For Giants fans Saturday night’s game could not have been scripted any better.
A game winning slam dunk with just seconds left in over-time brought the hoop down as Erron Maxey’s 100kg frame hung on it, leaving the Wellington Saints stunned and the crowd on its feet in amazement.
Having erased a 14 point fourth quarter deficit, the Fico Finance Nelson Giants ended a two game losing streak in the 89-88 victory, after a tough road trip down south.
And Erron, who top scored with 32 points, believes the home victory over the star-studded Saints side, which features New Zealand Breakers legend Dillion Boucher and is coached by Pero Cameron, was the perfect way to bounce back from the past two games. “It’s more important to get the win after the two losses. We had a tough week of training and everyone has been focussing, we just stuck to our game plan and managed to pull it out,” the former Saint says.
Seeing the collapsible hoop come down from the sheer power in the dunk was something most basketball fans would not have seen before. Speaking to Erron after the game, it was something he had never seen, let alone done, before either. “It’s just one of things. When I was coming down I felt everything coming down with me. I was just trying to get the ball in as hard as possible.”
The Giants, who now sit in third place, host the win-less Waikato Pistons at the Trafalgar Centre this Friday night. Tip off is at 7pm.