Rams Charge Home To Topple Hard Working Huskies

The Wheeler Motor Company Canterbury Rams and Sky Tower Auckland Huskies have played out a thriller at Cowles Stadium with the hometown Rams storming home with a 28-13 final quarter to grab an 88-78 win.

Played in front of a sell-out crowd, the locals came to life down the stretch as American guard Deshon Taylor poured in 19 of his 31 points in a show-stopping performance that brought the vocal audience to their feet.

The opening three quarters delivered a see-sawing battle, with the visiting Huskies holding the upperhand for the most part, thanks largely to Brook Ruscoe (26 points), Chris Johnson (19 points) and teenager Dontae Russo-Nance (19 points).

Jack Salt was a solid contributor across the night, dropping 22 points and grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds, his body of work and entertaining dunks were key to keeping the Rams in the fight.

Quintin Bailey (14 points) and Alex Talma (11 points) also did their bit for the Rams, adding to a 50-point haul for the home team inside the paint.

As good as the Huskies were for three quarters, they simply had no answer for Taylor and his heroics in the run to the final buzzer, the electrifying playmaker seemingly enjoying the moment as the crowd was eating from his hands.

Canterbury Rams (88) defeated Auckland Huskies (78) - BOXSCORE

Rams: Deshon Taylor 31pts, 8rbs, 7ast & 5 treys, Jack Salt 22pts & 14rbs, Quintin Bailey 14pts.

Huskies: Brook Ruscoe 26pts, Chris Johnson 19pts & 12rbs, Dontae Russo-Nance 19pts & 5 treys

Game Highlights

  1. Deshon Taylor stepped up when he was most needed, putting the team on his back and wowing the crowd with an incredible haul of 19 points in the final quarter. 
  2. Jack Salt is loving basketball. With a full house appluading every time he touched the ball, big Jack is finding his groove and delivering the goods.
  3. This Huskies outfit is tough. With Brook Ruscoe leading the way, the Huskies did a lot right. With another import set to join them soon, and Tom Vodanovich due back after the ABNL season, you should be wary of this young and exciting team. 

Stuff MVP Votes

Deshon Taylor (Rams) 9

Jack Salt (Rams) 7

Chris Johnson (Huskies) 7

Dontae Russo-Nance (Huskies) 3

Brook Ruscoe (Huskies) 2

Alex Talma (Rams) 1

Zach Riley (Huskies) 1


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