Ngatai again leads the NZ Select scoring


Jordan Ngatai, following a 16 points outing against Montenegro on Friday, scored 18 points against hosts Jiangsu as NZ Select made it two from two on their six games tour of China.

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AGS beat unbeaten Westlake plus other Boys Prems news



Kelston Boys gained a much needed first win and Westlake Boys suffered their first defeat in Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade action on Friday night.

Auckland Grammar with something approaching a full strength lineup for the first time this season were able to halt the Westlake winning sequence at seven. Grammar put the clamps on the Westlake scoring to win 79-52.

Anzac Rissetto dominated the early proceedings with 15 points as Grammar raced to a 26-17 opening quarter advantage.

The two teams shared 30 points in the second period – triples from James Moors and Matt Cairns-Hita countered by the interior scoring of the returning Samson Aruwa and Rissetto.

Nine points down at half-time Westlake found themselves in a hole by the three-quarter mark trailing 60-43.

Moors scored a couple of baskets in the period for the visitors but Westlake, missing the rebounding presence of Under 18 3×3 World Cup bound Thabo Manyere, were unable to control Aruwa and Rissetto as they combined for another dozen points in the third.

A triple from Campbell Green and 8 points from Thomas Whyte ensured there would be no Westlake resurgence in the final period. Reuben Fitzgerald led the Lake scoring but their unbeaten run was stopped in its tracks.

Score: Auckland Grammar 79 – Rissetto 27, Whyte 11, Aruwa 10, Green 9, Higgins 7

Westlake 52 – Fitzgerald 13, Moors 10, Winter 8, Hidalgo 5, Cairns-Hita 5, L Mennenga 5


In Takapuna it needed a couple of late baskets from Kruz Perrott-Hunt and Marvin Willaims-Dunn for Rosmini College to see off Mt Albert Grammar.

MAGS looked as if they would steal a win in the Tom Gerrard Gymnasium for the second successive year when the outstanding Ryan Laumatia nailed a jump shot to put his team up 62-61 with two minutes to play.

However Perrott-Hunt made a three as the shot clock expired with 1:25 to play and a couple of possessions later Williams-Dunn, who to that point had had a shooting night to forget, made a crucial left handed drive with 13 seconds to play.

MAGS were unable to create a worthwhile shot in the time remaining and Rozza escaped with a 66-62 win.

Earlier Mitch Dance and Williams-Dunn took Rosmini to an early lead but Laumatia soon balanced the ledger.

Perrott-Hunt, back earlier in the day from the Basketball Without Borders Camp in China, landed a three, as did Terence Abdon – Rozza ahead 26-13 at the first break.

Jonty Vink, Mandela Baledrokadroka and Laumatia produced a 7-0 MAGS run at the start of the second. The run moved to substantial proportions, 15-2, as MAGS players continually found a way to the hoop to level the scores.

Peter Jenkins finally scored from the field for Rosmini but Te Akau Pumipi gave MAGS the lead 32-30. The visitors had dominated the quarter but a Matt Sokol basket on the penultimate possession of the period gave Rozza a slender 34-32 lead.

Taine Murray landed the first triple of the second half but scoring almost ground to a halt as defences dominated. Laumatia had the final say of a period in which both teams struggled to score – his And1 play edging MAGS ahead 46-45.

Jack Morrison gave MAGS its biggest lead of the game, 56-50, four minutes into the fourth.

Dance was becoming to go-to man for the hosts, his triple making it a one-point game.

Pumipi and Sokol exchanged baskets 60-57 to MAGS with 3:55 to play.

Reihana Maxwell –Topia again reduced the MAGS lead to a single point before Dance made it 61-60 to Rozza at the 2:30 mark.

Laumatia’s jump shot appeared crucial but then it was over to Perrott-Hunt and Williams-Dunn for the two key plays and MAGS fell to yet another agonising single figure defeat.

Score: Rosmini 66 – Dance 22, Perrot-Hunt 12, Jenkins 6, Williams-Dunn 5

Mt Albert 62 – Laumatia 22, Pumipi 10, Morrison 10, Baledrokadroka 7


Kelston Boys were able to hustle Macleans College into numerous mistakes to fuel their transition offence led by Matangi Prescott.

