Tuffin, Taranaki bounce back as NZ NBL celebrates Filipino Night

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 01, 2020 03:41 PM
Tuffin, Airs bounce back as NZ NBL celebrates Filipino Night
(Photo courtesy of NZ NBL)

In a game day giving shine to Filipinos, Ken Tuffin impressed yet again to help Taranaki get back into the win column in the 2020 Sal’s National Basketball League.

Tuffin fired 15 points in the Mountainairs’ balanced attack as they finished off the Otago Nuggets, 107-81, Wednesday at the Trusts Arena.

The Filipino-Kiwi also added five rebounds and two steals while four other teammates were in double-digits led by Derone Raukawa with 23 points.

The contest was close in the first half until Taranaki turned it on in the third quarter and dominated their opponents, 68-35, the rest of the way.

It was a big-time bounce back for the Airs who had lost back-to-back games after a 2-0 start to the season.

It was a big-time performance as well for Tuffin who, alongside Otago’s Richie Rodger, was featured in the league’s first-ever Filipino Night.

Tuffin is headed right back to Far Eastern University after his stint in the NZ NBL.

Rodger, meanwhile, haa yet to express his future plans, but his initial commitment was to the University of the East.

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