Tall Ferns squad and opposition at the Asia Cup

The Sky Sport Tall Ferns have named a squad of 14 players ahead of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup to be held from 27 September to 3 October and played at the Prince Hamza Hall in Amman, Jordan.

“The last 18 months has been tough. We’re desperate to get back on the floor and represent New Zealand, and this is an awesome opportunity to do just that. It won’t be easy, we’re missing some experienced players and we won’t have a pre-tournament camp due to the trans-Tasman bubble being shut, but when we step onto the hardwood in late September with the black jersey on and the fern on our chests, we’ll be ready,” said Molloy.

The squad will be reduced to 12 before the team travels to Jordan so who makes the cut?

The Covid outbreak in New Zealand prematurely shut down our own NBL competition but the good news for Head Coach Guy Molloy is that with nine of his players based in Australia all but Penina Davidson (based in a locked-down Melbourne) have been playing weekly in the competitive NBL1 competition.

Of the nine players based in Australia seven of them appear to be certain selections.

Micaela Cocks, the veteran of the side will run the point with forwards Kalani Purcell and  Penina Davidson two more certain starters.

Ash Karaitiana is another contender for a starting spot having impressed in her international appearances to date as is experienced wing Chevannah Paalvast.

It will be difficult to leave Mary Goulding out of the 12 based on her current form. Goulding has enjoyed a remarkable season in the NBL1 Western Conference with East Perth Eagles where she has led the conference in both scoring and rebounding averaging a stunning 24 points and 13.6 boards per game!

Ash Taia will not be a name familiar to many New Zealand basketball fans.

After schooling in Brisbane she played three-years at Indiana State University playing 79 games for the Sycamores. Since graduating in 2018 Taia has played professionally in Australia.

“Ashley is a wing player who plays physically at both ends and can really shoot the ball. She is a star performer for Logan Thunder in the NBL1 competition and has had Australian WNBL experience with Adelaide Lightning and Canberra Capitals,” said Molloy when announcing her selection.

Taia shapes as a natural replacement for the retired Toni Farnworth.

Tessa Boagni and the Leger-Walker sisters, Krystal and Charlisse, were arguably the three standout players in the New Zealand NBL before it was derailed by Covid.

Boagni marked her return to competitive basketball following childbirth with a massive 34 points and 21 rebounds performance for Canterbury Wildcats against Harbour Breeze in the opening round of the NBL season. It looks a given that she will be the back-up centre to Davidson.

Krystal and Charlisse have never played together for the Tall Ferns but are certain to be given that opportunity in Amman.

Having lost the services of Stella Beck, due to an ankle injury sustained in training, coach Molloy will be delighted to have Krystal available and pushing for the point guard starting berth.

Brooke Blair and Zoe Richards have enjoyed fine seasons in Australia but both appear to be in one on one battles with the New Zealand based duo of Lauryn Hippolite and Ash Kelman-Poto for the last two spots.

Blair averaged 14.6 points per game for Brisbane Capitals in NBL1 and, as she has done throughout her career, shot the three-ball at a more than useful clip (40%).

Hippolite is a fine two-way prospect blessed with speed and athleticism and seemingly suited for contests against the quick guards that Japan and Korea boast.

Molloy described the 21 year-old as, “A crafty left-hander with excellent shooting range and I expect she can make her presence felt in coming years for the Ferns.” 

Is 2021 a year too early for the Nelson product?

If selected Ash Kelman-Potu would also be a debutant. Molloy certainly liked what he saw from the power forward at a selection camp earlier in the year.

“Ash had a strong camp in Auckland and although she is battling a chronic ankle injury at the moment, I like the physicality she brings to the team.” 

Since then the Harbour Breeze standout has undergone surgery to fix the knee problem, and is back in full training, but as a consequence missed the opening rounds of the NBL season.

In contrast Zoe Richards headed to Western Australia and has regular game time under her belt. She was a consistent performer for Rockingham Flames averaging 8.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Will Richards add to three international appearances she made in 2019 or will Molloy opt for the physical presence of Ash K-P? 

We will find out soon as the FIBA Asia Cup begins in just four weeks time with a critical game against Korea looming on September 27. To progress to the next phase of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Australia, New Zealand must finish in the top 4 at the Asia Cup.

They’ll face Japan, Korea, and India in Group A which excites Molloy who says the draw is as exciting as it is challenging.

“There’s no easy draw in a tournament like this. Japan are five time defending champions and were silver medallists at the recent Olympic Games, so that will be a fantastic test for us as a team. Korea are ranked 19th in the world and we have some recent history with them having played them in Auckland in 2019, it’ll be good to see them again.”

Despite having beaten Korea 69-65 back in 2019 in Auckland repeating that performance, with no preparation camp or warm-up games, will be a big ask against opposition that have win the FIBA Asia title on no fewer than 12 occasions.

Why is the Korea tie important?

Take a look at the opposition in Group B – China, Australia, Chinese Taipei and the Philippines.

Assuming we beat India (ranked 70th) in the world and lose to #8 ranked Japan the Korean game becomes highly significant if we are to make the semi-finals and advance to the next World Cup Qualifying Tournament in February 2022. 

Lose to Korea and we will likely finish third in Group A therefore facing a cross-over game against the second placed team in Group B – either Australia ranked #3 in the world or #7 China.

Topple Korea, finish second in the pool, and the path becomes significantly easier. A victory against Chinese Taipei (#34) or the Philippines (#51) wouldn’t be a given but you would prefer that match up to a Top 10 nation.  