With Kale Lawson dominating the boards Kelston secured a valuable 102-89 first win of the season.

Rangitoto College showed resilience in their visit to St Kentigern College. After the team bus was involved in a shunt on the way to the game a couple of players were rested as a precaution after incurring bumps and bruises.

Down to seven players Rangi were still too good for the hosts winning 90-60 with the in form Harry Clarke notching 32 points and Zack Te Puni adding 21 points.

Premier Grade Standings

7-1 Westlake

6-1 Rangitoto

5-2 Rosmini

5-3 Auckland Grammar

3-5 St Kentigern, Macleans

1-7 Mt Albert, Kelston

Latest Canterbury Schools roundup


From James Lissaman

Teams are now starting to jockey for positions in the McDonald’s competitions, with Cashmere High School taking sole possession of the number one spot in Division I of the Thompson Trophy, while only three Whelan teams are without a blemish on their record (Middleton Grange, Rangi Ruru and Christchurch Girls’ High).
Avonside Girls’ High’s young team has begun growing more comfortable on court, coming away with two big wins in Division II, first over a much taller Villa Maria team (54-31), where Molly Cockburn finished with 16p, Bella Digby (12p) and Hayley Forster (11p). Casey Robinson led the charge for Villa Maria with 14p.

Ellesmere was the next victim of the Lady Eagles, going down 63-53 in an exciting game. Molly Cockburn had 32p this time, while Ellesmere’s Kerra Johansen (20p) and Paris Nurse (17p) kept the visitors close throughout.

Middleton Grange ran away from Cashmere 95-46, as Lauryn Hippolite (31p) proved to be too much for her less experienced opponents to handle. Megan Ellis also had 31p for the Gators, and Sofia Kennedy 10p. Cashmere’s Emma Robinson and Samantha Irvine both finished with 11p each in the loss.

Kaiapoi was next up against Middleton, and a promising first quarter gave way to the usual Gator onslaught, ending up as a 77-47 victory for Middleton Grange. Megan Ellis was a force around the rim (38p), with Lauryn Hippolite (16p) playing the supporting role this time. Helen Matthews (19p) handled the Gators pressure superbly, and Olivia Attewell (10p) proved her worth for Kaiapoi too.

Things didn’t get any easier for Cashmere, as they faced Rangi Ruru in Round Six, only going down by a respectable fifteen points (79-64). Alice Sproat (22p) led the way for Rangi Ruru, with Millie Knight (14p), Alida Pohatu-Barnes and Connie Taylor (12p each) scoring in double figures. Rachel Pullan had a twenty point outing for Cashmere, and Samantha Irvine finished with 13p.

Cathedral College and Hillmorton met in a high level Thompson Trophy Division II matchup, but with the game in the balance (five point margin in the fourth quarter), Jibraan Safi went berserk from behind the arc (12p – including three treys in the final quarter). Hillmorton’s Joshua Nickel (21p) was too big for Cathedral to deal with the entire game, Mahnonri Tauiliili-Pau scored 17p, and the sharpshooting Kendrew finished with 20p.

Cathedral’s James Rensulat (21p) carried the brunt of their scoring load, with Graeme Patu-Vaegaau and Ace Dosdos both finishing with 11p each. Oscar Hooper channelled Ben Wallace as he finished with 0p (0/1 fg) and 12r.

Hillmorton followed up with a solid win against a scrappy Kaiapoi team 97-61, where Kendrew (26p), Tauiliili-Pau (20p) and Nickel (14p) again led the way. Kalem Morgan (14p) top scored for Kaiapoi, with Cameron Wilson (12p) and Sam McCartin (10p) reaching double figures.

Linwood fell to St. Thomas 104-70, as they were treated to 28p from Rhoi Sanchez, but came away with a win they travelled to play Hornby (73-61)in Round Six. This time it was Joshua Galang (23p) leading the way, and JC Kabigting notching a double-double (11p 12r).

Cashmere successfully defended the Dowson Cup twice, first in a 103-33 demolition of St. Bede’s, where only Tom Hughes was able to provide any semblance of resistance (11p).

