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Canterbury Rams ready to face red-hot Rangers

George Berry
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Canterbury Rams import Marcel Jones shoots from behind the arc Blase Dowall- Rams

Supercity Rangers are equal with the Rams in the standings, and Canterbury hopes their improved defence can bring a win.

Friday night's game is the Rams' second home game for the season and the toughest yet. Auckland-based Supercity Rangers is equal with the Rams at the top of the New Zealand National Basketball League.

The Rams have already played the unbeaten side this season,  losing 114-107 in Auckland.

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Rams Forward, Tohi Smith-Milner Blase Dowall- Rams

Canterbury Rams Captain Marques Whippy said they were brutally beaten inside the arc by the physically styled play from Auckland during their last meeting, but Auckland struggled to make shots behind the three-point line.

He said if they can force the Rangers shooters outside of the paint, they will give themselves a much better chance at winning.

"We need to really focus on help-side defence, and not let the ball get into the paint or the key as much as before, if they're going to beat us, they're gonna have to beat us from outside the three point line," he said.

The Supercity Rangers bring a very experienced side to Cowles Stadium, which includes 9 time NZNBL Champion and current New Zealand Breakers General Manager, Dillon Boucher.

Whippy said his team is more than ready for the physical challenge which kicks of tomorrow at 7pm.