Tag Archives: NZ NBL

Rookie of the Week for Round 9

If Super City Rangers forward Tohi Smith-Milner could stay out of foul trouble he is capable of putting up some serious numbers as the Rangers head into their final five NBL games. Continue reading

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Rookie of the Week for Round 8

Alex Talma earned a creditable draw in his wrestling contest with Brian Conklin last Thursday night during the Pistons v Sharks encounter.

Both players ended up on the floor in mid court as their bodies got tangled up well away from the ball. Referee Dallas Pickering declared the contest Continue reading

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Recap of Super City Rangers performance against Saints

The James Blond Super City Rangers made a major change to their playing roster in the lead up to their Bartercard NBL double header last weekend. US import Eric Devendorf had not been able to shrug off a lingering back injury and was replaced by Australian guard Jason Cadee. Although he top scored with 20 points Cadee’s addition to the Rangers squad had little impact on Saturday as they slipped to a heavy defeat, 95-59 against the Waikato Pistons in a strange lack lustre performance. Continue reading

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NBL returns to North Harbour

The Bartercard NBL returns to North Harbour after a two year absence next Sunday. Unfortunately for the Harbour faithful the game does not feature the Harbour Heat instead it is the James Blond Super City Rangers who will be running out at AUT to take on the table topping Wellington Saints. Continue reading

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NBL Round 2 Wrap

Zero Fresh Southland Sharks opened the NBL second round proceedings with an emphatic 117-88 home victory against the James Blond Super City Rangers on Friday. Continue reading

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Waikato Pistons Defeat Super City Rangers

The Waikato Pistons, defeated the James Blond Super City Rangers, 85-75 in the opening game of their 2014 Bartercard NBL season.

The Rangers, without the services of star recruits Dillon Boucher (injured) and Daryl Corletto (overseas), made a strong start to the game keeping pace with the Pistons to trail 18-17 at quarter time. Continue reading

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Rangers v Pistons Prieview

The James Blond Super City Rangers will open their 2014 NBL campaign against the Advice First Waikato Pistons on Sunday afternoon. The two teams occupied the bottom two places on the ladder last season but both have recruited strongly in a bid to be play-off contenders this season. Continue reading

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Four to Follow in ’14 – Wynyard

The fourth player to be featured is a young man yet to play in the NBL – Tai Wynyard. Wynyard who will suit up for the James Blond Super City Rangers. The year 12 Rangitoto College student is already attracting interest from US Colleges and looks to have a bright future in the game. Continue reading

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Four to Follow in ’14 NBL – Burton

Four to follow in the NBL in 2014 –No 3

Alonzo Burton is another player whose star is on the rise.

Burton has been a member of the HBS Bank Hawks for the past two seasons but has taken himself “out of his comfort zone” for the 2014 season, joining the Darron Larsen coached Manawatu Jets. Continue reading

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Four to Follow in ’14 NBL – Rusbatch

Four to follow in the NBL in 2014 –No 2

Like many other Canterbury basketball players with ambition to play in the NBL the tragedy that was the Christchurch earthquake forced them to pursue their careers away from home.

Ethan Rusbatch is such a player. In 2012 he played a few games for Zero Fees Southland Sharks before moving north in 2013, joining Taranaki Mountain Airs. The 21 year old swingman enjoyed a successful season with the Airs averaging 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Continue reading

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