Game schedule (tip-off NZ time):

Monday Sept 27 v Korea (8pm)

Tuesday Sept 28 v Japan (8pm)

Wednesday Sept 29 v India (11pm)

Thursday Sept 30 play-off (TBC)

The Sky Sports Tall Ferns FIBA Asia Cup 2021 14-player Squad

  • Brooke Blair – Brisbane Capitals
  • Tessa Boagni – Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats
  • Micaela Cocks – Townsville Heat/ Platinum Homes Harbour Breeze
  • Penina Davidson – Melbourne Boomers/Nunawading Spectres
  • Mary Goulding – Bendigo Spirit/East Perth Eagles
  • Lauryn Hippolite – Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats
  • Ash Karaitiana – Melbourne Boomers/Southern District Spartans
  • Ash Kelman-Poto – Platinum Homes Harbour Breeze
  • Charlisse Leger-Walker – Washington State University/Waikato Wizards
  • Krystal Leger-Walker – Washington State University/Waikato Wizards
  • Chevannah Paalvast – Bendigo Spirit/Logan Thunder
  • Kalani Purcell – Sydney Uni Flames/Southern District Spartans
  • Zoe Richards – Otago Gold Rush/Rockingham Flames
  • Ash Taia – Canberra Capitals/Logan Thunder

Senior A Finalists Found

In the Girl’s Senior A semi-finals One Tree Hill College took care of business against Northcote College winning 63-48. Brianna Cook (22pts) led the Northcote with normal suspects Savannah Cook and Angelica Vahai scoring 26 and 20 respectively for OTH.

In the other semi St Kentigern, having led by 17 points early on survived a late scare and overtime before prevailing over Mt Roskill Grammar – Masha Pavlenko leading the way with 20 points for St Kent’s.

OTH 63 – S Cook 26, A Vahai 20, Jesse-Lee Upo 9, Harriet Heta 5

Northcote 48 – Brianna Hadley 22, Lizzy May 10, Grace Lai 9, Lucy Shepherd 4

St Kentigern 58 – Masha Pavlenko 20, Shar Tapling 13, Nerisa Vavau 11, Ash Tuumaialu 6

Mt Roskill 57 – Nellie Ioane 15, Eden Ili 13, Tikara Jallow 12, Indiana Chanchui 7

The Boy’s semi-finals also went with form. Sacred Heart College and Mt Roskill Grammar, the top two teams in the regular season, both progressed in reasonably comfortable fashion.

Sacred Heart beat Aorere College 95-77 and Roskill took care of business against Northcote College winning 70-54.

Sacred Heart 95 – Adam Davies 26, Matt Fautuaalii Taia 13, Liston Suasua 13, Josh Stewart 13, Muli Ma’asi 12, Cassius Reynolds 6

Aorere 77 – Devean Danielson 22, Chris Gordon 17, Mathiue Lilo-Drollet 13, Feloni Ngata 12, Franklyne Gordon 8

The finals will be held at Eventfinda Stadium on Thursday August 19.

Baradene and Westlake through to Girl’s Prems Grand Final

The Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League Grand Final will feature Westlake Girls High School and Baradene College.

Baradene beat St Mary’s College 84-61 with Westlake victorious against Epsom Girls Grammar 83-71.

Kodee Williams-Sefo scored 20 points but it was an uphill struggle throughout for St Mary’s that trailed 39-22 at the half-way mark and 66-36 at three-quarter time.

Denya Topia, Lilly Parke and Ritorya Tamilo all made double figure contributions for Baradene.

Baradene 84 – Tamilo 24, Parke 20, Topia 16, S Faleafa 9, H Burrell 6

St Mary’s 61 – Williams-Sefo 20, K Leslie 12, D Manase 9, A Moore 6

Epsom Girls had the better of the first half against Westlake leading 47-40 with Sarah Joy Aruwa and Flo Dallow doing most the damage.

It was a different story after the break, Westlake giving up just 24 points in 20 minutes. At the offensive end Lake were well served by Izzy Pugh, Rosie Dil and Simone Barnard.

Westlake 83 – Dil 17, Pugh 13, Barnard 12, H Williams 9, M Chatfield 8, M Boucher 8

Epsom 71 – Dallow 30, Aruwa 21, M Fowler 9, D Forbes 8

Congratulations to Mackenzie Boucher and Flo Dallow who hot-footed to Pulman Arena immediately after the semi-final to make their NBL debuts for Harbour Breeze.

The Westlake v Baradene Grand Final is on Thursday, August 19, 6.00pm tip-off 6.00pm.

Martin mows down AGS to set up Westlake v Rangitoto Final

The Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League Grand Final will be a ‘Battle of the North’ with Westlake Boys taking on local rivals Rangitoto College.

Rangitoto beat St Kentigern College 80-58 in one semi-final while Westlake had a come from behind to beat Auckland Grammar 93-85

Rangitoto dominated proceedings against St Kentigern winning the opening quarter 20-11, moving to a 42-21 half-time lead and an unassailable 62-38 advantage at the three-quarter mark.

Kazlo Evans (27 points) was a shining light for St Kent’s with George Turner (12 points) the only other player in double figures.

Zeke Priest led the Rangi scoring with 22 points and there were also telling contributions from Zach Riley, Lucas Payne, Kaia Kemp and Jacob Fotu who recorded a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Rangitoto 80 – Priest 22, Payne 16, Kemp 13, Riley 13, Fotu 12

St Kentigern 58 – Evans 25, Turner 12, I Lasike 8

The other semi-final was a far more intense affair. At three-quarter time Auckland Grammar were favourites to progress with a 63-56 lead, only for Westlake to pile on 37 points in the final period making six threes in the process.

Boston Caldwell started the revival with a deep three and from there Christian Martin took control. The Westlake skipper nailed 5 triples in the period – in an astonishing individual display he scored 30 of Westlake’s 37 points in the final ten minutes to carry his team to victory.

In a game of fluctuating fortunes Westlake scored 66 of their 93 points in quarters one and four with AGS, led capably by Jamal Todd and Luka Vea dominated the middle stages.

