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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 10-1 
 2. Nelson G. 9-2 
 3. Southland S. 7-3 
 4. Canterbury 6-4 
 5. Taylor Hawks 6-5 
 6. Taranaki MA 2-8 
 7. Manawatu J. 1-9 
 8. SC Rangers 1-10 
Full Standings

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Daishon KNIGHT
  Manawatu.
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Knight, Manawatu.25.5 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.25.3 
 3. Iverson, Manawatu.24.2 
 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. Peak, Wellington S.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. Shepard, Canterbury9.3 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.8.7 
 6. Jones, SC Rangers8.4 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.8.2 
 8. Brandt, Taylor H.8.1 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.7.7 
 10. Pledger, Southlan.7.3 
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.5.3 
 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. Iverson, Manawatu.2.4 
 4. Adnam, Nelson G.2.3 
 5. Delany, Nelson G.1.9 
 6. Woods, Taranaki MA1.7 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 8. Ili, Wellington S.1.6 
 9. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Maxwell DARLING
  Canterbury
  (196-F-0)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Darling, Canterbury1.6 
 2. Scott, SC Rangers1.6 
 3. Smith, Taranaki MA1.3 
 4. Pledger, Southlan.1.3 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.1.0 
 6. McRae, Manawatu J.0.9 
 7. Jones, SC Rangers0.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.0.8 
 9. Washburn, Cante.0.6 
 10. Smith-Milner, Nelson G.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%
Manawatu J. Jun.21 Nelson G. 92%
NBL Round 8: Sharks defeat Rams in the game between Top 4 teams - May 7, 2017


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Alex Pledger
An interesting game for Sharks (7-3) which hosted in Southland one of their biggest challengers Rams (6-6). Second ranked Sharks managed to get a 11-point victory 105-94. Rams were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Rams' 46. They outrebounded Rams 44-32 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Rams helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) contributed with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) replied with 29 points and 7 rebounds for Rams. Sharks have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Rams at the other side dropped to the third place with six games lost. Sharks are again looking forward to face Rams (#3) in Christchurch in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rams will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Saints (11-0) which hosted in Wellington 3rd ranked Rangers (5-5). Top-ranked Saints managed to get a 11-point victory 98-87. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!), 6 assists and 4 steals and Josh Duinker who added 12 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Saints' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Undefeated Saints have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-0 record. Rangers at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Saints will play against bottom-ranked Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth in the next round where they are favorite. Rangers will play on the road against Hawks in Tamatea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Hawks managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Giants in Tamatea 103-80. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 23-point difference suggests that Hawks is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Giants. The winners were led by Everard Bartlett who scored that evening 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Hawks' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Sam Dempster did not help to save the game for Giants. Hawks (3-6) moved-up to fifth place. Loser Giants dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Taranaki MA. Hawks will meet at home higher ranked Rangers (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giants will play against Rangers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in New Plymouth was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rams (6-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Mountain Airs (3-9). Rams did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 90-71. The best player for the winners was Jeremy Kendle who scored 29 points. Rams moved-up to third place. Mountain Airs lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Rams' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sharks in Southland and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mountain Airs will play on the road against the league's leader Saints (#1) in Wellington and hope to win that game.
The game in New Plymouth supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Rangers (5-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Mountain Airs (3-9). Rangers smashed Mountain Airs 106-83 on Thursday. Mitchell McCarron orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Rangers went down to fourth position due to points difference. Mountain Airs lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost. Rangers will face Hawks (#5) in Tamatea in the next round. Mountain Airs will play on the road against the league's leader Saints in Wellington and hope to win that game.

The most impressive performance of 8th round was 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Marques Whippy of Canterbury.

Taranaki MA - Canterbury 71-90

The game in New Plymouth was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rams (6-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Mountain Airs (3-9). Rams did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 90-71. Rams made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) who scored 29 points. Naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Rams players scored in double figures. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American forward Curtis Washington (208-91, college: Georgia St.) added 15 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Rams moved-up to third place. Mountain Airs lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Rams' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sharks in Southland and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mountain Airs will play on the road against the league's leader Saints (#1) in Wellington and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 24+8reb+6ast, A.Burton 18+6reb+2ast, C.Washington 15+13reb+2ast, J.Gerrand 6, A.Bailey-Nowell 4+4reb+1ast, X.Shaw 2+2reb
Canterbury: J.Kendle 29+3reb+1ast, M.Whippy 15+9reb+4ast, M.Jones 15+10reb+4ast, M.Moore 14+6reb+6ast, E.Rusbatch 7+3reb+1ast, M.Alipate 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 531100


