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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 15-3 
 2. Nelson G. 14-4 
 3. Southland S. 13-5 
 4. Taylor Hawks 12-6 
 5. Canterbury 8-10 
 6. SC Rangers 4-14 
 7. Manawatu J. 3-15 
 8. Taranaki MA 3-15 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Daishon KNIGHT
  Manawatu.
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Knight, Manawatu.28.9 
 2. Iverson, Manawatu.23.6 
 3. Jones, SC Rangers23.2 
 4. Ili, Wellington S.22.2 
 5. Douglas, Taranaki.21.6 
 6. Peak, Wellington S.20.1 
 7. Wilson, SC Rangers19.9 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.19.9 
 9. Heuir, Nelson G.19.5 
 10. Adnam, Nelson G.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kuran IVERSON
  Manawatu.
  (206-F-95)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Iverson, Manawatu.11.1 
 2. Douglas, Taranaki.10.8 
 3. Majok, Wellington S.10.3 
 4. Jones, SC Rangers10.2 
 5. Coleman, Southlan.9.1 
 6. Shepard, Canterbury8.9 
 7. Brandt, Taylor H.8.5 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.7.7 
 9. Washburn, Cante.7.6 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Shepard, Canterbury7.5 
 2. Tait, SC Rangers7.4 
 3. Ili, Wellington S.6.2 
 4. Adnam, Nelson G.5.7 
 5. Kenny, Taylor H.5.5 
 6. Weeks, Southlan.5.5 
 7. ORiley, Taranaki.4.8 
 8. Knight, Manawatu.4.8 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers4.7 
 10. Thames, Canterbury3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier THAMES
  Canterbury
  (191-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thames, Canterbury2.3 
 2. Shepard, Canterbury2.3 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.2.1 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.1.8 
 5. Ili, Wellington S.1.8 
 6. Weeks, Southlan.1.8 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers1.6 
 8. Woods, Taranaki MA1.6 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers1.6 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Xavier SMITH
  Taranaki MA
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Smith, Taranaki MA1.7 
 2. Darling, Canterbury1.3 
 3. Jones, SC Rangers0.9 
 4. McRae, Manawatu J.0.9 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.0.9 
 6. Pledger, Southlan.0.9 
 7. Majok, Wellington S.0.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
 9. Morgan, Southlan.0.6 
 10. Douglas, Taranaki.0.6 

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NBL Round 3 of Regular Season - May 13, 2018


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The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The biggest surprise of round 3 in NBL took place in Tamatea where host Hawks (4-1) beat Giants (3-1) 89-85 on Saturday evening. Hawks made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin, agency: MKP Management) who scored 22 points. International swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Australian guard Damon Heuir (189-91, college: S.Utah) who recorded 27 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Giants will play next round against Jets trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against Sharks in Southland.
Hawks (4-1) recorded a loss in Wellington. Visitors were defeated by Saints (2-1) 93-85. It was a good game for international guard Shea Ili (184-92) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. LJ Peak contributed with 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. American forward Jamie Skeen (203-88, college: VCU) answered with 29 points and 7 rebounds for Hawks. Hawks' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saints will play against Rangers (#8) in Auckland in the next round. Hawks will play on the road against Sharks (#3) in Southland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Auckland where Jets (1-3) edged by three points Rangers (0-4) 124-121 on Saturday night. Rangers were very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. It was a great evening for Kuran Iverson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals. Jets' coach Tim McTamney used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Clay Wilson with 48 points (!!!). Jets will meet at home Giants in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rangers will play against Rams (#4) and hope to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in New Plymouth. It ended with only three-point home defeat of Mountain Airs (1-3) to Giants (3-1) 93-90 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was an exceptional evening for Kyle Adnam who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. Giants' next round opponent will be Jets (#7) in Palmerston North which should be theoretically an easy game. Mountain Airs will play at home against Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in New Plymouth was also quite interesting. Rams (2-1) played at the court of Mountain Airs (1-3). Rams managed to secure a 7-point victory 104-97 on Sunday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Winston Shepard who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Rams will face Rangers (#8) in Auckland in the next round. Mountain Airs will play at home against Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 3 Manawatu J. were crushed by Southland S. in a road game 109-79.



Taranaki MA - Canterbury 97-104

The game in New Plymouth was also quite interesting. Rams (2-1) played at the court of Mountain Airs (1-3). Rams managed to secure a 7-point victory 104-97 on Sunday. Rams made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Mountain Airs turnovers and outrebounded them 44-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. Rams looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Slash Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Julian Washburn (203-91, college: UTEP) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Roger Woods (196-93, college: UALR) who recorded 30 points and 5 steals and forward Javonte Douglas (203, college: Montevallo) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Rams and four Mountain Airs players scored in double figures. Rams will face Rangers (#8) in Auckland in the next round. Mountain Airs will play at home against Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: X.Thames 25+2reb+4ast, W.Shepard 23+15reb+7ast, T.Tolovae 23+4reb+3ast, J.Washburn 19+11reb+5ast, M.Darling 12+7reb+1ast, T.Britt 2+1reb
Taranaki MA: R.Woods 30+3reb+2ast, J.Douglas 20+6reb+2ast, R.Rodger 14+4reb+7ast, X.Smith 14+5reb+3ast, A.Burton 8+4reb+1ast, T.O'Leary 7+5reb+8ast
gschID: 614597


