The Nelson Giants showed some grit and snapped their four game losing streak with a 107-97 win over the Canterbury Rams tonight at the Trafalgar Centre.
Five days after their 10-point third quarter shocker against the same opposition, it looked like it was going to be a repeat performance.
The Rams came storming back from 10 points down at the half to take the lead.
However, this time the Giants stepped up.
American import Ray Cowels III especially.
He scored eight points late in that quarter including a three pointer on the buzzer.
The Giants stood tall down the stretch.
Clutch shots from Finn Delany and Phill Jones proved timely as the home team hit triple figures and held on resolutely.
Cowels led the scoring with 35 with Delany adding 26 and Ben Strong 21.
Giants coach Tim Fanning says his team stepped up.
“We learnt from five days ago – there were still too many turnovers but we got the much needed win.
“I’m always telling the guys, there’s nothing better than learning while earning a W and that’s what we did tonight.
It will be just the tonic as the Giants head on the road for the next fortnight.