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Saints Claim Road Win

The Mills Albert Wellington Saints showcased their resilience and determination with a hard-fought 96-85 victory over the Taranaki Airs on Saturday night. The win marks another impressive performance on the road for the Saints, who battled through adversity to secure the win.

Tohi Smith-Milner led the charge with a dominant performance, posting 28 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. His presence in the paint was instrumental in both offense and defense, providing the Saints with a much-needed boost. Taane Samuel also delivered a strong game, contributing 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, showcasing his versatility and ability to make key plays. Izayah Le'Afa rounded out the top performers with a near triple-double, adding 16 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block, demonstrating his all-around skill set.

The game was not without its challenges. Lat Mayen was ejected early, forcing the Saints to adjust their strategy on the fly. Despite this setback, the team rallied together, with Izayah Le'Afa and Ben Ayre fighting through injuries to contribute significantly to the win. Their grit and determination exemplified the team's fighting spirit and desire to overcome any obstacles in their path.

The Saints' defense was particularly noteworthy, as they managed to contain the Airs' offense and limit their scoring opportunities. This disciplined approach, combined with effective ball movement and teamwork, allowed the Saints to maintain their lead and secure the victory.

Looking ahead, the Saints return home this Sunday to face the Franklin Bulls. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the team at TSB Arena as they continue their pursuit of excellence this season. The game promises to be an exciting matchup, and your presence will make a difference. Don't miss it!