The KSS Southern Flames remain unbeaten after defeating Lamana Saints 105-102 in round five matches of the PNG’s semi-pro basketball competition, played over the weekend.
It was a see-saw of a match in the first quarter, with Saints dominating despite a last minute 3-point difference in the final quarter.
The Kutubu Security-sponsored Southern Flames were not to be taken lightly after clinching the top spot with an unbeaten run of wins, right from the opening of the season.
The FA PNG Club House in Gordons plays host since the inception of this year’s season, and it was a match not to be missed, between unbeaten rival Flames in maroon, and the Lamana Saints.
The Saints moved on the court with class, striking a commanding lead and a 10-point difference in the first quarter.
The Flames, after thrashing last year’s defending champions Moni Plus Tamaraws in round four games, remained cool, calm and collected, while capitalising on Saints’ inaccuracies.
The seeded Saints increased their tempo in the second quarter, but the Mori Muri coached side ran away in the third and fourth quarter to put the Southern Highlands franchise on the top of the competition ladder.
Although Flames is new to the PMBL, they have recruited well in their debut season and the signs are promising. In other games, PNG Power Chariots defeated Exodus 84-71.
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