The National, Monday July 22nd, 2013
THE Saints have a big task against unbeaten leaders Exodus in the PNG Men’s Basketball League match up at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex tomorrow night.
This tussle will determine whether Saints are serious 2013 premiership contenders or not.
Exodus with five straight wins are favourites to continue that excellent form against their depleted opponents.
The Muri brothers Dia, Apia and Purari will form the spine of Exodus’ plays and need to be contained if the Saints are to have a chance of springing an upset.
Coach Moses Koiri has had the luxury of staying with the same starting team that has been unmatched in five rounds.
Saints are playing with little inspiration and have lost their touch.
Tony Haro, Kala brothers Sibona, and Donald, James Ipasi and veteran Lawrence Lahari (pictured) need to turn their form around to salvage their season or the wooden spoon could be their unwanted prize.
Coach Tasman Samuel will be hoping that he has the right game plane to get his charges back on track.
Exodus, Tamaraws and Moresby West Jokers make up a competitve top three while the fourth place is up for grabs between Chariots and Saints.
Exodus are clear front-runners while Tamaraws and Jokers are also building nicely as the competition reaches its halfway stage but it is the Saints that seem to be making up the numbers.
On Thursday Tamaraws and Moresby West Jokers battle out for the second spot in another thriller.
Last Thursday Tamaraws took sweet revenge over Chariots shutting out the Pro-Prest sponsored side 77- 67.