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

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Quarterman, Range.26.8 
 2. Knight, Jets25.3 
 3. Ellenson, Jets24.7 
 4. Billups, Huskies22.9 
 5. Foster, Airs22.3 
 6. Singler, Hawks21.8 
 7. Rusbatch, Hawks21.6 
 8. Nichols, Huskies21.0 
 9. Weeks, Sharks20.8 
 10. Jett, Giants19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Moller, Huskies12.3 
 2. Jois, Rangers11.3 
 3. Iverson, Jets10.0 
 4. Kay, Saints9.1 
 5. Temara, Jets8.8 
 6. Pledger, Sharks8.3 
 7. Billups, Huskies8.0 
 8. Vague, Giants7.5 
 9. Egwu, Rangers7.3 
 10. Loe, Saints7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Kenny, Hawks7.9 
 2. Ili, Saints6.5 
 3. Jett, Giants5.0 
 4. Weeks, Sharks4.7 
 5. Nichols, Huskies4.6 
 6. Knight, Jets4.5 
 7. Iverson, Jets4.2 
 8. Raukawa, Airs4.0 
 9. Quarterman, Range.3.9 
 10. Naar, Rams3.7 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quarterman, Range.2.8 
 2. Iverson, Jets1.8 
 3. Bishop, Rangers1.8 
 4. Dech, Saints1.8 
 5. Kay, Saints1.8 
 6. Gliddon, Rams1.7 
 7. Jois, Rangers1.6 
 8. Perrott-Hunt, Gia.1.5 
 9. Harrison, Giants1.5 
 10. Ili, Saints1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Nnanna EGWU
  Avg: 2
 1. Egwu, Rangers2.0 
 2. Wilkins, Rams1.7 
 3. Pledger, Sharks1.1 
 4. Iverson, Jets1.0 
 5. Kickert, Hawks1.0 
 6. Ellenson, Jets1.0 
 7. Kay, Saints0.9 
 8. Billups, Huskies0.9 
 9. Thomas, Hawks0.8 
 10. Jois, Rangers0.8 
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Round 7 (Regular Season)

Airs 58% May.26 Giants
Huskies 77% May.26 Jets
Saints 92% May.25 Giants
Rangers May.25 Hawks 85%
Rams 89% May.24 Jets
Sharks May.23 Hawks 63%
Tall Blacks come up clutch at finish to squeeze out 63-60 victory over Lebanon - Sep 17, 2018

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The Tall Blacks could hardly make a bucket all night, but in the end it mattered not as they scrambled to a seventh straight world cup qualifying victory in Rotorua on Monday night on the back of a standout defensive effort. It was not pretty. In fact it was downright ugly. But all that mattered to coach Paul Henare was his side managed to grind out a 63-60 victory over previous group co-leaders Lebanon to take a further stride towards one of the top qualifying spots out of Asia for next year's Fiba World Cup in China. The New Zealand men, now 7-1, have taken a firm grip on top spot in Group E of the second stage of qualifying, with Lebanon slipping back to 6-2. On the back of a massive travel toll undertaken by both sides who played games in the Middle East on Friday, this was never going to be a free-flowing or high-quality affair. But in the end it was the Tall Blacks who made the clutch free-throws down the stretch and the visitors who came up short against some outstanding home defence with the game on the line. The New Zealanders trailed for most of the final period, but got back to within a point (59-60) just inside the final minute on a Robert Loe (211-F-91, college: St.Louis) layin, and then iced the contest when Shea Ili made two clutch free-throws with 20 seconds left, and Reuben Te Rangi did likewise with not much more than five seconds on the clock. Shea Ili led the Tall Blacks in scoring with 14 points, including those two clutch free-throws late that heaped all the pressure back on the visitors. He was a relatively red-hot 5-of-11 from the floor and added three boards and a pair of assists. Tai Jack Webster (193-G-95, college: Nebraska) added 13 points on 4-of-17 shooting to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while brother Corey went 4-of-12 from the floor for his 11 points. The other major contributions came from Isaac Fotu (203-F-93, college: Hawaii)'s 10 points (3/8 FG) and seven rebounds and nine points and 11 rebounds from Robert Loe. The Tall Blacks shot just 28 per cent from the floor for the game (21-of-76) but had 25 offensive boards (to eight) in a 56-43 overall rebounding advantage. That, and their lock-down defence, won them this close tussle. The 38-hour haul back from Beirut, via Doha and Singapore, clearly took its toll on the Kiwis early on as they came out shooting bricks aplenty in the first quarter to dig themselves an early 18-7 hole. The Tall Blacks, with a decided lack of spring in their step, settled for the jump shots too readily through the opening stanza, missing 18 of their 20 shots all told and all six of their long-range attempts. But weary legs clearly wasn't the sole preserve of the home side. Lebanon, too, had made the long haul on the back of an overtime home victory over China, and the visitors hit a flat patch in the second quarter where they were contained to just seven points as the New Zealanders knotted the game 25-25 at the major break. The halftime stats said it all really, with the Tall Blacks running at just 25 per cent from the floor (9-of-36 FG) and the Lebanese a better 39 per cent overall (12-of-31) but missing all nine of their attempts from beyond the arc. The shooting and execution level lifted only marginally in the third quarter with the Lebanese ending it with a slender 46-45 advantage, and the Tall Blacks - at that stage running at a 17-of-61 shooting clip - hanging in the contest on the back of a 19-5 offensive rebounding advantage that dished up a plus-17 advantage in field goal attempts. Ater Majok (208-C-87, college: Connecticut) was Lebanon's most influential player, the 2.10m Sudan-born centre posting a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Though he was credited with just one blocked shot, he altered numerous others with his length troubling the Tall Blacks big men inside. Slick guard Elias Rustom (197-G/F-87) paced the visitors with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Ahmad Ibrahim pitched in a handy 11 points. Elsewhere in Group E games, South Korea rolled Syria 103-66 in Goyang and China defeated Jordan 88-79 in Beijing to complete a clean-sweep for east Asia and Oceania nations on Monday. With four qualifying gamedays remaining in the second round, New Zealand have 15 points, Lebanon and South Korea (6-2) 14, Jordan (5-3) 13, China (4-4) 12 and Syria (2-6) 10. Wins over Jordan and Syria in the next Fiba qualifying window in November/December, both at home, would almost certainly book New Zealand a place at the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China. In Group F, the leading Australia Boomers rolled Kazakhstan 94-41 in Bendigo, Japan defeated Iran 70-56 in Tokyo to improve to 4-4, while the Philippines, still playing with a number of players and coaches suspended, fought to a 92-81 win over Qatar in Manila to remain in the top-three at 5-3.
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BRANDON BOWMAN 34-year old forward Brandon Bowman (205-F-84, agency: David Lee Services) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Hawks and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 6. He had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Jets (#8, 1-5) with 27-point margin 134-107. Hawks is placed at 2nd position in New Zealand league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier...   [read more]

Marcel Jones
NBL Round 6: Huskies beat Giants by two after a very close game - 23 hours ago
Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most exciting game of round 6 in the NBL took place in Hobart. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Giants (3-5) to sixth ranked Huskies (3-4) 93-91 in the game for the fifth place. Huskies made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebound...   [read more]

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 3 days ago
Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93). Heto a victory against the closely-ranked SC Rasta Vechta in the German BBL in Sunday night's game.    [read more]

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