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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 13 of Regular Season - Jun 11, 2017


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Luke Aston
The biggest surprise of round 13 was guest Sharks' (#2) easy road victory over Rangers (#3) 101-83 on Monday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Sharks. Rangers managed to win second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international guard Luke Aston (200-90, college: BYU-Hawaii) fired 21 points for the winners. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-6 record having six points less than leader Wellington S. Rangers at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost.
Fifth-ranked Hawks (4-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Sharks (12-6) in Southland. Sharks managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Alex Pledger contributed with 10 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) answered with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for Hawks. Sharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-6 record having six points less than leader Wellington S. Hawks at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. They share it with Nelson G. and Taranaki MA.
Sixth-ranked Giants (4-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Rams (10-8) in Christchurch on Thursday. Rams managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected easier game. Jeremy Kendle stepped up and scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. At the losing side Finn Delany responded with 40 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Rams have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-8 record. Giants lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Taylor Hawks and Taranaki MA.
An exciting game was played in Auckland. Third ranked Rangers faced 4th placed Rams. Host Rangers (11-7) smashed guests from Christchurch (10-8) 102-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rams. Lindsay Tait nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists for the winning side. Rangers' coach Jeff Green allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Rangers maintains third place with 11-7 record having seven points less than leader Wellington S. Rams at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost.
Undefeated leader Saints delivered the eighteenth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Giants (4-14) 82-67 in Stoke. Tai Wesley fired 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Giants' coach rotated twelve players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Saints (18-0) have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 18 victories in a row. Giants lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost.

In the last game of round 13 Taylor Hawks defeated Taranaki MA in Tamatea 85-73.

Southland S. - Taylor Hawks 89-86

Fifth-ranked Hawks (4-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Sharks (12-6) in Southland. Sharks managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-17. But Hawks won second period 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hawks 52-38 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) answered with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) added 14 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-6 record having six points less than leader Wellington S. Hawks at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. They share it with Nelson G. and Taranaki MA.
Top scorers:
Taylor Hawks: J.Kenny 25+7reb+8ast, E.Bartlett 17+3reb+2ast, A.Williams 14+16reb+1ast, J.Fox 11+6reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 10+4reb, K.Johnson 6+2reb+1ast
Southland S.: N.Kay 17+10reb+6ast, D.Raukawa 14+2reb+4ast, J.Hunter 11+5reb, R.Te Rangi 11+4reb, A.Pledger 10+17reb+1ast, M.Norton 8+1reb+5ast
gschID: 531125


Nelson G. - Wellington S. 67-82

Undefeated leader Saints delivered the eighteenth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Giants (4-14) 82-67 in Stoke. Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 26. American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St., agency: MKP Management) fired 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) chipped in 25 points. Swingman Sam Dempster (192-90) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Giants' coach rotated twelve players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saints (18-0) have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 18 victories in a row. Giants lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: F.Delany 18+8reb+2ast, S.Dempster 16+11reb+2ast, D.Prewster 8+4reb+2ast, K.Adnam 7+1reb+4ast, T.Ingham 7+1reb+1ast, N.Trathen 5+2reb
Wellington S.: C.Webster 25+3reb+1ast, T.Wesley 17+9reb+4ast, L.Henry 13+6reb+3ast, S.Ili 9+5reb+2ast, J.Duinker 8+8reb+1ast, J.Ngatai 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531124


SC Rangers - Canterbury 102-82

An exciting game was played in Auckland. Third ranked Rangers faced 4th placed Rams. Host Rangers (11-7) smashed guests from Christchurch (10-8) 102-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rams. The game was mostly controlled by Rangers. Rams was better in second period 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Rams' players. The former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists for the winning side and Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) accounted for 21 points and 9 rebounds. Rangers' coach Jeff Green allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) came up with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Rams in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rangers maintains third place with 11-7 record having seven points less than leader Wellington S. Rams at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: M.Karena 16+3reb, J.Kendle 15+6reb+6ast, M.Jones 15+7reb+3ast, E.Rusbatch 12+4reb+2ast, M.Alipate 11+2reb+3ast, M.Whippy 8+6reb+4ast
SC Rangers: E.Ross 25+4reb, N.Egwu 21+7reb+1ast, M.McCarron 21+9reb+3ast, L.Tait 14+5reb+15ast, B.Ruscoe 10+1ast, D.Boucher 3+6reb+8ast
gschID: 531123


Taranaki MA - Taylor Hawks 73-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Mountain Airs' (4-14) home loss to fifth ranked Hawks (4-14) 73-85 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Hawks. Mountain Airs was better in second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) produced 18 points and 4 steals and Senegalese forward Daniel Gomis (208-91, college: Oregon St.) added 5 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mountain Airs' coach tested twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hawks maintains fifth place with 4-14 record, which they share with Nelson G. and Taranaki MA. Mountain Airs lost their third game in a row.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 18+3reb+2ast, A.Burton 10+1reb+2ast, H.O'Riley 9+4reb+3ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 8+1reb+2ast, B.Anderson 7+1ast, D.Brooks 7+2reb+1ast
Taylor Hawks: A.Williams 23+6reb+2ast, J.Kenny 17+3reb+7ast, E.Bartlett 16+9reb+4ast, A.Haku 10+3reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 9+3reb+4ast, J.Fox 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 531122


Canterbury - Nelson G. 91-90

Sixth-ranked Giants (4-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Rams (10-8) in Christchurch on Thursday. Rams managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected easier game. Giants were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) stepped up and scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Tongan-American guard Marcus Alipate (183-92, college: St.Thomas) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. At the losing side the former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) responded with 40 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Tom Ingham (190-93) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rams have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-8 record. Giants lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Taylor Hawks and Taranaki MA.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: F.Delany 40+8reb+6ast, T.Ingham 21+6reb+2ast, A.Granger 11+2reb+3ast, S.Dempster 11+13reb, M.Grim 4+9reb+4ast, B.Beri 3+2reb+3ast
Canterbury: J.Kendle 27+6reb+8ast, E.Rusbatch 15+5reb+1ast, M.Jones 15+8reb, M.Alipate 15+4reb+5ast, M.Whippy 9+7reb+2ast, M.Karena 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 531121


SC Rangers - Southland S. 83-101

The biggest surprise of round 13 was guest Sharks' (#2) easy road victory over Rangers (#3) 101-83 on Monday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Sharks. Rangers managed to win second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international guard Luke Aston (200-90, college: BYU-Hawaii) fired 21 points for the winners. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for lost side. Five Rangers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-6 record having six points less than leader Wellington S. Rangers at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 19+5reb+2ast, E.Ross 19+2reb, D.Boucher 17+6reb+6ast, L.Tait 12+5reb+10ast, B.Ruscoe 10+2reb, N.Egwu 6+3reb
Southland S.: L.Aston 21+3reb+1ast, H.Allen 16+1reb+2ast, A.Pledger 14+7reb+1ast, D.Raukawa 13+3reb+3ast, N.Kay 9+12reb+2ast, M.Norton 8+3reb+8ast
gschID: 531120


  




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