Nelson Giants – Franklin Bulls Match Preview
Giants Starters: Tysxun Aiolupotea, Dane Brooks, Tom Ingham, Nic Trathen, Mike Karena.
Bulls Starters: Jackson Stubbins, Everard Bartlett, Isaac Davidson, Dom Kelman-Poto, Sam Timmins
Preview: This looms as a quality contest that will go down to the wire. Both teams come in with renewed confidence after recording opening wins on Sunday night. For the Giants it was somewhat of an upset victory over the Jets, stemming from a very competitive team effort that looks like being the hallmark of the team – it’s a collective team effort that they will rely upon in every game and it worked a treat against the Jets. For the Bulls, a memorable first-ever Sal’s NBL win on Sunday over the Huskies will go a long way towards building confidence and they will take that into this tough match-up. Isaac Davidson and Sam Timmins continue to get better with every game, while you know Dom Kelman-Poto is on the verge of delivering a big performance. Don’t expect this to be a high-scoring affair, a mid-80s score might bet the job done.
Giants Weapon: Has the night arrived – will Mika Vukona play his debut game in the Sal’s NBL Showdown? If the Giants leader steps on floor you will instantly see every teammate walk a foot taller, and given they are coming off a great win against the Jets on Sunday night there is a bit of confidence amongst this group. Vukona will bring sharp defence, great court leadership and another strong body at both ends of the court. It will be great to see the champ out there. Fingers crossed.
Bulls Weapon: Sam Timmins is quickly becoming one of the best rim-protectors in the competition. After 6 blocks against the Huskies on Sunday, look for Timmins to keep growing in confidence. His battle tonight with Mike Karena will be one to watch.
Giants Leaders: Nic Trathen (19pts pg), Tom Ingham (6.3rbs pg), Tysxun Aiolupotea (2.7ast pg)
Bulls Leaders: Isaac Davidson (22.3pts pg), Dom Kelman-Poto (7.3rbs pg), Everard Bartlett (3ast pg)
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