Tuffin, Nunag shine in New Zealand NBL

Published May 2, 2021, 5:05 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Ken Tuffin (left) and Joseph Nunag

Former Far Eastern University cagers Ken Tuffin and Joseph Nunag continued their solid showing for their respective teams in the New Zealand National Basketball League.

Tuffin scored 13 points to help the Wellington Saints beat the Canterbury Rams, 95-74, while Nunag dropped 20 points in the Franklin Bulls’ 100-99 victory over the Manawatu Jets.

Wellington won for the second time in as many games to join Southland and Auckland on top of the standings while Franklin improved to 1-1 through two weeks of the NBL campaign.

Tuffin made 5-of-7 shots including three triples in almost 25 minutes off the bench as the Saints produced another lopsided win after opening the season with a 95-73 rout on the road against the Otago Nuggets in Dunedin.

Nunag, who was used sparingly during his FEU stint, hit four triples before finishing the day going 6-of-10 from the floor to play a key role in the Bulls’ victory.

He had 11 in the first half for Franklin, which entered the win column after last week’s 99-96 defeat to Auckland.

In that game, Nunag produced 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting in a losing cause.