Saints beat Lions 93-63 after strong start

Three dead-rubber games ended in three convincing wins as Dunedin’s men’s club basketball regular season wrapped up on Saturday.

The St Kilda Saints, who have qualified as the top seeds
for the playoffs, defeated the Magic Lions 93-63.

A dominant start set the scene, the Saints taking a 35-18 lead to the first break.

It was a margin that the Lions could not eat into, as Michael Ruske (22 points) and Jack Andrew (21 points) helped guide the Saints to a big win.

Dallas Hartmann led a depleted Lions side with 23 points.

The Mid City Magic claimed a 78-60 over Varsity.

It held a comfortable lead most of the way and showed its range of threats in getting between 10 and 14 points from five scorers.

In the late game, the Andy Bay Falcons beat the City Rise Bombers 127-79.

The Falcons led 71-39 at halftime and extended that to 100-56 at the end of the third quarter.

Matt Pyper top-scored with 23 points, while Hamish Robertson added 22.

Matthew Bardsley had 31 points for the Bombers.

This Saturday, the Saints will face the Magic in the 1 v 2 playoff for a direct spot in the final.

The Falcons will play the Lions in the 3 v 4 playoff, the winner playing the loser of the Saints-Magic game for the second spot in the final.

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