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The Suns win 2016 Women’s Mexicali FreshSummer Jam

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The 2016 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Women’s competition was decided solely on league results with the Suns taking the 2016 title with a 4-2 record – one win clear of their nearest rivals.

The Suns did come unstuck against team Sky on Saturday but not before mounting a strong comeback, eventually defeated 66-63.

The NZ Under 16 pair of Gracie Hasler-Ewins and Sharne Pupuke-Robati gave Sky an 8-0 start before Mikayla Blair opened the Suns account.

Alyesha Schuster knocked down a three for Suns but Jordyn Maddix capped a strong opening stanza for Sky ahead 21-14 at the first break.

A pair of long threes from Blair (10 points in the period) opened the second quarter scoring and a Tayla Dalton floater reduced the arrears but Maddix, the third NZ U16 international player in the Sky lineup, had the hot hands in this one. The Westlake shooting guard landed six triples in the game, three on the bounce in the second, to propel Sky to a 43-31 half-time advantage.

Anna Lacey and Dalton reduced the advantage to 43-36, coach Tania Hunter needing a timeout for Sky.

Another couple of Maddix threes broke the Sky third section scoring drought, their three-quarter time lead 51-42.

Lacey and Terina Aratangi landed treys for the Suns but Pupuke-Robati, Lua Murphy and Sophia Herewini extended the Sky lead to 62-53 with less than two minutes to play.

A frantic finished ensued as a pressing Suns defence created turnovers enabling Dalton to make a basket and Lacey to land her third triple as Suns closed to 64-63 well inside the final minute.

Fittingly Maddix, the game’s leading scorer, iced the contest from the free throw line to give Sky a slightly nervy win.

Final score;

Sky 66 – Maddix 22, Hasler-Ewins 10, Pupuke-Robati 10, Herewini 4, Jada Manase 4, Breeze Leonard 4

Suns 63 – Blair 18, Lacey 15, Schuster 9, Dalton 7, Aratangi 5

Despite the presence of the industrious Tayla Ammunson in the Storm backcourt they were beaten 62-56 by the Stevee Theyers paced Sparks in the other game.

Storm had the better of the first half leading 27-24 at the interval as Paddy Pupuke, Mariah McCarthy and Isabella Elgar kept the score ticking over.

However 10 points from Theyers and half a dozen from Michelle Tangiariki helped Sparks boss the third 21-11.

Sparks built on their 45-38 three-quarter time advantage courtesy of Heeni Blakey and Kate Gillespie but had to survive a strong finish from Storm.

Elgar, Pupuke and Charlotte Armstrong got Storm within six points but an Amanda Buck three ensured the win for Sparks.

Final score;

Sparks 62 – Theyers 21, Tangiariki 14, Blakey 10, Gillespie 8, Buck 7

Storm 56 – Pupuke 15, Armstrong 15, Elgar 11, Rosalia Samia 10

Final Standings

Suns 4-2

Sky 3-3

Sparks 3-3

Storm 2-4

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Nelson Street defeat Breakers in Mexicali Fresh Final

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Without the services of Lindsay Tait 68a Nelson Street still proved too good for Breakers Development in the final of the 2016 Men’s Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam winning 114-91 as the veteran duo of Dillon Boucher and Hayden Allen dominated proceedings.

The Breakers featured three of the successful Junior Tall Blacks team, Sam Waardenburg, Taki Fahrensohn and Isaac Letoa although Fahrensohn, after a promising start, was forced out of the encounter in the first half with an ankle injury.

Letoa and Waardenburg combined for the first 6 Breakers points but both teams were guilty of giving up easy points in transition, the first quarter tied 25 apiece.

Hayden Allen, Chris Duthie, Hyrum Harris plus a Liam Thornton three helped Nelson St open up a double-digit advantage in the second – disgruntled Breakers coach Mike Fitchett calling a timeout.

A Letoa three helped the Breakers cause but they still trailed 54-46 at the interval. Duthie, with 14 points, led all scorers at the break. Waardenburg, playing his last game in NZ before departing for the University of Miami, not far behind with 13.