Taylor Hawks - Nelson G. 103-80

Bottom-ranked Hawks managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Giants in Tamatea 103-80. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 23-point difference suggests that Hawks is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Giants. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 103-80. Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The winners were led by international guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) who scored that evening 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Australian guard Tony Tolovae (196-92) supported him with 21 points. Hawks' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by swingman Sam Dempster (192-90) did not help to save the game for Giants. The former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) added 21 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hawks (3-6) moved-up to fifth place. Loser Giants dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Taranaki MA. Hawks will meet at home higher ranked Rangers (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giants will play against Rangers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: F.Delany 21+5reb, S.Dempster 14+9reb+4ast, D.Prewster 13+6reb+5ast, T.Ingham 10+4reb+3ast, M.Grim 9+4reb+2ast, A.Granger 8+1ast
Taylor Hawks: T.Tolovae 21+2reb+2ast, E.Bartlett 19+5reb+4ast, J.Fox 16+4reb+2ast, A.Haku 12+6reb+4ast, A.Williams 11+6reb+1ast, D.Jones 8+3reb
gschID: 531099


Southland S. - Canterbury 105-94

An interesting game for Sharks (7-3) which hosted in Southland one of their biggest challengers Rams (6-6). Second ranked Sharks managed to get a 11-point victory 105-94. Rams were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Rams' 46. They outrebounded Rams 44-32 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Rams helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) replied with 29 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) added 27 points and 5 assists in the effort for Rams. Five Sharks and four Rams players scored in double figures. Sharks have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Rams at the other side dropped to the third place with six games lost. Sharks are again looking forward to face Rams (#3) in Christchurch in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rams will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: M.Jones 29+7reb+3ast, J.Kendle 27+1reb+5ast, M.Moore 11+6reb+6ast, E.Rusbatch 10+5reb, M.Alipate 9+2reb+1ast, G.Dawson 8+5reb
Southland S.: D.Raukawa 18+1reb+4ast, A.Pledger 18+14reb+1ast, M.Norton 14+1reb+5ast, J.Hunter 14+7reb+1ast, L.Aston 13+2reb+2ast, R.Te Rangi 12+5reb+2ast
gschID: 531098


Wellington S. - SC Rangers 98-87

An interesting game for Saints (11-0) which hosted in Wellington 3rd ranked Rangers (5-5). Top-ranked Saints managed to get a 11-point victory 98-87. The game was mostly controlled by Saints. Rangers was better in second period 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!), 6 assists and 4 steals and Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) who added 12 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Saints' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Five Rangers players scored in double figures. Saints have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-0 record. Rangers at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Saints will play against bottom-ranked Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth in the next round where they are favorite. Rangers will play on the road against Hawks in Tamatea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 18+6reb+7ast, L.Tait 17+1reb+3ast, N.Egwu 16+12reb, D.Boucher 14+10reb+8ast, D.Green 12+2reb+1ast, E.Ross 5+4reb+3ast
Wellington S.: C.Webster 37+3reb+6ast, T.Wesley 17+6reb+1ast, J.Duinker 12+12reb, S.Ili 9+3reb+5ast, J.Ngatai 9+4reb, B.Anthony 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531097


Taranaki MA - SC Rangers 83-106

The game in New Plymouth supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Rangers (5-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Mountain Airs (3-9). Rangers smashed Mountain Airs 106-83 on Thursday. The game without a history. Rangers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Rangers looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Mountain Airs' players. Mountain Airs were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds. Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri, agency: MKP Management) contributed with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) replied with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Curtis Washington (208-91, college: Georgia St.) added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Mountain Airs. Both teams had four players each who 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. Despite that victory Rangers went down to fourth position due to points difference. Mountain Airs lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost. Rangers will face Hawks (#5) in Tamatea in the next round. Mountain Airs will play on the road against the league's leader Saints in Wellington and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 19+9reb+4ast, C.Washington 18+11reb, A.Burton 14+8reb+2ast, H.O'Riley 13+2reb, X.Shaw 6+2reb+1ast, B.Anderson 4+2ast
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 28+8reb+3ast, E.Ross 25+5reb+4ast, D.Boucher 14+6reb+8ast, L.Tait 12+4reb+8ast, N.Egwu 8+7reb+2ast, B.Ruscoe 7+2reb
gschID: 531096


  




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Ngatai
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Washburn
NBL Round 8: Sharks are defeated by Rams - 3 days ago
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Kelman-Poto
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