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NBL Standings
 1 Saints 13-0 
 2 Hawks 11-2 
 3 Rams 10-2 
 4 Sharks 8-5 
 5 Huskies 6-8 
 6 Giants 5-9 
 7 Jets 2-10 
 8 Airs 2-11 
 9 Rangers 2-12 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tim QUARTERMAN
  Rangers
  (198-G-94)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Quarterman Rangers28.6 
 2. Bowman Hawks24.6 
 3. Knight Jets23.1 
 4. Singler Hawks22.1 
 5. Billups Huskies21.7 
 6. Rusbatch Hawks21.3 
 7. Jones Huskies20.9 
 8. Ellenson Jets20.3 
 9. Jois Rangers19.6 
 10. Weeks Sharks19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Huskies
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Jones Huskies11.8 
 2. Iverson Jets11.0 
 3. Jois Rangers10.9 
 4. Moller Huskies10.8 
 5. Kay Saints9.5 
 6. Billups Huskies8.6 
 7. Bowman Hawks8.5 
 8. Pledger Sharks8.4 
 9. Vague Giants8.3 
 10. Wilkins Rams7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Hawks
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Kenny Hawks7.1 
 2. Ili Saints5.5 
 3. Quarterman Rangers5.5 
 4. Jett Giants5.1 
 5. Weeks Sharks4.6 
 6. Knight Jets4.4 
 7. Naar Rams4.0 
 8. Bowman Hawks4.0 
 9. Nichols Huskies3.9 
 10. Iverson Jets3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tim QUARTERMAN
  Rangers
  (198-G-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Quarterman Rangers3.1 
 2. Dech Saints2.7 
 3. Burton Airs2.0 
 4. Kay Saints2.0 
 5. Jones Huskies1.9 
 6. Ili Saints1.8 
 7. Jois Rangers1.7 
 8. Gliddon Rams1.6 
 9. Egwu Rangers1.6 
 10. Knight Jets1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nnanna EGWU
  Rangers
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Egwu Rangers2.0 
 2. Wilkins Rams1.3 
 3. Jois Rangers1.0 
 4. Pledger Sharks0.9 
 5. Billups Huskies0.9 
 6. Harrison Giants0.9 
 7. Jones Huskies0.8 
 8. Ellenson Jets0.8 
 9. Iverson Jets0.8 
 10. Kickert Hawks0.7 

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Round 11 (Regular Season)

Jets  Jun.23  Giants 66%
Saints 67%  Jun.23  Rams
Sharks 89%  Jun.22  Airs
Hawks  Jun.22  Saints 52%
Rams 92%  Jun.21  Airs
Rangers 55%  Jun.20  Jets
Tall Blacks win opening scrimmage against Qatar - Sep 8, 2018


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Finn Delany
The MBO Tall Blacks got their first workout ahead of the upcoming FIBA World Cup Qualifiers in Beirut (13th v Syria) and Rotorua (17th v Lebanon) with a 92-58 win over Qatar, with Finn Delany (198-F-95, college: SW Baptist) and Dion Prewster (195-G/F-90, college: SF Austin, agency: MKP Management) leading the team on offence on a steamy Doha evening. Head Coach Paul Henare took the chance to spread the minutes across his entire roster, as the team puts the finishing touches on their preparation for the games against Syria and Lebanon, the first in the final stage of qualifying for the World Cup in China next year. Delany led all scorers with 23 points (and 5 rebounds), while Prewster was another to provide plenty of spark from the bench with his 13 points, with point guard Shea Ili (184-G-92) chipping in with 11 points. While Qatar struggled to stay with the higher ranked New Zealanders, the hosts gave plenty for Henare to think about as he ponders bigger matches in the days ahead. 'I think after being together a couple of days and coming from the other side of the world I thought it was pretty good, we came out with good intent and defensively got after it. It wasn't always perfect, we still have plenty to work on, but we moved the ball well, shared the ball and shot the ball well in patches and everyone contributed so like I say, happy in terms of where we are at but there is plenty to improve on.' A game like tonight's was always going to be less about the opposition and more about the Tall Blacks own systems, as they fine tune for the game in Beirut and then back home in Rotorua against one of the stronger teams in Asia in Lebanon. 'We are focusing on us and what we are trying to achieve from a systematic point of view. Obviously, they are going to do the same and we have to adjust at the defensive end and from that point of view there are things we can get better at. We were ill disciplined on fouls at times and gave up easy baskets by losing sight of our man and basic fundamental things. But that is good, at this stage of the campaign we want to work towards areas of improvement and we have time to do that.' Henare was pleased with the output of Delany and Prewster, but found plenty to like about the energy of the entire group, as everyone found a way to get involved. 'They gave us good punch off the bench, we will need multiple guys to contribute. I thought Rueben Te Rangi started us off really well, he attacked the basket and made some really good plays. The starting group got us off on the right track and the guys off the bench came in and kept it ticking over and lifting the energy as well. That is who we are as a team, we need multiple guys to contribute and on Sunday another few guys will put their hands up, that is one of the strengths of this group.' One of the highlights of the evening was the support of 30 to 40 local ex-pat Kiwis, who found their way to the stadium and took great delight in flying the flag and meeting the team for autographs and photos afterwards. 'That was amazing, we were told there might be some Kiwis but to see so many of them here supporting us and for them to spend some time on the floor with the guys afterwards getting photos and autographs, that was special. 'Whenever we can be away from home and have that familiar feel makes it that much more special, I hope they also enjoyed the game and the chance to mix and mingle afterwards as well.'
Courtesy of: nz.basketball

  




Nick Kay
Kay number one in New Zealand for round 10 (by Interperformances) - 7 hours ago
NICK KAY Australian Power forward Nick Kay (206-F/C-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Saints, receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 10. The 26-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Airs (#8, 2-11) with 23-point margin 101-78. It allowed Saints to consolidate first place in the New Zealand NBL. They maintain a perfect record without an...   [read more]

Nick Kay
NBL Round 10: No surprise as #1 Saints defeat Jets - 1 day ago
Here is the last round review presented by ESL. NBL top team - Saints (13-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Jets (2-10) in Wellington 107-82. Saints made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Saints outrebounded Jets 51-37 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: MSU Denver) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the...   [read more]

Finn Delany
Finn Delany selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 3 days ago
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Finn Delany (198-95). He could not help FMP (9-4) in their last game. Despite Delany's good performance the second-placed FMP (9-4) was crushed 97-59 in a derby game by the leading Partizan in the Group A.    [read more]


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