Jordan Ngatai opened the second half scoring Hayden Allen quickly replying and although Letoa landed another three the ‘old school’ of Boucher and Allen kept Nelson St in the ascendancy. However a fourth foul called on Boucher forced him to the sideline.

A Marco Alexander triple and a Thornton put back extended the Breakers lead but scores from Ethan Rusbatch and Ngatai ensured the game was still in the balance at the final break – 78-70 to Nelson St.

That balance was tipped heavily in favour of Nelson St as they sprang a 10-0 run at the start of the fourth to take the game away from the Breakers.

Ngatai then Raukawa ended the run but Allen’s three and a Harris And1 stretched the Nelson St lead to 19 points with 6 minutes to play – the game and title decided.

Allen capped a game high 28 points performance with a late scoring flourish – the Breakers left to rue a disappointing performance.

Final score;

68a Nelson Street 114 – Allen 28, Duthie 21, Alexander 17, Harris 16, Tom Higgins 10, Boucher 8, Linus Jakszt 7, Thornton 5, Stu McEwan 2

Breakers Development 91 – Ngatai 21, Raukawa16, Letoa 16, Waardenburg 13, Rusbatch 10, Cam Stone 5, Fahrensohn 4, Thomas Whyte 3, Marvin Williams-Dunne 3

Braswell Blitz at Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam

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Despite a 40 points barrage from Kevin Braswell 68a Nelson Street were able to edge Mai FM 88 Sixers in the last regular season round of the 2016 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam.

 Both teams had a host of current NBL players but it was the former Breaker and now Saints head coach that stole the show as he constantly threatened the Nelson defence.

 The scores were locked at 50 apiece at half-time but a dominant third quarter led by Liam Thornton and Lindsay Tait took table topping Nelson Street out to a 79-71 lead.

 Hayden Allen and Thornton extended the lead further but the Sixers weren’t finished. Ana Haku and Johnny Fesolai combined for 14 points in the fourth and with Brook Ruscoe and Braswell landing threes the game was forced into overtime with the scores locked at 100 each after regulation.

 Braswell twice and Haku landed triples in the additional period but it was Nelson Street that prevailed as the veteran trio of Dillon Boucher, Tait and Allen locked in the win and a place in next Saturday’s final.

Final Score:

68a Nelson St 119 – Tait 26, Allen 25, Thornton 16, Hyrum Harris 11, Boucher 10 Mai FM 88 Sixers 114 – Braswell 40, Haku 19, Fesolai 19, Ruscoe 12, Will Heather 12

 Nelson St will face Breakers Development in the final after Breakers beat The Birdmen 108-95 in the second game of the day.

 The Breakers edged the first quarter 34-32 then fuelled by 10 second quarter points from Derone Raukawa moved to a 65-50 advantage by half-time. Jordan Ngatai, with a game high 32 points, and Ethan Rusbatch increased the lead in the third to 20 points.

 The Birdmen trio of Jaylen Gerrand, Brandon Lucas and Justin Bailey mounted something of a comeback in the final period but Auckland Grammar guard Tom Whyte had the final say as the Breakers closed out a comfortable win.

Final score:

Breakers Development 108 – Ngatai 32, Rusbatch 20, Raukawa 19, Kruz Perrott-Hunt 16  Birdmen 95 – Lucas 25, Gerrand 20, Bailey 15, Sam Aruwa 10

The final between Nelson Street and Breakers development will be held at 5pm on Saturday December 17th, at the Breakers HQ, Atlas Place

Women’s Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam round three review

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The third round of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Women’s competition was played last Saturday.

In the opening game of the round the Suns led 21-18 at quarter time and 35-31 at half-time with Tayla Dalton (8 points) leading a balanced scoring effort. A brace of threes from Breanna Jones and late second quarter baskets from Jada Manase helped keep team Sky in the hunt.

NZ U16 forward Gracie Hasler -Ewins had a stunning third quarter scoring 13 points in the period to light up Sky’s offence and take them into a 54-51 three-quarter time lead.

