Pistons Finally Lose
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Waikato Pistons‘ six-game winning streak has come to a halt as the 0800 Easy LPG Bay Hawks win 78-73.
Hawks had their star import Josh Pace return top scoring with 20 and guard Everard Bartlett had 18 to win their second straight at Pettigrew Green Arena.
For the Pistons Hayden Allen scored 21 and Eric Devendorf scored 20. Alex Pledger had another double double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. But again Devendorf and Pledger struggled with foul trouble sitting a lot of the third quarter.
A fourth quarter offensive slump from the Pistons cost them their unbeaten record managing to only score twelve points in the period.
In Invercargill the Zerofees Southland Sharks fought valiantly in front of a sell out home crowd, but the Fico Finance Nelson Giants held on to win 74-72. Michael Harrison scored 19 and Michael Fitchett 18 put the Giants to fours and two losses.
The Sharks who were down nine at the start of the fourth went on and 8-0 run to give the visitors a scare. But with five seconds remaining Rougeau had a chance to tie the game but an offensive foul and two free throws by Phill Jones dashed the Sharks hopes.
Sharks did a great job defensively on Jones restricting him to 7 points (2/14 FG, 1/7 3pt). Giants shoot only 39% from the field compared to the Sharks 52%, but the Sharks shot a dismal 1/13 from beyond the arc which would be their downfall.
Rene Rougeau had a double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds and James Paringatai also had 19 playing off the bench.
In Wellington the Exodus Saints won the fourth quarter 31-10, to win 98-71. But the Taranaki Mountain Airs fought hard in the first three quarters only down six.
Erron Maxey top scored off the bench with 23 points and 13 rebounds, Lindsay Tait had 25 and 4 steals. For the Airs Demarshay Johnson had 21 points and 9 rebounds and Aaron Bailey Nowell chipped in scored 13.
Saints did a great job defensively on Air shooter Jack Leasure restricting him to 10 points on only 4/13 from the field.
Friday, April 9
Pettigrew Green Arena, Taradale
0800 Easy LPG Bay Hawks 78 (Josh Pace 20, Everard Bartlett 18, Ben Hill 12) Waikato Pistons 73 (Hayden Allen 21, Eric Devendorf 20, Alex Pledger 10) Final
Referees – Gavin Whiu, Shane Nikora, Wayne Start
HT: 42-43 (24-21)
3Q: 62-61 (20-18)
FT: 78-73 (16-12)
Hawks v Pistons Boxscore (24 KB html)
At Southland Stadium, Invercargill
Zerofees Southland Sharks 72 (James Paringatai 19, Rene Rougeau 19, Luke Martin 14) Fico Finance Nelson Giants 74 (Michael Harrison 19, Mike Fitchett 18, Mika Vukona 14) , Final
Referees – Andy Thackray, Bevan Maslin, James Campion
HT: 29-34 (13-9)
3Q: 51-60 (22-26)
FT: 72-74 (21-14)
Sharks v Giants Boxscore (24 KB html)
At TSB Arena, Wellington
Exodus Saints 98 (Lindsay Tait 25, Erron Maxey 23, Troy McLean 18) Taranaki Mountain Airs 71 (Demarshay Johnson 21, Aaron Bailey-Nowell 13, Alex Wastney 10, Jack Leasure 10), Final
Referees – Dallas Pickering, Yalla Edwards, Gareth Tehan
HT: 42-38 (23-19)
3Q: 67-61 (25-23)
FT: 98-71 (31-10)
Saints v Airs Boxscore (24 KB html)