Dillon Boucher played his 409th career NBL game surpassing former team mate Phill Jones as the all-time leader, but his James Blond Supercity Rangers struggled tonight against the SIT Zerofees Sharks who claim second spot with a 101-83 win.
The Sharks shot the ball well tonight, shooting 14-29 (48%) from the three-point line, and made a quick start to lead by 12 at the end of the first quarter and then extending it to as many 26 points in the third. The Rangers clearly showed the signs of a team that was playing their third game in five days as they struggled to both defend and keep the Sharks off the boards.
Luke Aston top scored for the Sharks with 21, Alex Pledger added 14 points and seven rebounds, and the visitors welcomed back Hayden Allen who added 16 off the bench.
Mitch McCarron scored a game-high 23 points, Lindsay Tait registered 12 points and 10 assists, and Boucher tallied 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
The loss puts the Rangers at 10-7, and their final home game will be against the Canterbury Rams this Saturday, a win for them will mean they clinch the third spot. The Rams will have to win their two remaining games to finish ahead of them.
The Sharks final game of the regular season will be at home to the Taylor Hawks on Sunday.
Monday, June 5th
At Trusts Arena, Waitakere
James Blond Supercity Rangers 83 (Mitch McCarron 23, Earnest Ross 19, Dillon Boucher 17)
SIT Zerofees Sharks 101 (Luke Aston 21, Hayden Allen 16, Alex Pledger 14)