NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - April 25: Nelson Giants v Canterbury Rams on April 25 2016 Trafalgar Center in Nelson, New Zealand. (Photo by: Evan Barnes Shuttersport Limited)

Giants third quarter slump seals loss

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Eight turnovers in ten minutes ensured the Nelson Giants slide down the NBL ladder continued today with a 95-85 loss to the Canterbury Rams today.

A great first half at the Trafalgar Centre with strong rebounding and sharp shooting from Ray Cowles and Finn Delany, was undone by a much hungrier Rams team in the second half.

It’s the fourth straight loss for the Mike Pero Nelson Giants who were unable to celebrate Phill Jones’ 400th NBL game in the style they’d like.

The Giants scored just 10 points in the third quarter to seal their fate.

Giants coach Tim Fanning was visibly frustrated with the third quarter effort.

“You can’t turn the ball over eight times in 10 minutes against this team.

“The first half we were great, dominated the rebounds – and we did it again in the fourth quarter just the third was horrible.

“We didn’t take care of the ball.”

Tim says the players will have to pick themselves up ahead of a rematch at the same venue on Saturday night.

“We have to play better, it’s that simple.

Ray Cowles III lead all scorers with 34 points for the Giants.

The Rams were led by Marcel Jones, who got hot in the second half and banked 33 points.

Finn Delany mustered 15 points in a strong first half shooting display, but like his teammates, cooled off in the latter stages to finish with 19 points.