Rampaging Rams Ground Jets

The Canterbury Rams delivered one of there best team performances of the Sal's NBL season in a rampaging 110-69 rout of the Manawatu Jets.

The 41-point hammering was all class, especially when you consider all 12 players saw significant action for the winners with no player on court for less than eight minutes.

Such was the powerful win, the likes of Isaiah Wilkins (19min), Mike Karena (14min) and Emmett Naar (20min) sat and watched more than half the game.

Having enjoyed the recent announcement that he had been named in a 17-player Australian Boomers team for the coming World Cup, Cam Gliddon set the tone for the game with some hard-nosed defence matched by a number of impressive baskets.

Leading 28-21 after the first period, the Rams then went on a scoring barrage, delivering a 28-17 second term, followed by 36-18 in the third and 18-13 in the last.

With all but one of their players scoring, the home home crowd enjoyed the night. All up, seven Rams hit double figures.

For the Jets, the loss was significant and undid much of the good work they had been doing in recent weeks. The visitors were beaten on the boards (39-54) and just couldn't match Canterbury's scoring power. To be fair, they were completely out-matched.

Despite the humbling loss, the Jets have to back up quickly with a trip straight to Tasmania to play the Huskies on Sunday afternoon.


Canterbury Rams 110 defeated Manawatu Jets 69

Rams - Janssen 17pts, Gliddon 16pts, Naar 14pts.

Jets - Samuels 21pts, Knight 14pts, Iverson 13pts.

Stats That Matter - the Rams shot at 52%, all 12 players hit the floor and 11 scored. Impressive to say the least.

TAB MVP Votes - Cam Gliddon (Rams) 10, Taane Samuels (Jets) 6, Jonathan Janssen (Rams) 6, Emmett Naar (Rams) 6, Kuran Iverson (Jets) 1, Daishon Knight (Jets) 1.

Talking Points

  1. The Rams will be very hard to keep out of the Final 4. With six wins from eight games and in good form, the Rams have a run of four games coming up that all look very winnable - Jets (1) and Huskies (3). Have you purchased your Final 4 tickets yet?
  2. Cam Gliddon reminded everyone just how classy he is at both ends of the floor with an opening quarter to remember. Glider's leadership also came to the fore early in this one as he continually made sure his team were making the most of every opportunity. It was an MVP performance.
  3. The Jets went back two steps tonight. After beating the Sharks and running the Saints to within 2pts, the Jets have lost to the Hawks by 27pts and the Rams by 41pts. They now face a tough test against the Huskies and at 1-7 their chances of making the top four are as good as done.

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