Ex-FEU Tams Tuffin, Nunag face off in New Zealand NBL as Saints cruise anew

JR Isaga
Ex-FEU Tams Tuffin, Nunag face off in New Zealand NBL as Saints cruise anew

CHAMPION FORM. The Saints keep their title bid going with another dominant win.


Ken Tuffin and the Wellington Saints stretch their unbeaten run to five in the New Zealand NBL

Former FEU captain Ken Tuffin had the last laugh over his ex-FEU teammate Joseph Nunag in the New Zealand National Basketball League (NBL) as the dominant Wellington Saints crushed the Franklin Bulls, 111-82, at the TSB Bank Arena on Thursday, May 20.

With the win, the 2019 league champions extended their undefeated, league-leading run to 5-0 for the season, while the Bulls dropped to 3-3 in a two-way tie with the Southland Sharks for fifth place.

As Tuffin stuck to his role and recorded only 3 points in 15 minutes, his teammates created the bulk of the offense, with Kerwin Roach Jr. tallying game-highs of 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Big man Romaro Gill provided a bench spark with 17 points in as many minutes on the floor, while former La Salle foreign student-athlete Taane Samuel added 12 markers on 5-of-9 shooting.

After a back-and-forth first quarter, the Saints pulled away from the Bulls in the second period with a 14-5 run for the 42-30 lead.

Wellington then blew the game wide open by the third quarter as they erected a 30-point lead, 83-53, in the final minute, before peaking at 32, 100-68, midway through the final frame off a Gill dunk.

Joshua Selby and Dane Brooks paced the Bulls in the loss with 16 points apiece, while Nunag added 5 points off the bench after averaging 14.8 markers in the last five games.

The Saints get a full week of rest as their path of destruction shifts towards the 3-2 Auckland Huskies on Friday, May 28. –