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 2 Giants 0-0 
 3 Hawks 0-0 
 4 Huskies 0-0 
 5 Jets 0-0 
 6 Rams 0-0 
 7 Rangers 0-0 
 8 Saints 0-0 
 9 Sharks 0-0 

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 10: Saints beat Rams by two after a very close game - Jul 12, 2018


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Fourth-ranked Rams (7-7) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Saints (13-2) in Christchurch on Tuesday. The visitors from Wellington managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected easier game. Saints outrebounded Rams 43-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Sudanese-Australian forward Majok Majok (206-92, college: Ball St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). International guard Shea Ili (184-92) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Saints' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Julian Washburn (203-91, college: UTEP) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for Rams. Saints have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-2 record. Rams lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Saints are looking forward to face Mountain Airs (#6) in New Plymouth in the next round where they are favorite. Rams will play at home against Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth-ranked Mountain Airs (3-10) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Saints (13-2) in New Plymouth. The visitors from Wellington managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Sudanese-Australian forward Majok Majok (206-92, college: Ball St.) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Shaun Bruce chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Javonte Douglas (203, college: Montevallo) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Saints have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-2 record. Mountain Airs at the other side keep the sixth place with ten games lost. Saints will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mountain Airs will play again on the road against the league's leader Saints (#1) in Wellington and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Palmerston North between Jets and Rams. Seventh ranked Jets (2-12) got a very close home victory over 4th ranked Rams (7-7). Jets managed to escape with a 1-point win 95-94 on Saturday evening. American players dominated the game. Kuran Iverson notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 19 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 31 points by Xavier Thames did not help to save the game for Rams. Newly promoted Jets maintains seventh position with 2-12 record, which they share with SC Rangers. Rams lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Jets will meet at home higher ranked Sharks (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rams will play against Hawks in Tamatea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Giants (11-3) which played road game in Christchurch against 4th ranked Rams (7-7). Third ranked Giants managed to get a 11-point victory 102-91. Finn Delany fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Rams' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Giants moved-up to second place. Rams lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Giants' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Rangers (#8) in Auckland where they are favorite. Rams will play at home against Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Sharks (10-3) which played road game in Stoke against one of their biggest challengers Giants (11-3). Third ranked Sharks managed to get a 8-point victory 103-95. It was a very good performance for Alex Pledger who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Giants' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sharks have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-3 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Loser Giants dropped to the second place with three games lost. Sharks will face Jets (#7) in Palmerston North in the next round. Giants will play on the road against Rangers (#8) in Auckland and hope to win that game.

Other games in round 10 were not that significant. Taylor Hawks smashed SC Rangers on the road 113-86. Manawatu J. lost to defending champion Wellington S. on its own court 93-113. Southland S. managed to outperform SC Rangers in a road game 116-104.



Manawatu J. - Canterbury 95-94

A very close game took place in Palmerston North between Jets and Rams. Seventh ranked Jets (2-12) got a very close home victory over 4th ranked Rams (7-7). Jets managed to escape with a 1-point win 95-94 on Saturday evening. American players dominated the game. Forward Kuran Iverson (206-95, college: Rhode Island) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 19 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Daishon Knight (185-91, college: Illinois St.) supported him with 36 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 31 points by guard Xavier Thames (191-91, college: San Diego St.) did not help to save the game for Rams. Forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Slash Sports) added 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Five Rams players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Jets maintains seventh position with 2-12 record, which they share with SC Rangers. Rams lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Jets will meet at home higher ranked Sharks (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rams will play against Hawks in Tamatea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: X.Thames 31+4reb+2ast, W.Shepard 20+8reb+5ast, T.Tolovae 14+6reb+2ast, J.Washburn 10+10reb+3ast, M.Karena 10+6reb+3ast, M.Darling 4+4reb
Manawatu J.: D.Knight 36+5reb+4ast, K.Iverson 29+19reb, B.Lucas 15+7reb+3ast, T.Temara 6+4reb+1ast, D.Jones 4+2reb+1ast, M.Rangimarie 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 633554


