Giants player Finn Delany during their NBL Basketball game Nelson Gaints v Taranaki Mountain Airs. Trafalgar Stadium, Nelson, New Zealand. Saturday 2 April 2016. Copyright Photo: Chris Symes / www.photosport.nz

Latest: Mike Pero Nelson Giants v Taranaki Mountainairs

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We’re blogging live from the Mike Pero Nelson Giants v Taranaki Mountainairs game at the Trafalgar Stadium, scroll down for the latest.
They’ve done it! The Mike Pero Nelson Giants have claimed their first victory back in the hangar with a score of 88-86 at full time.
8:59pm – 88-86 Giants, Ben Strong sinks a basket off the foul and the clock runs out.
8:58pm – 87-86 Giants, four seconds left.
8:56pm – 87-86 Giants, Taranaki’s O’Riley sinks a three pointer.
8:55pm – 85-83 Giants, 12 seconds left and there’s only two points in it.
8:54pm – 85-83 Giants, Taranaki force a foul.
8:52pm – 85-81 Giants, 21 seconds left.
8:51pm – 83-81 Giants, Mountainair Jordan Ngatai sinks a three pointer and there’s only two points in it!
8:48pm – 83-78 Giants, Taranaki call timeout, 45 seconds left on the clock.
8:45pm – 82-78 Giants, Taranaki are closing the gap, two and a half minutes left.
8:44pm – 82-76 Giants, Taranaki’s Aaron Bailey-Nowell scores and Giants call time out, three minutes left on the clock.
8:42pm – 82-74 Giants, four minutes of game time remains.
8:36pm – 82-71 Giants, Taranaki call a time out.
8:34pm – 78-65 Giants, Taranaki are crawling their way back but are still down 13 points.
8:31pm – 78-60 Giants, the Mountainairs made the mistake of leaving Sam Dempster open, who sinks a three.
75-60 to the almighty Giants at three-quarter time.
8:26pm – 75-60 Giants, Bronson Beri nails yet another three-pointer
8:24pm – 70-58 Giants, Taranaki’s Jordan Ngatai puts some more points on the scoreboard for the Mountainairs.
8:23pm – 70-56 Giants, Cowells sinks a three-pointer after a double intercept.
8:20pm – 65-54 Giants, Bronson Beri is back on court for the Giants.
8:18pm – 65-54 Giants, Taranaki’s Houston O’Riley fights through three Giants to get a basket.
8:10pm – 63-46 Giants, Taranaki’s Tony Tolovae sinks the two baskets following a foul.
Keep a hold of your tickets, Nelson McDonalds have promised a free cheeseburger to everyone in the crowd if the Giants make it to 100 points at a home game.
Giants player Finn Delany during their NBL Basketball game Nelson Gaints v Taranaki Mountain Airs. Trafalgar Stadium, Nelson, New Zealand. Saturday 2 April 2016. Copyright Photo: Chris Symes / www.photosport.nz
Giants player Finn Delany. Photo: www.shuttersport.
7:49pm – 59-44 Giants, Ali Granger finishes the first half with a three-pointer.
7:45pm – 54-42 Giants, Taranaki’s Houston O’Reiley launches a comeback from outside the circle.
7:40pm – 50-35 Giants, Finn Delany and Bronson Beri lengthen the Giant’s lead with a slam dunk and three-pointer.
7:34pm – 40-30 Giants, Raymond Cowels III lengthens the Giant’s lead to 10 points after an intercept.
7:31pm – 29-24 Giants, Phil Jones gets a perfect three pointer.
The St Joseph’s School Noise Crew are backing our boys loud and proud.
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7:23pm – End of the first quarter and the Giants hold a 27-15 lead!

7:12pm – 16-12 to the Giants, Taranaki Mountainairs have possession.

7:03pm – Giants score first! Benjamin Strong drops two and the Giants are up 4-2 after two minutes.

The Trafalgar Stadium is filling up and players are on the courts in anticipation of the Mike Pero Nelson Giants’ return to the hangar.

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The Giants are looking to use their home court advantage to slay the Taranaki Mountainairs and Giants forward Finn Delany says he’s feeling pretty confident.

“Mentally it’s a big boost for the team and the club to get back to Trafalgar, it’s where all the history is and all the memories so it’s awesome for us to be back.”

“The whole city is meant to be turning up on Saturday and I’m sure we’ll be making the most of our home court advantage.”

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