Taylor Hawks - Nelson G. 89-85

The biggest surprise of round 3 in NBL took place in Tamatea where host Hawks (4-1) beat Giants (3-1) 89-85 on Saturday evening. Hawks made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin, agency: MKP Management) who scored 22 points. International swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) chipped in 20 points. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Australian guard Damon Heuir (189-91, college: S.Utah) who recorded 27 points and Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) added 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Giants will play next round against Jets trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against Sharks in Southland.
Top scorers:
Taylor Hawks: D.Prewster 22+3reb+3ast, E.Rusbatch 20+3reb+1ast, J.Kenny 11+6reb+5ast, J.Skeen 10+6reb, A.Brandt 8+3reb, M.Newton 8+5reb+1ast
Nelson G.: D.Heuir 27+3reb, K.Adnam 18+8reb+4ast, J.Evans 14+6reb+1ast, S.Dempster 9+9reb, T.Ingham 5+1reb+1ast, B.Beri 5+1ast
gschID: 614596


SC Rangers - Manawatu J. 121-124

An interesting game took place in Auckland where Jets (1-3) edged by three points Rangers (0-4) 124-121 on Saturday night. Rangers were very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Jets shot 60.3 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Jets looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Kuran Iverson (206-95, college: Rhode Island) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals. His fellow American import guard Daishon Knight (185-91, college: Illinois St.) helped adding 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Jets' coach Tim McTamney used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Clay Wilson (191-92, college: Princeton) with 48 points (!!!) and the former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) produced a triple-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Jets will meet at home Giants in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rangers will play against Rams (#4) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Manawatu J.: D.Knight 37+5reb+9ast, K.Iverson 36+9reb+10ast, H.Walker 13+1reb, B.Lucas 12+3reb+1ast, T.Johnson 10+5reb+3ast, M.Rangimarie 6+1reb+2ast
SC Rangers: C.Wilson 48+3reb+1ast, L.Tait 20+10reb+14ast, D.Scott 19+3reb, M.Jones 14+11reb+3ast, D.Kelman-Poto 11+1reb+1ast, O.Ale 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 614595


Wellington S. - Taylor Hawks 93-85

Hawks (4-1) recorded a loss in Wellington. Visitors were defeated by Saints (2-1) 93-85. They made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game, while Hawks only scored eight points from the stripe. It was a good game for international guard Shea Ili (184-92) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. American swingman LJ Peak (196-96, college: Georgetown, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. American forward Jamie Skeen (203-88, college: VCU) answered with 29 points and 7 rebounds and Australian center Angus Brandt (208-89, college: Oregon St.) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hawks' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saints will play against Rangers (#8) in Auckland in the next round. Hawks will play on the road against Sharks (#3) in Southland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: S.Ili 26+6reb+8ast, L.Peak 21+4reb+3ast, S.Bruce 18+5reb+3ast, M.Majok 13+12reb+1ast, L.Henry 5+3reb+2ast, S.Temara 4+1reb
Taylor Hawks: J.Skeen 29+7reb+1ast, J.Kenny 17+4reb+5ast, A.Brandt 16+9reb+2ast, D.Prewster 11+10reb+3ast, E.Rusbatch 7+5reb+1ast, E.Bartlett 5+2ast
gschID: 614594


Taranaki MA - Nelson G. 90-93

A very interesting game took place in New Plymouth. It ended with only three-point home defeat of Mountain Airs (1-3) to Giants (3-1) 93-90 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Giants players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. The former international power forward Tohi Smith-Milner (206-95, college: Polk State CC) accounted for 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Javonte Douglas (203, college: Montevallo) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import swingman Roger Woods (196-93, college: UALR) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Mountain Airs in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Giants' next round opponent will be Jets (#7) in Palmerston North which should be theoretically an easy game. Mountain Airs will play at home against Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: T.Smith-Milner 27+6reb+2ast, K.Adnam 20+7reb+10ast, D.Heuir 18+3reb+4ast, J.Evans 15+6reb, S.Dempster 7+7reb+3ast, T.Gillooly 4+1ast
Taranaki MA: J.Douglas 20+9reb+2ast, R.Woods 17+7reb+4ast, H.O'Riley 13+1reb+4ast, A.Burton 12+2ast, X.Shaw 11+4reb+2ast, X.Smith 9+8reb+2ast
gschID: 614593


Southland S. - Manawatu J. 109-79

There was no surprise in Southland where Jets (1-3) were crushed by Sharks (3-2) 109-79 on Thursday. Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Jets' 38. They outrebounded Jets 50-37 including 36 on the defensive glass. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Jets' players. The best player for the winners was international guard Derone Raukawa (181-94) who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Australian guard Jarrad Weeks (185-89) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Five Sharks players scored in double figures. Sharks' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kuran Iverson (206-95, college: Rhode Island) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Daishon Knight (185-91, college: Illinois St.) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively. Sharks will face Hawks in Tamatea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jets will play at home against Giants (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: J.Weeks 18+4reb+4ast, L.Aston 16+7reb, A.Pledger 15+8reb+2ast, J.Hunter 15+7reb+2ast, D.Raukawa 14+8reb+8ast, T.Vodanovich 14+4reb
Manawatu J.: K.Iverson 28+10reb, D.Knight 22+4reb+4ast, T.Johnson 11+4reb, B.Lucas 8+5reb, H.Walker 8+3reb, M.Rangimarie 2
gschID: 614592


  




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