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NBL Standings
 1. Nelson G. 10-2 
 2. Wellington S. 10-2 
 3. Southland S. 8-3 
 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
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Ili, Wellington S.25.4 
 2. Knight, Manawatu.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. Peak, Wellington S.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Majok MAJOK
  Wellington S.
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Majok, Wellington S.11.3 
 2. Douglas, Taranaki.11.3 
 3. Coleman, Southlan.9.7 
 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.7.8 
 10. Pledger, Southlan.7.6 
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. ORiley, Taranaki.5.0 
 8. Weeks, Southlan.4.8 
 9. Raukawa, Southlan.3.8 
 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. Ili, Wellington S.1.7 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 8. Woods, Taranaki MA1.7 
 9. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 10. Britt, Canterbury1.4 
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.1.1 
 6. McRae, Manawatu J.0.9 
 7. Henry, Wellington S.0.9 
 8. Jones, SC Rangers0.8 
 9. Hunter, Southlan.0.6 
 10. Morgan, 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.
NBL Round 2: Rams are defeated by Sharks - May 6, 2018


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There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in NBL. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and games ending by tiny margin. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Rams (1-1) in Christchurch on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Sharks (2-2) 108-95. Sharks outrebounded Rams 49-35 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Rams helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Orlando Coleman (196-92, college: Texas Southern) had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Slash Sports) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Rams' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sharks are looking forward to face Jets (#7) in Palmerston North in the next round. Rams will play on the road against Mountain Airs in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in New Plymouth. Hawks (3-0) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Mountain Airs (1-1) 90-87 on Friday evening. Australian center Angus Brandt (208-89, college: Oregon St.) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Dion Prewster supported him with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Hawks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Javonte Douglas (203, college: Montevallo) did not help to save the game for Mountain Airs. Hawks will play against Giants in Stoke in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mountain Airs will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Stoke between Giants and Sharks. Giants (2-0) got a very close home victory over Sharks (2-2). Giants managed to escape with a 3-point win 103-100 in the game for the second place. The best player for the winners was Kyle Adnam who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 5 rebounds, 14 assists and 4 steals. Conor Morgan produced 23 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Giants will meet Hawks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sharks will play against Jets and hope to secure a win.
The game in Auckland was also worth to mention about. Saints (1-1) played at the court of Rangers (0-3). Saints did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 108-91. Shea Ili orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saints' next round opponent will be Hawks in Tamatea and it may be the game of the week. Rangers will play at home against Jets (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Palmerston North was also quite interesting. Hawks (3-0) played at the court of Jets (0-2). Hawks defeated Jets 89-74 on Thursday. Ethan Rusbatch scored 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hawks will face Giants in Stoke in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jets will play on the road against Rangers (#8) in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



SC Rangers - Wellington S. 91-108

The game in Auckland was also worth to mention about. Saints (1-1) played at the court of Rangers (0-3). Saints did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 108-91. Saints shot 68.9 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Saints especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. International guard Shea Ili (184-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) contributed with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Okesene Ale (188-88, college: BYU-Hawaii) replied with 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) added 15 points and 7 assists in the effort for Rangers. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saints' next round opponent will be Hawks in Tamatea and it may be the game of the week. Rangers will play at home against Jets (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: O.Ale 23+2reb+2ast, D.Scott 15+1reb+1ast, L.Tait 15+3reb+7ast, D.Kelman-Poto 11+2reb+1ast, C.Wilson 10+4reb+2ast, D.Boucher 6+3reb+3ast
Wellington S.: L.Peak 26+2reb+1ast, S.Ili 26+6reb+7ast, L.Henry 20+6reb+4ast, S.Bruce 15+2reb, M.Majok 14+6reb+3ast, J.Ngatai 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 614591