Rocco Chang, Boston Caldwell and Wade Mackenzie featured strongly as the opening quarter went to Westlake 29-19.

It was all Grammar in the middle periods as Todd, Vea, Caleb Landon and Toby Caldwell looked to be taking the game away from Westlake.

Martin had other ideas!

Westlake 93 – Martin 44 (7/12 3PG), R Chang 16, B Caldwell 15

AGS 85 – J Todd 22, C Landon 14, L Vea 13, T Caldwell 12, W Shortt 9

The Grand Final is scheduled for Thursday August 19.

Senior A wrap – One Tree Hill clinch Girl’s regular season title

In the final round of play One Tree Hill College defeated Saint Kentigern College 60-52 to clinch the Girl’s Senior A regular season title.

Mount Roskill Grammar and Northcote College finished tied for third spot with 8-6 records. In the head-to-head Northcote won one encounter by 4 but Roskill won the other by 19 meaning Roskill will play St Kentigern in one semi-final on Friday with Northcote facing One Tree Hill in the other. 

The top two teams were tied at the quarter make (15-15) before Angelica Vahai and Milla Eckford edged them ahead at the break 29-26 despite 11 points from Misha Pavlenko.

Ash Tuumaialu three and 6 points from Maia Bennett pushed the St Kent’s score along but Savannah Cook and Vahai ensure OTH stayed ahead at three quarter time (46-39).

Shar Tapling and Tuumaialu kept St Kent’s in touch but a couple of threes from Harriet helped OTH protect their lead.

Sacred Heart 52 – M Pavlenko 12, A Tuumaialu 9, M Bennett 8, S Jones 7

One Tree Hill 60 – S Cook 32, A Vahai 17, Harriet 6

Abby Crane scored a game high 21 points for Sacred Heart but Grace Lai and Bri Hadley ensured Northcote College would head to the semi-finals with a confidence boosting win,

Pukekohe 39 –  A Crane 21, M Williams 6, M Talakai 5, S Conroy 4

Northcote 68 – G Lai 14, B Hadley 11, M Aitchison 8, L May 8, A Hodgkinson 6

Also heading to the semis with a win under their belts are Mt Roskill Grammar with four players making double figures in the 76-50 win against Pakuranga College..

Mt Roskill 76 – I Chanchui 15, T Jallow 13, P Chanchui 13, Eden Ili 12, B Ione 6

Pakuranga 50 – T Ly 17, E Vaka 12, N Obasuyi 8, J Koteka 7

AGGS 58 – L Patuwairua 38, G Nikoia 11, M Kohunui 7

Avondale 47 – M Whiu 28, P Rasmussen 7, T Raion 6

Senior A Girl’s  Standings

13-1 One Tree Hill 

12-2 St Kentigern

8-6 Mt Roskill, Northcote

5-9 Avondale

4-10 Pukekohe, AGGS

2-12 Pakuranga

In the Boy’s Secondary Schools Senior A League Sacred Heart College claimed outright second place on the ladder with a 91-52 win at Macleans College.

Aorere College claimed third spot with a convincing win against Northcote College. Both teams have 10-4 records but Aorere have the better points differential in the head to head thanks to the 33 points win.

Macleans 52 – O Simpson 14, C Mutti 11, B Ananth 7, B Sun 7

Sacred Heart 91 – J Stewart 22, A Davies 16, M Fautuaalii 11, C Reynolds 8, J McKay 8

Other Results:

Aorere 96 Northcote 63

Massey 83 Avondale 93

Mt Roskill 93 Long Bay 57

Senior A Boy’s Standings 

13-1 Mt Roskill, 

11-3 Sacred Heart

10-4 Aorere, Northcote 

5-9 Avondale

3-11 Macleans

2-12 Massey, Long Bay

Baradene beat Westlake ahead of Prems semi-finals

Baradene College recorded a deserved 72-66 win against Westlake Girls High, in an entertaining encounter played on Saturday afternoon.

Having won the first encounter by 12 points Westlake remain top of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League table on points differential and will meet Epsom Girls Grammar in one semi-final next Friday. The other matchup will be between St Mary’s College and Baradene. 

Ritorya Tamilo (24 points) produced an outstanding performance for Baradene. Her 8 first quarter points were a signal of what was to come as she dominated the paint, and demonstrated a variety of scoring moves to compliment her rebounding prowess.

Westlake had made a sluggish start but when Mackenzie Chatfield gave them their first lead of the game (20-18), early in the second half, they were gaining the upper hand.

Simone Barnard’s three gave Lake a 10-point advantage but Deyna Topia’s timely triple meant Baradene were only down 47-40 at half-time.

Baradene started the second half strongly and when Lily Parke found nothing but nylon the scores were level at 53 points apiece. Tamilo’s inside work propelled Baradene to a 58-55 three-quarter time lead.

Barnard’s three and a two from Amy Pateman made it a 4-point game heading into the final minutes.

A couple of buckets from Chatfield kept Westlake in the hunt but Topia settled the contest with a game clinching pair of threes and Amelia Nathan iced the contest with a neat jump shot.

Westlake 66 – M Chatfield 17, S Barnard 16, S Moors 8, H Williams 6, M Boucher 5

Baradene 72 – R Tamilo 24, L Parke 20, D Topia 18, P Cavannagh-Briggs 4, A Nathan 4

In the tussle between the third and fourth placed teams St Mary’s College edged Epsom Girls 74-71.

Flo Dallow, Sarah-Joy Aruwa and Draun Forbes propelled Epsom to a 53-50 three-quarter time lead.

However the hosts were outscored 24-18 in the fourth as Kodee Sefo scored 10 points and Kat Leslie made key free throws to see St Mary’s home ahead of their semi-final clash with Baradene. Alex Moore and and Danika Moore were also prominent for St Mary’s.

