Within the area of seven days, the Otago Nuggets have knocked over each Nationwide Basketball League grand finalists from final season.
Every week after toppling the defending champion Wellington Saints 83-61, the Nuggets gained one other important scalp at their Edgar Centre residence in Dunedin.
Sparked by a game-high 30 factors, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and three blocks from American swingman Todd Withers, the Nuggets triumphed over the Hawke’s Bay Hawks 94-80 on Saturday.
Withers, who was beforehand with the Adelaide 36ers within the Australian NBL, was vital for the hosts, draining seven threes, and taking pictures an environment friendly 10 of 16 from the ground.
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He was ably assisted by main Kiwi huge man Sam Timmins, who produced a 17 point-12 rebound double-double, whereas American guard Keith Williams chipped in with 23 factors in just below 25 minutes off the bench.
It was one other spectacular early season exhibiting from the Nuggets, who needed to overcome greater than half their squad being bedridden with the flu earlier within the week.
Withers was one of many gamers struck down, however you wouldn’t have recognized from his standout play at each ends of the court docket. The 26-year-old, who hails from Greensboro, North Carolina, appears an astute signing from the Nuggets.
Fourty-eight hours after a convincing 87-68 win over the Southland Sharks in Invercargill, the Hawks weren’t in a position to play on the similar depth, splitting their southern highway journey 1-1.
Hawke’s Bay took a 47-44 lead into halftime in opposition to the Nuggets, however Otago outscored them 50-33 within the second half with the Hawks showing to indicate indicators of fatigue.
Either side are 2-2 on the younger NBL season.
The Canterbury Rams bounced again from a sub-par residence loss to the Auckland Tuatara final Sunday, beating the Manawatū Jets 92-82 in Palmerston North on Saturday.
Imports Sunday Dech and Ryan Taylor led the way in which for the Rams, each scoring 27 factors.
It was some turnaround from the duo who have been rusty in opposition to the Tuatara, having solely simply arrived in Christchurch.
Massive man Michael Karena was a menace inside for the Rams, notching 18 factors and 10 boards.
Canterbury went 2-0 on their North Island doubleheader, beating the Taranaki Mountain Airs 87-75 in New Plymouth on Sunday to enhance to 3-1. Joe Prepare dinner-Inexperienced was a livewire off the Rams’ bench, registering a game-high 21 factors, whereas additionally allotting six assists.
The Nelson Giants handed the Franklin Bulls their first lack of the season, prevailing in a low-scoring recreation in Pukekohe 73-56.
In a conflict dominated by sturdy defence and a few chilly taking pictures, the Giants took an 11 level lead into halftime and have been forward by as many as 19 within the second half.
Nelson restricted the Bulls to only 56 factors on 22-52 taking pictures (42%) with no-one in a position to get occurring offence for the house aspect.
Giants’ stalwart Sam Dempster was all over the place within the win with 17 factors, eight rebounds, and 4 assists.
Spherical three concludes with a tasty duel between the unbeaten Tuatara (3-0) and winless defending champion Saints (0-2) at Wellington’s TSB Financial institution Area on Monday.
AT A GLANCE:
NBL spherical three:
At Stadium Southland, Invercargill: Hawke’s Bay Hawks 87 (Ethan Rusbatch 30, Jordan Hunt 19, Derone Raukawa 15) Southland Sharks 68 (Dom Kelman-Poto 19, Alonzo Burton 15, Mojave King 11) 1Q: 16-21, HT: 37-34, 3Q: 63-54.
At Fly Palmy Area, Palmerston North: Canterbury Rams 92 (Sunday Dech 27, Ryan Taylor 27, Michael Karena 18) Manawatū Jets 82 (Shane Temara 22, Zane Najdawi 17, Rob Crawford 16, Pafe Momoisea 13) 1Q: 31-15, HT: 54-39, 3Q: 77-58.
At Edgar Centre, Dunedin: Otago Nuggets 94 (Todd Withers 30, Keith Williams 23, Sam Timmins 17) Hawke’s Bay Hawks 80 (Raukawa 23, Hunt 15, Jack Exeter 15, Rusbatch 13, Hyrum Harris 11) 1Q: 29-28, HT: 44-47, 3Q: 74-69.
At Franklin Pool & Leisure Centre, Pukekohe: Nelson Giants 73 (Sam Dempster 17, Trey Mourning 12, Jarrod West 12, Alexander McNaught 11) Franklin Bulls 56 (Isaac Davidson 15, Denhym Brooke 12, Anzac Rissetto 11, Kane Bennett-Keil 11) 1Q: 14-11, HT: 39-28, 3Q: 52-44.
At TSB Stadium, New Plymouth: Canterbury Rams 87 (Joe Prepare dinner-Inexperienced 21, Max Darling 15, Taylor 15, Dech 10) Taranaki Mountain Airs 75 (Tai Wynyard 15, Haize Walker 15, Marcel Jones 14, Richard Rodger 12) 1Q: 16-21, HT: 45-32, 3Q: 65-53.
Standings: Tuatara 3-0, Rams 3-1, Bulls 2-1, Giants 2-1, Hawks 2-2, Nuggets 2-2, Sharks 2-2, Mountain Airs 1-3, Saints 0-2, Jets 0-3.