Nelson G. - Southland S. 103-100

A very close game took place in Stoke between Giants and Sharks. Giants (2-0) got a very close home victory over Sharks (2-2). Giants managed to escape with a 3-point win 103-100 in the game for the second place. Giants made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 5 rebounds, 14 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) chipped in 25 points and 9 rebounds. Canadian forward Conor Morgan (203-94, college: UBC) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and Australian guard Jarrad Weeks (185-89) added 21 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the guests. Four Sharks players scored in double figures. Giants will meet Hawks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sharks will play against Jets and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: C.Morgan 23+5reb, J.Weeks 21+3reb+2ast, A.Pledger 18+3reb+1ast, D.Raukawa 11+4ast, R.Te Rangi 9+5reb+5ast, J.Hunter 8+7reb
Nelson G.: K.Adnam 32+5reb+14ast, F.Delany 25+9reb+3ast, D.Heuir 24+1reb, J.Evans 8+4reb+1ast, T.Smith-Milner 6+9reb+1ast, S.Dempster 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 614590


Canterbury - Southland S. 95-108

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Rams (1-1) in Christchurch on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Sharks (2-2) 108-95. Sharks outrebounded Rams 49-35 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Rams helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Orlando Coleman (196-92, college: Texas Southern) had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Slash Sports) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Xavier Thames (191-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 23 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Five Sharks and four Rams players scored in double figures. Rams' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sharks are looking forward to face Jets (#7) in Palmerston North in the next round. Rams will play on the road against Mountain Airs in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: W.Shepard 26+9reb+3ast, X.Thames 23+4reb+8ast, J.Washburn 19+7reb+3ast, T.Tolovae 10+8reb, T.Britt 9+1reb+1ast, M.Darling 5+3reb
Southland S.: O.Coleman 24+13reb+5ast, J.Weeks 17+3reb+6ast, A.Pledger 14+12reb+1ast, C.Morgan 13+6reb+4ast, R.Te Rangi 11+2reb+1ast, J.Hunter 10+8reb
gschID: 614589


Taranaki MA - Taylor Hawks 87-90

Important game to mention about took place in New Plymouth. Hawks (3-0) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Mountain Airs (1-1) 90-87 on Friday evening. Hawks had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Mountain Airs were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Australian center Angus Brandt (208-89, college: Oregon St.) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin, agency: MKP Management) supported him with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Hawks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Javonte Douglas (203, college: Montevallo) did not help to save the game for Mountain Airs. Guard Alonzo Burton (193-93) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the hosts. Five Mountain Airs players scored in double figures. Hawks will play against Giants in Stoke in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mountain Airs will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: J.Douglas 30+5reb+4ast, A.Burton 14+7reb+7ast, X.Smith 13+2reb+3ast, D.Brooks 11+5reb+1ast, R.Woods 11+4reb+2ast, H.O'Riley 6+1reb+7ast
Taylor Hawks: D.Prewster 25+7reb+3ast, A.Brandt 23+14reb+5ast, J.Kenny 14+3reb+5ast, H.Harris 9+1reb+2ast, O.Forman 6+5reb+2ast, E.Bartlett 5+1ast
gschID: 614588


Manawatu J. - Taylor Hawks 74-89

The game in Palmerston North was also quite interesting. Hawks (3-0) played at the court of Jets (0-2). Hawks defeated Jets 89-74 on Thursday. International swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Mitchell Newton (198-95) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. American guard Daishon Knight (185-91, college: Illinois St.) responded with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Kuran Iverson (206-95, college: Rhode Island) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hawks will face Giants in Stoke in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jets will play on the road against Rangers (#8) in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Manawatu J.: D.Knight 22+5reb+5ast, K.Iverson 18+5reb+1ast, B.Lucas 14+7reb, B.Valentine 5+1reb, C.McRae 5+7reb+1ast, H.Walker 3+3reb+2ast
Taylor Hawks: E.Rusbatch 16+7reb+1ast, M.Newton 15+3reb+2ast, H.Harris 12+3reb+1ast, A.Brandt 11+6reb+2ast, J.Skeen 9+2reb+2ast, D.Prewster 7+7reb+3ast
gschID: 614587


  




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