Next up was a slightly shorthanded Christ’s College team (Max de Geest was in China for the Asia Pacific Camp). This game was the one chosen for the New Zealand Broadcasting School to use as part of their practical experience, having use of a $15 million Sky TV truck, to do a fantastic job as they streamed the game on facebook and YouTube.

Maxwell Darling made things very exciting down the stretch as he hit four three-pointers in the final quarter en route to 42p, but Tom Crutchley was the only other teammate to hit double figures (13p). Ultimately, it wasn’t enough as Cashmere hung on 72-65. Tom Russ-Hofmas (22p) and Connor McLaughlin (16p) both proving their class, while Mitchell Mahon scored 10p in the win.

Midleton Grange had somewhat of a surprise win, coming out on top of Christchurch Boys’ 88-69. Ben Carlile-Smith (27p), Jarred Burnett (11p) and Fabian Hoekendijk (10p) building the lead for the Gators. Kurt Feneon had one of his higher scoring outbursts (21p) and Nick Aucutt had 10p.

Shirley Boys’ High had an expected win over St. Bede’s 81-54, after dropping three of their previous four games. Balance was key here, with Josh Thomson (17p) leading the way. Sean Kelly (14p), Wiremu Waaka (10p), and Solomona Nanai (10p) also getting into double figures in the Spartan win.

Whelan Division I

Christchurch Girls’ 74-38 Kaiapoi

Burnside 74-53 Rangiora

St. Andrew’s 54-53 Ashburton

Middleton Grange 95-46 Cashmere

Middleton Grange 77-47 Kaiapoi

Rangi Ruru 79-64 Cashmere

Christchurch Girls’ 82-31 Rangiora


 Whelan Division II

St. Margaret’s 51-50 Hillmorton

Avonside 54-31 Villa Maria

Ellesmere 68-59 Lincoln

Hillmorton 49-47 Lincoln

Avonside 63-53 Ellesmere

St. Margaret’s 72-54 Villa Maria


Thompson Division I

Cashmere Boys Basketball 103-33 St. Bede’s

Burnside 81-75 Shirley Boys’

Middleton Grange 88-69 Christchurch Boys’

Ashburton 78-66 St. Andrew’s

Christ’s 74-68 Rangiora

Burnside 80-72 Ashburton

Rangiora 89-66 Christchurch Boys’

Shirley 81-53 St. Bede’s

Cashmere 72-65 Christ’s College (Dowson Cup defended)


 Thompson Division II

Kaiapoi 100-66 Hornby

Papanui 90-48 Riccarton

Ellesmere 74-52 Lincoln

St. Thomas 104-70 Linwood

Hillmorton 85-65 Cathedral

Hornby 73-61 Linwood

Cathedral 86-69 Ellesmere

St. Thomas 77-69 Riccarton

Papanui 100-31 Lincoln

Hillmorton 97-61 Kaiapoi

Exciting Tall Ferns Squad named


The Tall Ferns squad named by coach Kennedy Kereama for the upcoming international programme is close to a full strength lineup.

But for a knee injury Jordan Hunter would have been in the point guard mix and college commitments have ruled out regulars Penina Davidson and Stella Beck.

Otherwise this is a team with a nice blend of veteran experience and youth.

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Strong performances from Tall Ferns in Australia



What is happening in Sunbury? The Jets hadn’t lost a Big V fixture in a season and a half but now they have lost twice in a fortnight. To be precise they had won 35 consecutive games so to lose two on the trot is not something followers of the team expected.

However it’s not all doom and gloom for the Kennedy Kereama coached Jets as they still sit top of the Big V table with an 11-2 record despite going down 71-61 at Ringwood Hawks

Tall Ferns centre Josie Stockill threatened a triple double for the Jets with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks.

Also in Melbourne Jess Bygate secured a double double of 20 points and 13 rebounds for Sandringham but the Sabres went down 68-52 to Kilsyth Cobras. The Sabres are now 4-9 in the SEABL East competition.

On the Australian west coast Perry Lakes Hawks suffered a surprise first defeat of the season in the State League. Perry Lakes (14-1) went down 72-63 to Joondalup Wolves on Friday with Toni Farnworth contributing 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the Hawks.

Perth Redbacks lost 83-75 at Stirling Senators with Lisa Wallbutton adding 8 rebounds to 10 points for the Redbacks. The Redbacks slip to seventh on the twelve-team ladder with a 6-8 record.

