Tuffin's team fails to advance to NZ finals

The Property Brokers Manawatu Jets defied the big games of  Steelformers Taranaki's Marcel Jones and Derone Raukawa to book a seat in the Sal’s National Basketball League Showdown Grand Final on Saturday.

Thomas Vodanovich, ex-La Salle Green Archer Taane Samuel and Hyum Harris led the Jets in their 105-95 semifinal victory over the Steelformers Taranaki Mountainairs at the Trusts Stadium on Thursday evening at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland New Zealand.

The youthful Jets, who got 38 points from Vodanovich, will face the Otago Nuggets at 7:30 at the Trusts Stadium to decide the champion.

With Samuel making 23 points, and the duo of Harris and Jayden Bezzant adding 17 points apiece, the Jets took charge in the last eight minutes over the Mountainairs, where Far Eastern University standout Ken Tuffin plays.

Samuel's three-point play followed by Harris basket off Vodanovich's steal led to a 12-0 run which allowed the Jets to take the upperhand by 10.

After Tuffin missed a trey, Vodanovich pulled down a rebound and assisted Samuel for a layup which gave the Jets a comfortable 85-75 spread in the remaining 6:15.

Raukawa played 38 minutes for 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Jones hit 25 points.

Tuffin struggled and finished with just six points, a rebound, an assist and a steal.

“The Jets are a tough squad, they have a lot of good players and I think maybe on defense, our defense let us down out there,” said Tuffin during the post-game podcast over at the SMART Sports Facebook page.

Topics: Property Brokers Manawatu Jets , Steelformers Taranaki , Marcel Jones , Derone Raukawa
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