Sharks make their mark in season opener

Mohave King scores for the Southland Sharks during a New Zealand National Basketball League 2022 game against the Wellington Saints at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill on Friday.

THE Southland Sharks were on attack, winning their first game of the season against the Wellington Saints at ILT Stadium Southland last Friday.

The Sharks beat the Saints 117-81 in their opening home game in the New Zealand National Basketball League.

Dom Kelman-Poto scored the first points for the home team and the Sharks kept the lead throughout the match.

Alonzo Burton was the Sharks’ top scorer with 26 points, taking eight from eight 3-pointers, Mohave King contributed 23 points and Kelman-Poto 18 points.

Kelman-Poto’s partner Nia Fraser and son Chance made the trip from Auckland to support the team.

“It’s been an amazing game and it’s always great visiting Southland, we just love the atmosphere and the people are always very accommodating.”

To celebrate the win they planned to go out for dinner and have family time, she said.

On the courtside, Gore PlaceMakers staff members donned their Sharks’ builder’s hats and travelled south to the game.

Account manager Kory Davis said, as sponsors of the Sharks, 10 staff members attended the team’s first game.

“It’s great to see the team play live again, but today we have some new staff members who have come to support and some of our other staff members have been coming to games for a few years.”

The Sharks’ next two games are away — the Franklin Bulls on Saturday and the Manawatu Jets on Sunday.

The Sharks’ next home game is against the Hawke’s Bay Hawks at 7.30pm next Thursday.