The Wheeler Motor Company Canterbury Rams have gone one-step closer to securing a Final 4 spot after trampling the Southern Huskies 97-71.
The hosts shot out to a five-nil lead before the Huskies regathered themselves and drew level at the five-minute mark.
With Taylor Britt and Luke Ashton out injured, Emmett Naar and Isaiah Wilkins took control, sprinting out on a scoring spree and lead their team on 15-0 run, which saw them lead 23-16 at the end of the quarter.
The Huskies opened the second on a 6-2 run, but that was as good as it got for the visitors. Naar continued to light it up from three, going three for three on triple attempts and had banked 15 points going into the half.
A 25-2 run to close out the quarter gave the Rams a whopping 54-23 lead at the interval and left the Huskies well and truly behind the eight ball.
Keen to build on their first half effort the intention was as Naar and Wilkins kept their foot on the gas, while Cameron Gliddon and Tony Tolovae chipped in with energetic defence and timely cuts to the basket.
The Huskies season was on the line going into the fourth and they came out the more assertive of the two. Buckets from Tre Nichols and Marcel Jones reduced the host’s lead, but the Rams made enough of their shots to hold a substantial lead.
Time eventually ran out for the Huskies in the end and they were left ruing a poor defensive effort in the opening half. Leaving he Rams to claim a 97-71 victory and march another step towards finals basketball.
Rams – Emmett Naar 18pts, 3rbs, 5ast, Michael Karena 17pts & 4rbs, Isaiah Wilkins 15pts & 10rbs.
Stats That Matter – the Rams shot an efficient 56% from the field and a superb 47 % from deep.