A magnificent performance from Corey Webster has seen the Franklin Bulls prove too good for the Wellington Saints when the two sides locked horns on Sunday in the New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL).
The two-time league Most Valuable Player was at his damaging best at Franklin Pool and Leisure Centre, driving his side to a 17-point victory over the Saints, who could not continue their reasonable run of form of late.
Webster poured in an equal game-high 28 points, 13 assists, five rebounds and five steals in a truly complete performance, and was far and away the best performer on the court for the winning side. Also contributing were Nathanial Potts (17 points, seven rebounds) and Anzac Rissetto (14 points), with both proving damaging on the offensive end of the court.
For the Saints, Tom Vodanovich was once again the star on the offensive end, playing all 40 minutes and producing 28 points. He also added 12 rebounds to record a double-double, as did Xavier Cooks, who delivered 12 points and 13 rebounds.
All of Webster’s buckets came from within the arc, with 10 of his 22 field goal attempts finding the bottom of the net. While it was not the most efficient night for the guard, he was still able to find a basket when his side needed one.
He was also able to reach the free throw line quite a bit, drawing contact and forcing the official to blow the whistle. Eight of his 11 attempts from the charity stripe were good, helping boost his score quite a bit thanks to an uncanny ability to force the defender into illegal contact.
Perhaps the most impressive facet of Webster’s game was his playmaking, reaching double-digits in the assists column. He found his teammates in ideal scoring position on a number of occasions, and created a number of easy buckets by using his IQ alone. His vision was as good as ever, and showed why he is one of the most respected veterans in the competition.
To add to an already terrific performance, Webster was able to get involved on the defensive end too, finishing the contest with five steals. His hands were extremely active whenever the opposition had the ball, and took advantage of some sloppy playmaking from the Saints.
The result sees the Bulls move to fifth spot on the ladder, with a record of five wins and four losses, while the Saints move to 3-7 on the season. These two sides will face off once again next Sunday, with Wellington out for revenge.