It was a mixed weekend in Queensland Basketball League (QBL) for Micaela Cocks and Chevannah Paalvast.

Their club Mackay Meteorettes scooted past Gold Coast Rollers 74-39 on Friday but met a storm at Logan on Saturday rolled 88-69 by the Thunder.

Cocks had 7 points and 9 rebounds on Friday and 11 points the following day. Paalvast scored 13 points against the Rollers and 9 points at Logan.

Mackay slip to third on the ladder with an 8-2 record.

Top of the QBL table are unbeaten Brisbane Spartans (10-0) after wins against Ipswich and Toowoomba at the weekend.

Kalani Purcell nailed 18 points and 10 rebounds at Ipswich and followed up with 10 points against Toowoomba. Natalie Taylor scored 14 points in the second game of the weekend after going scoreless at Ipswich.

Men’s 3×3 U18 team announced


The New Zealand team has been named today ahead of the FIBA Under 18 3×3 World Cup, which will be hosted in Chengdu, China, from 28 June to 2 July.

Rangimarie Mita, Thabo Manyere, William Heather, Isaiah Jones will depart for China this week to take on the world’s best young 3×3 talent.

Although considered underdogs this year, the team boasts a proud Kiwi history with two world titles in New Zealand trophy cabinet. The first is from 2011 when James Ashby, Tai Webster, Reuben Te Rangi and Isaac Fotu won in 2011. All have since gone on to become Tall Blacks. In 2015 New Zealand’s second World Cup was won by captain Nikau McCullough, tournament MVP Tai Wynyard, Sam Timmins and Matt Freeman, who brought the house down by beating Argentina in a tense final 20 to 18.

Head Coach Anthony Corban was at the teams’ helm for both of those world titles.

“I take pride in our outstanding history in the U18 3×3 World Championship. What made those teams world beaters was that they had been put through a tough training regime before the tournament. They experienced fatigue and failure in training and learnt from it,” says Corban.

This 2017 team is another group of talented young men who will need to adapt quickly to the hype that has become synonymous with 3×3 events, but Coach Corban says he’s picked a team that will gel on court, and that these young men have the grit required to overcome their underdog status at this World Cup.

“Will Heather is a post player with the ability to stretch the defence with his outside shooting ability. I like the fact he can strongly defend the post with one-on-one coverage.

“Then there’s Thabo [Manyere], who’s an athletic player. He can overpower smaller players on the perimeter and take bigger players off the dribble. I particularly like his on-court work ethic.

“Isaia [Jones] is athletic guard with inside/outside game. It will be tough for teams to match up on him and defend. I like his physical strength and ability to get to the basket.

“Rangimarie Mita is a tall shooting guard with ability to get to the basket off the dribble,” said Coach Corban.

Everyone one of these players will have to be on their game if the wish to advance through to the playoff rounds, as New Zealand has drawn formidable opposition in Pool B – Ukraine, Bahrain, Georgia, and Qatar.

“I wish it was easy to predict how we are going to go, but yes we are in a tough group. Qatar are defending champions, and Ukraine and Georgia were particularly good teams last year.

“We’ve trained with tough opposition in mind though. Our camps have been intense with these boys learning to play bigger and stronger teams, particularly through the training sessions we’ve had with our open men’s team. But at the end of the day, the main focus for this team is on what they can control, which is our decision making on the court – get that right and everything else takes care of itself.”

Coach Corban will meet the team in China after departing Nantes in France where he’s been at the open men’s FIBA 3×3 World Cup. In China, he’ll be looking to go at least one stage further than the open men’s team, with the playoff stages in mind. Corban says the junior programme in New Zealand is continuing to produce talented basketballers and predicts more world titles.

“With the Junior Tall Blacks team in Cairo and Under 18 team heading to Guam, solid performances on the court in China will further underline the continuing depth New Zealand is building in age group basketball,” says Corban.

“It’s us against the world.”

