Taranaki Mountain Airs fall to accurate Rangers
The Super City Rangers grabbed their sixth win of the NBL season with a 97-88 victory over the Taranaki Mountain Airs at Waitakere Stadium in Auckland tonight.
Tohi Smith-Milner, who will be attending the University of New Mexico next season, had a career-high 27 points on 10 of 14 shooting.
League-leading scorer Jason Cadee had a game high 29 points.
Taranaki managed to hang around for the first three quarters and only trailed by eight heading into the fourth. But the Rangers pushed ahead in the final quarter to lead by 19 with two minutes to go.
Suleiman Braimoh again put up an impressive statistical night of 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Airs. Derek Albertsen had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Aaron Bailey-Nowell also scored 17.
As a team the Airs struggled, shooting under 40 per cent from the field, and will now drop behind the Rangers with five wins and nine losses.
At this point of the season neither team can afford one more loss for a chance at the playoffs.
Taranaki play the Otago Nuggets in New Plymouth on Friday night.
Super City Rangers 97 (Jason Cadee 29, Tohi Smith-Milner 27, Duane Bailey 16) Taranaki Mountain Airs 88 (Suleiman Braimoh 27, Derek Albertsen 17, Aaron Bailey-Nowell 17). 1Q: 19-20, HT: 41-35, 3Q: 66-58