New Zealand NBL play-offs: Wellington Saints to meet the Bay Hawks in the Grand Final

✨ Phil Foden vs. #ManUnited yesterday:

◾️ 3 goals
◾️ 6 shots/4 on target
◾️ 0.99 expected goals
◾️ 0.87 expected assists
◾️ 22 pressured touches
◾️ 7 carries
◾️ 23/25 completed passes
◾️ 2 through balls

Foden’s xG was higher than Haaland’s. ⤵️

#MCIMUN | #MCFC

🔥 Erling Haaland has outscored his xG by almost 100% so far this season:

🔹 14 goals
🔹 7.221 xG
🔹 6.779 goals over expected

After 8 games, his xG is higher than Romelu Lukaku had throughout the entire 2021/22 season.

#MCIMUN | #MCFC

🌪️ These 10 running backs have picked up the most rushing yards over expected in the #NFL so far, according to @NextGenStats.

⚡️ No surprise to see #Giants’ @saquon topping the list. Also check out #Jets’ rookie Bryce Hall making an appearance.

#TogetherBlue #TakeFlight

#LUFC have been one of the most intense teams in the @premierleague so far this season. But they’re also technically strong.

Players with successful most passes between the lines:

🔹 Marc Roca: 35
🔹 Adams: 22
🔹 Kristensen: 18
🔹 Harrison: 17
🔹 Struijk: 16

#LEEAVL

The #NFL has come to the UK! 🇬🇧

🔥 The first of three London games sees the most aggressive QB in the league – @Saints’ Jameis Winston – take on the @Vikings.

⚡️ Will Cousins, Jefferson, Cook & co. have too much for the Saints defense?

#MINvsNO #Vikings #Saints

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Saints to face Hawks in the final

The Wellington Saints will play the Bay Hawks in the Grand Final of the NBL after they both won their respective semi-final ties.


Saints march on

The Saints turned it around in the second half to win 99-73 after they were trailing at half-time.

The Huskies were without key man Justin Bibbs and they fell short against the leading side in the NBL.


The match

They were leading 50-44 at half-time but the Saints demonstrated their ability to go up a few gears when they need to, and were tremendous in third quarter – taking it 30-8.

Tohi Smith-Milner and Kerwin Roach Jnr were both outstanding. Smith-Milner scored 30 points while Roach Jnr added 24 points and Dion Prewster scored a triple double.

Below is Smith Milner’s shot chart provided by FIBA LiveStats. He was successful with 44% of his three point attempts.

Smith-Milner and Roach took the Huskies apart in the third quarter to turn the game on its head and send the Saints on the way to the final.

There was an outstanding performance from Tohi Smith-Milner, who scored 30 points. Kerwin Roach Jnr added 24 points, while Dion Prewster scored a triple double

Tom Vodanovich was unlucky to be on the losing side. He scored 33 points and made seven rebounds for the Aucklanders.


Hawks looking for revenge

The Saints will have to get past the Bay Hawks if they want to win their 12th NBL Championship.

The Hawks, who were beaten in the 2019 Grand Final by the Saints, edged past the Southland Sharks 98-91.

It was a match where the Hawks were mostly in the ascendancy but only one point separated the teams with just over eight minutes to go.

But two lay-ups from Derone Raukawa changed the dynamic of the game and the Hawks were able to control the game from there.

Devondrick Walker was influential for the Hawks, scoring 33 points and five rebounds.

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✨ Phil Foden vs. #ManUnited yesterday:

◾️ 3 goals
◾️ 6 shots/4 on target
◾️ 0.99 expected goals
◾️ 0.87 expected assists
◾️ 22 pressured touches
◾️ 7 carries
◾️ 23/25 completed passes
◾️ 2 through balls

Foden’s xG was higher than Haaland’s. ⤵️

#MCIMUN | #MCFC

🔥 Erling Haaland has outscored his xG by almost 100% so far this season:

🔹 14 goals
🔹 7.221 xG
🔹 6.779 goals over expected

After 8 games, his xG is higher than Romelu Lukaku had throughout the entire 2021/22 season.

#MCIMUN | #MCFC

🌪️ These 10 running backs have picked up the most rushing yards over expected in the #NFL so far, according to @NextGenStats.

⚡️ No surprise to see #Giants’ @saquon topping the list. Also check out #Jets’ rookie Bryce Hall making an appearance.

#TogetherBlue #TakeFlight

#LUFC have been one of the most intense teams in the @premierleague so far this season. But they’re also technically strong.

Players with successful most passes between the lines:

🔹 Marc Roca: 35
🔹 Adams: 22
🔹 Kristensen: 18
🔹 Harrison: 17
🔹 Struijk: 16

#LEEAVL

The #NFL has come to the UK! 🇬🇧

🔥 The first of three London games sees the most aggressive QB in the league – @Saints’ Jameis Winston – take on the @Vikings.

⚡️ Will Cousins, Jefferson, Cook & co. have too much for the Saints defense?

#MINvsNO #Vikings #Saints

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