Imports strut stuff for Taranaki Mountain Airs
Imports Adrian Oliver and Suleiman Braimoh were unstoppable as the Taranaki Mountain Airs thrashed the Super City Rangers in New Plymouth tonight.
Oliver rediscovered his shooting mojo, finishing with a game-high 42 points, with big forward Braimoh continuing his rich run of form with 35 points along with 15 rebounds, five steals and two blocks.
A stunning third quarter set the Airs up for their 123-90 win - their third of the National Basketball League season.
Ahead 61-48 at halftime, no-one would have anticipated what was about to happen. Braimoh jammed a two-pointer, breaking the hoop in the process.
After another backboard and hoop had been wheeled out, Oliver lit up the court.
He was on fire and the Airs at one stage led the quarter 23-2, with the score pushed out to 86-50. Oliver had scored 15 of those points.
But the time the quarter had finished the score had blown out to 96-60 and the game was as good as over.
The fourth quarter was a three-point blitz for fans, with Rangers import Darryl Corletto nailing three, Brad Anderson for the Airs two, Braimoh one and a final three on the buzzer by Airs bench player Derek Albertsen.
Taranaki Mountain Airs 126 (Adrian Oliver 42, Suleiman Braimoh 35, Brad Anderson 26) Super City Rangers 90 (Darryl Corletto 30, Jason Cadee 16, Duane Bailey 15). 1Q: 30-23, HT: 61-48, 3Q: 96-60