Jets On Cloud 9 After Upsetting Sharks

The Manawatu Jets have recorded the upset of the Sal’s NBL season so far by beating competition heavyweights the Southland Sharks 104-100.

The visitors were ahead on the scoreboard up until the midway point of the fourth quarter, when the game was swung by Wally Ellenson with arguably the best play of the season and propelled the Jets to their first win of the season.

A seven to zero run by the Sharks to start the game looked to spell yet another loss for the Jets, but points to imports Daishon Knight, Kuran Iverson and Ellenson kept the game from getting out of the hand. They would go into the break only trailing by five at 23-18.

The Jets showed greater effort on the defensive end to start the second quarter and forced the Sharks into tough shots. The problem for the hosts was their inability to end the possession after their good defence and they were made to pay with a multitude of second-chance points inside.

Dominique Kelman-Poto was a dominant force for the Southerners in the first half and finished the half with 15 points to lead all scorers. Haize Walker’s extended role this evening saw him score five points in the second, but it was Ellenson who shouldered the bulk of his team’s buckets with 10 at the break.

Play would continue on a similar course to that of the first half in the third, with neither team able to push or reduce lead beyond a two-possession game. For every contested jumper would make at the top of the key, Blanchfield and co would find a way to get to the rim to keep the score at the same margin.

Ellenson made an uber-athletic play when he pinned Jeremy Kindle off the backboard. The block would receive huge applause from the passionate Whanganui crowd and lift his team to finish the quarter on an eight to three run.

It was a six-point ball game going into the fourth and the Jets needed something special to spark a late push for an unlikely win. Ellenson took this responsibility upon himself when he collected an offensive rebound mid-air and slammed the ball back into the basket.

A huge shout for the play of the game, Ellenson would follow the arguably the game’s best work up with another put-back dunk, only this time doing it backward. The indisputable play, let alone, dunk of the year was just what the doctor ordered for the hosts and spurred them on a 10-2 run to take the lead.

The run of big plays saw the Jets come to life in the closing minutes, something they had been without in all of their prior contests. Treys to Knight and Ellenson would push their buffer to eight with just over two to go, but just like that, the Sharks would go on a run of their own through Hyrum Harris and Weeks to have them trail by only one in the final 60 seconds.

Shane Temara made a high arcing lay-up after the visitors failed to make both their free-throws, which would mean they would need a three to tie the game. Kendle’s bomb off a Blanchfield screen would draw iron and be gobbled up by youngster Rangimarie Mita. He made one of two and iced the game at 104-100.

Sal’s MVP went to Knight for his 29 points and control of the Jets’ offence, but just as deserving would have been Ellenson who contributed 33 points and what is sure to be a record this season for highlights in a game. Iverson fooled around and almost had himself a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Walker had his best outing of the season so far with seven points off the bench.

Big man Kelman-Poto was the Sharks best player this evening with 19 points and nine boards, with mentions also being necessary for Blanchfield who notched a double-double with 16 points and rebounds.

Salt Sticking to His Recipe For The Sal’s NBL
News, Sports
130 views
News, Sports
130 views

Salt Sticking to His Recipe For The Sal’s NBL

Southland Sports News - May 22, 2020

Tall Black Jack Salt is going to do what he does best when he hits the floor in Auckland next…

Steel Face Tough Campaign When Netball’s ANZ Returns
News, Sports
486 views
News, Sports
486 views

Steel Face Tough Campaign When Netball’s ANZ Returns

Southland Sports News - May 13, 2020

Southern Steel coach Reinga Bloxham admits her side faces a "brutal" season when netball's ANZ Premiership resumes under a new…

Academy Southland Coach Performance Programme 2020 Intake
News, Sports
343 views
News, Sports
343 views

Academy Southland Coach Performance Programme 2020 Intake

Nathan Burdon - southlandsport.com - May 12, 2020

Leyton Haddleton aspires to be part of the Tall Blacks management squad one day but it’s the impact his mentors…

Sport Southland To Administer Sport NZ Financial Relief Fund
News, Sports
358 views
News, Sports
358 views

Sport Southland To Administer Sport NZ Financial Relief Fund

Southland Sports News - May 11, 2020

Southland sporting organisations will be able to access financial relief as part of a Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund administered…

Netball NZ Reveals What Return of ANZ Could Look Like
Covid-19, News
726 views
Covid-19, News
726 views

Netball NZ Reveals What Return of ANZ Could Look Like

Southland Sports News - May 08, 2020

A single venue will be used when the ANZ Netball Premiership resumes under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and it's likely…

H&J Smith The Latest Victim Of Covid-19: 175 Staff Affected
Business, News
4706 views
Business, News
4706 views

H&J Smith The Latest Victim Of Covid-19: 175 Staff Affected

News Desk - May 25, 2020

After 120 years in business, H&J Smith is planning to close or downsize all of its stores other than its…

Watch: Post Cabinet Covid-19 Media Update
Covid-19, News
666 views
Covid-19, News
666 views

Watch: Post Cabinet Covid-19 Media Update

News Desk - May 25, 2020

There will be a 4pm post Cabinet media conference from the Prime Minister and the Director-General of Health. Update on COVID-19…

No New Covid cases in NZ, Day 37 None In Southern
Covid-19, News
331 views
Covid-19, News
331 views

No New Covid cases in NZ, Day 37 None In Southern

News Desk - May 25, 2020

Once again, there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today. Our total number of confirmed…

ILT Confirms 48 Staff Made Redundant In Post Covid Restructuring
Community, Covid-19
2491 views
Community, Covid-19
2491 views

ILT Confirms 48 Staff Made Redundant In Post Covid Restructuring

News Desk - May 25, 2020

Following a consultation process, ILT has confirmed staff restructuring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief executive Chris Ramsay said the…

Stuff’d Chief Executive Sinead Boucher Buys Company For $1
Business, News
690 views
Business, News
690 views

Stuff’d Chief Executive Sinead Boucher Buys Company For $1

News Desk - May 25, 2020

Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher has purchased Stuff from its Australian owners Nine Entertainment for $1. Sinead Boucher, chief executive…