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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 
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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 10: Rangers beat Sharks in the most crucial game of the week - May 21, 2017


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Nnanna Egwu
An exciting game was played in Auckland. Third ranked Rangers faced their biggest opponent Sharks. Host Rangers (8-5) smashed guests from Southland (9-5) 112-82. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 112-82. Rangers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Sharks' 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) fired 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri, agency: MKP Management) chipped in 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Rangers' coach Jeff Green felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Rangers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-5 record having seven points less than leader Wellington S. Sharks at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Rangers are looking forward to face league's leader Saints in Wellington in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sharks will play on the road against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Wellington. Top-ranked Saints faced their biggest opponent Sharks. Host Saints (14-0) defeated guests from Southland (9-5) 109-94. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 assists. Shea Ili contributed with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) replied with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Sharks. Undefeated Saints have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-0 record. Sharks at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Saints will play against Rangers (#3) in Auckland in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sharks will play on the road against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Saints delivered the fourteenth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Mountain Airs (3-11) 91-63 in New Plymouth. Corey Webster scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Tylor Ongwae responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Mountain Airs' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Saints (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. Mountain Airs lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Saints will meet Rangers (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mountain Airs will play against Hawks (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 10 Taylor Hawks were defeated by Canterbury in Christchurch 91-83. Nelson G. beat Taylor Hawks at home 86-74.

Taranaki MA - Wellington S. 63-91

Undefeated leader Saints delivered the fourteenth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Mountain Airs (3-11) 91-63 in New Plymouth. The game was mostly controlled by Saints. Mountain Airs managed to win third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Shea Ili (184-92) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) during the contest. Four Saints players scored in double figures. At the losing side Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Jaylen Gerrand (188, college: Umpqua CC) scored 9 points. Mountain Airs' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Saints (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. Mountain Airs lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Saints will meet Rangers (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mountain Airs will play against Hawks (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: C.Webster 28+4reb+3ast, B.Anthony 14+5reb+1ast, S.Ili 14+6reb+5ast, J.Duinker 11+6reb, J.Ngatai 11+4reb+1ast, L.Henry 8+9reb+3ast
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 15+6reb+1ast, J.Gerrand 9+3reb+3ast, B.Anderson 9+1reb, A.Burton 8+5reb+1ast, H.O'Riley 7+1reb+4ast, C.Washington 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 531110


SC Rangers - Southland S. 112-82

An exciting game was played in Auckland. Third ranked Rangers faced their biggest opponent Sharks. Host Rangers (8-5) smashed guests from Southland (9-5) 112-82. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 112-82. Rangers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Sharks' 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) fired 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri, agency: MKP Management) chipped in 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Rangers' coach Jeff Green felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Reuben Te-Rangi (198-94) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Five Rangers and four Sharks players scored in double figures. Rangers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-5 record having seven points less than leader Wellington S. Sharks at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Rangers are looking forward to face league's leader Saints in Wellington in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sharks will play on the road against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: N.Egwu 26+9reb+4ast, E.Ross 23+9reb+4ast, M.McCarron 23+4reb+6ast, L.Tait 22+6reb+3ast, D.Boucher 10+5reb+7ast, J.Seumanu 3+1ast
Southland S.: N.Kay 18+8reb+2ast, R.Te Rangi 14+2reb+2ast, D.Raukawa 12+1reb+3ast, L.Aston 11+5reb, D.Bailey 9+4reb, M.Norton 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 531109


Canterbury - Taylor Hawks 91-83

There was no surprise in Christchurch where 6th ranked Hawks (3-10) were defeated by fourth ranked Rams (7-7) 91-83 on Saturday. Hawks trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 28-23 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 83-91 at the end of the game. American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) had a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) chipped in 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side international guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and Fijian forward Joshua Fox (198-94, college: Cal-Davis, agency: MKP Management) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Rams maintains fourth position with 7-7 record. Hawks lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. Rams will meet at home league's second-placed Sharks in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hawks will play against Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: M.Moore 27+11reb+11ast, J.Kendle 14+11reb+5ast, M.Jones 13+5reb, E.Rusbatch 11+3reb, M.Alipate 10+3reb+1ast, M.Karena 10+4reb
Taylor Hawks: E.Bartlett 21+4reb+4ast, J.Fox 18+8reb+2ast, A.Williams 17+9reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 12+4reb+2ast, J.Kenny 10+8reb+5ast, K.Johnson 3+2reb
gschID: 531108


Wellington S. - Southland S. 109-94

An exciting game was played in Wellington. Top-ranked Saints faced their biggest opponent Sharks. Host Saints (14-0) defeated guests from Southland (9-5) 109-94. It looked good early as Sharks took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Saints had a 29-23 second period charge getting the lead and Sharks were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 94-109. Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Sharks' 38. Sharks were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 assists. International guard Shea Ili (184-92) contributed with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Saints players scored in double figures. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) replied with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Reuben Te-Rangi (198-94) added 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Sharks. Saints have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-0 record. Sharks at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Saints will play against Rangers (#3) in Auckland in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sharks will play on the road against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: C.Webster 37+2reb+10ast, S.Ili 30+7reb+4ast, J.Duinker 13+8reb+1ast, J.Ngatai 11+3reb+1ast, B.Anthony 10+6reb, L.Henry 4+10reb+1ast
Southland S.: N.Kay 24+8reb+4ast, R.Te Rangi 22+7reb+5ast, L.Aston 22+1reb+3ast, J.Hunter 9+4reb, D.Bailey 9+3reb+1ast, A.Pledger 4+11reb+1ast
gschID: 531107


Nelson G. - Taylor Hawks 86-74

There was a small surprise in Stoke where sixth ranked Giants (4-10) defeated 6th ranked Hawks (3-10) 86-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Giants. Hawks managed to win third quarter 24-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin, agency: MKP Management) chipped in 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Dominic Mcgovan responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Australian guard Tony Tolovae (196-92) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Giants moved-up to fifth place. Hawks lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Giants will meet at home league's leader Saints in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hawks will play against Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: F.Delany 24+8reb+1ast, D.Prewster 23+5reb+5ast, T.Ingham 21+9reb+2ast, B.Beri 7+2reb+2ast, M.Grim 6+5reb+1ast, P.Jones 5+6reb+2ast
Taylor Hawks: D.Mcgovan 17+5reb+5ast, T.Tolovae 17+7reb+1ast, E.Bartlett 12+4reb+1ast, J.Fox 10+3reb+3ast, A.Haku 5+5reb+1ast, D.Jones 5+1reb
gschID: 531106


  




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