17/04/2024

The Tasmania JackJumpers have extended their win streak to three on the trot. (Photo: Tasmania JackJumpers/Twitter)

The Tasmania JackJumpers have found their footing in the NBL, upping their win streak to three after overcoming the Sydney Kings on Friday night.

The Tasmania JackJumpers continue to rack up the achievements in their inaugural season, delivering a stunning seven-point upset to the Sydney Kings at MyState Bank Arena.

Once again, it was JackJumpers’ point guard Josh Magette who was a force to be reckoned in his side’s win against the enbattled Kings 77-70.

The American talent was the dominant focal point of Scott Roth’s side, and attracted attention as a result of a stellar performance encompassed by 18 points, two assists and a rebound.

Jack McVeigh also played a starring role, with the dynamo firing on the court. His impact significant on the scoreboard for the JackJumpers (17 points and eight rebounds), along with Will Magnay’s 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks helped the side move up to fifth on the ladder board.

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With both sides coming off with wins last week, it was Tasmania which ultimately fought back and pushed through to collect the win, marking its win-streak with a third consecutive win.

Despite an early lead from Sydney in the first quarter, things quickly started to unravel by the second quarter with a triple delight of Magette, Magnay and McVeigh putting on a dominant performance to help Tasmania overpower this opposition.

A win seemed to remain further away from the grips of the Kings, who shot just six out of 17 shots by half time. They were unable to take back possession of the lead that was firmly held by the JackJumpers right to the end of the second half.

Tasmania continued to ramp up the pressure defensively as the Kings lack of contributors to their score line added to their woes.

Jaylen Adams dazzled on court with a whopping 24 points, four points and four assists to his name. Xavier Cooks also was critical for the Kings with a stellar 18 points and 13 rebounds under his sleeve.

Despite a bundle of aggression put on court by the Kings, it wasn’t enough for them to stop the JackJumpers, whose momentum led them to the win.

The Tasmania JackJumpers no doubt had gotten their sweet vengeance this evening. After a humiliating loss against the Kings back in Round 3, Tasmania head into preparations for its next game against Melbourne United on Sunday.

Meanwhile the Kings will need to go back to the drawing board if a win is on the cards for them when they take on the New Zealand Breakers next.

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