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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 
Season 2018
List of Players
List of Imports
Points Per Game
 Daishon KNIGHT
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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 
Player of the week

     Dominique Kelman-Poto
      SC Rangers

    SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks wins New Zealand NBL 2018 title (Photo:

    SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks 2018
    Orlando Coleman
    Alex Pledger
    Reuben Te Rangi
    Te Rangi
    Derone Raukawa
    Conor Morgan
    # Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
    10  Coleman Orlando 196 (6'5'') F 92 USA
    35  Pledger Alex 215 (7'1'') C 87 New Zealand
    5  Te Rangi Reuben 198 (6'6'') F/G 94 New Zealand
    8  Raukawa Derone 181 (5'11'') G 94 New Zealand
     Morgan Conor 206 (6'9'') F 94 Canada Ireland
    9  Weeks Jarrad 185 (6'1'') G 89 Australia
    1  Aston Luke 200 (6'7'') G 90 New Zealand
    13  Hunter James 208 (6'10'') C 91 New Zealand
    14  Vodanovich Tom 201 (6'7'') F 94 New Zealand
    31  Murphy Jordan 192 (6'4'') G 95 New Zealand
    25  Wheeler Andrew 183 (6'0'') G 88 New Zealand
    33  Aoake Lydon 0 (0'0'') 0 New Zealand All-New Zealand NBL Awards 2018 - Aug 7, 2018 All-New Zealand NBL 1st Team 2018
    Shea Ili
    Daishon Knight
    Winston Shepard
    Kuran Iverson
    Angus Brandt

    Finals MVP: Reuben Te Rangi (198-F/G-94) of Southland S.
    Player of the Year: Shea Ili (184-G-92) of Wellington S.
    Guard of the Year: Shea Ili (184-G-92) of Wellington S.
    Forward of the Year: Kuran Iverson (206-F-95) of Manawatu J.
    Center of the Year: Angus Brandt (208-C-89) of Taylor Hawks
    Newcomer of the Year: Dominique Kelman-Poto (201-F) of SC Rangers
    Import Player of the Year: Winston Shepard (203-F-93) of Rams
    Domestic Player of the Year: Shea Ili (184-G-92) of Wellington S.
    Defensive Player of the Year: Winston Shepard (203-F-93) of Rams
    Coach of the Year: Jamie Pearlman of Giants

    1st Team
    G: Shea Ili (184-G-92) of Wellington S.
    G: Daishon Knight (185-G-91) of Manawatu J.
    F: Winston Shepard (203-F-93) of Rams
    F: Kuran Iverson (206-F-95) of Manawatu J.
    C: Angus Brandt (208-C-89) of Taylor Hawks

    2nd Team
    G/F: L.J. Peak (196-G/F-96) of Saints
    G: Xavier Thames (191-G-91) of Canterbury
    F: Finn Delany (198-F-95) of Nelson G.
    F: Marcel Jones (203-F-85) of SC Rangers
    F: Javonte Douglas (203-F) of Taranaki MA

    Honorable Mention
    Jarrad Weeks (185-G-89) of Southland S.
    Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of SC Rangers
    Damon Heuir (189-G-91) of Nelson G.
    Kyle Adnam (186-G-93) of Nelson G.
    Orlando Coleman (196-F-92) of Southland S.
    Julian Washburn (203-F-91) of Canterbury
    Dominique Kelman-Poto (201-F) of SC Rangers

    All-Domestic Players Team
    G: Shea Ili (184-G-92) of Wellington S.
    G: Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of SC Rangers
    F: Finn Delany (198-F-95) of Nelson G.
    F: Marcel Jones (203-F-85) of SC Rangers
    F: Dominique Kelman-Poto (201-F) of SC Rangers

    All-Imports Team
    G/F: L.J. Peak (196-G/F-96) of Saints
    G: Daishon Knight (185-G-91) of Manawatu J.
    F: Winston Shepard (203-F-93) of Rams
    F: Kuran Iverson (206-F-95) of Manawatu J.
    C: Angus Brandt (208-C-89) of Taylor Hawks

