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Ervin goes back-to-back as Lemanis wins again in NBL monthly awards
Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 01:13:39 PM

Townsville Crocodiles star Gary Ervin and New Zealand Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis have capped off outstanding starts to 2013, respectively taking out the Player of the Month and Coach of the Month for January in the iiNet NBL Championship.

Having also won Player of the Month for December, Ervin carried this amazing form into the New Year, averaging 21.8 points at a remarkable 52.5% from the field in his four games in January, adding 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

Ervin convincingly topped January’s voting ahead of Melbourne Tigers star Jonny Flynn and in-form Sydney big man Ian Crosswhite, while 36ers centre Daniel Johnson and Breakers guard Cedric Jackson were also prominent.

Recording his second Coach of the Month honour for the 2012/13 season, Lemanis led his Breakers team to a perfect 6-0 through January, taking a stranglehold on the top spot on the NBL ladder.

Perth Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge also enjoyed a flawless January, posting four wins, while Tigers’ boss Chris Anstey posted a 3-2 win-loss record during the same period.

The NBL’s Player and Coach of the Month for January took into account Rounds 13 through 16 of the iiNet NBL Championship, inclusive. All NBL Head Coaches and accredited media were eligible to vote for the awards.

Full voting results are displayed below.

Player of the Month – January

Gary Ervin (Townsville)                    34
Jonny Flynn (Melbourne)                 14
Ian Crosswhite (Sydney)                  10
Daniel Johnson (Adelaide)               7
Cedric Jackson (NZ)                        6
Matthew Knight (Perth)                    5
Daryl Corletto (NZ)                           3
Adris Deleon (Wollongong)              2
Ben Madgen (Sydney)                     1
Luke Nevill (Townsville)                   1
Thomas Abercrombie (NZ)              1

Coach of the Month – January

Andrej Lemanis (NZ)                        37
Rob Beveridge (Perth)                     28
Chris Anstey (Melbourne)                13
Paul Woolpert (Townsville)              1
Aaron Fearne (Cairns)                     1
Gordie McLeod (Wollongong)         1