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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 15-3 
 2. Nelson G. 14-4 
 3. Southland S. 13-5 
 4. Taylor Hawks 12-6 
 5. Canterbury 8-10 
 6. SC Rangers 4-14 
 7. Manawatu J. 3-15 
 8. Taranaki MA 3-15 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Daishon KNIGHT
  Manawatu.
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Knight, Manawatu.28.9 
 2. Iverson, Manawatu.23.6 
 3. Jones, SC Rangers23.2 
 4. Ili, Wellington S.22.2 
 5. Douglas, Taranaki.21.6 
 6. Peak, Wellington S.20.1 
 7. Wilson, SC Rangers19.9 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.19.9 
 9. Heuir, Nelson G.19.5 
 10. Adnam, Nelson G.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kuran IVERSON
  Manawatu.
  (206-F-95)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Iverson, Manawatu.11.1 
 2. Douglas, Taranaki.10.8 
 3. Majok, Wellington S.10.3 
 4. Jones, SC Rangers10.2 
 5. Coleman, Southlan.9.1 
 6. Shepard, Canterbury8.9 
 7. Brandt, Taylor H.8.5 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.7.7 
 9. Washburn, Cante.7.6 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Shepard, Canterbury7.5 
 2. Tait, SC Rangers7.4 
 3. Ili, Wellington S.6.2 
 4. Adnam, Nelson G.5.7 
 5. Kenny, Taylor H.5.5 
 6. Weeks, Southlan.5.5 
 7. ORiley, Taranaki.4.8 
 8. Knight, Manawatu.4.8 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers4.7 
 10. Thames, Canterbury3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier THAMES
  Canterbury
  (191-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thames, Canterbury2.3 
 2. Shepard, Canterbury2.3 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.2.1 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.1.8 
 5. Ili, Wellington S.1.8 
 6. Weeks, Southlan.1.8 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers1.6 
 8. Woods, Taranaki MA1.6 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers1.6 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Xavier SMITH
  Taranaki MA
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Smith, Taranaki MA1.7 
 2. Darling, Canterbury1.3 
 3. Jones, SC Rangers0.9 
 4. McRae, Manawatu J.0.9 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.0.9 
 6. Pledger, Southlan.0.9 
 7. Majok, Wellington S.0.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
 9. Morgan, Southlan.0.6 
 10. Douglas, Taranaki.0.6 

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NBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Southland and Wellington enter Grand Final - Jun 16, 2017


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Alex Pledger
Southland S. - SC Rangers 106-67

Southland Sharks cruised past SC Rangers to advance into Grand Final. The game was mostly controlled by Sharks. Rangers managed to win fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Rangers' 38. They outrebounded Rangers 47-35 including 32 on the defensive glass. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Sharks players scored in double figures. Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) answered with 14 points and the former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) added 6 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Rangers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: A.Pledger 24+12reb+3ast, R.Te Rangi 19+1reb+5ast, H.Allen 13+2reb+4ast, J.Hunter 11+11reb, N.Kay 11+7reb+8ast, L.Aston 9+1reb
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 14+4reb+2ast, E.Ross 10+3reb+2ast, N.Egwu 9+7reb+1ast, L.Tait 8+3reb+1ast, B.Ruscoe 8+1reb+1ast, D.Boucher 6+8reb+6ast
gschID: 548066


Wellington S. - Canterbury 94-73

Wellington Saints made their way into the Grand Final after they cruised past Canterbury Rams in the semifinal clash today. It looked good early as Rams took a 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Saints took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 21 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Rams' 22. Saints forced 19 Rams turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St., agency: MKP Management) stepped up and scored 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners and international guard Shea Ili (184-92) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Four Saints players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: T.Wesley 36+9reb+2ast, S.Ili 18+4reb+5ast, C.Webster 12+6reb+9ast, J.Duinker 11+7reb, B.Anthony 8+2reb, J.Ngatai 7+2reb+2ast
Canterbury: J.Kendle 25+8reb+1ast, M.Moore 21+9reb+6ast, M.Jones 10+5reb+1ast, E.Rusbatch 7+3reb+2ast, G.Dawson 4+5reb+1ast, M.Alipate 3
gschID: 548065


  




Daishon
Knight
Daishon Knight (ex Manawatu J.) signs at Academik Plovdiv - 10 hours ago
DAISHON KNIGHT Akademik Bultex 99 Plovdiv (NBL) landed 27-year old American guard Daishon Knight (185-86kg-91, college: Illinois State). He played in the summer at Manawatu Jets in New Zealand NBL league. Knight managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 18 NBL games he averaged impressive 28.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.8apg and 1.2spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL 1st Team, All-Imports Team a...   [read more]

Travis
McAvene
Travis McAvene Named 2018-20 Tonga National Team Head Coach - 13 hours ago
Date: August 14, 2018 -- Niasi Malua To Continue Through 2020 As Tonga Men's National Team Managing Director -- The future leadership for the Tonga Basketball Men's National Team was disclosed today when Tonga Basketball Chairman Niasi Malua officially announced that four-time Copa Mitchell Cup Championship and longtime International Head Coach Travis McAvene has been named Head Coach of the Tonga Basketball Men's National Team for the 2018-20 quadrennium. Additionally, Tonga Basketbal...   [read more]

Tai Jack
Webster
Galatasaray lands Tai Jack Webster - 7 days ago
TAI JACK WEBSTER Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (BSL) landed 23-year old New Zealander international guard Tai Jack Webster (193-89kg-95, college: Nebraska). He played most recently at Miami Heat in the NBA. He received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention award in 2018. Webster won Australian NBL championship title in 2013. Webster has been also a member of New Zealand international program for some years. He has regularly played for New Zealand senior team since 2...   [read more]


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