Gold Nuggets: Otago claim NBL Show­down ti­tle

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The Otago Nuggets claimed the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League Show­down ti­tle after a last-gasp 79-77 vic­tory over the Manawatu Jets last night. A cru­cial late block by Jor­dan Ngatai and an ill-ad­vised fi­nal three-point at­tempt by Jets guard Nelson Kirk­sey saw the Nuggets hold on for their first ti­tle in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. Im­pres­sive Nuggets for­ward Jor­dan Hunt led the way with 21 points, while league MVP Tom Vo­danovich had 24 points and 10 re­bounds in a los­ing ef­fort for the Jets. The season was played en­tirely in Auck­land with a draft for­mat after the league’s three best sides — the Welling­ton Saints, South­land Sharks and Hawke’s Bay Hawks — all pulled out. The Nuggets were a late en­trant due to re­duced costs of play­ing in Auck­land and were de­served vic­tors.

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The Otago Nuggets cel­e­brate their vic­tory.

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