Long shot nets Star half $1000 basket
Stags halfback Tayler Adams highlighted his allround sporting skills on Saturday night to the delight of the couple of thousand people who attended the Southland Sharks National Basketball League game at the ILT Stadium Southland.
Adams was a New Zealand under-20 player last year and has played 16 games for the Stags over the past two seasons since moving from Auckland.
Adams attended the Sharks-Nelson Giants game on Saturday night and won the chance to have a halfway shot at halftime to win a $1000 Placemakers voucher.
The 21-year-old took a run-up launched the shot which hit the back board and bounced in. It was followed by a large roar by the crowd in attendance.
"It looked pretty straight when when I chucked it up but I thought it would be a bit too hard but it managed to bounce nicely off the backboard and in," he said.
He said his basketball-playing days had been limited to when he was at school and the odd shoot-out with his Stags teammates in their down time.
He was the first one to get the halfway shot since the Sharks have been running the promotion with Placemakers.
It made for a big sporting day on Saturday for Adams.
Just a matter of hours earlier he had kicked three from four to help his Star club to a 20-17 win over Pirates-Old Boys in Southland's premier club rugby competition.
So the burning question was what was he going to do with a $1000 Placemakers voucher?
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it at the moment, maybe sell it off I'm not really going to need it at the moment."
The Southland Times