Thursday, 30 April 2015

Thoughts on the NBL - Volume 3


The Giants are last unbeaten team standing

After the Saints loss to the Rangers on the 24th Nelson are the only team in the league with a perfect record. As I have mentioned before they were highly impressive in there win over the Rangers in round one (the only game I've seen) and have kept up that type of form. Their two imports have settled in and are playing well and are getting great contributions from everybody. If Mika Vukona is able to join the team after his time in Italy they will be a serious threat for the title.

Rams add another player with NBA experience

The Rams have seriously bolstered their squad with the recent addition of former NBA player Jermaine Taylor to their line up. Taylor was the 32nd pick in the 2009 NBA draft out of The University of Central Florida. He played 65 games in the NBA (39 for Houston and 26 for Sacramento). Has also played a bit in Europe, including a stint with Tom Abercrombie's current ACB team San Sebastian Gipuzkoa BC. He has been under a bit of an injury cloud since a knee injury in November 2013 but should be a pretty dominant player for the Rams.

Also a quick shout out to Sam Timmons who has recently decided to join Washington University in the Pac 12 conference. 

Tyler Marsh makes his NBL debut......At age 14

Waimea College student Tyler Marsh became the youngest player to ever grace an NBL court last friday against the Rams at just 14 years of age!! The young buck played a few minutes at the end of the Giants big win, Marsh had an opportunity to register his first points but unfortunately missed his two free throw attempts. Click here to read a little more about his history making appearance.

Sharks get back on track

After dropping three games in a row after their opening round win the sharks got back in the winners column with a 89-83 victory over the Rams! (the Rams had a tough round with three games in four days). Kevin Braswell lead the scoring with 24 and Todd Blanchfield had 21 and a ridiculous 18 rebounds!! Shea Ili also had a useful 15 and 5 off the bench. Hopefully this will spark a little winning streak for them! Last but definitely not least, congrats to Duane 'the real Duwala' Bailey on re-signing with the Breakers.

Standings
                                                      
                                                  P - W - L

Wellington Saints                         7    6    1  
Nelson Giants                              5    5    0
Canterbury Rams                         7     4   3
Supercity Rangers                        5    3    2

Bay Hawks                                   4   2    2
Southland Sharks                         5    2    3
Taranaki Mountain Airs                  5    0   5
Manawatu Jets                             6    0    6


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