Epsom 71 – F Dallow 29, S Aruwa 19, D Forbes 15

St Mary’s 74 – K Sefo 21, D Moore 15, A Moore 14, K Leslie 11

Massey High won a high scoring encounter with Carmel College 91-90.

Carmel enjoyed the better start leading 25-22 at the quarter break and 48-47 at half-time.

 Despite Allyah Leusogi-Ape scoring 16 points in the third the Massey lead was only 71-69 with ten minutes to play.

Skipper Katie Linstrom, playing her final game for Carmel, went out on a high. She amassed  a career high 38 points and with Ruby Railton, Jemma Cammell and Hannah Bellett producing strong hands Carmel remained in the contest until the finish. 

In the end 35 points from Leusogi-Ape and 17 apiece from Tahlya Waikiki and Maya Taingahue saw Massey across the line for the win.

Massey 91 – Leusogi-Ape 35, T Waikiki 17, M Taingahue 17, K Waikiki 7, C Schuster 6

Carmel 90 – Linstrom 38, R Railton 19, J Cammell 13, H Bellett 10, M Lough 6

Mt Albert Grammar proved too good for Rangitoto College winning 95-62 with Waimanu Clarken and Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie combining for almost 50 points.

Valana Pupuke-Robati, Jersey Nukunuku and Breanna Waku also made handy contributions as MAGS recorded their fifth win of the season. 

Aroha Riley scored a game high 31 points with Tamsin McAsey and Emily Blyth both in double figures for Rangitoto.

MAGS 95 – W Clarken 25, T Cocker-Lemalie 23, V Pupuke-Robati 11, J Nukunuku 7, B Waka 7

Rangitoto 62 – A Riley 31, T McAsey 12, E Blythe 11

Girls Premier League Standings 

13-1 Westlake, Baradene

10-4 St Mary’s 

7-7 Epsom

5-9 MAGS 

4-10 Rangitoto

3-11 Massey

1-13 Carmel

Boy’s Prems Semi-final line up decided

The lineup for next week’s Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League semi-finals has been finalised following the completion of the final round of the regular season.

With Westlake Boys crushing St Kentigern College (94-55) and Auckland Grammar completing a comfortable win against Rosmini (93-60) there was a three-way tie for second spot on the ladder behind clear leaders Rangitoto College. 

Westlake, AGS and St Kent’s all finished with a 10-4 record but after the big loss on Friday night St Kent’s points differential took a hammering and they will now meet Rangi in one semi-final with Lake and AGS meeting in the other.

When St Kentigern coach Aaron Young took a timeout two minutes into the contest at Westlake you sensed it could be a long night for the East Auckland outfit. They managed just 6 points in the opening quarter as Westlake rattled up a 19 point lead.

Caleb Mattison and Kazlo Evans provided St Kent’s with the ideal start to the second quarter but hopes of a revival were quickly snuffed out by Christian Martin and Rocco Chang as the hosts surged to a 52-22 half-time lead.

St Kent’s agony was prolonged in the middle of the third by a fire alarm evacuation and things didn’t get any easier on the resumption as Boston Caldwell and Hamza Zahran added to St Kent’s woes.

Westlake 94 – C Martin 28, B Caldwell 20, H Zahran 19, R Chang 17

St Kentigern 55 – K Evans 20, M Rillstone 16, K Rangihaeata 6, F Groves 5

Auckland Grammar rode an outstanding first half display from Caleb Landon to set up the win against Rosmini College.

The rangy forward, relentless on the offensive boards, piled on 25 points and a succession of rebounds as Grammar eased to a 44-30 interval lead.

Tom Beattie scored 16 of his 27 points in the third but Toby Caldwell and Luka Vea kept Grammar in the ascendancy – the hosts ahead 68-48 at the last break.

The lead blew out in the third with Liam Ward, to the delight of the home supporters, nailing a couple of long threes to cap a commanding display from Lindsay Tait’s boys.

AGS 93 – C Landon 34, T Caldwell 24, L Vea 17, J Todd 8, L Ward 6
Rosmini 60 
– T Beattie 27, C Dalton 9, P Maxwell-Topia 8, K Murphy 6

Rangitoto College, the regular season champions, didn’t find it easy going at Mt Albert Grammar but did eventually prevail 67-63.

MAGS led 14-12 at quarter time but were outscored 22-12 in the second period.

Rangi extended their advantage to 52-39 at three-quarter time before MAGS mounted a spirited comeback in the fourth.

Harri Coker-Grey began the revival, Phoenix Sorensen added a triple with Dante Matakatea adding further momentum.

Zach Riley and Zeke Priest steadied the ship for Rangi, the pair scoring 13 of their combined 40 points in the closing minutes.

Rangi were bolstered by the appearance of Tautoko Wynyard after a long absence through injury. Playing his first game in almost two years he got through almost 13 minutes of action scoring 6 points and snaring 8 rebounds in a welcome return to action.

MAGS 63 – D Matakatea 15, H Coker-Grey 14, A Luamanuvae-Sua 11, P Sorensen 7

Rangitoto 67 – Z Riley 23, Z Priest 17, T Wynyard 6, M Ropotini 5

The bottom of the table clash ended with St Peter’s College recording a 94-62 win over Liston College.

Jack Donnelly scored 38 points for St Peter’s supported by Scott Errey and Jacob Nola.

Rasheed Ieremia’s (22 points) topped the Liston effort with Dhon Lao chipping in with 10.

Shout out to coaches Mikey Graham and Benny Anthony Jnr, and their players, for competing throughout a challenging season for both teams.

