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Saints edge out Nuggets in Thriller 20 Apr 2014

The Pacific Jewellers Saints have survived after a furious comeback by the OceanaGold Nuggets, final score 77-76.

After trailing by eight heading into the final period the Nuggets fought their way back into the contest with their defense as the Saints flustered offensively.

The Nuggets would tie the game at 76 all with 37 seconds left after two made free throws from Brendon Polyblank (21 points).

Saints point guard Lindsay Tait would be fouled in the next possession and he would make the first free throw but miss the second, setting up a potential game winner for the Nuggets with 11 seconds to go.

American Troy Payne missed a mid range jump shot but managed to grab the offensive rebound and was fouled with only one second remaining.

Unfortunately it was not going to be the fairy tale upset win as Payne would miss both free throws and the Saints would grab the rebound taking their record to 5-0.

After leading by ten at the half it looked like the Saints may run away with the game, but the Nuggets showed the grit that has so far led them to three wins.

Payne was everywhere on the court and it showed in the stats, getting the first triple double of the season with 17 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, and he also grabbed five steals.

League leading scorer Corey Webster continues to put up good numbers, scoring a game high 25 points.

In Taradale the IMS Payroll Hawks continue their hot streak at home defeating the Breakers Manawatu Jets 81-72.

The Hawks had to work for the victory trailing by as many as ten, but again a strong fourth quarter would be the difference, outscoring the Jets 29-17.

Although struggling with foul trouble Hawks forward Dustin Scott had a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds, Kareem Johnson added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Manawatu would trail by as many as ten in the final period, but a late rally saw them close to within four with 1:20 remaining.

After a long delay with shot clock issues, Everard Bartlett managed to hit a very tough fall away three to push the lead back up to seven, sealing their fourth win which puts them up to second, only one game behind Wellington.

It was not the weekend the Jets had hoped for losing both their games this Easter weekend, but they have an opportunity to quickly turn things around when they play on the road to the Fico Finance Nelson Giants and the Canterbury Rams on back to back nights.

Hawks will have a strong test next week as they play on the road to the Nuggets and Zerofees Southland Sharks.

Monday, April 21

At Pettigrew Green Arena, Taradale

IMS Payroll Hawks 81 (Everard Bartlett 21, Dustin Scott 19, Paora Winitana 12, Kareem Johnson 12) Breakers Manawatu Jets 72 (Matt Te Huna 16, Paul Jones 14, Troy McLean 12), Final

Referees - Sean Cronin, Apai Apai, Shane Nikora
1Q: 15-13
HT: 32-38 (17-25)
3Q: 52-55 (20-17)
FT: 81-72 (29-17)
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At TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

Pacific Jewellers Saints 77 (Corey Webster 25, Lindsay Tait 21, Dion Prewster 14) OceanaGold Nuggets 76 (Brendon Polyblank 21, Warren Carter 20, Troy Payne 17), Final

Referees - Melony Wealleans, Hayden Pipe, Nick Naylor
1Q: 21-16
HT: 45-35 (24-19)
3Q: 64-56 (19-21)
FT: 77-76 (13-20)
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