Saints to play in Porirua
Basketball fans will get a one-off chance to see the Saints play the Philippines national team at Te Rauparaha Arena tonight.
The Smart Gilas are ranked fourth in Asia and have former NBA centre Marcus Douthit in their ranks.
For their one-off lower North Island game they will face an invitational Wellington Saints side, including Tall Blacks legend Phill Jones and Saints favourites Dillon Boucher and Bryant Markson.
They replace Tall Blacks Corey Webster, Lindsay Tait and Casey Franks, who are at a training camp in Auckland.
For their first match in New Zealand the Smart Gilas will bring a full-strength team as they prepare for their Asian world championship qualifying tournament.
Checkmate: The captain of the winning St Theresa’s chess team was Angelina Hutchins, 8, back row, centre. Her opposing captain was Toi Royal, 9, on the right of grandmaster Mark Noble.