The Wellington Saints have made it two from two with a convincing 120-91 win over the Canterbury Rams.
Lindsay Tait had a team high 22 points, Torrey Craig scored 20, and swingman Leon Henry added 16 for Wellington who after leading by nine at the half, ran away with the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Rams 32-22.
The Saints also got invaluable production off the bench from Izayah Mauriohooho-Leafa (20 points) and Dion Prewster (19 points).
It was a furious start for both teams, Wellington opening up the quarter with 32 points.
The Rams fought their way back into the contest in the second quarter, Richie Edwards scoring 17 of his 20 points by halftime.
Rams coach Mark Dickel elected to full court press the Saints, but were not able to contain a Saints offense which shot 73% from inside the three points line.
Wellington would push their lead up to as many as 40, both teams using their bench players early, making it a scrappy last five minutes.
American Kyle Coston led all scorers with 24, showing a wide array of scoring skills, in particular from the pull up.
Centre Mickell Gladness grabbed a double-double of 17 points and eleven rebounds.
Defense will be the main thing that needs to be addressed by the Rams, before they host the Southland Sharks this coming Friday.
Wellington will embark on a tough road double-header against the IMS Hawks (Friday) and the Breakers Manawatu Jets the following night.
Wellington Saints 120
Canterbury Rams 91