Herbert Cadbury
Two months ago

NZNBL Finals

Finals started last night in Wellington which are semis of 1v4 and 2v3 followed by a grand final tonight.

Stats are for players relevant to ANBL (past, present or possible future) or high achievers.

Semi 1: Wellington Saints beat Auckland Huskies 99-73

Saints (coached by Zico Coronel)
Tohi Smith-Milner - 30p/9r/1a
Kerwin Roach Jr (import) - 24p/5r/7a
Dion Prewster - 12p/10r/10a
Leon Henry - 11p/7r

Huskies (coached by Aaron Young)
Tom Vodanovich - 33p/7r/1a, 6/12 from three, 5/6 from 2
Zach Riley (schoolkid) - 17p/5r/2a

Full stats here https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/NZN/1902507/bs.html

Semi 2: Hawke's Bay Hawks beat Southland Sharks

Hawks (coached by Adam Forde)
Devondrick Walker (import) - 33p/5r/2a
Hyrum Harris - 19p/10r/3a
Ethan Rusbatch - 14p/5r/1a
Rhys Vague (import) - 13p/9r/1a
Derone Raukawa - 13p/1r/3a
Jordan Hunt - 4p/3r
Jarrod Kenny - 2p/3r/3a
Everard Bartlett - DNP

Sharks (coached by Rob Beveridge)
Dominique Kelman-Poto - 25p/11r/4a
Brayden Inger - 18p/4r/1a
Josh Cunningham (import) - 13p/10r/3a
Courtney Belger (import) - 12p/5r/3a

Full stats here https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/NZN/1902508/bs.html

Grand Final: Wellington Saints vs. Hawke's Bay Hawks (23/07/2021)

This is a rematch of the 2019 grand final, where the Hawks blew a big lead in the fourth quarter. The Saints would have to be favourites, and are coached by Zico Coronel who was Hawks coach in that last grand final meeting. However, the Hawks have a huge arsenal of firepower at their disposal, especially from the three, and if they happened to get a few of their guns firing early, could prove a real handful for the Saints. There is a reason that Dion Prewster has been picked up by Melbourne United for the upcoming ANBL season, he is a far different player this year and Dean Vickerman must like what he sees. He scored the MVP title for the league with good reason and will be a key component of the Saints at both ends.

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Two months ago

Is there anywhere you can watch (preferably for free) within Aus?

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Two months ago

Absolutely no way Saints lose this; they're head and shoulders above every team in the league.

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Herbert Cadbury  
Two months ago

BeeGee I'm not sure, I will have a look for you closer to the time, the website hasn't been updated with any details.

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Two months ago

Forde didn't coach, he is in Cairns

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Two months ago

Thanks Herbert, appreciate it!

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Two months ago

Forde coached a few games, then Chance took over after Perth finished.

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Two months ago

NZNBL used to air in Australia on NBL TV, it's a shame they scrapped the coverage.

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Two months ago

Saints way to reliant on the three ball, Hawks are the only team that has the quality to match up with them else where on the court for long stretches.
Hawks were very competitive both matches this year with them. I am predicting Hawks to take the championship with some of Henrys usual antics the demise of the Saints.
Hawks 97 Saints 85

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Two months ago

Hawks won by 20 at home to them and lost in overtime at Wellington's home. Forde coached them games but only filling in for his friend Jacob until he was done with ANBL finals.
Good match up here, one off final makes it anyone’s contest but I expect Hawks to win with the talent

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Herbert Cadbury  
Two months ago

No luck with a link to a stream so far sorry

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Two months ago

Taane Samuel huge first half, if the Hawks can't stop him they are in strife. Hawks yet to let loose from 3 expecting a big second half from them

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Two months ago

Russo-Nance and Riley can seriously hoop for their age. We'll definitely see both in the NBL at some point. Russo-Nance is way ahead of Le’afa and Ili at similar ages.

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