Giants top NBL beanstalk

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

The Jets could do no bet­ter on Satur­day night, thumped 118-88 by the Can­ter­bury Rams in Christchurch.

Tony Tolo­vae scored 26 points on 10-17 shoot­ing, while Ju­lian Wil­liams-wash­burn added 21 points and eight re­bounds as the Rams well and truly dealt to the Jets.

Again, it was Knight and Iver­son of­fer­ing re­sis­tance, scor­ing 31 and 24 re­spec­tively. Both play­ers had dou­ble­dou­bles.

South­land handed the twotime de­fend­ing Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League cham­pion Saints just their sec­ond loss in the last two years on Fri­day night in In­ver­cargill, win­ning 98-86.

The Sharks over­came a strong third quar­ter fight back from the Saints to end their 10-game win­ning run, hav­ing last lost to South­land in the open­ing round of the sea­son on April 27.

South­land re­ceived a bal­anced scor­ing at­tack with Aus­tralian point guard Jar­rad Weeks (22 points) and Reuben Te Rangi (19 points) both lead­ing the way on at­tack. Cen­tre Alex Pledger, re­turn­ing from an an­kle in­jury, was a force in the paint with 16 points and 10 re­bounds.

Ili fought valiantly for the Saints with 26 points and seven as­sists af­ter his hec­tic week, while big man Ma­jok Ma­jok poured in 17 points, to go along with 16 boards.

The Hawke’s Bay Hawks suf­fered a home loss to the Taranaki Moun­tainairs, which was some­thing of a form re­ver­sal, al­though it took over­time for them to get home.

The teams were locked at 73 at the con­clu­sion of four quar­ters, but the Airs pulled away in the first pe­riod of over­time to se­cure their third win of the sea­son. Alonzo Bur­ton scored 26 points and Javonte Dou­glas 25.

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