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

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ethan RUSBATCH
  Hawks
  (196-G/F-92)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Rusbatch, Hawks25.5 
 2. Jois, Rangers25.0 
 3. Nichols, Huskies24.0 
 4. Singler, Hawks22.5 
 5. Kay, Saints22.5 
 6. Vague, Giants22.0 
 7. Ellenson, Jets21.0 
 8. Gibson, Rams21.0 
 9. Quarterman, Range.21.0 
 10. Ili, Saints20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Venkatesha JOIS
  Rangers
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Jois, Rangers12.5 
 2. Moller, Huskies12.5 
 3. Singler, Hawks10.5 
 4. Egwu, Rangers10.0 
 5. Iverson, Jets10.0 
 6. Kay, Saints9.5 
 7. Dempster, Giants9.5 
 8. Temara, Jets8.5 
 9. Ngatai, Saints8.0 
 10. McCarron, Sharks8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Hawks
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kenny, Hawks6.0 
 2. Raukawa, Airs6.0 
 3. Weeks, Sharks6.0 
 4. Naar, Rams6.0 
 5. Jett, Giants5.5 
 6. Gibson, Rams5.0 
 7. Kay, Saints5.0 
 8. Quarterman, Range.4.5 
 9. Prewster, Hawks4.5 
 10. McCarron, Sharks4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tim QUARTERMAN
  Range.
  (198-G-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Quarterman, Range.3.0 
 2. Jois, Rangers2.5 
 3. Blanchfield, Sharks2.5 
 4. Gomis, Airs2.0 
 5. ORiley, Airs2.0 
 6. Burton, Airs2.0 
 7. Harrison, Giants2.0 
 8. Dempster, Giants2.0 
 9. Egwu, Rangers2.0 
 10. Raukawa, Airs2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nnanna EGWU
  Rangers
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Egwu, Rangers3.0 
 2. Wilkins, Rams2.0 
 3. Kickert, Hawks1.0 
 4. Jois, Rangers1.0 
 5. Iverson, Jets1.0 
 6. Kay, Saints1.0 
 7. Pledger, Sharks1.0 
 8. Kenny, Hawks1.0 
 9. Vague, Giants1.0 
 10. Ngatai, Saints0.5 
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Round 2 (Regular Season)

Airs Apr.22 Rams
Hawks 58% Apr.21 Huskies
Rangers 92% Apr.20 Rams
NBL Round 1 of Regular Season - Apr 15, 2019


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Ethan
Rusbatch
The Regular Season in NBL just started. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

Round 1 most important game was a defeat of Rangers (1-1). They were defeated by Hawks (1-1) 98-86 on Saturday night. International swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds for the winners and American forward EJ Singler (198-90, college: Oregon) chipped in 26 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side Australian forward Venkatesha Jois (203-93, college: EWU) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Rangers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rangers will play next round against Rams trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against Huskies in Hobart.
Giants defeated Mountain Airs in Stoke 93-78. Australian forward Rhys Vague (206-96) nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Jordair Jett accounted for 17 points and 7 assists. International guard Derone Raukawa (181-94) came up with 16 points and 6 assists for Mountain Airs in the defeat. Mountain Airs will play next round against Rams trying to get back on the winning streak. Giants will try to continue on its current victory against Sharks at Southland.
Jets (0-1) recorded a loss in Palmerston North on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by Rangers (1-1) 86-75. Venkatesha Jois fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Wally Ellenson produced 24 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Jets' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Rangers will meet at home Rams (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Jets will play against Huskies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Southland. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Rams (0-1) to Sharks (1-0) 95-92 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Mitchell McCarron who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Rams' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sharks' next round opponent will be Giants in Stoke and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rams will play on the road against Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Saints (1-0) crushed at home Hawks (1-1) by 27 points 106-79, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Nick Kay stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Saints will face Huskies (#6) in Hobart in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Hawks will play at home against Huskies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Jets - Rangers 75-86

Jets (0-1) recorded a loss in Palmerston North on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by Rangers (1-1) 86-75. Australian forward Venkatesha Jois (203-93, college: EWU) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tim Quarterman (198-94, college: LSU) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. American swingman Wally Ellenson (198-94, college: Marquette) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American power forward Shane Temara (206, college: N.Texas) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Jets' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Rangers will meet at home Rams (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Jets will play against Huskies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rangers: V.Jois 24+11reb, T.Quarterman 23+4reb+5ast, R.Bishop 12+6reb+4ast, C.Lesae 9+3reb, N.Egwu 9+9reb+1ast, H.Hippolite 9+6reb+2ast
Jets: W.Ellenson 24+9reb+1ast, S.Temara 15+9reb+2ast, T.Samuel 14+4reb+2ast, A.Odunsi 9+3reb, K.Iverson 7+10reb+4ast, H.Walker 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 715058