St Peter’s 94 – J Donnelly 38, S Errey 20, J Nola 12, D Sula 9, O Leigh 6

Liston 62 – R Ieremia 22, D Lao 10, L Smith 7, T Chataira 7, P Ma’afu 6

Final Boys Premier League Standings 

13-1 Rangitoto

10-4 Westlake, AGS, St Kentigern

7-7 Rosmini

4-10 MAGS

2-12 St Peter’s

0-14 Liston

Senior A results from Monday night

In the Girl’s Secondary Schools Senior A League, One Tree Hill College and Saint Kentigern College will play on Friday to decide the regular season title.

Third placed is yet to be decided with both Northcote College and Mt Roskill Grammar having identical 7-6 records.

Results from Monday night:

Mt Roskill 56 – I Chanchui 24, T Jallow 16, P Chanchui 6, B Ioane 6

One Tree Hill 64 – S Cook 32, A Vahai 17, J Upo 5, J Tairea 5

St Kentigern 74 – A Tuumaialu 12, M Pavlenko 15, M Bennett 15, N Vavau 10, M Mealamu 8 

AGGS 41 – M Kohunui 20, L Patuwairua 14

Pakuranga 40 – J Koteka 13, P Fausia 11, E Vaka 6

Pukekohe 55 – M Williams 16, S Conroy 13, A Crane 9, M Talakai 8

Avondale 77

Northcote 59

Senior A Girl’s  Standings with one round remaining.

12-1 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

7-6 Mt Roskill, Northcote

5-8 Avondale

4-9 Pukekohe, 

3-10 AGGS 

2-11 Pakuranga

In the Boy’s Secondary Schools Senior A League Sacred Heart College, Aorere College and Northcote College are still battling it out to decide the runners-up place behind Mt Roskill Grammar.

Results from Monday night:

Sacred Heart 86 – A Davies 21, J Stewart  19, L Suasua 11, J McKay 11

Massey 48 – J Fuimaono 17, S Viliamu 12, G Ryan 11, P Parker 8

Mt Roskill 91

Macleans 60

Aorere 85

Long Bay 79

Northcote 96

Avondale 89

Senior A Boy’s Standings 

12-1 Mt Roskill, 

10-3 Sacred Heart, Northcote

9-4 Aorere

4-9 Avondale

3-10 Macleans

2-11 Massey, Long Bay

Wrap on Monday’s Girl’s Premier League games

The Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League regular season title will be decided in the final round when Westlake entertain Baradene College on Saturday afternoon.

Baradene College dominated Massey High School to win 85-47. A 17-10 quarter time lead became 47-19 by the break.

Allyah Leusogi-Ape topped the Massey scoring with 17 points.

Ritorya Tamilo (21 points) led the Baradene scoring as her team warmed up nicely for the Westlake encounter on Saturday.

Massey will face Carmel College in the relegation game on Friday.

Baradene 85 – Tamilo 21, D Topia 15, L Parke 13, S Faleafa 12, P Cavanagh-Briggs 8

Massey  47 – Leusogi-Ape 17, Z Tilby-Woods 11, T Waikiki 9, C Schuster 6

Carmel College were defeated 95-48 by St Mary’s College in their penultimate game of the season.

Jemma Cammell was again outstanding scoring half of Carmel’s points but St Mary’s had too much firepower and didn’t look back after securing a 29-10 quarter time lead.

Kodee Sefu (27 points) and Alex Moore (20 points) led the way for St Mary’s that wrapped up third spot on the ladder with the victory.

Carmel 48 – Cammell 24, R Railton 6, I O’Rourke 6

St Mary’s 95 – Sefu 27, Moore 20, K Leslie 14, F Ualika 14, T Atiga 8

Epsom Girls, having already wrapped up the fourth semi-final berth were given a tough time at Mt Albert Grammar before prevailing 65-60.

Draun Forbes, on her way to a game high 23 points, scored a dozen in the opening spell as Epsom forged a 23-13 lead.

A couple of threes from Danae Tait plus buckets from Waimanu Clarken helped MAGS reverse the momentum to lead 33-30 at the half.

The third was a close battle with Forbes and Flo Dallow edging Epsom back into the lead, albeit by the narrowest of margins (46-45).

Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie and Ana-Rachel Enari scored 5 points apiece for MAGS in the final period but that was bettered Sarah-Joy Aruwa’s 7 points and Dallow’s 6 as Epsom prevailed.

MAGS will entertain Rangitoto on Friday, with the winners claiming fifth spot on the League table.

MAGS 60 – Cocker-Lemalie 16, Clarken 15 Tait 13, A Enari 7

Epsom 65 – Forbes 23, Dallow 19, S Aruwa 18

In the other game Westlake were too strong for Rangitoto posting a 117-47 win ahead of the decider with Baradene College.

Rangitoto 47 – A Riley 32, Z Sain 7, C Devonshire 4

Westlake 117 – I Pugh 27, A Fotu 19, S Barnard 14, M Boucher 14, R Dil 11, R Moors 10, A Pateman 9

Girls Premier League Standings 

13-0 Westlake

12-1 Baradene

9-4 St Mary’s 

7-6 Epsom

4-9 MAGS, Rangitoto 

2-11 Massey

1-12 Carmel

Rangitoto claim regular season title plus Jack Donnelly scores 51

In the penultimate round of the season Rangitoto College wrapped up the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League regular season title with a 96-80 home win against Westlake Boys on Monday night.

A high scoring opening period saw Rangi establish a 29-21 lead before breaking the game open with a 27-15 second term to lead by 20 at the break.

The Z-attack of Zeke Priest and Zach Riley did most the damage accumulating a collective 57 points.

Riley is in a rich run of form at the moment, his 37 points in this game following on from 30 against Rosmini on Friday.

Boston Caldwell , Rocco Chang and Christian Martin were the leading scorers for Westlake on a night when they were second best.