The Suns outscored Sky 13-5 in the early stages of the fourth as Alyesha Schuster, Kat Leslie and Annabelle Jenkins found their way to the basket. Jones and Taylor Te Huia responded for Sky but Jenkins and Anna Lacey had the final say to lead the Suns to their second victory.

Final score;

Suns 73 – Annabelle Jenkins 19, Lacey 13, Tabitha Jenkins 12, Dalton 8

Sky 64 – Jones 20, Hasler-Ewins 16,Te Huia 10, Manase10

In the early game the experienced Sparks, with five players notching double figures, were too sharp for Storm winning 76-57.

Stevee Theyers scored the first six points as Sparks completely dominated the opening period to race to a 29-11 lead despite Ashleigh Kelman-Poto picking up three early fouls. Storm put up a better showing in the second, Jazz Kailahi scoring 8 points as they won the quarter 19-15. Yzabelle Tevao led all scorers at the break with 10 points.

Michelle Tangioriki got the scoreboard ticking for Sparks in the second half and with Kaitlin Burgess getting 8 points in the stanza the lead was 61-43 at three-quarter time and the win assured.

Storm kept plugging away, six points each from Keeley Tini and Kailahi reduced the arrears, but Sparks with Amanda Buck and Kezia Kelly controlling the tempo were always in control.

Final score;

Sparks 76 – Tevao 17, Kelman-Poto 15, Burgess 12, Tangioriki 11, Theyers 11

Storm 57 – Kailahi 12, Tini 12, Safena TeNana-Williams 9, Isabella Elgar 8, Charlotte Armstrong 7

Standings after 3 rounds;

2-1 Storm, Suns and Sparks

0-3 Sky

Rusbatch nets 36 points but Breakers went down in latest Mexicali Fresh action

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Round four of the 2016 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam saw wins for Mai FM 88 Sixers and 68a Nelson St on Saturday.

Breakers Development had just five players suited for their game against Mai FM 88 Sixers – Jordan Ngatai, Derone Raukawa, Ethan Rusbatch, Kruz Perrott-Hunt and James Moors.

Early on they were equal to the task trailing by just three points at quarter time 25-22 and still in contention, 49-44 down at half-time

Rusbatch opened the second half with a three, Moors finished with a dunk, Perrott-Hunt landed a triple and when Raukawa converted in transition the Breakers were ahead 57-56.

But that was as close as it got for the Breakers.

A hook shot followed by triple from Will Heather restored the Sixers advantage and soon after Perrott-Hunt made the Breakers task more difficult after picking up his fifth foul.

The numerical disadvantage took its toll on the Breakers in the fourth. Ana Haku, Brook Ruscoe and Josh Bloxham helped the Sixers stretch out to a 98-81 lead with three minutes to play before eventually winning 109-84.

Final score;

Breakers Development 84 – Rusbatch 36, Raukawa 27, Ngatai 11

Mai FM 88 Sixers 109 – Haku 25, Ruscoe 20, Manny Matambanadzo 15, Heather 14

The highlight of the opening quarter of the encounter between The Birdmen and 68A Nelson Street was a drive and dunk in traffic from Liam Thornton helping Nelson Street forge a 28-24 lead.

Tipene Friday drew the Birdmen within a point, 34-33 after a Sam Aruwa steal however a late Nelson Street surge led by Lindsay Tait and Hyrum Harris propelled them to a 62-48 half-time lead.

Late in the third another Thornton dunk off a classic Tait steal and Boucher assist kept Nelson Street in the ascendancy 87-74.

Regular scoring contributions from Justin Bailey, Brandon Lucas and Jaylen Gerrand kept the Birdmen in contention but Stu McEwan brought up the century for Nelson St (101-86) with six minutes to play.

A Lucas jump shot cut the arrears but back-to-back buckets from Harris including an And-1 play stretched the lead to 106-92.

Youngsters Linus Jakszt and Thornton added the finishing touches for Nelson Street.

