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Taane Samuel feasts as Ken Tuffin slumps in NZ-NBL showdown

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Remember Taane Samuel? Well, he currently plays in the New Zealand-National Basketball League. 

The former De La Salle Green Archer proved too much for Ken Tuffin and Taranaki, lifting Manawatu to a 102-93 triumph in the 2020 Sal’s NBL Showdown at The Trusts Arena in Auckland, Sunday.

Samuel, the 26th overall pick in the draft, scattered 24 points, 11 rebounds, two assists.

The 6-foot-8 Kiwi spearheaded the Jets’ 16-0 third quarter run that turned a tie into an imposing 84-68 lead.

Tuffin, on the other hand, played his worst game, finishing with just four points to go along with five rebounds.

Fellow Tamaraw Joseph Nunag made his debut for the Mountainairs, grabbing a board. Enderun’s Francis Mulvihill had 14 markers.

Manawatu and Taranaki are now tied in the standings with identical 3-3 slates. The Mountainairs suffered their third loss in four outings.

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