Otago Nuggets make it six victories in a row

Last updated 22:13 18/05/2013
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SLAM DUNK: Akeem Wright of the Otago Nuggets.

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The Otago Nuggets have won their sixth straight NBL game, defeating the Taranaki Mountain Airs 110-93.

Three-point shooting has not been a strong point for the Nuggets this season, but it was a different story tonight as they shot 57 per cent from the outside in Dunedin.

Small forward Akeem Wright put together his best game of the season with 35 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Wright also converted seven from nine three pointers, which will most probably be a player of the week performance.

Beny Anthony grabbed his third double-double of the season, scoring 22 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, while Mark Dickel dished out 12 assists.

Taranaki forward Kenny Gabriel managed to avoid getting himself into foul trouble, scoring a team high 21 points.

Despite a blow out loss to the Sharks last night, the Airs were competitive in the first half, only trailing by six.

Taranaki were only down by as many as two in the third period, but the Nuggets would quickly find their offense, outscoring the visitors 36-24, taking a 18 point lead into the final period.

Taranaki could not muster a fourth quarter comeback, putting their season in serious jeopardy as they are now at two wins and six losses.

Nuggets will be pleased they got a comfortable win despite the absence of veteran guard Hayden Allen, who did not play due to a knee injury.

Tomorrow should be a tougher test for Otago, as they play arch rivals the Zerofees Southland Sharks (4-2) tomorrow afternoon.

Otago Nuggets 110 (Akeem Wright 35, Beny Anthony 22, Antoine Tisby 17) Taranaki Mountain Airs 93 (Kenny Gabriel 21, Link Abrams 18, Jack Leasure 14). 1Q: 29-24, HT: 48-42, 3Q: 84-66

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