Rangitoto 96 – Riley 37, Priest 20, L Payne 14, Z Sladoja 9, J Fotu 8

Westlake 80 – Caldwell 23, Martin 16, Chang 16, H Zahran 12, T Pang 6

St Kentigern College broke clear of the three-way tie for second spot with a hard fought 79-76 home win against Auckland Grammar.

If Zach Riley is in great scoring form for Rangitoto the same can be said for St Kentigern guard Kazlo Evans. Playing his final game on his home court the Year 13 guard scored 34 against Grammar after nailing 41 three days earlier against St Peter’s.

With Jamal Todd and Caleb Landon scoring freely Grammar opened up a 16 points lead and were still well placed at half-time with a 44-32 advantage.

That lead evaporated in the third as St Kent’s piled on 25 points – Kaea Rangihaeata scored 6 but it was Evans with 17 in the frame that inflicted most of the damage.

Ahead 57-55 with 10 minutes to play Toby Caldwell, Landon and Todd did their best to wrestle back the initiative for AGS.  However, in a tight final period, St Kent’s held firm with George Turner and Merrick Rillstone making some key plays. 

St Kent’s will travel to Westlake on Friday knowing a win will keep them in second spot on the Premier ladder.

St Kentigern 79 – Evans 34, Turner 13, Rillstone 11, C Mattison 10, K Rangihaeata 9

AGS 76 – Todd 23, Landon 21, Caldwell 16, W Shortt 9

Rosmini College, with 27 points from Tom Beattie, some high jinx from Matt Drury and first Premier League field goals from Julius Halaifonua saw off Liston College 95-59.

Liston were well served by the guard duo of Rasheed Ieremia (25 points) and Landon Smith (10 points).

Rosmini 95 – Beattie 27, Drury 14, Z Anderson 12, P Maxwell-Topia 11, K Murphy 9

Liston 59 – Ieremia 25, Smith 10, D Lao 8, T Chataira 8

In one of the highest individual scoring efforts in recent times St Peter’s College guard Jack Donnelly scored 51 points in a 97-89 loss to Mt Albert Grammar.

A balanced scoring effort led by Aki Luamanuvae-Sua and Morgan Aiono had MAGS ahead 58-46 at half-time. However Donnelly was relentless, his 18 third quarter points narrowed the deficit to 74-68 at the three-quarter mark.

It was end-to-end in the fourth but 6 points each from Will Leger and Phoenix Sorensen got MAGS home.

St Peter’s face Liston in the relegation game on Friday – having won the round 7 clash 102-64 they do have that +38 points differential to fall back on should they lose.

MAGS 97 – Morgan Aiono 22, A Luamanuvae-Sua 17, H Coker-Grey 16, W Leger 12, P Sorensen 11 D Matakatea 9

St Peter’s 89 – Donnelly 51, A Manio 10, S Errey 9, T Cox 6

Boys Premier League Standings with one regular season game remaining.

12-1 Rangitoto

10-3 St Kentigern 

9-4 Westlake, AGS

7-6 Rosmini

4-9 MAGS

1-12 St Peter’s

0-13 Liston

Round 12 Senior A roundup

In Boy’s Secondary Schools Senior A League results Sacred Heart gained a valuable 59-45 home win against Aorere College. 

Northcote were convincing 108-61 winners against Massey High – Dontaye Sowman-Faaee and Aaron Sievert amassing 61 points between them.

The results mean Sacred Heart are in a two-way tussle with Northcote for the regular season runners-up spot.

At the other end of the table Macleans College moved out of the bottom two with a narrow 78-72 home win against Long Bay College.

Northcote 108 – D Sowman-Faaee 34 A Sievert 27, S Bronkhorst-Nalder 15, T Cook 8

Massey 61 – C Taulapiu 14, J Anderson 13, G Ryan 9, S Viliamu 8

Sacred Heart 59 – L Suasua 16, A Davies 15, M Ma’asi 6, J Tengblad 6, M Fautuaalii 6

Aorere 45 – F Ngata 11, D Danielson 11, F Gordon 8

Mt Roskill 79 Avondale 72

Macleans 78 Long Bay 72

Senior A Boy’s Standings 

11-1 Mt Roskill, 

8-3 Sacred Heart, Northcote

8-4 Aorere

4-8 Avondale

3-9 Macleans

2-10 Massey, Long Bay

In the Girl’s Secondary Schools Senior A League the only upset was Avondale College recording a 54-52 away win at Mt Roskill with Maraea Whiu (25 points) and Shiloh Caffery (17 points) doing most of the damage for Avondale.

Mt Roskill 52 – I Chanchui 16, M Sauaga 15, T Jallow 9, P Chanchui 6

Avondale 54 – Whiu 25, Caffery 17, M Lemisio 5

Northcote 74 – B Hadley 24, L May 21, L Shepherd 16, N Gear 12

AGGS 46 – M Kohunui 19, L Patuwairua 14, F Traill 5

St Kentigern 91 – A Tuumaialu 19, M Pavlenko 15, M Bennett 14, E Halliday 10, S Tapling 8, M Sanele 8

Pukekohe 18 – S Conroy 9, M Williams 5

Pakuranga 52 – J Koteka 26, N Obasuyi 6

One Tree Hill 78 – S Cook 35, A Vahai 15, Harriet 6, J Upo 6

Senior A Girl’s  Standings

11-1 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

7-5 Mt Roskill, Northcote

4-8 Avondale

3-9 Pukekohe, AGGS 

2-10 Pakuranga

Westlake v Baradene showdown looming

The Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League regular season title looks as if it will be decided in the final round when Westlake will entertain Baradene College after both teams secured wins on Friday.