Final score;

68a Nelson St 115 – Harris 23, Tait 22, Thornton 19, Jakszt 17, McEwan 13

The Birdmen 104 – Bailey 28, Lucas 20, Gerrand 20, Friday 19

 

Standings after 4 rounds:

3-1 Nelson Street,

2-2 Birdmen, Breakers Development

1-3 Mai FM 88 Sixers

Kelman-Poto shines in week two of Women’s Mexicali Summer Jam

 

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Ashleigh Kelman-Poto was the star of the second round of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Women’s competition on Saturday.

The former Mount Albert Grammar standout was in an unstoppable mood scoring 36 points to lead the Sparks to a 63-51 victory against Team Sky.

Renee Johnston scored an early three for Team Sky but a couple of baskets each from Kaitlin Burgess and Kazia Kelly opened an early lead for Sparks that stretched to 31-21 at half-time

Sharne Pupuke-Robati and Rhyannon Poto, both current MAGS students, did their best to keep Sky in the hunt but Kelman-Poto was in irresistible form scoring 13 straight points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

36 points was a career high for the 24 year old forward who graduated from East Central University, Oklahoma earlier this year.

Final score;

Sparks 63 – Kelman-Poto 36, Burgess 9, Tangiariki 6

Sky 51 – Pupuke-Robati 11, Poto 10, Manase 8, S Herewini 6

In game two Team Storm won for the second time coming from behind to beat The Suns in a close one 62-59.

The scores were locked 31 apiece at half- time with Safena TeNana-Williams nabbing 10 points for Storm, Anna Lacey and Mikayla Blair leading the way for The Suns.

Both teams were deprived of players early in the second half. Suns guard Shauna Povey was forced out with an ankle injury and Storm forward Keeley Tini followed her to the sideline soon after.

The Suns shone in the third producing a dominating 17-8 surge as Kat Leslie, and the Jenkins duo Annabelle and Tabitha Jenkins cut loose.

The Suns still led by double figures with six minutes to play but were run down by Zara Jillings and Georgie Henare in the closing minutes, the pair scoring a collective 19 points in the fourth.

In an exciting finish Annabelle Jenkins had kept the Suns ahead with a minute to play but a Jillings drive leveled proceedings. A strong inside move from Jazz Kailahi gave the advantage to The Storm only for Blair once again to tie the scores with 30 seconds to play.

Following a timeout Henare nailed a sideline triple – The Suns unable to find an open shot to force overtime in the remaining 11 seconds.

Final score;

Storm 79 – Jillings 19, TeNana-Williams 11, Henare 7, Tini 6

Suns 59 – A Jenkins 11, T Jenkins 9, Lacey 8, Blair 7

Wins for Breakers and Nelson Street in Mexicali Fresh League

 

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Rusbatch and Tait in fine form

The opening game of round three of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Men’s competition on Saturday featured The Birdmen and Breakers Development.

The Breakers were bolstered by the inclusion of Shea Ili – the point guard working his way back to full fitness as he recovers from a stress fracture in the lower back.

Some sloppy Breakers ball retention was seized on by Justin Bailey for the Birdmen before Ethan Rusbatch landed a couple of long threes and Thomas Whyte a reverse lay-up to take the Breakers to a 20-16 lead at quarter time.

The Breakers soon took their advantage into double figures and beyond as SKYCITY Breakers Number 91, Derone Raukawa racked up nine straight points – Raukawa debuted for the senior team the night before.Ili and Jaylen Gerrand exchanged threes but the Breakers lead was 53-36 by the half.

Only six players made up the Birdman flock in this one and those depleted numbers began to tell in the second half. Bailey, Tipene Friday and Brandon Lucas, the former East Central University Tiger guard soldiered on, but the youthful Breakers wave led by Dan Fotu and Kruz Perrott-Hunt prevailed.

Final score;

Breakers Development 112 – Rusbatch 23, Raukawa 21, Fotu 18, Perrott-Hunt 14, Ili 10, Whyte 7.

Birdmen 78 – Lucas 23, Bailey 18, Gerrand 17, Friday 9, Sampson Aruwa 8

In the second game Hayden Allen, making his first appearance of the season, was inserted into 68a Nelson Street’s starting lineup. He joined two other former Tall Blacks Dillon Boucher and Lindsay Tait in a potent squad.

