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 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 

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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
NBL Round 7: Sharks lose to Hawks in the game between Top 4 teams - May 26, 2019


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NBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 7 rounds left. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Southland. 4th placed host Sharks (5-5) lost to second ranked Hawks (8-2) 119-105. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Hawks shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for Dutch-Australian power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 7 rebounds. American forward EJ Singler (198-90, college: Oregon) helped adding 24 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Hawks have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 8-2 record behind leader Saints. Sharks lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keep the fourth position with five games lost. Hawks are looking forward to face Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sharks will play on the road against Rangers in Auckland and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
NBL top team - Saints (9-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Giants (3-7) in Wellington 111-100. It was a quality performance for international guard Shea Ili (184-92) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 assists. Leon Henry accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Saints' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Australian swingman Daniel Grida (195-98) came up with 23 points and 4 assists for Giants in the defeat. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Saints. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. Giants lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Saints will again play against Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Giants will have a break next round.
The game in Auckland was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hawks (8-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Rangers (2-7). Hawks defeated Rangers 117-107 on Saturday. Ethan Rusbatch fired 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners. Tim Quarterman produced a double-double by scoring 48 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Hawks. They maintain second place with 8-2 record behind leader Saints. Rangers lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Hawks will meet at home Mountain Airs (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rangers will play against Huskies and hope to secure a win.
The game in New Plymouth was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Giants (3-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Mountain Airs (2-6). Mountain Airs managed to secure a 4-point victory 96-92. Worth to mention a great performance of Xavier Shaw who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Mountain Airs' coach David Bublitz allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Mountain Airs moved-up to seventh place. Giants lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Mountain Airs' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huskies (#5) in Hobart and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Third ranked Rams (6-2) crushed at home 9th ranked Jets (1-7) by 41 points 110-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Cameron Gliddon who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Rams. They maintain third place with 6-2 record having four points less than leader Saints. Jets lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Rams will face again bottom-ranked Jets (#9) in Palmerston North in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.

In the last game of round 7 bottom-ranked Jets lost to Huskies on the opponent's court 84-89.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 11 rebounds by Jalen Billups of Huskies.



Sharks - Hawks 105-119

The game between Top Four teams took place in Southland. 4th placed host Sharks (5-5) lost to second ranked Hawks (8-2) 119-105. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Hawks shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for Dutch-Australian power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 7 rebounds. American forward EJ Singler (198-90, college: Oregon) helped adding 24 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Australian swingman Todd Blanchfield (200-91) scored 23 points. Five Hawks and four Sharks players scored in double figures. Hawks have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 8-2 record behind leader Saints. Sharks lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keep the fourth position with five games lost. Hawks are looking forward to face Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sharks will play on the road against Rangers in Auckland and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Hawks: D.Kickert 32+7reb+2ast, E.Singler 24+8reb+2ast, D.Prewster 22+7reb+4ast, B.Bowman 13+5reb+5ast, E.Rusbatch 13+5reb+1ast, J.Kenny 13+2reb+9ast
Sharks: A.Pledger 24+8reb+2ast, T.Blanchfield 23+3reb+2ast, J.Weeks 19+3reb+5ast, R.Nelson 12+2ast, H.Harris 12+4reb+4ast, T.Vodanovich 7+14reb
gschID: 715116


Rangers - Hawks 107-117

The game in Auckland was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hawks (8-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Rangers (2-7). Hawks defeated Rangers 117-107 on Saturday. Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. International swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) fired 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brandon Bowman (205-84, college: Georgetown, agency: David Lee Services) chipped in 29 points and 7 assists. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. American guard Tim Quarterman (198-94, college: LSU) produced a double-double by scoring 48 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and Australian forward Venkatesha Jois (203-93, college: EWU) added 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Hawks. They maintain second place with 8-2 record behind leader Saints. Rangers lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Hawks will meet at home Mountain Airs (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rangers will play against Huskies and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hawks: E.Rusbatch 35+9reb+3ast, B.Bowman 29+4reb+7ast, E.Singler 24+8reb+7ast, D.Prewster 12+5reb+2ast, E.Bartlett 6+3reb+1ast, D.Kickert 5+6reb+1ast
Rangers: T.Quarterman 48+11reb+7ast, V.Jois 20+9reb+5ast, N.Egwu 19+6reb+2ast, H.Hippolite 6+3reb+1ast, C.Lesae 3+2reb+1ast, M.Watene 3
gschID: 715119


