Auckland win ninth straight, knock out Southland
Updated at 1:11 pm on 11 May 2012
Auckland have won their ninth straight match in the National Basketball League, beating Southland 107-89 in Auckland.
Ismail Muhammad top scored for the Pirates with 20 points, as five other players reached double figures.
Alex Pledger, who is still coming off the bench, had a double double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in under 20 minutes.
The loss puts the Sharks at four wins and 10 losses and out of play-off contention.
Auckland are top of the table with 11 wins and two losses.
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