The Nelson Giants have suffered back to back losses on their home court following a 112-91 loss to the Southland Sharks tonight.
Sharks captain Everand Barlett had a game high 30 points including seven out of nine three pointers.
Ray Cowles III tried to carry the stuttering home team on his shoulders with 30 points of his own but he didn’t get enough help.
Sharks and New Zealand Breakers big man Alex Pledger dominated close to the hoop at crucial times and the visitors earned 25 second chance points compared the Giants 12.
The Mike Pero Giants struggled to keep pace in the third quarter as the deficit ballooned from six points at halftime to 17 midway through the third stanza.
The Giants could not eat into the Sharks’ advantage and as the pressure mounted and the outside shooting failed, the Sharks kept driving straight to the basket for clutch points.
The Giants next play the Canterbury Rams at the Trafalgar Centre on Anzac Day at 2pm.