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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%
Ethan Rusbatch paces Tall Blacks as they wind up Asia Cup buildup with defeat - Aug 5, 2017


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Paul Henare
Paul Henare 's 'Baby' Tall Blacks are now officially battle hardened for the looming Asia Cup in Lebanon. The New Zealand men's basketballers wrapped up their buildup for Lebanon with a battling 60-53 defeat at the hands of dual tournament winners Angola in Chengdu, China. They pushed the full-strength African nation all the way, though weren't able to repeat their upset victory from the previous tournament in Kunshan. With the team travelling less than 24 hours later to Beirut and playing their sixth game in seven days in China, a drop in intensity from the young Tall Blacks would have been understandable. But they hustled hard the entire night, won the final quarter 18-14 and got as close as a couple of buckets to the Angolans. Henare, who has given all his senior players and most of his US-based collegians the campaign off, was happy with the last fortnight from his young team of largely untried international players as he looks to build depth in the national programme. "I am really proud of the effort the guys have put in over the past few weeks," Henare said. "It has culminated in a good performance tonight - not a perfect performance, but the Angolan side has been the class of the two tournaments and no one has gotten close to them. "We are the only team to have beaten them and again tonight we competed with a very good team. That is what we must take into Beirut, knowing we can compete against very good sides." Canterbury shooting guard Ethan Rusbatch (196-G/F-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) led the Tall Blacks with a game-high 16 points (6/13 FG, 4/8 3PT), backed up by some excellent defence and four rebounds in a performance that might help garner some ANBL interest for the free-agent sharpshooter. New Zealand started slowly and were still looking for their first bucket midway through the opening quarter, but kept Angola within reach, at 14-15 down by the first break. The offence continued to splutter thoughout, with a final shooting percentage of 38 from two-point range and 24 from deep reflecting the team's shooting struggles. With Angola edging out to an 11-point lead at three-quarter time, the Tall Blacks' response came, with a Rusbatch corner three and an Ili drive to the basket establishing some momentum. But the experienced Angolans responded to keep the New Zealanders at arm's length down the stretch. Henare is confident the games in China have toughened his young charges for what they will face in Beirut, starting with Kazakhstan in three days' time. "In Beirut we are going to have a day off in between games, and it is going to feel like a holiday for these guys," said Henare. "That is one of the great things about this schedule - six games in seven days with a decent travel day in between. They will be as game ready and game hardened as they can be in Beirut. "This will be another useful experience for these guys. They will be playing against high-quality basketballers. I know for a fact they will walk away from this experience in China all the better for it." New Zealand travel to Beirut on Saturday, arriving on Sunday afternoon to put the finishing touches on preparations ahead of their opening pool game against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz
  




Jordan
Ngatai
Ngatai number one in New Zealand for round 8 - 3 days ago
International Forward Jordan Ngatai (196-F-93, agency: MKP Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Wellington S., receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 8. The 24-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Manawatu J. (#7, 1-9) 79-70. It allowed Wellington S. to consolidate first place in the New Zealand NBL. Wellington S. has a very good season and are considered to have a run fo...   [read more]

Julian
Washburn
NBL Round 8: Sharks are defeated by Rams - 4 days ago
Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most important game in the last round took place in Southland between third ranked Sharks (7-3) and fourth ranked Rams (6-4) on Friday night. Sharks were defeated by Rams at home 89-77. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sharks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Julian Washburn (203-91, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and the other A...   [read more]

Dominique
Kelman-Poto
Kelman-Poto's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 10 days ago
Forward Dominique Kelman-Poto (201-F) put on an amazing game in the last round for SC Rangers and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 7. He had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Taranaki MA (#6, 2-7) 93-86. SC Rangers maintains the 8th position in New Zealand league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 9 games and recorded just one victory. Kelman-Poto just recently signed...   [read more]


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