Mackenzie Chatfield (17 points) top scored as Westlake cruised to the win at Mt Albert Grammar, dominating proceedings throughout to record an 87-40 victory. 

MAGS 40 – D Tait 13, T Cocker-Lemalie 8
Westlake 87 – M Chatfield 17, I Pugh 13, M Boucher 12, S Moors 8

Baradene had a more challenging fixture but eventually proved too good for Epsom Girls Grammar winning 77-62.

Baradene were paced by a career high 31 points from forward Ritorya Tamilo and an equally important 25 points from Deyna Topia.

The pair scored all of Baradene’s first 22 points as they forged a 32-25 half-time lead.

Epsom responded well in the third courtesy of Flo Dallow and Sarah Joy Aruwa but facing a 51-42 three-quarter time deficit they were unable to exert further pressure on the home defence.

Baradene 77– Ritorya Tamilo 31, Deyna Topia 25, Faleafa 11, Cavanagh-Briggs 8

Epsom 62 – Dallow 23, Aruwa 16, Fowler 8, Forbes 7 

Outscored 23-9 in the opening quarter Massey High more than held their own in the remaining 30 minutes but that initial deficit was too great to overcome against St Mary’s.

Allyah Leusogi-Ape scored a game high 26 points but a more balanced St Mary’s scoring unit led by Kodee Sefo’s 17 points. 

St Mary’s 65 – K Sefo 17, K Leslie 13, F Ualika 12, A Moore 12

Massey 57 – Leusogi-Ape 26, M Taingahue 17, Z Tilby-Woods 7, T Waikik 6

A decisive third quarter carried Rangitoto to a 68-47 home win against Carmel College.

Leading by six points at half-time (33-27), Rangitoto dominated the third period. 10 points from Aroha Riley, on her way to a team high 27, took the hosts out to an unassailable 54-35 advantage.

Carmel guard Jemma Cammell, with 28 points, was outstanding in a losing cause.

Rangitoto 68 – Riley 27, Tawhiao 11, Blythe 9, Devonshire 8

Carmel 47 – Cammell 28, Linstrom 8

Girls Premier League Standings 

12-0 Westlake

11-1 Baradene

8-4 St Mary’s 

6-6 Epsom

4-8 MAGS, Rangitoto 

2-10 Massey

1-11 Carmel

Kazlo Evans the St Kentigern saviour

St Peter’s College looked as if they would cause a major upset when, coming from behind, Jack Donnelly tied proceedings at 82 points apiece with under two minutes to play against St Kentigern.

Donnelly (23 points) and Andrei Manio scored again for St Peter’s but Merrick Rillstone made a crucial bucket and Kazlo Evans held his nerve at the free throw line – St Kent’s escaping with a narrow 92-88 win.

Evans, on his way to a game winning 41 points, made six free throws down the stretch as Russo-Nance less St Kent’s breathed a collective sigh of relief.

St Peter’s 88 – Jack Donnelly 23, Errey 22, David 14, Manio 12

St Kentigern 92 – Evans 41, Rillstone 17, Turner 14, Groves 7

Rangitoto College all but wrapped up the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League regular season title with a comfortable 97-77 home win against Rosmini College.

Rosmini’s defeat also confirms Westlake, Auckland Grammar and St Kentigern as the other semi-finalists in the upcoming Premier League play-offs.

An 8-0 opening burst from Rangitoto set the tone in a game where the hosts held a comfortable margin throughout.

Ethan Skelton (22 points) and Zach Riley (30 points) were the star turns as Rangi recorded win number 11.

Rosmini trailed 19-11 at quarter time but were undone by a Riley masterclass in the second.

The Sal’s NBL Young Player of the Year knocked down four triples on his way to 17 second quarter points. With Zoran Sladoja landing a corner three on the stroke of half-time Rangi were well placed at 55-30.

Tom Beattie and Matt Drury led the Rosmini resistance in the second half although a serious assault on the Rangi advantage never looked likely.

Rangitoto 97 – Riley 30, Skelton 22, Payne 11, Priest 10, Sladoja 10

Rosmini 77 – Beattie 26, Murphy 13, Drury 10, Anderson 9

A second quarter onslaught by Westlake Boys set up a decisive 94-70 victory at Mt Albert Grammar School, the visitors winning the period 30-15 after edging the first 20-18.

Boston Caldwell and Christian Martin were the chief destroyers for Lake. Caldwell scored 12 of his 27 points (5/9 3PG) in the second, with Martin making 15 of his 26 in the third.

MAGS made a bright start through Morgan Aiono and Aki Luamanuvae-Sua but struggled for parity thereafter.

Westlake travel to Rangitoto College on Monday hoping to avenge a narrow 98-92 loss suffered earlier in the season.

MAGS 70 – Luamanuvae-Sua 15, Coker-Grey 12, Aiono 11, Matakatea 11, Sorensen 8

Westlake 94 – Caldwell 27, Martin 26, Zahran 16, Chang 7, Puriri-Kaitapu

Kelvin Menjah and Rasheed Ieremia were both in double figures but Liston College were overpowered 120-51 by Auckland Grammar School.

In a straight forward victory all the Grammar players scored 6 points or more with Caleb Landon (29 points) and Luka Vea (21 points) leading the charge.

Liston 51– 10, Lao 8, O’Grady 7, Smith 7

AGS 120 – Landon 29, Vea 21, Faulds 17, Caldwell 13, Petzer 11

Boys Premier League Standings with 2 regular season games remaining.

11-1 Rangitoto

9-3 Westlake, AGS, St Kentigern

6-6 Rosmini

3-9 MAGS

1-11 St Peter’s

0-12 Liston

A Good Week for Mount Roskill Grammar in Senior A

Both the Mt Roskill Girls and Boys teams secured important victories on Friday.

