Taranaki

    Auckland Huskies

      Summary

      Taranaki Mountainairs – Auckland Huskies Match Preview

      Airs Starters: Derone Raukawa, Kenneth Tuffin, Marcel Jones, Shane Temara, Tai Wynyard
      Huskies Starters: Izayah Le’afa, Marvin Williams-Dunn, Taine Murray, Leon Henry, Tohi Smith-Milner

      Preview: With the Huskies (0-3) still searching for an opening win they will get no favours here against an Airs team about to face a tough double (they play the Nuggets on Wednesday night). In week one the Airs also had a back-to-back and grabbed two wins, so the challenge won’t phase them. The Huskies went down in a thriller against rivals Franklin on Sunday, so they will be smarting. Izayah Le’afa will be better for the run and won’t shoot as poorly as he did on Sunday (1-15), while the likes of Taine Murray and Tohi Smith-Milner are looking better with every game. Leon Henry also found some good touch last time out and looks like he’ll keep delivering solid numbers. The chances of a Huskies victory here possibly rest heavily on whether or not they can land their shots. So far, over their opening three games, their shooting has left a lot to be desired. If they can start landing shots they are a chance. Mind you, they also need to find a way to slow Marcel Jones and Derone Raukawa, while Kenneth Tuffin is quickly emerging as another threat for the Airs as well.

      Talking Point: Both teams are coming off a loss and will be eager to grab a win. With Izayah Le’afa now settled, look for the Huskies No.1 draft pick to get rolling and show his class. His match-up with Derone Raukawa will be the one to watch.

      Airs Weapon: We all know what Raukawa and Jones bring to the table, but Kenneth Tuffin (12pts, 5rbs, 1.5ast per game) is quickly becoming a very strong and reliable third wheel. Keep an eye on him over the next couple of nights against the Huskies and Nuggets. He’s a strong shooter and is showing some classy change-up ability in his game.

      Huskies Weapon: Taine Murray is playing big minutes and starting to feel more at home with every game he plays. The talented teenager is proving to be very reliable at both ends of the floor and once again he’ll be relied upon here if the Huskies are a chance to topple the Airs.

      Airs Leaders: Derone Raukawa (23.7pts pg), Marcel Jones (14rbs pg), Derone Raukawa (6.3ast pg)
      Huskies Leaders: Toni Smith-Milner (12.7pts pg), Leon Henry (10rbs pg), Leon Henry (3.3ast pg)

      Taranaki Mountainairs – Auckland Huskies Match Preview

      Taken from https://www.nznbl.basketball/

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