The Wellington Saints have overcome a sluggish start to win their fourth of the season with a 102-91 win over the Taylor Hawks.
Corey Webster scored a game high 33 for the Saints and took control in third period and early part of the fourth quarter which saw the visitors take a two-point half time lead up to 19.
Tai Wesley and Shea Ili both added 19 and Jordan Ngatai added 14 for the Saints who have now won their last six.
Hawks would try to make a mini fourth quarter run with back to back three’s from Everard Bartlett, but the deficit would be too large for the home side who now slump to their 24th straight loss and fourth for the season.
Wellington’s strategy was to give point guard Jarrod Kenny free looks on the outside and he took advantage scoring 22 points and dishing out 15 assists. Bartlett and Tony Tolovae added 14 for the home side and off the bench Joshua Fox played extended minutes to score 16 for the Hawks who played without American, Lamar Roberson who struggled in his first three games with the Hawks.
The Hawks made a solid start winning the opening quarter 18-16, but from there on and could not contain Wellington’s offense which scored 86 points in the final three quarters and ending the game shooting 58% from the field and 47% from three.
Tomorrow, will feature what should be another good game between the James Blond Supercity Rangers (2-1) and the Taranaki Mountainairs (3-1) which will be streamed live via NZ Herald and on Maori T.V, tip off 3pm.
Saturday, April 1
At Pettigrew Green Arena, Taradale
Taylor Hawks 91 (Jarrod Kenny 22, Joshua Fox 16, Everard Bartlett 14, Tony Tolovae 14)
Wellington Saints 102 (Corey Webster 33, Shea Ili 19, Tai Wesley 19)