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Saints move to 8-0 17 Apr 2017

The Wellington Saints have maintained their unbeaten record with a 102-79 win over the Canterbury Rams. 

It looked like it was going to be a tight affair when the Saints leading scorer Corey Webster suffered a back injury early in the second quarter, putting him out of action for the rest of the game.

But Saints small forward Leon Henry would step up with 10 from 14 three pointers, ending the game with 34 points and 11 rebounds.

Shea Ili also increased his offensive production with a double-double of 22 points and 15 assists. Forward Tai Wesley nearly registered a triple double of 18 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and also added three steals and two blocks for Wellington who have now won eight straight this season, and ten in a row if you include last year’s semi-final and final.

It was a tough loss for the Rams who move to 4-4, but will take solace from the fact that three of those have come from Wellington.

Marcel Jones was again the leading scorer for the Rams with 27 points which included six for ten three pointers. Jeremy Kendle scored 18 and notched up seven assists and five rebounds. But this afternoon, the rest of the Rams struggled offensively including sharp shooters Marcus Alipate and Ethan Rusbatch who combined for 5/20 from the field.

Canterbury still had a chance to win the game when they trailed by nine at the end of the third quarter, but Wellington would win the fourth 30-14, the home side shooting seven three’s in the period, four of them coming from Henry.

Head coach, Kevin Braswell, will be pleased to have swept the regular season meetings against a quality side like Canterbury who have had success against Wellington winning five of the last eight before this year.

Canterbury will have an opportunity to gain some momentum when they return home to host the Mike Pero nelson Giants next Friday, and then the Taylor Hawks the following Tuesday.

Wellington will play at home to the James Blond Supercity Rangers in a re-match of last year’s Grand Final next Friday night.

Monday, April 17

At TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

Wellington Saints 102 (Leon Henry 34, Shea Ili 22, Tai Wesley 18)

Canterbury Rams 79 (Marcel Jones 27, Jeremy Kendle 18)

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Nelson Giants 9 2 18
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