New Zealand U18 3×3 Team:
· Rangimarie Mita | Basketball Manawatu
· Thabo Manyere | Harbour Basketball
· William Heather | Harbour Basketball
· Isaiah Jones | Basketball Hawkes Bay

For more go to the FIBA U18 3×3 World Cup webpage:

Auckland Grammar storm home to beat Westlake Girls

Keeley Tini

Keeley Tini

On the back of a commanding fourth quarter performance Auckland Girls Grammar School defeated Westlake Girls 88-54 in Premier Grade action on Monday night.

Westlake made the better start leading 26-22 after a free flowing opening quarter with Jordyn Maddix and Keeley Tini knocking down triples to more than counter the efforts of Karma Skelton-Roberts and Mariah Ropati.

Auckland exerted some dominance in the second winning the period 20-9 as Mele Latu and Rionne Papa went to work.

Maddix scored another three in the third frame but Auckland were well served by Teneva Ropati and led 57-49 at the three-quarter mark.

Any thoughts Westlake had of heading back over the Harbour Bridge with a victory were quashed in the final stanza. The AGGS defence reduced Westlake’s scoring to occasional trips to the foul line whilst their offence piled in 30 points.

AGGS had six players in double figures emphasising their all-round scoring ability.

The win moves Grammar, temporarily at least, to the top of the league. Massey High and Mt Albert Grammar – the other two teams with just one defeat this season – play again on Friday.

Score: Auckland Girls 88 – Papa 15, Latu 14, Hettig 13, T Ropati 12, M Ropati 11, Skelton-Roberts 10

Westlake Girls 54 – Maddix 16, Tini 10, Shearer 8, Davidson 6, Moors 6

Premier Standings

7-1 AGGS

6-1 Mt Albert

5-1 Massey

4-4 Westlake

3-4 Rangitoto

2-5 Carmel

1-6 Orewa

0-6 Avondale

Wizards and Breeze win WBC derbies

Deena Franklin

The Waikato Wizards and Harbour Breeze won their respective Women’s Basketball Championship local derbies at the weekend. Tall Ferns trialists Charlisse Leger-Walker, Deena Franklin and Georgia Agnew all made an impact link

First Prem grade win of season for Orewa


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Courtesy of Kelly Vivian at Spinnerchild Photography

In the latest round of Girls Premier grade action in Auckland Orewa College celebrated its first win of the season with Mt Albert Grammar and Auckland Grammar also gaining W’s.

At Rangitoto a low scoring opening quarter was edged by Orewa College 12-11.

When Rangitoto opened up a 25-14 advantage in the second quarter Orewa coach Jane Finlayson, probably fearing another tough night for her charges, called a timeout.

Up to that point Mania Spooner and Ella Moore had been dictating terms for the hosts but on the resumption Sophie Emmitt and Shan-Lee Swanepoel made much needed baskets for Orewa. A long two from Hannah Wentworth on the half-time buzzer reduced the deficit to a more manageable 31-22.

Megan Hoare and Arianna Henare scored back-to-back baskets at the mid point of the third as Orewa closed to 36-29 – the turn of Rangi coach Tony Pompallier to call a timeout.

Spooner produced the required response with a basket but Wentworth nailed a three and Janke Pretorius converted a finger roll lay up to make it a two point game – Henare tied proceedings at 38 all. The momentum was all Orewa’s winning the quarter 20-7 to lead 42-38 at the third break.

Another 11-2 surge, including a Wentworth triple, increased the Orewa advantage to ten points.

A spinning drive from Spooner and a hook shot from Centaine Noon-Duckworth helped Rangi but Pretorius kept finding her way to the basket for the visitors

When Wentworth nailed a long three with 2:02 to play an Orewa victory looked likely – when she repeated the dose a couple of plays later the first win of the season became a certainty.

Score: Rangitoto 53 – Spooner 17, Moore 16, Noon-Duckworth 8, Campbell 6

Orewa 67 – Wentworth 20, Emmitt 12, Pretorius 12, Henare 8


After a couple of recent successes Carmel College were brought back to earth with a thump by Auckland Girls Grammar going down 111-40.

The encounter threw up a couple of interesting statistics. The Ropati twins, Mariah and Teneva, shared 62 points for Auckland and Tayla Dalton scored a staggering 70% of Carmel’s points – 28 from 40.

The writing was on the wall for Carmel in the first period as Grammar raced to a 30-7 lead increased to 56-16 by the interval.

