NZNBL 2014 Round 12: Dickel Triple Doubles while Final Four are set

Round 12 of the NZNBL took place between Friday June 20 2014 and Sunday June 22 2014.

Pacific Jewellers Saints 85-83 Advice First Pistons

The Wellington Saints are looking to string some form together late in the season so they can tackle the other top three teams. They certainly started this weekend with a two point win over the Waikato Pistons.

Corey Webster had 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the home side, while Brandon Bowman (16 points, 8 rebounds), BJ Anthony (13 points, 7 rebounds) and Lindsay Tait (12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) certainly helped the cause to grab a well deserved victory.

Corin Henry (31 points) played the entire game for the Pistons, and it showed in the fatigue late for the starters as their bench played a total of 12 minutes. Akeem Wright (21 points, 9 rebounds) and Casey Frank (4 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists) were serviceable, it just wasn’t enough down the stretch.

Breakers Manawatu Jets 86-71 The Good Home Mountainairs

A big second half by the home side has seen the Jets take a double digit win over the ‘Airs in a near bottom of the table clash.

While the game wasn’t one of the prettiest of the weekend, a solid team performance got the Jets over the line. Paul Jones (19 points) led the team in scoring, while Nick Horvath pulled down 16 rebounds and Brandon Jenkins dished out five dimes.

Suleiman Braimoh led all scorers with 24 points to go along with 14 rebounds and two blocks and two steals. Aaron Bailey-Nowell shot 7-10 from the floor to register 15 points and eight rebounds. Albertson was a spark on the bench with 14 points.

Zerofees Sharks 108-83 Canterbury Rams

Massive games from Tai Wesley and Brian Conklin have seen the Southland Sharks dominate the bottom placed Canterbury Rams.

Wesley had 22 points, 17 rebounds and five assists while Conklin had 28 points and 15 rebounds. Luke Martin scored 21 points and had seven assists as he played second fiddle to the big two on Friday night.

Credit: Photo Credit: Monica Toretto - Southland Sharks photographer

The Rams were led by Ethan Rusbatch (20 points); Jeremy Kench (18 points, 9 rebounds) and Matt Rogers (18 points, 7 rebounds) chimed in but Canterbury let far too many easy points in the paint which ultimately cost them the game.

Fico Finance Giants 97-89 James Blond Supercity Rangers

The Nelson Giants grab their spot into the Final Four with an eight point victory over the Supercity Rangers.

Josh Pace and Mika Vukona starred as the team are looking towards the two to continue their form in the coming weeks. Pace (23 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists) and Vukona (18 points, 13 rebounds) shot the ball quite well, with Vukona going 8-9FG.

Jason Cadee continues to show the league why he was such a valuable mid-season pick up with another 32 points performance. Duane Bailey also dropped 32 points to go with nine rebounds as the pair fought all forty minutes before succumbing to defeat.

The Good Home Mountainairs 64-81 IMS Payroll Hawks

The league leading Hawks have made yet another statement with a defensive display against the Taranaki ‘Airs on the road.

Kareen Johnson (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Dustin Scott (13 points, 12 rebounds) both recorded double doubles while Marco Alexander was solid with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Suleiman Braimoh was again the ‘Airs best with 27 points and 12 rebounds. He also had four blocks and three steals, despite the six turnovers. Brad Anderson scored 19 points and had seven rebounds, however the eight bench points the ‘Airs received were nowhere near enough to compete with the top level.

OceanaGold Nuggets 87-90 OT Canterbury Rams

A triple double by Mark Dickel wasn’t enough for the Otago Nuggets as they were upset by cellar dwellers Canterbury Rams.

Dickel had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists while Warren Carter top scored with 27 points to go with 10 rebounds.

However they were both shown up by a team performance by the Rams. Matt Rogers packed a punch on the Sunday with 23 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Richie Edwards was the difference though; off the bench the big man had 19 points and 12 rebounds

Breakers Manawatu Jets 85-74 Advice First Pistons

Manawatu have finished the weekend on a high note with a double digit win over the Waikato Pistons.

The Jets found stars in different areas once again throughout the game, with Alonzo Burton (21 points) stepping up off the bench to provide quick fire points. Brandon Jenkins recorded a double double with 19 points and 10 assists, while Nick Horvath pulled down another 20 rebounds.

For the Pistons, Zac Carter led the team with 25 points, Akeem Wright played well with 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Pistons took 33 three point attempts to only hit seven, leaving many offensive trips empty handed, which proved the difference.

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