The WELLINGTON SAINTS make it two from two on the road, defeating the ADVICE FIRST WAIKATO PISTONS 115-84, while the FICO FINANCE NELSON GIANTS and OCEANAGOLD NUGGETS open their ledger's with wins.
Saints suffered an early blow as lone import ANDREW WARREN suffered a cut to the thumb only seven minutes into the contest, which ruled him out for the remainder of the game.
Replacing Warren was shooting guard JORDAN MILLS, who made the most of his opportunities, blowing up for a career high and also game high 33 points, which included 9/14 from the three point line.
Mills was supported by forward ARTHUR TROUSDELL and point guard LINDSAY TAIT who added 21 and 18 points respectively.
DILLON BOUCHER continued to disprove the science of ageing, playing 32 minutes and tallying 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
It was a much improved shooting night from Wellington, shooting 54% from beyond the arc.
Pistons would be disappointed with the start, as they allowed the visitors to score 30 points in the first quarter, to trail by 12.
Young Tall Black TAI WEBSTER was the pick of the Pistons collecting 19 points and 6 assists. Forward ZACK ATKINSON continued his consistent play from last season adding a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Former Detroit Pistons summer league player VERNON HAMILTON added 21, but did commit six turnovers.
Saints will now return home to play Taranaki next Friday night and then are back on the road to play SOUTHLAND SHARKS on Sunday.
Pistons will play host next Friday to the FICO FINANCE NELSON GIANTS who put on a strong second quarter outscoring the TELECOM BUSINESS HUB JETS 28-11, for the 82-67 win.
Jets fatigue was obvious from the night before as they shot a poor 35% from the field and committed 17 turnovers.
JOSH PACE troubled his former side for 25 points and eight rebounds, ERRON MAXEY added 16 points and guard BROOK RUSCOE was next best with 15.
Stop gap import for the Jets GARRIUS HOLLOMAN was the leading scorer for his side with 15, and Mr Double-double NICK HORVATH had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
In Dunedin the OCEANAGOLD NUGGETS proved they will be one of the teams to beat with a 111-77 thrashing of the JAMES BLONDE SUPER CITY RANGERS.
After a season in Germany, BJ ANTHONY came out with a dominating performance going for 33 points and 12 rebounds, as the Nuggets never looked like losing after a 31-12 opening quarter.
Versatile swingman AKEEM WRIGHT had 19 points, while point guard MARK 'SPARKY' DICKEL grabbed seven steals to go with his nine assists.
It was going to be a tough ask for the visitors, after playing the previous night in Invercargill. Forward DUANE BAILEY collected his second straight double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Rangers will have to play another road game on Thursday against the Jets, before their first home game of the season which will be against the Nuggets again.
Nuggets will play the Hawks on Saturday the night before and will attempt to go 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1995.