The Ropati’s were doing most of the damage but Zhanay Hettig and Mele Latu also chipped in with telling points.

The only hindrance to the AGGS progress, other than the continuous efforts of Dalton, was a twenty minutes lights failure.

Power was restored but it remained gloomy for Carmel as they slid to a heavy defeat.

Score: AGGS 111 – M Ropati 32, T Ropati 30, Hettig 18, Latu 12

Carmel 40 – Dalton 28, Green 4


The meeting of a couple of quality forwards was one of the features of the Westlake versus Mt Albert Grammar tie. The pair didn’t disappoint as Sharne Pupuke-Robati scored a game high 32 points for MAGS and Lake captain Keeley Tini led the home team resistance with 27 points.

Pupuke-Robati set the tone in the opening quarter landing 13 points as MAGS ked 26-22.

Jordyn Maddix landed a triple for Westlake at the outset of the second and Emme Shearer collected eight points in the frame but MAGS still led 43-40 at half-time.

Ten points from Jada Manase in the decisive third period helped MAGS to a 68-59 three-quarter time lead.

Tini and Shearer kept plugging away for Lake but the greater all round scoring threat of the visitors with Manase, Trinity Peau and P-R to the fore carried MAGS to a comfortable win.

Score: Westlake 76 – Tini 27, Shearer 22, Maddix 10, Manolas 9

MAGS 95 – Pupuke-Robati 32, Manase 22, Peau 15, Rangi-Brown 8, Talo-Tomokino 8


The Avondale College v Massey High fixture was postponed to a later date.

Premier Standings

6-1 Mt Albert, Auckland Girls Grammar

5-1 Massey

4-3 Westlake

3-4 Rangitoto

2-5 Carmel

1-6 Orewa

0-6 Avondale

St Mary’s were comfortable 92-48 victors over Mt Roskill in the Senior A competition.

I don’t have the results of Diocesan v Epsom or Birkenhead v Pakuranga.

NZ a win and a loss at FIBA 3×3 World Cup


The New Zealand men’s team have finished their first day at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup with one win and one loss.

Head Coach Anthony Corban said this first day of the tournament was a tough ask due to the heat in Nantes, with temperatures soaring to over 30 degrees on court. Corban said the conditions suited their opposition – 13th ranked Indonesia and 20th ranked South Korea – with both teams from the Asian Conference being well conditioned to the heat.

“We started slowly against Indonesia and that proved costly. As the game rolled along the heat and humidity hit us hard. We gave up five two-point shots uncontested, which was 10 of their 15 points. From there, we were playing catch up for the rest of the game and managed to close it up to 12 all with 90 seconds to go. We were down two with a minute left, but broke away from our pre-game plan and sets. We had Indonesia in the two free throw penalty, but persisted with taking outside shots as opposed to attacking the rim off the dribble. This was a game we should have won, but as a group we only have ourselves to blame,” said Corban.

Eventually the clock ran down and Indonesia won, 15 – 12.

The Kiwis were determined to tidy their play after that disappointing loss and refocused for game two against South Korea, which was scheduled only 40 minutes after their first game defeat.

“We played tired. The heat and humidity was again a telling factor, but our group dug deep and refused to let this one slip.

“This was a game with plenty of physicality on and off the ball. We had South Korea in the 7 and 10 free throw penalty. Down the stretch we missed four key free throws, that meant we had to go to overtime to close this game out.”

Corban added there was far too much on and off the ball fouling and niggle that he wasn’t happy with, particularly for what is now and Olympic sport.

“My players did well to control themselves with that poor discipline. I was led to believe the three second rule was going to be heavily policed too, but it wasn’t, and that played right into the hands of the big man from South Korea.”

That wasn’t enough for the Korean’s though, with the Kiwis managing to run down the clock in front, eventually winning 15-13.

Corban says they will rest up with a recovery day now, which will comprise of a light gym session, shooting and a bit of sightseeing for the players. There will be no rest for Corban though, with his afternoon set for reviewing game film and looking for a way to unsettle The Netherlands (5) and USA (4), two heavy weight teams which a reputation of sliding into the playoffs with ease.

New Zealand play the United States early tomorrow morning (19 June at 00:40) and the Netherlands (19 June 02:10). Both games will be livestreamed here: