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    Tuffin perfect from threes as Wellington posts back-to-back wins

    Jun 13, 2021
    Ken Tuffin
    PHOTO: Screenshot from NBL New Zealand coverage

    WELLINGTON Saints unleashed a blistering 43-point third quarter to blow out the Manawatu Jets, 100-77 and tighten their grip on the top spot in the 2021 NZ NBL season Sunday at TSB Bank Arena.

    Tohi Smith-Milner scored 21 points, including eight in the third frame, while shooting 4-of-7 from downtown. He also grabbed nine rebounds and issued two assists to guide the home team to back-to-back victories.

    It was all Saints after a close 38-34 first half as they hit 18 treys on a sizzling 41-percent clip on the way to margins as high as 34.

    Dion Prewster added 16 points, eight assists, and six boards while Fil-Kiwi gunner Ken Tuffin was perfect from distance as he buried three treys to finish with 15 points and two assists.

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      Kerwin Roach Jr. also chipped in 14 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists, while former La Salle forward Taane Samuel got 11 points and eight boards in the Wellington win.

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      The Saints improved to an 8-1 record before going back on the road on Friday against the Hawke's Bay Hawks (7-3) at Pettigrew Green Arena.

      Daishon Knight powered Manawatu (3-8) with 25 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals in the loss.

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      Nikau Mccullough chimed in 16 points and four boards off the bench, while Deandre Daniels had 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists for the Jets.

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      PHOTO: Screenshot from NBL New Zealand coverage
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