rangi 17+7reb+9ast, N.Kay 11+9reb+2ast, D.Raukawa 10+2reb+2ast, M.Norton 8+2ast
gschID: 531076


Wellington S. - Southland S. 111-93

NBL top team - Saints (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Sharks (4-3) in Wellington 111-93. The game was mostly controlled by Saints. Sharks was better in second period 18-17. 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 Sharks' 28 and made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Saints players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) stepped up and scored 29 points and 7 assists for the winners and American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St.) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Five Saints players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Reuben Te-Rangi (198-94) responded with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Australian guard Mitch Norton (184-93) scored 16 points and 6 assists. Saints have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-0 record. Sharks at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Canterbury. Saints will play against league's second-placed Rangers in Auckland in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sharks will play at home against Giants and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: R.Te Rangi 25+5reb+5ast, M.Norton 16+2reb+6ast, D.Bailey 13+3reb+2ast, H.Allen 11+1reb+2ast, N.Kay 9+3reb+1ast, L.Aston 8+2reb+4ast
Wellington S.: C.Webster 29+1reb+7ast, T.Wesley 23+7reb+2ast, J.Duinker 16+9reb+2ast, J.Ngatai 13+4reb, S.Ili 13+9reb+8ast, L.Henry 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531075


  




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