Joseph Nunag and Franklin were handed their second straight loss, suffering an 86-89 defeat at the hands of Canterbury in the 2021 Sal’s NZ-NBL season, Saturday at Cowles Stadium.
Nunag was cold from the field, shooting just 1-of-5 from downtown for five points. The former FEU Tamaraw also had three steals, two boards, and two assists.
With his team going cold, Josh Selby did the heavy lifting for the Bulls, dropping 42 points.
The Bulls were eyeing a bounce back win after bowing to Wellington two days ago.
Franklin led by as much as 14 points, 50-36, during the latter stages of the second stanza but a huge 29-point barrage by the Rams sliced the lead to two, 70-68, entering the final frame.
It was all Canterbury in the final frame as Edward Sigler and Samuel Smith took control of the game.
Sigler had 17 points, 11 boards, nine assists, and four steals in the game while Smith had 12 points and 10 boards for the 3-3 Rams.
Zane Waterman had 19 points and 14 rebounds to backstop Selby.
Franklin went down to 3-3.
Up next for Franklin are the Otago Nuggets on Thursday.