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

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Daishon KNIGHT
  Manawatu.
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Knight, Manawatu.25.3 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.25.3 
 3. Iverson, Manawatu.23.8 
 4. Douglas, Taranaki.21.5 
 5. Jones, SC Rangers21.1 
 6. Shepard, Canterbury20.3 
 7. Thames, Canterbury20.1 
 8. Wilson, SC Rangers19.6 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.19.5 
 10. Washburn, Cante.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Javonte DOUGLAS
  Taranaki.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Douglas, Taranaki.11.3 
 2. Majok, Wellington S.10.9 
 3. Coleman, Southlan.10.0 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.9.4 
 5. Shepard, Canterbury9.3 
 6. Jones, SC Rangers8.4 
 7. Brandt, Taylor H.8.1 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.8.0 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.7.7 
 10. McRae, Manawatu J.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  SC Rangers
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Tait, SC Rangers7.6 
 2. Adnam, Nelson G.7.0 
 3. Shepard, Canterbury6.9 
 4. Ili, Wellington S.6.7 
 5. Kenny, Taylor H.5.5 
 6. Knight, Manawatu.5.1 
 7. Weeks, Southlan.5.0 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.5.0 
 9. Raukawa, Southlan.4.1 
 10. Thames, Canterbury3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Shepard, Canterbury2.6 
 2. Thames, Canterbury2.4 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.2.3 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.2.2 
 5. Delany, Nelson G.2.0 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 7. Woods, Taranaki MA1.7 
 8. Ili, Wellington S.1.6 
 9. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Devon SCOTT
  SC Rangers
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Scott, SC Rangers1.6 
 2. Darling, Canterbury1.6 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.3 
 4. Smith, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.1.1 
 6. McRae, Manawatu J.0.9 
 7. Jones, SC Rangers0.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.0.8 
 9. Washburn, Cante.0.6 
 10. Hunter, Southlan.0.6 

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Round 9 (Regular Season)

Manawatu J. Jun.30 Canterbury 86%
SC Rangers 59% Jun.24 Taranaki MA
Taylor Hawks 83% Jun.23 Taranaki MA
Canterbury 90% Jun.23 Manawatu J.
Southland S Jun.22 Wellington S 55%
NBL Round 4: Rangers are upset by Sharks - Apr 9, 2017


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The most important game in the last round took place in Southland between second ranked Rangers (3-2) and fifth ranked Sharks (3-2) on Saturday night. Rangers were crushed by Sharks on the road 100-73. The game was mostly controlled by Sharks. Rangers managed to win second period 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Rangers' 44. They outrebounded Rangers 46-28 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds. Sharks' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-American power forward Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) produced 24 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Sharks moved-up to second place, which they share with SC Rangers. Sharks is looking forward to face Hawks (#6) in Tamatea in the next round. Rangers will play at home against Giants (#7) and are hoping to win this game.
An exciting game was played in Wellington. Top-ranked Saints faced 3rd ranked Rams. Host Saints (6-0) defeated guests from Christchurch (3-3) 114-104. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rams. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Tai Wesley contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) replied with 32 points and 8 rebounds for Rams. Undefeated Saints have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Rams at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Taranaki MA. Saints will play against league's second-placed Sharks in Southland in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rams will play at home against Mountain Airs and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in New Plymouth. Top-ranked Saints faced 4th ranked Mountain Airs. Guests from Wellington (6-0) defeated host Mountain Airs (3-3) 100-87. Worth to mention a great performance of Corey Webster who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Alonzo Burton responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Saints have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Loser Mountain Airs keep the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Canterbury. Saints will meet at home league's second-placed Sharks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mountain Airs will play against Giants and hope to secure a win.
Hawks can celebrate their first win this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Giants (0-5) 81-63. The winners were led by Everard Bartlett who scored that evening 19 points and 7 assists. Hawks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Hawks (1-4) left bottom position moving up to sixth place. It was Giants' fifth loss in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. Hawks' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sharks in Southland and it may be quite challenging game. Giants will play on the road against Mountain Airs (#5) in New Plymouth and hope to get finally their first victory.

