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The Southland Sharks have been beaten almost single-handedly by Manawatu Jets American import Daishon Knight.
Knight posted a remarkable 45 points as the bottom-of-the-table Jets knocked over one of the 2018 National Basketball League title favourites in the form of the Sharks in Palmerston North yesterday.
Knight put up 23 points in the first half, although the Sharks did hold a 47-46 halftime lead.
Knight's point-scoring onslaught continued in the second half as he kept the Jets in the game.
The Sharks held a five-point lead heading into the final quarter as they looked to take charge, but it was the Jets who won the final quarter 29-21 and the game 94-91.
Knight finished with 45 points and for good measure latched on to 13 rebounds.
Just one other Jets player reached double-figures. That was fellow American import Kuran Iveson, who contributed 16 points and an impressive 18 rebounds.
Just two nights earlier the Jets were beaten in overtime by the Canterbury Rams.
The Sharks were also backing up after a Friday night game when they beat Taranaki 112-105 in New Plymouth.
As usual, the Sharks scoring was spread with six players posting double-figures against the Jets.
Orlando Coleman racked up a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The Sharks head home to Invercargill where they will look to bounce back in the next outing against the Canterbury Rams at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill.
The Sharks have three round-robin games in which to fine-tune their game before the finals series in Wellington next month.
- Logan Savory