For the second consecutive week Tall Blacks point guard Lindsay Tait scored over thirty points. His haul helped pace 68NelsonStreet to a 128-116 victory against the Birdmen.
Tait made the first basket of the game and a no look pass for a Matt Lacey drive opened an early 11-2 advantage to NelsonSt. The Birdmen called a time out but it did little to stem the tide as NelsonSt piled on the largest first quarter score of the 2015 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam to lead 43-42.
BJ Anthony debuted for NelsonSt having returned from a short stint with Plymouth Raiders in the British Basketball League. The power forward’s jousting with Casey Frank was one of the interesting features of the game as was the Tait against Kevin Braswell match up.
The scoring did not let up in the second quarter, NelsonSt 79-57 to the good at the interval despite a couple of late threes from Braswell.
Frank made consecutive baskets to help stimulate a third quarter revival from the Birdmen who also benefitted from a couple of transition baskets from Brook Ruscoe. The lead for NelsonSt was cut to 10 points thanks to a 34-24 quarter in favour of the Birdmen.
Unfortunately for the Birdmen Casey Frank and Isaac Davidson were forced to sit out the early part of the final quarter due to foul trouble allowing NelsonSt to extend their advantage to 122-106 with four minutes remaining. Carl Buck made 12 final quarter points including a pair of threes but Anthony countered with 10 points to ensure the Birdmen were held at bay.
The Birdmen 116 – Ruscoe 27, Braswell 26, Buck 19, Frank 17, Josh Bloxham 14.
68NelsonStreet 108 – Anthony 36, Tait 31, Haku 21, Aruwa 15, Lacey 13.
Shorn of all four development players due to SKYCITY Breakers commitments the ‘Baby Breakers’ fought hard against the Mai88 Sixers but eventually were overpowered 126-103
Liam Thornton scored a couple of neat early baskets as the Breakers opened up an early 6-0 lead before the Sixers hit back to forge a 31-28 quarter one advantage.
The hard working Zack Te Puni scored on the half time hooter and with Thornton scoring 15 points in the first half and Sam Waardenburg 10 points the Breakers remained in touch, just 65-58 in arrears, at the interval.
Brayden Inger reeled off six straight points early in the second half but the Breakers struggled to contain the Sixers two pronged shooting guard duo of Hayden Allen and Derone Raukawa. The pair helped stretch the Sixers lead out to 82-72 at three quarter time.
Experienced forward Nick Barrow had the quietest of 35 points imaginable as he dominated the boards and the Sixers strolled to their second win of the season.
Breakers Development 103 – Thornton 26, Inger 23, Te Puni 14, Waardenburg 10, Brandon James 10.
Mai88 Sixers 126 – Barrow 35, Raukawa 28, Allen 27, Patrich Bolstad 27
Standings after 4 rounds:
68 NelsonSt 4-1
Mai88 Sixers, Breakers Development and The Birdmen 2-3