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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 12: No surprise as #1 Saints defeat Hawks - Jun 4, 2017


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Tai Wesley
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL.

NBL top team - Saints (17-0) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Hawks (3-13) in Tamatea 98-90. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Hawks' 40. Worth to mention a quality performance of American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St., agency: MKP Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who added 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Undefeated Saints have an impressive 17-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-0 record. Hawks lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Saints are looking forward to face Giants (#5) in Stoke in the next round. Hawks will play on the road against Sharks in Southland and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Stoke was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rangers (10-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Giants (4-12). Rangers defeated Giants 79-65. The winners were led by Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri, agency: MKP Management) who scored that evening 21 points and 8 rebounds and Nnanna Egwu supported him with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Even 18 points and 5 assists by Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) did not help to save the game for Giants. Rangers moved-up to second place, which they share with Southland S. Giants at the other side keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Rangers will play against Rams (#4) in Christchurch in the next round. Giants will play at home against the league's leader Saints and hope to get back on the winning track.
Fourth ranked Rams (9-7) crushed at home 6th ranked Mountain Airs (4-13) by 31 points 101-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Marcus Alipate who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Houston ORiley who recorded 15 points and 5 assists. Rams have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-7 record. Loser Mountain Airs keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Rams will meet league's second-placed Rangers in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Mountain Airs will play against Hawks (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 12 Taranaki MA were destroyed by Southland S. on the opponent's court 91-70. SC Rangers managed to outperform Taylor Hawks in a home game 98-85.

Nelson G. - SC Rangers 65-79

The game in Stoke was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rangers (10-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Giants (4-12). Rangers defeated Giants 79-65. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Rangers's pressure prevailed and they won that period 19-9 extending their advantage to 14 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 30. Rangers forced 21 Giants turnovers. The winners were led by Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri, agency: MKP Management) who scored that evening 21 points and 8 rebounds and Nigerian-American power forward Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) supported him with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Rangers players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 5 assists by Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) did not help to save the game for Giants. The former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) added 8 points and 10 rebounds. Rangers moved-up to second place, which they share with Southland S. Giants at the other side keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Rangers will play against Rams (#4) in Christchurch in the next round. Giants will play at home against the league's leader Saints and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: E.Ross 21+8reb+1ast, M.McCarron 18+3reb, N.Egwu 14+10reb+2ast, L.Tait 12+2reb+5ast, N.Barrow 6+6reb, D.Boucher 4+9reb+5ast
Nelson G.: K.Adnam 18+2reb+5ast, D.Prewster 11+5reb, A.Granger 8+2reb+1ast, F.Delany 8+10reb+2ast, M.Grim 7+5reb+3ast, S.Dempster 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 531119


Taylor Hawks - Wellington S. 90-98

NBL top team - Saints (17-0) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Hawks (3-13) in Tamatea 98-90. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Hawks' 40. Worth to mention a quality performance of American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St., agency: MKP Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who added 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and international guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saints have an impressive 17-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-0 record. Hawks lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Saints are looking forward to face Giants (#5) in Stoke in the next round. Hawks will play on the road against Sharks in Southland and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: T.Wesley 27+11reb+2ast, C.Webster 26+7reb+5ast, J.Duinker 15+7reb+1ast, S.Ili 15+2reb+6ast, B.Anthony 6+5reb, L.Henry 4+9reb+3ast
Taylor Hawks: T.Tolovae 19+1reb+2ast, J.Kenny 18+3reb+4ast, E.Bartlett 17+6reb+4ast, A.Williams 13+15reb+3ast, A.Haku 12+1reb, J.Fox 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 531118


Canterbury - Taranaki MA 101-70

Fourth ranked Rams (9-7) crushed at home 6th ranked Mountain Airs (4-13) by 31 points 101-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Rams led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rams outrebounded Mountain Airs 49-29 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Mountain Airs' players. The best player for the winners was Tongan-American guard Marcus Alipate (183-92, college: St.Thomas) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists. Naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Rams players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Houston ORiley (180-89) who recorded 15 points and 5 assists and American guard Jaylen Gerrand (188, college: Umpqua CC) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Rams have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-7 record. Loser Mountain Airs keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Rams will meet league's second-placed Rangers in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Mountain Airs will play against Hawks (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: E.Rusbatch 20+6reb+3ast, M.Alipate 19+3reb+10ast, M.Karena 17+9reb, G.Dawson 14+5reb+1ast, M.Jones 14+12reb+4ast, J.Kendle 13+5reb+4ast
Taranaki MA: H.O'Riley 15+3reb+5ast, J.Gerrand 15+1reb+4ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 10+5reb+1ast, X.Shaw 9+2reb+1ast, T.Ongwae 8+4reb+1ast, D.Brooks 6+2reb
gschID: 531117


Southland S. - Taranaki MA 91-70

Rather expected game in Southland where 6th ranked Mountain Airs (4-13) were crushed by third ranked Sharks (10-6) 91-70 on Friday. The game without a history. Sharks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sharks outrebounded Mountain Airs 51-37 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Australian center James Hunter (208-92, college: S.Dakota) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Aaron Bailey-Nowell (196-81) who recorded 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Senegalese forward Daniel Gomis (208-91, college: Oregon St.) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Five Sharks and four Mountain Airs players 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. Sharks moved-up to second place, which they share with SC Rangers. Loser Mountain Airs keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Sharks will meet at home bottom-ranked Hawks (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Mountain Airs will play against Hawks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: J.Hunter 17+9reb+2ast, L.Aston 16+4reb, R.Te Rangi 15+7reb+5ast, N.Kay 15+14reb+4ast, D.Raukawa 13+2reb+1ast, D.Bailey 9+2reb+2ast
Taranaki MA: A.Bailey-Nowell 16+8reb+6ast, D.Gomis 13+11reb+1ast, T.Ongwae 13+7reb+2ast, A.Burton 11+3reb+1ast, J.Gerrand 6+1ast, H.O'Riley 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 531116


SC Rangers - Taylor Hawks 98-85

Rather predictable result in Auckland where third ranked Rangers (10-6) defeated bottom-ranked Hawks (3-13) 98-85 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Rangers. Hawks managed to win fourth quarter 29-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rangers looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri, agency: MKP Management) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Rangers' coach Jeff Green used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Australian guard Tony Tolovae (196-92) who recorded 28 points and Fijian forward Joshua Fox (198-94, college: Cal-Davis, agency: MKP Management) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Five Rangers and four Hawks players scored in double figures. Rangers moved-up to second place, which they share with Southland S. Hawks lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Rangers will meet at home Rams (#4) in the next round. Hawks will play against Sharks in Southland and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: E.Ross 21+11reb+2ast, L.Tait 18+4reb+5ast, B.Ruscoe 16+5reb+3ast, C.Buck 15+3reb+2ast, M.McCarron 12+6reb+2ast, N.Egwu 10+5reb+2ast
Taylor Hawks: T.Tolovae 28+2reb+3ast, J.Fox 15+9reb+1ast, K.Johnson 13+3reb, A.Haku 11+7reb+2ast, A.Williams 10+11reb+2ast, J.Kenny 5+4reb+7ast
gschID: 531115


  




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