Game Preview: Rangers vs Rams – Saturday April 20 @ 7pm

The Wheeler Motor Company Canterbury Rams would have taken a lot of confidence out of last week's loss but will be equally as bitter for not closing out a win that was there for the taking. The Rams showed they can shoot the ball with the best of them, but as the saying goes, you live and die by the three, which means there may be a need for a plan B if things go south as they did in the fourth quarter. The Rangers finished the first week 1-1 and will be over the moon with the output of their three imports. Venky Jois and Tim Quarterman both excelled in their first two outings, although having both players on the court for 30 plus minutes every game might be something to be mindful of. Expect a high-scoring affair at the AUT Sports and Fitness Centre, with both teams wanting to get back to winning ways.


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Starting 5
1. Tim Quarterman (guard)
4. Daniel Green (guard)
2. Randall Bishop (guard)
55. Venky Jois (forward)
32. Nnanna Egwu (forward)

8. Nicholas Brophy (guard)
20. Scott Telfer (forward)
6. Jaylen Gerrand (guard)
9. Lesae Coe (guard)
21. Samuel Aruwa (forward)
15. Nicholas Barrow (Forward)
5. Hyrum Hippolite (guard)

Coach: Jeff Green
Assistant: Anthony Keung
Assistant: Greg Elliott
Manager: Auatua Pamatatau
Physio: Tim Pride

From The Coach – Jeff Green
The Rams are being talked about as being a top 4 team this year. If the experts are correct we should get well beaten, however I believe that we will give a performance that our home fans will enjoy and we look forward to having a couple of reinforcements in the playing roster from last week.



Starting 5
4. Emmett Naar (guard)
3. Cam Gliddon (guard)
1. Luke Aston (guard)
17. Isaiah Wilkins (forward)
44. Mike Karena (forward)

5. Taylor Britt (guard)
10. Sam Smith (guard)
25. Tony Tolovae (guard)
30. Toby Gillooly (guard)
9. Jonathan Janssen (forward)
45. Brent Fisher (forward)
Alex Talma (forward)

Coach: Mick Downer
Assistant: Terry Brunel
Assistant: Piet Van Hasselt
Manager: Raewyn Britt
Physio: Lidia Belles

From The Coach – Mick Downer
We are looking forward to getting up to Auckland and facing a Rangers squad that is coming off a busy double-header weekend on the road.  The team has had a busy time reviewing the Southland game and working on areas that will help us in our Easter double-header.  The team culture is continuing to build and the guys are ready for the challenges of the weekend.  The Rangers have a variety of weapons and that we will need to cover.


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