Mai FM 88 Sixers also boasted a couple of former TB’s with Brook Ruscoe and Josh Bloxham bossing their backcourt. Both were prominent in a first quarter edged by Nelson St 26-25.

Nick Barrow and Johnny Fesolai were prominent in the Sixers front court and with Chris McIntosh knocking down a couple of threes in the shadows of half-time they trailed by just a half dozen, 56-50 at half-time.

A triple from Liam Thornton and regular forays into the key by Tait, Allen and Marco Alexander kept Nelson St ahead but a fine shooting display from Ruscoe (6 from 11 threes) kept the Sixers in contention – 83-74 down at half-time.

More threes from Bloxham and Ruscoe threatened an upset but Boucher set up Linus Jakzst and Hyrum Harris for inside opportunities to help inflict the first defeat of the season on the Sixers.

Final score;

68a Nelson St 119 – Tait 31, Allen 24, Harris 20, Alexander 17, Jakszt 8

Mai FM 88 Sixers 109 – Ruscoe 27, Haku 16, Bloxham 15, Fesolai 13, Barrow 12, Will Heather 12

The Jenkins sisters, Jillings and Pupuke-Robati shine in Mexicali League

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The 2016 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Women’s competition began on Saturday with some of the best age group players in Auckland demonstrating their abilities.

In the opening game The Suns were too good for The Sparks winning 62-53 on the back of a combined 25 points from the Jenkins sisters Tabitha and Annabelle.

Eight early points from former Tall Fern Amanda Buck and half a dozen from Yzabelle Tevao helped the Sparks to a 26-23 half-time lead. Tabitha Jenkins with 10 points led all scorers at the interval.

Mikayla Blair landed a brace of baskets and Shauna Povey connected with a triple and with the Sparks kept to ten points in the quarter the Suns rose to a 39-36 three-quarter time advantage.

Despite 8 points in the final quarter from Kaitlin Burgess the Sparks were left in the shadows of the Sun down the stretch – threes from Blair, Povey and Sylvia Wierzorek plus eight points from Annabelle Jenkins saw the Suns home.

Final score;

Suns 62 – Blair 16, T Jenkins 15, A Jenkins 10, Wierzorek 8, Povey 7

Sparks 53 – Buck 12, Burgess 11, Theyers 7, Tevao 6, Kelman-Poto 6

In game two Team Storm prevailed against Team Sky 79-70 with Junior Tall Fern Zara Jillings nailing 27 points for Storm.

Storm held a commanding 38-24 advantage at half-time with Jillings and Georgie Henare connecting from long range on a couple of occasion s each.

Team Sky, led by NZ Under 16 standout Sharne Pupuke-Robati, came back strongly in the second half to reduce the deficit. A three from Jordan Maddix and regular contributions from Ngapipi Herewini kept the Sky score ticking along.

However Jillings (five triples in the game), fellow Westlaker Keeley Tini and Under 15 Nationals MVP Jazz Kailahi were in no mood to allow their early advantage to evaporate holding on for the win despite being outscored 24-19 in the last period.

Final score;

Storm 79 – Jillings 27, Jazz Kailahi 13, Tini 11, Henare 11

Sky 70 – Pupuke-Robati 19, N Herewini 12, Maddix 9, Te Huia Taylor 9

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Close games were the order of the day in the second round of the Men’s 2016 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam.

The Breakers Development team included all three SKYCITY Breakers D players Ethan Rusbatch, Sam Waardenburg and Derone Raukawa as well as rostered player Jordan Ngatai for their encounter with Mai FM 88 Sixers.

Raukawa, returning after a 6 week lay off with a badly broken finger, was quickly in the action combining well with Ngatai and knocking down a couple of trade mark jumpers as the Breakers forged a 41-35 advantage

Brook Ruscoe showed touches of class to keep the Sixers in touch as did the double B forward punch of Patrich Bolstad and Nick Barrow.

A couple of typical Manny Matambanadzo slashing penetrative drives were countered by Isaac Letoa and Rusbatch triples.

Johnny Fesolai edged Sixers ahead at half-time 57-55 as they continued to trouble the Breakers on the glass.

