Round four of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam saw wins for Birdmen and Railsplitters in the Men’s competition, the Storm and Suns shining on the Women’s side.
Birdmen, with forwards Nick Barrow and Dom Kelman-Poto sharing 56 points, proved too strong for Breakers Development winning 90-75.
Birdmen soared to an early 13-3 lead and despite a couple of triples from Breakers forward Zack Te Puni held a 21-13 advantage at three-quarter time.
A trey from Brayden Inger and inside dominance from Kelman-Poto and Barrow kept the Birdmen advantage in double figures.
Breakers guard Harry Clarke closed the first half with back-to-back scores but his team trailed 45-30 at the interval.
Kainoa Lepou pushed the Birdmen advantage out to twenty points and a steal and score from Juan Cruz Cola added to Breakers problems as they finished the third 71-49 adrift.
The Breakers kept plugging away and enjoyed a good spell as Tom Whyte and Te Puni made threes while Thabo Manyere and Anzac Rissetto chimed in with inside buckets.
Clarke also landed a couple of late triple as the Breakers enjoyed their best spell of the game but it was too little too late as Birdmen recorded their third win.
Birdmen 90 – Barrow 30, Kelman-Poto 26, Colo 14, Inger 12
Breakers Development 75 –Te Puni 12, Rissetto 11, Manyere 9, Clarke 8, Whyte 8
In the second game Derone Raukawa, after thirty odd points last week, went even better in this round running up 46 points but it wasn’t enough to carry 68A Nelson Street to the win as they were edged 108-101 by Railsplitters.
Raukawa’s Southland Sharks teammate Hayden Allens scored 34 points, closely followed by Jaylen Gerrand – the former Westlake standout put up a season high 13 three-point attempts converting eight, at healthy 62%, on his way to 33 points.
The scores were tied at quarter-time (27-27) before Nelson Street had the best of the second, with veteran Dillon Boucher leading the way (12 points and 14 rebounds), to lead 55-48 at half-time.
New, Bay Hawks signing Mitch Newton (21 points and 11 rebounds) played a strong hand for Nelson Street as they maintained an 81-77 lead at the three-quarter mark.
That advantage was quickly overturned by Railsplitters with a 17-8 run in the early stages of the fourth – Gerrand and the experienced Allen and Tipene Friday holding Nelson Street at bay in the closing stages.
Railsplitters 108 – Allen 34, Gerrand 33, Aruwa 15, Friday 13
68A Nelson St 101 – Raukawa 46, Newton 21, Boucher 12,
3-1 Railsplitters, Birdmen
2-2 Nelson Street
0-4 Breakers Development
Strong performances from Annabelle Jenkins and Jazz Kailahi-Fulu took Suns to a win against team Sky.
Suns got off to a bright start forging a 9-3 advantage courtesy of Luye Murphy and Tabitha Jenkins.
Keeley Tini and Ashleigh Kelman-Poto shared the scoring load for Sky as they responded but still trailed 26-19 at the first break.
Breana Jones landed a trademark three for Sky and with Kelman-Poto and Tini working tirelessly inside narrowed to 42-38 at half-time.
Suns made the pivotal move early in the third frame – a ten points haul from St Mary’s forward Kailahi-Fulu propelling her team to a 65-54 advantage at the thirty minute mark.
Scores from Riana Rangi-Brown and Summer-Jean Motufoua threatened a Sky comeback but that was extinguished by Anna Lacey, Morgan Ili and Annabelle Jenkins as they conjured up a 12-2 run to seal a third victory for Suns.
Sky 72 – Kelman-Poto 19, Tini 13, Rangi-Brown 11, Jones 7
Suns 81 – A Jenkins 18, J 15, T Jenkins 10, Murphy 9, Ili 9
The Harbour Breeze pair of Deena Franklin (23 points) and Olivia Berry (19 points) carried Storm to a convincing 82-66 victory against Sparks to keep the pressure on the Suns at the top of the table.
In her first appearance Shinae Tuhoro scored half a dozen early points for Sparks but Stevee-Rose Theyers landed three triples in the first quarter as Storm opened a 29-25 lead.
Franklin had 15 points by half-time and Berry scored 10 points as the lead was extended to 50-38 at the major break.
Sharne Pupuke-Robati and Bella Elgar did their best to stem the scoring flow from the Storm but it was always an uphill struggle – the Storm winning every quarter in this one.
Sparks 66 – Pupuke-Robati 12, Tuhoro 10, Elgar10, Dalton 9
Storm 82 – Franklin 23, Berry 19, Theyers 12, Povey 8
3-1 Suns, Storm
1-3 Sky, Sparks