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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 9: Rams lose to Sharks in the game between Top 4 teams - May 14, 2017


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Very significant was Sharks' (#2, 9-3) victory against 4th placed Rams (6-7) 93-79. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-79. Sharks outrebounded Rams 51-36 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Rams helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Australian guard Mitch Norton (184-93) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Sharks (9-3) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place having just three points less than leader Wellington S. Rams at the other side keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Sharks are looking forward to face Rangers (#3) in Auckland in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rams will play at home against Hawks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - Saints (12-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Mountain Airs (3-10) in Wellington 94-76. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) nailed 25 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Josh Duinker accounted for 21 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). point guard Houston ORiley (180-89) came up with 17 points and 7 assists for Mountain Airs in the defeat. Mountain Airs' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Saints. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-0 record. Mountain Airs lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Nelson G.. Saints will again play against bottom-ranked Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mountain Airs will have a break next round.
The game in Tamatea was also quite interesting. Third ranked Rangers (7-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Hawks (3-8). Rangers managed to secure a 7-point victory 95-88 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Lindsay Tait who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Amir Williams who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Rangers maintains third place with 7-5 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Loser Hawks keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Rangers will meet at home league's second-placed Sharks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hawks will play against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Stoke was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rangers (7-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Giants (3-10). Rangers managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71. It was a good game for Earnest Ross who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Rangers maintains third place with 7-5 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Giants at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Rangers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sharks in Southland and it will be for sure the game of the week. Giants will play at home against Hawks (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Taylor Hawks lost to Southland S. on the opponent's court 81-86.

Canterbury - Southland S. 79-93

Very significant was Sharks' (#2, 9-3) victory against 4th placed Rams (6-7) 93-79. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-79. Sharks outrebounded Rams 51-36 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Rams helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Australian guard Mitch Norton (184-93) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sharks (9-3) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place having just three points less than leader Wellington S. Rams at the other side keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Sharks are looking forward to face Rangers (#3) in Auckland in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rams will play at home against Hawks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: L.Aston 20+4reb+1ast, R.Te Rangi 17+9reb+1ast, N.Kay 16+12reb+5ast, M.Norton 15+4reb+8ast, A.Pledger 9+11reb+2ast, D.Raukawa 7+1reb+3ast
Canterbury: M.Jones 27+10reb, J.Kendle 14+3reb+4ast, E.Rusbatch 12+4reb, G.Dawson 10+3reb+1ast, M.Moore 9+5reb+9ast, M.Karena 3+4reb
gschID: 531105


Taylor Hawks - SC Rangers 88-95

The game in Tamatea was also quite interesting. Third ranked Rangers (7-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Hawks (3-8). Rangers managed to secure a 7-point victory 95-88 on Saturday. Hawks were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) chipped in 24 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and international guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) added 25 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rangers maintains third place with 7-5 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Loser Hawks keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Rangers will meet at home league's second-placed Sharks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hawks will play against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: L.Tait 26+6reb+5ast, M.McCarron 24+8reb+3ast, E.Ross 14+6reb+1ast, D.Boucher 11+8reb+8ast, N.Egwu 8+10reb+1ast, N.Barrow 7+3reb
Taylor Hawks: E.Bartlett 25+3reb+2ast, J.Fox 18+3reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 13+2reb, A.Williams 12+14reb+5ast, D.Jones 7+5reb, G.Fiorentinos 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 531104


Nelson G. - SC Rangers 71-76

The game in Stoke was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rangers (7-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Giants (3-10). Rangers managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71. The guests were ahead by 11 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 19-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri, agency: MKP Management) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin, agency: MKP Management) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Giants. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rangers maintains third place with 7-5 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Giants at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Rangers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sharks in Southland and it will be for sure the game of the week. Giants will play at home against Hawks (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: E.Ross 21+8reb+3ast, L.Tait 16+5reb+7ast, M.McCarron 13+6reb+3ast, N.Egwu 10+1reb, D.Green 6+2reb, N.Barrow 4+7reb
Nelson G.: F.Delany 16+8reb+4ast, D.Prewster 11+6reb+5ast, S.Dempster 11+6reb+3ast, B.Beri 10+9reb+1ast, M.Grim 8+5reb+3ast, A.Granger 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 531102


Wellington S. - Taranaki MA 94-76

NBL top team - Saints (12-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Mountain Airs (3-10) in Wellington 94-76. It looked good early as Mountain Airs took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Saints had a 22-20 second period charge getting the lead and Mountain Airs were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-94. They outrebounded Mountain Airs 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. Saints players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) nailed 25 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) accounted for 21 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Five Saints players scored in double figures. Point guard Houston ORiley (180-89) came up with 17 points and 7 assists and guard Alonzo Burton (193-93) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Mountain Airs in the defeat. Mountain Airs' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Saints. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-0 record. Mountain Airs lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Nelson G.. Saints will again play against bottom-ranked Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mountain Airs will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: C.Webster 25+4reb+6ast, J.Duinker 21+12reb+2ast, S.Ili 13+4reb+7ast, J.Ngatai 12+3reb+3ast, B.Anthony 11+5reb+2ast, L.Henry 10+10reb+2ast
Taranaki MA: H.O'Riley 17+4reb+7ast, A.Burton 14+8reb+1ast, X.Shaw 11+2reb, T.Ongwae 9+4reb+3ast, C.Washington 8+7reb+2ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 8+1ast
gschID: 531103


Southland S. - Taylor Hawks 86-81

Rather expected game in Southland where 5th ranked Hawks (3-8) were defeated by second ranked Sharks (9-3) 86-81. Hawks were ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 24-9 charge of Sharks, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and international guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) added 18 points in the effort for Hawks. Five Sharks and four Hawks players scored in double figures. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Sharks. They maintain second place with 9-3 record having just three points less than leader Wellington S. Hawks at the other side keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Sharks' next round opponent will be Rangers (#3) in Auckland, which may be the game of the day. Hawks will play on the road against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: N.Kay 16+9reb+1ast, D.Raukawa 14+3reb+4ast, M.Norton 13+3reb+3ast, A.Pledger 12+9reb+2ast, D.Bailey 10+3reb+1ast, R.Te Rangi 10+8reb+1ast
Taylor Hawks: E.Bartlett 18+1reb+3ast, A.Williams 16+17reb+1ast, J.Fox 12+3reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 11+3reb+1ast, A.Haku 10+8reb+2ast, J.Kenny 8+2reb+7ast
gschID: 531101


  




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