Vikings make it back-to-back final wins
The RP Vikings have clinched their second successive Southland men's A-grade basketball title, beating the AWS Legal Thundercats 88-62 in the final.
Southland Sharks' power forward James Paringatai was the star of the show for the Vikings in the win, scoring at will inside the paint, to finish with a game-high 41 points.
Vikings' young-guns Tim Campbell and Jordan Murphy also stood out in the win, scoring 17 and 13 points respectively as their team overpowered the Thundercats during the second half to claim the win.
The Thundercats made a bright start to the game, leading 20-16 after the first quarter, but the Vikings edged their way back into the contest during the second 10 minutes of play, to take a five point buffer into halftime.
The Vikings took the game away from their opponents early in the third quarter, going on a 18-4 run to extend their advantage out to 19 points.
They led by as many as 25 points midway through the final term, with the Thundercats going cold with their shooting from the field.
The Vikings won the second half by a whopping 53- 32 scoreline, and were deserving winners of the championship.
Thundercats' American guard Max Jablonski always a handful for the Vikings' defence throughout the gameand finished with 32 points.
Andrew Wheeler added 19 points in the losing cause, but there was little else for the Thundercats, with role players Hayden Sproat, Daniel Ferguson and Elliott Mitchell, all kept relatively quiet.
In the women's final, Kat's Brats held off Lonestar 56-48, after they had led 33-24 at the main break.
Women's grade most valuable player, Jo Thompson, continued her fine season with a game-high 16 points for Kat's Brats, with Hayley Crofts netting 13, and Reinga Te Huia 11.
Tracy Simpson top-scored for Lonestar with 10 points.
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