Dillon Boucher becomes the second player to reach 400 NBL games and reaches the milestone with a win, as the James Blond Supercity Rangers defeat the Taranaki Mountainairs 106-83.
Boucher tallied 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals for the Rangers who now to move to 5-4. Mitch McCarron had another impressive performance with 28 points, and Earnest Ross was aggressive tonight with 25 points, 14 of 16 coming from the foul line.
Boucher is now only seven games away from moving ahead of fellow former Tall Black, Phill Jones, who retired last year with 406 games.
After trailing by eight at the end of the first quarter, the Airs got back into the game, leading 36-35. But poor transition defense from the home side, allowed the Rangers to make a run to end the half up 51-42.
The Rangers would start the third quarter on an 8-0 run, and from there on would dominate the period, leading by as many as 26. Taranaki had no answer on the defensive end, allowing 100 plus points for the third straight time.
Tylor Ongwae scored 19, Alonzo Burton had 14, and forward Curtis Washington had his best game since joining Airs with 18 points.
It was a confidence booster for the Rangers who will now travel to Wellington to try and become the first team to beat the Saints tomorrow night.
Taranaki have now dropped seven straight, and it won’t get any easier for them when they host the Canterbury Rams on Sunday. The Rams start their road double-header tomorrow when they play the SIT Zerofees Sharks.
Thursday, May 4
At TSB Stadium, New Plymouth
Taranaki Mountainairs 83 (Tylor Ongwae 19, Curtis Washington 18, Alonzo Burton 14)
James Blond Supercity Rangers 106 (Mitch McCarron 28, Earnest Ross 25, Dillon Boucher 14)