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Tuatara destroy Southland Sharks

Rob Loe Auckland Tuatara NBL basketball
Rob Loe showed his value in all areas of the court as the Tuatara thrashed the Sharks in the NBL. PHOTO: NBL

The Auckland Tuatara have thrashed the Southland Sharks in the National Basketball League (NBL) by 40 points in front of a sell out crowd at North Harbour.


The 94-54 victory showed the value of Rob Loe, who has not been picked up by the Breakers in the next Australian NBL season.


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Loe scored 23 points, made 14 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Strangely Corey Webster and Tom Vodanovich both rounded out the game with 23 points each as well.


Rueben Te Rangi made scored six points but pulled down eight rebounds and had 10 assists.


The Sharks had just three players make double figures, import Caleb Asberry had 12, Callum McRae 11 and Ben Hall 10 and lack numbers anywhere else on the court.


The loss means Southland have a 0-5 record, their worst start to a season ever. The win lifted the Tuatara to 4-2.


The home side led 47-20 at the half time break and didn't let up as the visitors struggled against a relentless Tuatara.


The Tuatara host the Franklin Bulls midweek in a local derby in round five, as well as travelling to the Jets on Friday.


The Sharks host the Rams on Friday in a bid to end their winless streak.





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