The Canterbury Rams have come back from a 17 point deficit to defeat the Wellington Saints 89-85.
Canterbury were trailing 61-44 with under three minutes to go in third period, but would go on a 32-7 run to lead by eight with under minutes to play.
It was a fantastic team effort from the Rams with all five players scoring and double-digits.
Coach Mark Dickel elected to have Jeremy Kench come off the bench. Kench stepped up big in the fourth quarter hitting huge three’s and dishing out eight assists for the game.
It is the second loss at home for Wellington who will be very disappointed to let a large lead disappear, also giving up the Huntley-Gordon Cup.
Torrey Craig top scored for the Saints with 26, Dion Prewster had 19, and Kareem Johnson added 12, but were dominated on the boards by the Rams, losing the battle 36-25.
The Rams now move to 5-4, and will have another tough challenge tomorrow when they play the Zerofees Southland Sharks in Invercargill.
The Mike Pero Nelson Giants have moved ahead to first place after surviving 90-89 to the Breakers Manawatu Jets.
The Jets had a chance to win the game when point guard Brandon Jenkins went to the line with seconds remaining.
But Jenkins would miss both attempts, the Jets now dropping to 1-7.
McKenzie Moore produced another great stat line of 22 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.
Phill Jones had 20 points, Josh Duinker scored 19 and Captain Sam Dempster added 17.
Dion Harris led the Jets with 26 points, Brook Ruscoe scored 24, and off the bench Jordan Ngatai added a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Manawatu will now move up north to play James Blond Supercity Rangers who have given the Augusta Airs their seventh straight loss, final score 99-84.
Reuben Te Rangi had his best offensive output of the season with a game high 29 points, Jason Cadee had 26 and Casey Frank added 14 for the Rangers who now move to 5-3 for the season.
Taranaki were within distance heading into the final quarter only trailing by six, but closed the period outscoring the home side 29-20.
Aaron Fuller couldn’t repeat his 37 point effort that he scored in the last meeting between the two teams, but did score a team high 23.
The Airs did have point guard Chris Hagan back, but he was limited to only 20 minutes for seven points.
Friday, May 8
Augusta Airs 99
James Blond Supercity Rangers 84
Mike Pero Nelson Giants 90
Breakers Manawatu Jets 89
Wellington Saints 85
Canterbury Rams 89