It was all one-way traffic at ILT Stadium this evening, as the SIT Zerofees Southland Sharks walloped the 2Cheap Cars Supercity Rangers 115-83.
Todd Blanchfield started the game off on fire and dropped 11 in the first 8 minutes. The strong start from the hosts was largely due to some sub-par defensive reads from the Rangers, who looked drained playing their second game in 24 hours.
The Sharks finished the quarter up 15 at 34-19 and built on a strong opening 10 by going on a 20-4 run at the tail end of the second period. This took their advantage out to 36 going into the half, with Blanchfield jumping to 23 points and Jarred Weeks contributing with 20.
Tim Quarterman struggled to get anything going for the visitors, as his teammates for the second time this week had trouble converting on open looks. Combined with another lackadaisical defensive showing, the score read 73-37.
Scoring for the Sharks didn't slow down at the start of the second spell, with the hosts hitting triple-digits with two minutes to spare in the period. Tom Vodanovich, Hyrum Harris and Dominique Kelman-Poto all found ways to the basket and kept the points ticking over at a startling rate.
Quarterman managed nine points for his team, with Nnanna Egwu also chiming in by putting back a few loose boards. They did, however, see their deficit go to 45 at the end of the quarter. If the game wasn't over at the half, it was dead and buried before the fourth.
The hosts only managed 15 points in the final 1o minutes, but this can be put down to Head Coach Judd Flavell rolling his bench. Quarterman and co commendably didn't roll over and won the period by 13.
Southland Sharks 115 def Supercity Rangers 83
Sharks - Todd Blanchfield 27pts & 9rbs, Jarred Weeks 24pts & 3ast, Dominique Kelman-Poto 20 pts, 14rbs, 2ast.
Rangers - Tim Quarterman 32pts, 7rbs, 4ast, 6stl, Lesae Coe 15pts, Nnanna Egwu 8pts, 8rbs.
TAB MVP Votes - Todd Blanchfield (Sharks) 10, Jarrad Weeks (Sharks) 6, Tim Quarterman (Rangers) 6, Hyrum Harris (Sharks) 3, Dom Kelman-Poto (Sharks) 3, Lesae Coe (Rangers) 2.