Jerry Evans Jr slams home a two-pointer during the Giants win over Southland on Saturday night. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

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The Mike Pero Nelson Giants secured their second win of the New Zealand NBL season on Saturday, edging a spirited Southland Sharks side 103-100.

Kyle Adnam put the Giants on the board with a layup, but it was the side from Southland making all the early play.

The shots simply wouldn’t fall for the Giants as they did in their opening encounter.
However, when Bronson Beri sunk the home side’s first three-pointer of the night, it signalled a turning of the tide for the Giants.

Nelson found their fluency and took a 46-39 lead at half time, increasing their shooting percentage to 42.

But the Southlanders refused to go away, clawing back in the third to be down by just one at three-quarter-time, 69-68.

It was a tense final five minutes for the Giants faithful, the home side clinging on to a two-point advantage with a minute on the clock.

Giants coach Jamie Pearlman called a time out with 23 seconds left and the scores at 101-100.

The hosts held their nerve to claim their second win of the season 103 -100.

Finn Delany ended the match with 25 points and nine rebounds.
He says it was great to back up the round one win.

“It was tense, and they may have scored 100 points, but I think we played really well defensively, we picked off a lot of rebounds and will take a lot of confidence into the game against the Rams.”

Kyle Adnam was awarded man of the match, top scoring for the Giants with 32 points.

The win takes the Giants to second on the NBL table, sitting two points behind the Hawke’s Bay Hawks with a game in hand. The Giants will return to Trafalgar on May 19 to face the Canterbury Rams.