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Saints create history 17 Jun 2017

The Wellington Saints have created history going 20-0 for the season with a 108-75 win over the SIT Zerofees Sharks, claiming their tenth title.

Shea Ili scored a game high 31 points and Corey Webster tallied 27 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds for Wellington who have won five championships since 2010.

After a tight first quarter which saw the scores level at 21 apiece it would be all Saints who would win each of the final three quarters, including a 34-17 fourth.

The Sharks took an early five point lead, and when Saints forward Tai Wesley committed his third foul in the second quarter it presented the Sharks an opportunity to make a run.

A jump shot from Alex Pledger put the Sharks up 33-30 with four minutes left, but six straight points from Webster, and back to back three’s from Ili and Jordan Ngatai put the Saints up 42-33.

After the break it would be all Wellington who outscored the Sharks 64-38. Wellington shot 15-27 from three (55%) and dished out 22 assists and committed only seven turnovers.

Derone Raukawa came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points, Nick Kay added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Alex Pledger had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Ngatai scored 18 on 4/4 from three, and Wesley would add 14 points, five assists and five rebounds.

Webster cleaned up with the Awards, winning both guard awards, New Zealand Most Valuable Player and Overall MVP. Wesley would be overall forward of the year, and Marcel Jones was named Stan Hill NZ Forward of the year for two straight seasons.

Ili would be named Finals Most Valuable Player, and James Blond Supercity Rangers guard Mitch McCarron would join all four in the All Star Five.

Wellington Saints general manager Fran Scholey would be named Administrator of the year for her tireless work in creating an incredible culture, winning her third championship in four seasons as GM.

Kevin Braswell won coach of the year, after creating history with an unbeaten season, and has coached the side to back to back championships with a record 24 straight wins.

Southland Sharks social media person Nick Jeffries would be named media person of the year for the amazing content throughout the season

Christchurch Matt Bathurst was named Referee of the Year for back to back seasons.

Saturday, June 17th

 

At ASB Bay Arena, Tauranga

Wellington Saints 108 (Shea Ili 31, Corey Webster 27, Jordan Ngatai 18)

SIT Zerofees Sharks 75 (Derone Raukawa 15, Nick Kay 14, Mitch Norton 10)

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2017 NBL Award Winners

 

Regular Season Winners.…………………………………………………………….Wellington Saints

Best Free Throw Percentage………………………………………………………….Wellington Saints

Referee of the Year…………………………………………………………………...Matt Bathurst (Christchurch)

Administrator of the Year…………………………………………………………….Fran Scholey (Wellington Saints)

Media Award………………………………………………………………………….Nick Jeffries (Southland Sharks)

Garry Pettis Memorial Trophy – Leading Individual Rebounder…………………….Amir Williams (Taylor Hawks)

Dave Taylor Trophy – Leading Assists……………………………………………….Jarrod Kenny (Taylor Hawks)

Leading Scorer…………………………………………………………………………Corey Webster (Wellington Saints)

Coach of the Year………………………………………………………………………Kevin Braswell (Wellington Saints)

Keith Carr Trophy – Most Outstanding Guard………………………………………..Corey Webster (Wellington Saints)

John Macdonald Trophy – Most Outstanding NZ Guard……………………………...Corey Webster (Wellington Saints)

Commissioners Cup – Most Outstanding Forward…………………………………….Tai Wesley (Wellington Saints)

Stan Hill Trophy – Most Outstanding NZ Forward/Centre……………………….........Marcel Jones (Canterbury Rams)

All Star Five…………………………………………………………………………….Corey Webster (Wellington Saints)

………………………………………………………………………………………….Shea Ili (Wellington Saints)

………………………………………………………………………………………….Mitch McCarron (Rangers)

…………………………………………………………………………………………Marcel Jones (Canterbury Rams

…………………………………………………………………………………………Tai Wesley (Wellington Saints)

Finals Most Valuable Player…………………………………………………………..Shea Ili (Wellington Saints)

NZ Most Valuable Player……………………………………………………………..Corey Webster (Wellington Saints)

Most Valuable Player…………………………………………………………………Corey Webster (Wellington Saints)

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Points Table 2017

W L P
Wellington Saints 20 0 40
Southland Sharks 13 7 26
Supercity Rangers 11 7 22
Canterbury Rams 10 9 20
Taranaki Mountainairs 4 14 8
Nelson Giants 4 14 8
Hawkes Bay Hawks 4 14 8

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