Saints - Hawks 106-79

Saints (1-0) crushed at home Hawks (1-1) by 27 points 106-79, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Hawks' 36. They outrebounded Hawks 58-22 including a 22-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Saints looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: MSU Denver) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international forward Jordan Ngatai (196-93, college: BYU-Hawaii, agency: MKP Management) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. Five Saints players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward E.J. Singler (198-90, college: Oregon) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and international swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) scored 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Saints will face Huskies (#6) in Hobart in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Hawks will play at home against Huskies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saints: N.Kay 25+11reb+8ast, S.Ili 22+1reb+2ast, J.Ngatai 17+10reb+2ast, R.Te Rangi 15+6reb+4ast, S.Dech 12+8reb+2ast, R.Loe 7+9reb+1ast
Hawks: E.Singler 19+9reb+1ast, E.Rusbatch 17+3reb, D.Kickert 14+1ast, E.Bartlett 8, J.Kenny 7+3reb+5ast, D.Prewster 7+2reb+7ast
gschID: 715060


Hawks - Rangers 98-86

Round 1 most important game was a defeat of Rangers (1-1). They were defeated by Hawks (1-1) 98-86 on Saturday night. International swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds for the winners and American forward EJ Singler (198-90, college: Oregon) chipped in 26 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side Australian forward Venkatesha Jois (203-93, college: EWU) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and Nigerian-American center Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Rangers players scored in double figures. Rangers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rangers will play next round against Rams trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against Huskies in Hobart.
Top scorers:
Hawks: E.Rusbatch 34+8reb+2ast, E.Singler 26+12reb+3ast, D.Prewster 15+2reb+2ast, J.Kenny 8+12reb+7ast, D.Jones 6+6reb+3ast, E.Bartlett 5+2reb+2ast
Rangers: V.Jois 26+14reb+2ast, T.Quarterman 19+8reb+4ast, N.Egwu 18+11reb+3ast, J.Gerrand 10+1reb, R.Bishop 6+3reb+4ast, C.Lesae 5
gschID: 715062


Giants - Airs 93-78

Giants defeated Mountain Airs in Stoke 93-78. Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Mountain Airs' 30. They outrebounded Mountain Airs 42-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. Australian forward Rhys Vague (206-96) nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Jordair Jett (185-91, college: St.Louis) accounted for 17 points and 7 assists. International guard Derone Raukawa (181-94) came up with 16 points and 6 assists and American forward Chris Early (200-88, college: Chattanooga) added 18 points respectively for Mountain Airs in the defeat. Five Giants and four Mountain Airs players scored in double figures. Mountain Airs will play next round against Rams trying to get back on the winning streak. Giants will try to continue on its current victory against Sharks at Southland.
Top scorers:
Giants: R.Vague 21+7reb+1ast, J.Jett 17+4reb+7ast, D.Grida 15+7reb+1ast, S.Dempster 13+9reb+3ast, T.Harrison 10+7reb+1ast, K.Perrott-Hunt 8+3reb+2ast
Airs: C.Early 18+4reb, D.Raukawa 16+1reb+6ast, K.Foster 15+4reb, A.Burton 12+7reb, A.Bailey-Nowell 8+3reb, D.Gomis 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 715064


Sharks - Rams 95-92

A very interesting game took place in Southland. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Rams (0-1) to Sharks (1-0) 95-92 on Sunday evening. Sharks outrebounded Rams 38-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Rams helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (189-92, college: MSU Denver) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Australian guard Jarrad Weeks (185-89) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Sharks players scored in double figures. Australian guard Adam Gibson (188-86) answered with 21 points and 5 assists and Australian guard Emmett Naar (185-94, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 9 points and 6 assists in the effort for Rams. Rams' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sharks' next round opponent will be Giants in Stoke and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rams will play on the road against Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sharks: T.Blanchfield 24+3reb+1ast, J.Weeks 17+7reb+5ast, T.Vodanovich 17+4reb+3ast, A.Pledger 17+8reb, M.McCarron 16+11reb+7ast, D.Kelman-Poto 4+2reb
Rams: A.Gibson 21+1reb+5ast, L.Aston 13+1reb+2ast, B.Fisher 10+3reb, S.Smith 9+4reb, E.Naar 9+2reb+6ast, M.Karena 9+1reb+4ast
gschID: 715065
  




Steven Adams
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 2 hours ago
We bring you last week's top performances from New Zealanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33) in their last game. Despite Adams' very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33) lost 99-104 on the road to the Portland Trail Blazers.    [read more]

Jordan
Vandenberg
Huskies sign Jordan Vandenberg - 2 days ago
Southern Huskies (NBL) signed 29-year old Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-120kg-90, college: NC State). He just played at Kumamoto Volters in Japanese B2 League. In 11 games he had only 2.6ppg and 1.5rpg this season   [read more]

Nick Kay
Kay number one in New Zealand for round 1 - 4 days ago
NICK KAY Australian Power forward Nick Kay (206-F/C-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Saints, receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 1. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Hawks (#4, 1-1) with 27-point margin 106-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Saints is placed at 2nd position in New Zealand NBL. But it's just the very beginning of the se...   [read more]


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