    Reuben Te Rangi leads Southland Sharks to thrilling NBL final win over Wellington Saints - Aug 5, 2018

    Reuben Te Rangi (198-F/G-94) endured a season of pain in the hope of getting a chance to help the Southland Sharks to their third National Basketball League title. The 23-year-old was plagued by a knee injury for much of the season, but came good in the big moment, scoring 26 points, hauling in six rebounds and creating six assists in his side's thrilling 98-96 win over the Wellington Saints in the NBL final at TSB Bank Arena in Wellington on Sunday. The performance defied Te Rangi's season averages of 8.6 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists per game, but he said his lower than normal numbers were because he was building slowly as the season wore on. "It's been a long season. The first half I was playing through a bit of pain," he said while holding the NBL trophy in his grasp. "Going from not being able to run at the Commonwealth Games and coming into this season with a bad knee. I've been rehabbing this whole season, then to come out and play my best game in the final, it's pretty sweet." Te Rangi's performance filled the void left by high-scoring Australian guard Jarrad Weeks (185-G-89) and, to a lesser extent, Luke Aston, who were restricted to a combined nine minutes between them in the final due to injury. He came up big in the first half, including scoring 10 points in the second quarter, to help his side lead 67-51 at the main break. The Sharks had led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, only to be hauled back by the Saints, led by Shea Ili (27 points) and Jordan Ngatai (21 points). Import guard L.J. Peak (196-G/F-96, college: Georgetown, agency: Pensack Sports) also had 23 points despite being in foul trouble throughout. Te Rangi's Tall Blacks team-mate Ili then stole a bit of the limelight, taking the Saints upon his shoulders and carrying them through the third quarter, scoring 12 points. He had to do so because Peak picked up his fourth foul with 4.28 still to play in the third quarter. While Ili lit up the offensive end, the Saints picked up their defence, typified by forcing a shot clock violation with 3.17 to play in the quarter as they reduced the lead, which reached 18 at one stage, to single figures. The Sharks led 86-78 heading into the final quarter, with Te Rangi scoring their first five points to get the lead to 11. But the Saints came roaring back again, getting within one point with five minutes to go. The lead was two points with 13 seconds to go. Saints forward Leon Henry (200-F-85, college: S.Idaho JC) had a three to win it, but his shot was short, Saints guard Shaun Bruce won the rebound, but his put-back was also short and time expired. Outside of Te Rangi, they had contributions from Orlando Coleman (196-F-92, college: Texas Southern) (17 points), Derone Raukawa (181-G-94) (16 points) and Conor Morgan (206-F-94, college: UBC) (13 points). It was Sharks coach Judd Flavell's first title as head coach, with one over-riding emotion coming through one the initial excitement subsided. "It's a mixture of feelings. Relief would be one of them. We held on there just enough at the end. The Saints made a hell of a comeback and a run at us and the wheels got a little bit wobbly there, but credit to the guys. It was down to those last two possessions." He praised his captain Te Rangi for his attitude and commitment all season long. "He's been the guy that's kept everything in check with us. We've had firepower all over the place, so we didn't necessarily need him to go out and try to take over games, but he did all the little things you talk about and he's just the glue of the team. "And then when called upon, he was great tonight. Big shots, a rock on defence and a coach out on there on the floor as well." It was Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, college: Georgetown)'s last game as Saints coach as he prepares to take over the New Zealand Breakers head coach. He was understandably disappointed to not make it three titles from three seasons in charge. "It's tough, I was in there balling just now because I was in there thanking all of them. "I've never seen a team give up 67 points in the first half of a championship game before, but then, the team that we are, we give up 19 in the third and 12 in the fourth. We just left it too late. If we'd done that halfway through the second quarter and led into halftime maybe we'd be in a different situation. "Kudos to them though, they deserved it and Judd did a hell of a job with them this year."
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