The Sixers opened the second half with a 9-2 run but quickly racked up fouls gifting the Breakers opportunities at the foul line, the Breakers drawing level 54 each courtesy of Rusbatch

Thomas Whyte and Kruz Perrott-Hunt sunk threes although a drive and the bonus from Ruscoe kept Sixers 80-77 to the good at three-quarter time.

A Sam Waardenburg put back tied the scores with four minutes to play.

It was 90 apiece with three to play but a couple of Dan Fotu defensive efforts turned the game in favour of the Breakers. On consecutive plays the swingman came up with an athletic block and a key defensive rebound allowing Ngatai the opportunity to score at the offensive end to open a narrow 93-90 lead.

Ana Haku took advantage of some sloppy Breakers defensive work to narrow the gap to a single point but the experienced Tall Blacks pair of Rusbatch and Ngatai sealed a narrow 96-94 win for the Breakers.

Final Score;

Breakers 96 – Ngatai 22, Rusbatch 17, Waardenburg 14, Fotu 11, Perrott-Hunt 9, Raukawa 7, Whyte 7

Mai FM 88 Sixers 94 – Ruscoe 24, Fesolai 16, Haku 14, McIntosh 11, Matambanadzo 9, Barrow 8

In the second game Justin Bailey, Carl Buck and Brandon Lucas, a senior last season at East Central University Tigers, made up an all American back court for The Birdmen, the trio helping them to remain in touch with 68a Nelson Street at half time.

Nelson Street held a 57-53 advantage with Marco Alexander and Lindsay Tait prominent.

Lucas led all scorers with 19 points at the break, Tait next best with 17 points for Nelson Street.

The in form Jaylen Gerrand and Lucas landed threes but a spinning drive from Liam Thornton and a couple of Joe Webb scores reduced the arrears before James and Bailey added buckets to keep Birdmen ahead at three-quarter time 89-82.

A Gerrand three brought up the 100 for Birdmen necessitating a time by Nelson Street – trailing by ten points with 5:35 to play and without the influential Dillon Boucher (fouled out early in the fourth quarter).

Joe Webb and Linus Jakszt gave Nelson Street some hope but Buck and Sam Aruwa took the advantage, in favour of the Birdmen, to 112-103 entering the last two minutes and that was enough to seal the win.

Final score;

Birdmen 116 – Bailey 26, Lucas 26,Gerrand 17, Buck 16, Sam Aruwa 13, Schipper 10

68a Nelson St 110 – Tait 31, Alexander 29, Boucher 14, Jakszt 14, Webb 12, Thornton 10

Wins for Breakers & Birdmen in Mexicali Fresh League

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Ethan Rusbatch

Close games were the order of the day in the second round of the 2016 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Men’s competition.

The Breakers Development team included all three SKYCITY Breakers D players Ethan Rusbatch, Sam Waardenburg and Derone Raukawa as well as rostered player Jordan Ngatai for their encounter with Mai FM 88 Sixers.

Raukawa, returning after a 6 week lay off with a badly broken finger, was quickly in the action combining well with Ngatai and knocking down a couple of trade mark jumpers as the Breakers forged a 41-35 advantage

Brook Ruscoe showed touches of class to keep the Sixers in touch as did the double B forward punch of Patrich Bolstad and Nick Barrow.

A couple of typical Manny Matambanadzo slashing penetrative drives were countered by Isaac Letoa and Rusbatch triples.

Johnny Fesolai edged Sixers ahead at half-time 57-55 as they continued to trouble the Breakers on the glass.

The Sixers opened the second half with a 9-2 run but quickly racked up fouls gifting the Breakers opportunities at the foul line, the Breakers drawing level 54 each courtesy of Rusbatch

Thomas Whyte and Kruz Perrott-Hunt sunk threes although a drive and the bonus from Ruscoe kept Sixers 80-77 to the good at three-quarter time.

A Sam Waardenburg put back tied the scores with four minutes to play.

