From the Vault | NBL Classic Matches #1

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With the Sal’s NBL Men’s and Women’s competitions, along with Women’s D-League, currently looking at Modified Competitions for 2020,  we’ve gone through the archives to bring you some classic NBL games from yesteryear to watch!

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NBL Classic Match #1: 1990 NBL Grand Final | Nelson Giants vs. Canterbury Rams

The NBL’s first all-South Island Grand Final lived up to expectations in a gripping tussle which ultimately saw Keith Mair’s Canterbury Rams prevail. Kenny Perkins and Graham Timms scored 16 apiece with Tall Blacks skipper Glen Denham adding another 15. The win ensured back-to-back titles for the first time for the Rams.

Whilst the Giants lost in the decider, they did receive post-season plaudits with Kenny Stone and Nenad Vucinic both securing spots in the all-star five. Giants coach Matt Ruscoe capped off a fine year picking up Coach of the Year honours.

defeated Nelson Giants (73) | Referees: John Burton & Robin Milligan

12 teams contested the 1990 season (final standings): Canterbury Rams, Nelson Giants, Palmerston North Jets, Hutt Valley Lakers, New Plymouth Bulls, North Harbour Vikings (previously North Shore), Wellington Saints, Hawke’s Bay Hawks, Waitakere Rangers, Waikato Warriors, Otago Nuggets and Auckland Cannons.

All-Star Five:

  • Kerry Boagni (Wellington Saints)
  • Willie Burton (Palmerston North Jets)
  • Jamie Dixon (Hawke’s Bay Hawks)
  • Kenny Stone (Nelson Giants)
  • Nenad Vucinic (Nelson Giants)