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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 7: Hawks beat higher ranked Rangers - Apr 29, 2017


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Jarrod Kenny
The game with biggest difference of round 7 in NBL was guest Hawks' (#7) road victory over 4th placed Rangers (4-4) 101-95 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) produced 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Hawks maintains seventh place with 2-6 record. Rangers at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. Hawks are looking forward to face higher ranked Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rangers will play on the road against the league's leader Saints having rather not much hope for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Mountain Airs in Stoke 107-81. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 26-point difference suggests that Giants is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Sam Dempster (192-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Finn Delany contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) answered with 19 points for Mountain Airs. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Giants (3-8) moved-up to sixth place. Mountain Airs lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Giants will play against bottom-ranked Hawks (#7) in Tamatea in the next round. Mountain Airs will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Saints delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Giants (3-8) 110-84 in Wellington. It was a great evening for Shea Ili who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 assists and 6 steals (made all of his eight free throws). Saints' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Kyle Adnam responded with 25 points and 7 assists. Undefeated Saints (10-0) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Loser Giants dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Saints will meet at home Rangers (#4) in the next round. Giants will play against Hawks in Tamatea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Tamatea was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rams (5-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Hawks (2-6). Rams did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 106-89. It was an exceptional evening for Marcel Jones who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field). Rams moved-up to third place. Hawks at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Rams' next round opponent will be Mountain Airs (#5) in New Plymouth. Hawks will play at home against Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Southland. Local Sharks (6-3) outscored 5th ranked Mountain Airs (3-7) 97-67 on Friday night. Reuben Te-Rangi fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sharks. They maintain second place with 6-3 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Mountain Airs lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Sharks will face Rams (#3) in Christchurch in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mountain Airs will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Nelson G. - Taranaki MA 107-81

Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Mountain Airs in Stoke 107-81. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 26-point difference suggests that Giants is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Sam Dempster (192-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) answered with 19 points and point guard Houston ORiley (180-89) added 13 points in the effort for Mountain Airs. Five Giants and four Mountain Airs players 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. Giants (3-8) moved-up to sixth place. Mountain Airs lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Giants will play against bottom-ranked Hawks (#7) in Tamatea in the next round. Mountain Airs will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: S.Dempster 22+11reb+4ast, F.Delany 19+9reb+2ast, K.Adnam 19+1reb+6ast, A.Granger 15+5reb+1ast, D.Prewster 10+2reb+3ast, B.Beri 9+3reb+2ast
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 19+4reb+2ast, B.Anderson 15+1reb+1ast, A.Burton 13+4reb+1ast, H.O'Riley 13+3reb+3ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 7+3reb+6ast, X.Shaw 4+2reb
gschID: 531095


Southland S. - Taranaki MA 97-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Southland. Local Sharks (6-3) outscored 5th ranked Mountain Airs (3-7) 97-67 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Sharks. Mountain Airs was better in fourth quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Sharks outrebounded Mountain Airs 54-32 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Mountain Airs' players. The former international swingman Reuben Te-Rangi (198-94) fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Five Sharks players scored in double figures. Forward Xavier Shaw (203-94, college: MSU-Northern) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Alonzo Burton (193-93) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sharks. They maintain second place with 6-3 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Mountain Airs lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Sharks will face Rams (#3) in Christchurch in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mountain Airs will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: R.Te Rangi 21+5reb+3ast, A.Pledger 16+13reb, N.Kay 14+9reb+5ast, J.Hunter 14+12reb, D.Raukawa 13+3reb+6ast, M.Norton 10+2reb+6ast
Taranaki MA: X.Shaw 11+7reb+1ast, H.O'Riley 11+2reb+1ast, A.Burton 9+4reb+2ast, B.Anderson 8+1reb+2ast, C.Washington 6+6reb, D.Brooks 6+3reb
gschID: 531094


SC Rangers - Taylor Hawks 95-101

The game with biggest difference of round 7 in NBL was guest Hawks' (#7) road victory over 4th placed Rangers (4-4) 101-95 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) produced 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Hawks and four Rangers players scored in double figures. Hawks maintains seventh place with 2-6 record. Rangers at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. Hawks are looking forward to face higher ranked Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rangers will play on the road against the league's leader Saints having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Taylor Hawks: T.Tolovae 21+3reb, A.Williams 18+8reb+1ast, J.Kenny 18+7reb+6ast, J.Fox 13+8reb+4ast, G.Fiorentinos 10+4reb, A.Haku 8+4reb
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 31+7reb+5ast, L.Tait 19+9reb+3ast, E.Ross 19+4reb, N.Egwu 12+11reb+1ast, N.Barrow 4+1ast, B.Ruscoe 4
gschID: 531093


Taylor Hawks - Canterbury 89-106

The game in Tamatea was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rams (5-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Hawks (2-6). Rams did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 106-89. The game was mostly controlled by Rams. Hawks was better in fourth quarter 31-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field). American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) accounted for 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Fijian forward Joshua Fox (198-94, college: Cal-Davis, agency: MKP Management) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) added 14 points and 9 assists respectively for Hawks in the defeat. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Rams moved-up to third place. Hawks at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Rams' next round opponent will be Mountain Airs (#5) in New Plymouth. Hawks will play at home against Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: M.Jones 39+10reb+5ast, J.Kendle 27+8reb+6ast, E.Rusbatch 20+7reb+3ast, M.Whippy 8+13reb+6ast, M.Alipate 6+1ast, T.Smith-Milner 4+3reb+2ast
Taylor Hawks: J.Fox 21+6reb+3ast, A.Williams 15+6reb+4ast, J.Kenny 14+3reb+9ast, G.Fiorentinos 12+7reb+2ast, A.Haku 12+6reb, E.Bartlett 9+2reb+9ast
gschID: 531092


Wellington S. - Nelson G. 110-84

Undefeated leader Saints delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Giants (3-8) 110-84 in Wellington. The game without a history. Saints 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' 36 and made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Saints looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for international guard Shea Ili (184-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 assists and 6 steals (made all of his eight free throws). American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St., agency: MKP Management) helped adding 16 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Five Saints players scored in double figures. Saints' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) responded with 25 points and 7 assists and the former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) scored 30 points. Saints (10-0) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Loser Giants dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Saints will meet at home Rangers (#4) in the next round. Giants will play against Hawks in Tamatea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: S.Ili 27+2reb+10ast, J.Duinker 17+6reb+4ast, J.Ngatai 16+1reb+1ast, T.Wesley 16+12reb+2ast, L.Henry 13+7reb+2ast, D.Ekenasio 8+3reb+1ast
Nelson G.: F.Delany 30+1reb, K.Adnam 25+3reb+7ast, M.Grim 7+4reb+2ast, T.Ingham 7+1reb, C.Washington 6+1reb, D.Prewster 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 531091


  




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