Canterbury - Wellington S. 92-94

Fourth-ranked Rams (7-7) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Saints (13-2) in Christchurch on Tuesday. The visitors from Wellington managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected easier game. Saints outrebounded Rams 43-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Sudanese-Australian forward Majok Majok (206-92, college: Ball St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). International guard Shea Ili (184-92) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Saints' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Julian Washburn (203-91, college: UTEP) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Xavier Thames (191-91, college: San Diego St.) added 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Rams. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saints have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-2 record. Rams lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Saints are looking forward to face Mountain Airs (#6) in New Plymouth in the next round where they are favorite. Rams will play at home against Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: J.Washburn 27+10reb+3ast, X.Thames 18+5reb+6ast, W.Shepard 16+5reb+7ast, T.Tolovae 15+2reb+1ast, M.Darling 9+6reb, M.Karena 4+2reb
Wellington S.: M.Majok 24+15reb+2ast, S.Bruce 21+4reb+3ast, S.Ili 19+6reb+7ast, J.Ngatai 15+6reb+5ast, L.Peak 9+4reb+4ast, L.Henry 3+7reb+2ast
gschID: 633675


Taranaki MA - Wellington S. 74-77

Sixth-ranked Mountain Airs (3-10) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Saints (13-2) in New Plymouth. The visitors from Wellington managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Saints made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Sudanese-Australian forward Majok Majok (206-92, college: Ball St.) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Australian guard Shaun Bruce (190-91) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Saints players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Javonte Douglas (203, college: Montevallo) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Roger Woods (196-93, college: UALR) scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Saints have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-2 record. Mountain Airs at the other side keep the sixth place with ten games lost. Saints will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mountain Airs will play again on the road against the league's leader Saints (#1) in Wellington and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: R.Woods 19+8reb+4ast, J.Douglas 18+13reb+2ast, D.Brooks 9+2reb+1ast, H.O'Riley 9+2reb+3ast, X.Smith 7+2reb+1ast, A.Burton 7+2reb+1ast
Wellington S.: M.Majok 18+7reb+2ast, S.Ili 15+3reb+6ast, S.Bruce 15+9reb+2ast, L.Peak 10+6reb, J.Ngatai 10+3reb+2ast, L.Henry 3+8reb+2ast
gschID: 614635


SC Rangers - Taylor Hawks 86-113

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Hawks (7-6) crushed bottom-ranked Rangers (2-12) in Auckland 113-86 on Saturday. Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. International swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Forward Dominique Kelman-Poto (201, college: Adelphi) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Rangers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rangers' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hawks moved-up to fourth place. Loser Rangers stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Hawks will face Rams (#5) in Christchurch in the next round. Rangers will play at home against the league's second-placed Giants and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: D.Kelman-Poto 19+10reb+1ast, M.Jones 17+10reb+3ast, C.Wilson 16+4reb, L.Tait 12+4reb+8ast, V.Joel 9+2reb, O.Ale 4+1reb
Taylor Hawks: D.Prewster 25+5reb+8ast, E.Rusbatch 23+3reb+3ast, A.Brandt 17+8reb+2ast, H.Harris 14+3reb+1ast, M.Newton 11+8reb, J.Kenny 8+2reb+8ast
gschID: 614634


Manawatu J. - Wellington S. 93-113

Very expected game when 7th ranked Jets (2-12) were smashed by first ranked Saints (13-2) in Palmerston North 113-93 on Saturday. Saints made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 52.9 percentage. Saints looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Jets' players. It was a very good performance for American swingman LJ Peak (196-96, college: Georgetown, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 38 points (!!!) (made all of his ten free throws !!!). International guard Shea Ili (184-92) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Daishon Knight (185-91, college: Illinois St.) replied with 30 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Kuran Iverson (206-95, college: Rhode Island) added 30 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jets. Four Jets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saints have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-2 record. Newly promoted Jets keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. Saints will face Mountain Airs (#6) in New Plymouth in the next round where they are favorite. Jets will play at home against Sharks and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Manawatu J.: D.Knight 30+5reb+3ast, K.Iverson 30+7reb, T.Temara 14+9reb, B.Lucas 12+2reb+1ast, T.Johnson 5+4reb+1ast, B.Valentine 2+1reb
Wellington S.: L.Peak 38+4reb+2ast, S.Ili 23+4reb+4ast, L.Henry 18+5reb+2ast, S.Bruce 8+3reb+2ast, S.Temara 7+1reb, J.Mills 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 614633


