The Wellington Saints have charged to a 6-0 start to the Sal's NBL season with an impressive 107-76 win over the Sky Tower Auckland Huskies.
As they had done five times previously this season, when the game called for a team to go up a level midway through the third quarter the Saints dropped the clutch and put the pedal down in a scintillating run that, at times, literally left the Huskies standing.
Led by captain Dion Prewster (34pts) and the human highlight reel Kerwin Roach (15pts and a number of thunderous dunks), the continued performance of the Saints is both exciting and exhilirating to watch.
The Huskies battled bravely through the opening half and trailed by just 2-points at the break (53-51), and they stuck with the Saints through the first half of the third period. With 4:33min to play in the third the Huskies were withing 6-points (66-60), but then came the sledgehammer.
With Prewster and Roach doing their thing, Tohi Smith-Milner (13pts), Taane Samuel (16pts) and Kenneth Tuffin (10pts) all joined in the fun as the Saints went on a dynamic 41-16 run to deliver another win.
Tuffin in particular drew plenty of appluase for his relentless efforts at the defensive end, while Roach just kept flying above the rim.
The hunger of the Saints was also evident in a 50-23 rebound count and a 25-2 win on second chnace points.
Played in front of a booming crowd of 3,950 the home team managed to get all 12 players on the floor, much to the delight of the fans as lots of rising hometown players showed their talents.
For the Huskies, who now head home for a quick turnaround to play the Go Media Otago Nuggets, Chris Johnson (16pts) did what he could.
Wellington Saints (107) defeated Auckland Huskies (70) - BOXSCORE
Saints: Dion Prewster (34pts, 6rbs, 6ast, 5 treys), Kerwin Roach (15pts, 8rbs, 4ast), Taane Samuel (16pts).
Huskies: Chris Johnson (16pts), Taki Fahrensohn (14pts).
Stuff MVP Votes
Dion Prewster (Saints) 10
Kerwin Roach (Saints) 8
Chris Johnson (Huskies) 4
Taane Samuel (Saints) 4
Taki Fahrensohn (Huskies) 4