Taylor Hawks - Nelson G. 81-63

Hawks can celebrate their first win this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Giants (0-5) 81-63. The game without a history. Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hawks outrebounded Giants 39-23 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Giants' players. The winners were led by international guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) who scored that evening 19 points and 7 assists and British-Greek power forward Grant Fiorentinos (208-92, college: SIU Edwardsville) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Hawks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 25 points by the former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin) did not help to save the game for Giants. Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) added 11 points and 5 assists for lost side. Hawks (1-4) left bottom position moving up to sixth place. It was Giants' fifth loss in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. Hawks' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sharks in Southland and it may be quite challenging game. Giants will play on the road against Mountain Airs (#5) in New Plymouth and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Taylor Hawks: E.Bartlett 19+3reb+7ast, G.Fiorentinos 15+7reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 13+5reb+4ast, J.Fox 13+6reb+2ast, A.Haku 8+7reb+3ast, A.Williams 7+6reb+2ast
Nelson G.: D.Prewster 25+2ast, K.Adnam 11+3reb+5ast, F.Delany 10+2reb, S.Dempster 5+8reb+1ast, C.Washington 4+6reb+1ast, T.Ingham 3
gschID: 531074


Wellington S. - Canterbury 114-104

An exciting game was played in Wellington. Top-ranked Saints faced 3rd ranked Rams. Host Saints (6-0) defeated guests from Christchurch (3-3) 114-104. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rams. The game was mostly controlled by Saints. Rams was better in second period 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 56.7 percentage. Saints players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St.) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Five Saints players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) replied with 32 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) added 26 points and 6 assists in the effort for Rams. Saints have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Rams at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Taranaki MA. Saints will play against league's second-placed Sharks in Southland in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rams will play at home against Mountain Airs and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: C.Webster 31+4reb+7ast, S.Ili 18+5reb+6ast, L.Henry 17+3reb+2ast, T.Wesley 16+6reb+9ast, J.Duinker 15+8reb+1ast, J.Ngatai 14+3reb
Canterbury: M.Jones 32+8reb+3ast, J.Kendle 26+1reb+6ast, E.Rusbatch 18+2reb+3ast, M.Alipate 8+2reb+1ast, M.Whippy 7+9reb+7ast, G.Dawson 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531072


Southland S. - SC Rangers 100-73

The most important game in the last round took place in Southland between second ranked Rangers (3-2) and fifth ranked Sharks (3-2) on Saturday night. Rangers were crushed by Sharks on the road 100-73. The game was mostly controlled by Sharks. Rangers managed to win second period 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Rangers' 44. They outrebounded Rangers 46-28 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Sharks' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-American power forward Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) produced 24 points and 6 rebounds and Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) added 11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sharks moved-up to second place, which they share with SC Rangers. Sharks is looking forward to face Hawks (#6) in Tamatea in the next round. Rangers will play at home against Giants (#7) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: A.Pledger 20+10reb+2ast, N.Kay 20+15reb+4ast, L.Aston 19+4reb, H.Allen 11+5reb+2ast, R.Te Rangi 11+3reb+4ast, M.Norton 7+4reb+10ast
SC Rangers: N.Egwu 24+6reb+2ast, E.Ross 16+2reb, M.McCarron 11+6reb+6ast, D.Boucher 10+5reb+3ast, L.Tait 9+2reb+5ast, B.Ruscoe 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531073


Taranaki MA - Wellington S. 87-100

An exciting game was played in New Plymouth. Top-ranked Saints faced 4th ranked Mountain Airs. Guests from Wellington (6-0) defeated host Mountain Airs (3-3) 100-87. The game was mostly controlled by Saints. Mountain Airs managed to win fourth quarter 35-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saints looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 5 rebounds and Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) who added 22 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Alonzo Burton (193-93) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saints have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Loser Mountain Airs keep the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Canterbury. Saints will meet at home league's second-placed Sharks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mountain Airs will play against Giants and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: C.Webster 31+5reb+3ast, J.Duinker 22+12reb+3ast, L.Henry 14+3reb+3ast, B.Anthony 9+5reb, T.Wesley 9+6reb+2ast, J.Mills 6+3reb
Taranaki MA: A.Burton 24+7reb+3ast, T.Ongwae 18+5reb+2ast, H.O'Riley 12+4ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 9+10reb+1ast, B.Anderson 9+2reb+2ast, J.Gerrand 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531071


  




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