Canterbury - Nelson G. 91-102

An interesting game for Giants (11-3) which played road game in Christchurch against 4th ranked Rams (7-7). Third ranked Giants managed to get a 11-point victory 102-91. Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Rams' 44. They outrebounded Rams 45-27 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Jerry Evans (203-90, college: Nevada) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. American swingman Raymond Cowels III (192-90, college: Santa Clara) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Slash Sports) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Rams players scored in double figures. Rams' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Giants moved-up to second place. Rams lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Giants' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Rangers (#8) in Auckland where they are favorite. Rams will play at home against Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: R.Cowels III 19+6reb+2ast, M.Karena 17+3reb+2ast, W.Shepard 15+7reb+5ast, T.Tolovae 14+4reb+1ast, J.Washburn 13+2reb+2ast, M.Darling 7+2reb
Nelson G.: F.Delany 30+14reb+5ast, J.Evans 24+10reb+1ast, K.Adnam 18+2reb+5ast, T.Smith-Milner 9+3reb+3ast, D.Heuir 8+6reb+3ast, M.Vukona 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 614632


Nelson G. - Southland S. 95-103

An interesting game for Sharks (10-3) which played road game in Stoke against one of their biggest challengers Giants (11-3). Third ranked Sharks managed to get a 8-point victory 103-95. Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 40 and made 30-of-33 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game, while Giants only scored thirteen points from the stripe. It was a very good performance for the former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Australian guard Jarrad Weeks (185-89) contributed with 18 points and 9 assists for the winners. Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) replied with 27 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) added 22 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Giants. Five Sharks and four Giants players scored in double figures. Giants' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sharks have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-3 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Loser Giants dropped to the second place with three games lost. Sharks will face Jets (#7) in Palmerston North in the next round. Giants will play on the road against Rangers (#8) in Auckland and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: K.Adnam 27+3reb+6ast, F.Delany 22+5reb+1ast, J.Evans 15+5reb+3ast, D.Heuir 14+4reb+5ast, M.Vukona 6+5reb+1ast, T.Smith-Milner 6+4reb+2ast
Southland S.: J.Weeks 18+3reb+9ast, A.Pledger 18+10reb+2ast, O.Coleman 17+6reb+1ast, C.Morgan 14+7reb+3ast, R.Te Rangi 14+7reb+2ast, D.Raukawa 10+1reb
gschID: 614631


SC Rangers - Southland S. 104-116

Very predictable result when third ranked Sharks (10-3) won against bottom-ranked Rangers (2-12) in Auckland 116-104 on Thursday. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Quite impressive performance for Australian guard Jarrad Weeks (185-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. Canadian-Irish forward Conor Morgan (206-94, college: UBC) contributed with 28 points for the winners. Naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Clay Wilson (191-92, college: Princeton) added 27 points and 4 assists in the effort for Rangers. Five Sharks and four Rangers players scored in double figures. Rangers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sharks have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-3 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Loser Rangers stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Sharks will face Jets (#7) in Palmerston North in the next round. Rangers will play at home against the league's second-placed Giants and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: C.Wilson 27+1reb+4ast, M.Jones 26+15reb+4ast, D.Kelman-Poto 19+8reb+2ast, L.Tait 12+4reb+5ast, V.Joel 8+5reb, D.Boucher 7+6reb+9ast
Southland S.: C.Morgan 28+4reb+1ast, J.Weeks 23+5reb+10ast, O.Coleman 16+3reb+2ast, A.Pledger 14+10reb, R.Te Rangi 11+1reb+2ast, D.Raukawa 10+3reb+5ast
gschID: 614630


  




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