COVID-19 has given Kenneth Tuffin an opportunity he didn't see coming.
The Auckland franchise continued to make up ground on the league's early frontrunners.
The sport's national body received $500,000 to help its men's and women's leagues.
And the Otago Nuggets won the 'Battle of the South'.
OKC Thunder centre Steven Adams has emerged from coronavirus lockdown on the farm.
The South Island powers fell to Taranaki Mountainairs and Manawatu Jets respectively.
But their victory was marred by a third-quarter clash that saw their captain suspended.
Otago join Taranaki Mountain Airs as unbeaten after two outings.
The Mountain Airs eased to a dominant win over Nelson Giants in the opening game.