Rams - Jets 110-69

Third ranked Rams (6-2) crushed at home 9th ranked Jets (1-7) by 41 points 110-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Rams dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Jets' 42. They outrebounded Jets 50-31 including 35 on the defensive glass. Rams looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Jets' players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Australian swingman Cameron Gliddon (197-89, college: Concordia Irvine) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Australian forward Jonathan Janssen (206-95, college: Hawaii Pacific) helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side forward Taane Samuel (200-99) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Kuran Iverson (206-95, college: URI) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Five Rams and four Jets players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Rams. They maintain third place with 6-2 record having four points less than leader Saints. Jets lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Rams will face again bottom-ranked Jets (#9) in Palmerston North in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Rams: J.Janssen 17+9reb+2ast, C.Gliddon 16+7reb+5ast, E.Naar 14+1reb+3ast, T.Britt 12+2reb+3ast, L.Aston 11+2reb+2ast, I.Wilkins 10+7reb+1ast
Jets: T.Samuel 21+6reb, D.Knight 14+2reb+3ast, K.Iverson 13+11reb+1ast, W.Ellenson 10+2reb, S.Temara 5+7reb, T.Temara 4+1reb
gschID: 715117


Saints - Giants 111-100

NBL top team - Saints (9-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Giants (3-7) in Wellington 111-100. Saints made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a quality performance for international guard Shea Ili (184-92) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 assists. The former international forward Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: MKP Management) accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Saints' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Australian swingman Daniel Grida (195-98) came up with 23 points and 4 assists and American guard Jordair Jett (185-91, college: St.Louis) added 17 points respectively for Giants in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Saints. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. Giants lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Saints will again play against Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Giants will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Saints: S.Ili 26+1reb+6ast, J.Ngatai 19+2reb+3ast, S.Dech 15+4reb+4ast, L.Henry 14+7reb+4ast, N.Kay 13+6reb+2ast, R.Te Rangi 8+2reb+2ast
Giants: D.Grida 23+3reb+4ast, K.Perrott-Hunt 18+1ast, J.Jett 17+2reb+3ast, R.Vague 12+7reb, T.Harrison 12+7reb+1ast, T.Ingham 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 715118


Airs - Giants 96-92

The game in New Plymouth was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Giants (3-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Mountain Airs (2-6). Mountain Airs managed to secure a 4-point victory 96-92. Mountain Airs made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Xavier Shaw (203-94, college: MSU-Northern) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). International guard Derone Raukawa (181-94) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Mountain Airs' coach David Bublitz allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Jordair Jett (185-91, college: St.Louis) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and Australian forward Rhys Vague (206-96) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Giants. Four Mountain Airs and five Giants players scored in double figures. Mountain Airs moved-up to seventh place. Giants lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Mountain Airs' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huskies (#5) in Hobart and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Airs: D.Raukawa 20+2reb+2ast, C.Early 18+2reb+1ast, X.Shaw 15+7reb+2ast, H.O'Riley 13+2reb+2ast, A.Burton 9+6reb+3ast, Q.Bailey 8+4reb
Giants: J.Jett 17+7reb+9ast, D.Grida 16+6reb+1ast, T.Harrison 16+7reb, R.Vague 15+6reb+3ast, K.Perrott-Hunt 11+4reb, T.Ingham 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 715120


Huskies - Jets 89-84

Very expected game in Hobart where 9th ranked Jets (1-7) were defeated by fifth ranked Huskies (4-4) 89-84 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Huskies dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Jets' 34. It was a great evening for American power forward Jalen Billups (200-92, college: NKU, agency: Haylett Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) helped adding 15 points and 17 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Daishon Knight (185-91, college: Illinois St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Kuran Iverson (206-95, college: URI) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Jets players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Huskies maintains fifth place with 4-4 record. Jets lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Huskies will face Rangers (#8) in Auckland in the next round. Jets will play at home against Rams and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Huskies: J.Billups 31+11reb+2ast, T.Nichols 17+3reb+4ast, M.Jones 15+17reb+3ast, J.Vandenberg 9+7reb, C.Moller 8+3reb+1ast, L.Cummings 4+3reb+2ast
Jets: D.Knight 24+5reb+4ast, T.Samuel 16+5reb+2ast, W.Ellenson 15+10reb+1ast, K.Iverson 11+12reb+4ast, J.Stubbins 9+4reb+4ast, H.Walker 6
gschID: 715121
  




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