The National, Thursday July 18th, 2013
THE PNG Men’s Basketball League champions Moni Plus Tamaraws are prepared to avenge their first round loss against Propest Chariots at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex tonight.
The water buffalos have the edge in experience and depth with players like Wally and Charles Parapa but need to play as a unit for the full four quarters to come away with the win.
Chariots’ performances have improved with victories over the Tamaraws and PNG Ports Saints and they will be looking to continue that momentum against the defending premiers.
Currently, Exodus are yet to taste defeat with 10 points followed by Moresby West Jokers on six, Tamaraws and Chariots on four each and Saints are last with two points.
On Tuesday night West Jokers’ Joe Elavo rammed the hoop on several occasions as well as sinking a couple of three-pointers to lead his team to a comfortable 78-60 win over Saints.
His aerial feats entertained the crowd and, with the centre hitting a purple patch in form of late, fans can expect more highlight reel moments in the coming games.
An air-tight defensive effort forced Saints into riskier play with Lawrence Lahari’s men left with little option but to shoot from long range on too many occassions.