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Braimoh is Round Four player of the week

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May 1, 2014
Suleiman Braimoh (www.photosport.co.nz)

Suleiman Braimoh (www.photosport.co.nz)

Nigerian born Suleiman Braimoh is Round Four player of the week, leading The Good Home Mountainairs to their first win of the season, against the Advice First Pistons.

Stat Line:  29 points (11/20 FG, 1/2 3pt), 16 rebounds and two steals in the 71-69 win.

Braimoh posted season highs in both points and rebounds, and has shot to  the top of the league in rebounds. The 24 year old has had four straight double-doubles in points and rebounds.

The Canterbury Rams got their first win since joining the league, defeating the Breakers Manawatu Jets 101-92 in overtime. Glen Dandridge was on fire scoring 37 points and converting on 9/14 from the three point line. This is the most three’s from an individual player since former Tall Black, Mike Fitchett, who shot 8/10 for the Nelson Giants against the Waikato Pistons in the 2007 semi-finals.

It was the week of upsets in Round Four, and by far the biggest one of the season and arguably one of the biggest in the history of the NBL. The James Blond Super City Rangers defeated the Pacific Jewellers Saints 85-81. Australian guard Jason Cadee, who was brought into the Rangers side only a few days previous, scored a game high 30 points, converting on 14/16 from the free throw line.

The Fico Finance Nelson Giants have moved to the top of the table with two wins over the weekend. American’s Josh Pace and Jamal Boykin have been arguably the two best import duo’s in the league. Both combined for 52 in both wins against the Jets and Rams.

Waikato bounced back from their loss to Airs to rout the Rangers 95-59. Casey Frank tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, converting on 9/11 field goals.

Tomorrow Round Five of the NBL begins with three games which includes a top of the table clash with the Giants and the Saints.

Nelson have the longest active winning streak at five, and despite losing Mika Vukona the team won both their games last weekend. Giants have the best field goal percentage of any team at 49% and commit the fewest turnovers (10.3).

Josh Pace and Jamal Boykin have are the highest scoring import combination averaging 42.7 points, Saints duo of Ernest Scott and Elijah Obade are the lowest at 23.5, but the backcourt of Lindsay Tait and Corey Webster average 46.4.

Forward Benny Anthony Jr will make his debut for Wellington after a successful stint with the Adelaide 36ers.

The OceanaGold Nuggets (4-1) will try to maintain their unbeaten run at home when they play the Mountainairs.

In their last meeting the between the two the game went to quadruple overtime, Nuggets winning 145-137.

It is highly unlikely this will happen again, the Nuggets being one of the better defensive teams in the league holding opponents to 42% from the field.

After going 1-1 on the Otago/Southland double the IMS Payroll Hawks return home to play the Canterbury Rams.

The Rams have struggled offensively this season averaging 80.2 points, but have added naturalised New Zealander Marcel Jones to roster which should add another scoring punch. Jones averaged 20.2 points for the Jets last season, and also grabbed 7.5 rebounds.

The Rams had a little scare last week with their import Matthew Rogers who sustained a knee injury which limited him to 15 minutes in the loss to the Giants.

Rogers leads the league in blocks by one block more than the next best (2.6). The Hawks have so far been the best three point shooting team in the league (38.8%)

2014 NBL League Leaders (Web link)

2014 Bartercard NBL Media Guide (Round Five) (PDF)

2014 Bartercard NBL Player Stats (Round Four) (PDF)

2014 Bartercard NBL Team Stats (Round Four) (PDF)