Saints, Magic stay unbeaten with ease

Liam Aston poured in four first-quarter three-pointers to propel the St Kilda Saints to a comfortable victory.

The Saints guard was locked in and helped his team on a 27-2 run throughout the first and second quarters.

Varsity never got close from there, and the Saints emerged 83-61 winners in Dunedin men’s club basketball on Saturday.

They and the Mid City Magic are unbeaten after two weeks.

Aston hit a further three-pointer in the second quarter, finishing with 19 points.

Influential duo Lawson Morris-Whyte and Mike Ruske were also key in the keeping the score ticking over.

Morris-Whyte was reliable as usual around the hoop to top-score with 23 points, while Ruske — who made his Otago Nuggets debut later that night — added 22.

Isaac Smiler top-scored for Varsity with 18 points.

The Mid City Magic preserved its own unbeaten status with a 94-50 win over a depleted Magic Lions team missing the majority of its roster to the Otago under-19 team.

The Lions remained in touch throughout the first quarter, before the score ballooned to 57-28 at halftime.

The Magic spread its scoring load throughout its squad.

Newcomer Jack Donnelly led the way with 17 points, while the trio of Nathan Hanna, Dallas Hartmann and Tai Porima-Flavell had 14 each.

The Andy Bay Falcons got their first win of the season with a comprehensive 99-71 defeat of the St Kilda Bullets, who were playing their first game in A grade.

The game was effectively over midway through the second quarter, when a 17-0 run by the Falcons gave them a 39-16 lead.

Sam Senior top-scored with 21 points, while Paden Kennedy added 20.

Alex Wright had 20 points for the Bullets, the left-handed forward sparking a mini-comeback for St Kilda through the third quarter.

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