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Saints go 2-0 14 Mar 2016

The Wellington Saints have started the season 2-0 with an 89-74 road win over the Indigo Hawks.

Last years’ MVP Torrey Craig led the Saints with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and point guard Shea Ili 19 points and five rebounds for Wellington.

It was the first game of the season for the Hawks, who came out firing, leading 9-2 halfway through the first quarter. But Wellington would outscore the home-side 19-6 to end the period up 21-15.

From then on it would be all Wellington as they extended their lead to as much as 25. The home side making a late rally to make the score-line more respectable.

Hawks import Chris Porter scored a team high 21 points, and after a year off from the NBL, Matt Te Huna added 13.

Wellington stand at the top of the table with the two wins and will have a bye next week.

The Hawks will host the 1-1 Mike Pero Nelson Giants next Sunday.

Saints started their season strongly with a 116-95 win over the Rangers.

In his first game as a Saint and only joining the side yesterday, Tai Wesley showed why he was forward of the year last season with 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

It was also the dream start for rookie head coach Kevin Braswell, as Wellington set the tone from the beginning thanks to short term signing Charles Jackson, who started the game with a block and tip back dunk on the following possession. Wellington led the opening quarter 31-18 and then 60-42 at the break.

Leon Henry had a strong shooting night with 27 points, converting on 7/9 from three-point range. Dion Prewster electrified the crowd with some highlight reel dunks, ending the game with 18 points on 8/9 shooting, and Shea Ili dished 10 assists.

It was a tough start for the Rangers, who were carried by former Saints Lindsay Tait and Eric Devendorf. Devendorf showed that he is still the classy scorer with 29 points, scoring in a myriad of ways. Tait battled with 23 points and eight rebounds. But apart from Reuben Te Rangi (20 points), the rest of the team combined for 23 points.

Both sides will be disappointed with their transition defence, allowing each other to score far too easily, at times the game looking more like a track meet.

The Rangers will have a chance to rectify their performance when they host the Taranaki Mountainairs on Saturday.

Wellington will have a few days’ rest before traveling north-east to play the Indigo Hawks on Sunday.

Tomorrow Mark Dickel and the Canterbury Rams will host the Mike Pero Nelson Giants

At TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

Wellington Saints 116

James Blond Supercity Rangers 95

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Sunday, March 13

Indigo Hawks 74 (Chris Porter 21, Matt Te Huna 13, Alonzo Burton 10)

Wellington Saints 89 (Torrey Craig 26, Shea Ili 19)

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