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Saints pipped by Southland in national basketball final

The Wellington Saints were overpowered by the Southland Sharks, who won the national basketball league final yesterday by 98 to 96 in an upset victory.

The Sharks led throughout the game, getting ahead 67-51 by halftime. The Saints fought back to within one point with just over three minutes remaining but were unable to get past the visitors to score their third successive title.

Kevin Braswell ended his three-season tenure as Wellington Saints coach with the game. He is taking the job as head coach with the New Zealand Breakers.