Mike Vukona takes the ball to the hoop during the Nelson Giants' win on Saturday night. Photo: Phillip Rollo.

Giants chew out Nuggets

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The Fico Finance Nelson Giants have proven their playoff credentials by beating the NBL leading OceanaGold Nuggets 87-82 at the Trafalgar Centre on Saturday night.
The win solidifies the Giants amongst the competitions top four and was the perfect way to bounce back after a shock loss to the HBS Bank Hawks a week earlier.
Josh Pace led the scoring for the home side, with 22 points while Mika Vukona had his strongest performance this season with 20 points, including a perfect record from the foul line.
Neither side was able to grab a double-digit lead, and there were times in the fourth quarter where it looked like the game could be destined for over-time or a buzzer beater winner. That was until an important steal gave Erron Maxey a two point bonus after the Giants had scored just seconds prior, pushing the Giants onto a 11-1 run with a seven point lead.
Otago’s Beny Anthony was the game’s top scorer with 24 points, converting three from four from beyond the arc.
The Nuggets still remains on the top of the ladder, but is now only one game ahead of the Wellington Saints. Nelson is still third with nine wins and three losses.