It was 90 apiece with three to play but a couple of Dan Fotu defensive efforts turned the game in favour of the Breakers. On consecutive plays the swingman came up with an athletic block and a key defensive rebound allowing Ngatai the opportunity to score at the offensive end to open a narrow 93-90 lead.

Ana Haku took advantage of some sloppy Breakers defensive work to narrow the gap to a single point but the experienced Tall Blacks pair of Rusbatch and Ngatai sealed a narrow 96-94 win for the Breakers.

Final Score;

Breakers 96 – Ngatai 22, Rusbatch 17, Waardenburg 14, Fotu 11, Perrott-Hunt 9, Raukawa 7, Whyte 7

Mai FM 88 Sixers 94 – Ruscoe 24, Fesolai 16, Haku 14, McIntosh 11, Matambanadzo 9, Barrow 8

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Brandon Lucas

In the second game Justin Bailey, Carl Buck and Brandon Lucas, a senior last season at East Central University Tigers, made up an all American back court for The Birdmen, the trio helping them to remain in touch with 68a Nelson Street at half time.

Nelson Street held a 57-53 advantage with Marco Alexander and Lindsay Tait prominent.

Lucas led all scorers with 19 points at the break, Tait next best with 17 points for Nelson Street.

The in form Jaylen Gerrand and Lucas landed threes but a spinning drive from Liam Thornton and a couple of Joe Webb scores reduced the arrears before James and Bailey added buckets to keep Birdmen ahead at three-quarter time 89-82.

A Gerrand three brought up the 100 for Birdmen necessitating a time by Nelson Street – trailing by ten points with 5:35 to play and without the influential Dillon Boucher (fouled out early in the fourth quarter).

Joe Webb and Linus Jakszt gave Nelson Street some hope but Buck and Sam Aruwa took the advantage, in favour of the Birdmen, to 112-103 entering the last two minutes and that was enough to seal the win.

Final score;

Birdmen 116 – Bailey 26, Lucas 26, Gerrand 17, Buck 16, Sam Aruwa 13, Schipper 10

68a Nelson St 110 – Tait 31, Alexander 29, Boucher 14, Jakszt 14, Webb 12, Thornton 10

 

Gerrand soars as Birdmen beat Sixers

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Jaylen Gerrand

Justin Bailey will lead the Birdmen but due to his Breakers team management commitments he was unavailable for their Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam opening game against Mai FM 88 Sixers on Saturday.

Jaylen Gerrand filled the void in style scoring a week one high 37 points to ease the Sixers to a comfortable 94-86 win against the Birdmen.

Both teams were missing key players but it was the Sixers that started the strongest forging an 18-15 lead.

That was turned around late in the first as Ana Haku landed a couple of corner threes to take Mai FM 88 Sixers to a 23-20 first quarter advantage.

Gerrand had the hot hands in the second scoring inside and out as the Birdmen moved to a 38-29 lead.

Brandon Lucas, a graduate from East Central University, Oklahoma, was also showing some nice scoring touch for the Birdmen and his match up with Haku was interesting to watch.

Guard Chris McIntosh knocked down a jump shot on the half-time buzzer that kept the Sixers in touch, 40-39, behind at the interval. Gerrand led all scorers with 23 points, Haku 19 points for the Sixers.

Forward Alex Schipper threw down a dunk for the Birdmen but a brace of Haku threes and inside baskets from Patrice Bolstad and Johnny Fesolai plus transition points from Manny Matabanadzo took the Sixers to a six point lead before the Birdmen took flight.

The back end of the third was one way traffic in favour of the Birdmen, their scoring surge highlighted by three consecutive threes from Lucas – 71-64 at three-quarter time.

Nick Barrow and Bolstad wheeled away inside for the Sixers but Gerrand and the support cast of Tipene Friday and the Aruwa brothers held all the answers in the fourth.

Final score;

The Birdmen 94 – Gerrand 37, Lucas 22, Sam Aruwa 11, Samson Aruwa 10, Friday 8

Mai FM 88 Sixers 86 – Haku 28, Matabanadzo 17, Bolstad 10, Barrow 9, Lacey 8, McIntosh 8

The Women’s competition begins next Saturday, November 5th.