The Nelson Giants used a big second quarter push to get past the Southland Sharks on Saturday night, grabbing a 103-100 victory at home.
The Giants trailed 28-17 after the first quarter, but went on to outscore the Sharks 29-11 in the second quarter to take control of the game.
Kyle Adnam was huge for the Giants, posting 32 points, five rebounds, 14 assists and four steals in 38 minutes of action. He shot 11-of-20 from the field, 9-of-10 from the free throw line and 1-of-6 from three.
Adnam’s 14 assists tonight set the record for most assists in a game by a Giants player.
Finn Delaney was dominant across the board for Nelson, finishing with 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals on 9-of-16 shooting (2-of-6 from three).
Damon Heuir caught fire in the fourth quarter to help seal the deal for the Giants, compiling 24 points overall on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from three.
Southland’s Conor Morgan was productive for the second consecutive game, dropping 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting (4-of-7 from three).
Jarrad Weeks continued his hot start to the season with 21 points, while Alex Pledger chipped in 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
American import Orlando Coleman struggled tonight, shooting just 3-of-11 from the field for six points. Coleman was instrumental in the Sharks’ 108-95 victory over the Rams last night, scoring 24 points with 13 rebounds and five assists but he just couldn’t carry that form into tonight’s contest.
The Sharks shot a blistering hot 56 per cent from the field and 50 per cent (8-of-16) from three, but the combination of Adnam, Delaney and Heuir proved too much for them to overcome.
The Giants move to 2-0 on the season, while the Sharks will settle at 2-2.