In Round 11 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Senior A competition Mount Roskill Girls caused a surprise by beating previously unbeaten St Kentigern College 56-51

St Kent’s led 37-36 at three-quarter time but 7 points from Tikara Jallow, on her way to a game high 20 points, plus triples from Petra Chanchui and Melinda Sauaga tilted a tight game in favour of Mt Roskill.

Mt Roskill 56 – Jallow 20, Eden Ili 13, Indy Chanchui 10

St Kentigern 51 – Maia Bennett 11, Shar Tapling 10, Sophie Jones 7 Emma Halliday 6

Auckland Girls Grammar came away with both points after a 63-49 win at Pukekohe High School – 24 points from Leah Patuwairau the top score.

Pukekohe 57 – Abby Crane 12, Arizona Withers 14, Sylvie Conroy 8, Mo’unga Talakai 8

AGGS 53 – Leah Patuwairua 24, Grady Nikoia 15, Fuschia Traill 10, Mapuna Kohunui 8

Northcote College pushed One Tree Hill College all the way before eventually going down 76-65. One Tree Hill join St Kent’s at the top of the table While Northcote remain firmly in the Top-4 despite the loss.

Northcote 65 – Bri Hadley 22, Liz May 17, Lucy Shepherd 11, Jayd Graham 6

One Tree Hill 76 – Savannah Cook 31, Angelica Vahai 26, Jesse-Lee Upo 7, Jada Tairea 6

The Avondale College v Pakuranga scoresheet hadn’t been sent through at the time of publication.

Senior A Girl’s  Standings

10-1 One Tree Hill, St Kentigern

7-4 Mt Roskill

6-5 Northcote

3-8 Pukekohe, AGGS  

2-8 Pakuranga, Avondale

Boy’s Senior A Results

In the top of the table clash Mt Roskill Grammar took a giant step towards sealing the regular season title with a 64-53 win against nearest rivals Sacred Heart College.

After a tight first half it was a decisive third quarter that separated the teams with Sacred Heart outscored 26-11 in the period.

Race Greig and Kennedy Matenga, with a combined 36 points, secured the win for Roskill.

Mt Roskill 64 – Race Greig 19, Kennedy Matenga 17. John Gill 10, Ngawaka Rakete 5

Sacred Heart 53 – Adam Davies 16, Liston Suasua 9, Preston Tuaputa 8, Josh Tengblad 6, Cassius Reynolds 6 

On the back of 24 points from Slade Bronkhorst-Nalder and 21 from Aaron Sievert, with 7 made threes, Northcote comfortably defeated Macleans College 102-64. The win moves Northcote to equal second on the ladder alongside Sacred Heart.

Northcote 102 – Bronkhorst-Nalder 24, Sievert 21, Tom Bates 17, Tane Cook 11, Tayne Cook 11, Shayan Poorekhorsandi 8, Tzion Manoa 7 

Macleans 64 – Christiam Mutti 18, Benjosh Ananth 12, Justin Kempton 12, Levi Smyth 6

The results of the games between Avondale College and Long Bay College, plus the Aorere v Massey tie are unknown at this stage.

Senior A Boy’s Standings 

10-1 Mt Roskill, 

8-3 Sacred Heart, Northcote 

7-3 Aorere

4-6 Avondale

2-8 Massey

2-9 Macleans

1-9 Long Bay

Baradene, Massey and MAGS win

Baradene College confirmed a semi-final berth in Round 11 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League on Friday with an 87-58 win at Rangitoto College.

A couple of baskets from Tamsin McAsey helped Rangitoto keep pace with the visitors in the first quarter.

The trio of Ritorya Tamilo, Lilly Parke and Harriet Burrell scored 6 points apiece in the second quarter as Baradene moved to a 48-29 half-time lead.

Aroha Riley and Kellie Tawhaio scored all of Rangitoto’s 17 points in the third quarter with all but one basket made from beyond the arc.

Baradene didn’t need to fire from three-point land – 10 points in the third from Tamilo extended the visitors lead to almost thirty and win number 10 was in the bag.

Rangitoto 58 – Riley 22, Tawhaio 18, Casey Devonshire 6, Nina Nguyen 6

Baradene 87 – Parke 21, Tamilo 20, Summer Faleafa 16, Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs 12, Harriett Burrell 8

Mt Albert Grammar put together a strong second half display to record a 79-51 road win at Carmel College.

It was 13 points each after the first period and still even at 22 apiece four minutes into the second.

Hannah Bellett gave Carmel the lead but it was extinguished just prior to the half-time break as captain Tiger-Lily Coker-Lemalie scored six points on the bounce to take MAGS to a 36-32 half-time lead.

Katie Linstrom and Jemma Cammell scored on the resumption before MAGS went on to dominate the remainder of the third. Waimanu Clarken scored some eye catching baskets, Zara Pitovao and Danae Tait pitched in with a couple of buckets apiece, and suddenly MAGS were 59-44 to the good.

Ruby Railton gave the home fans something to cheer in the fourth but Clarken worked her way to a game high 25 points to help seal the win.

Carmel  51 – Cammell 20, Railton 11, Linstrom 7, Imogen O’Rourke 5 

MAGS 79 – Clarken 25, Taya Lewis 14, Coker-Lemalie 14, Tait 12, Jersey Nukunuku 7

Four days earlier Epsom Girls had recorded an 11-point win but on Friday Massey High turned the tables to record a 99-94 away victory in a remarkably high scoring game.

Two players stood out as they amassed a collective 94 points!

Flo Dallow scored 45 points in a losing cause while Allyah Leusogi-Ape amassed 49 points for Massey. 

If spectators thought the first half was high scoring – Massey led 45-34 – carnage followed.

Maya Taingahue scored 14 points in the third period as Massey looked home and hosed with a 72-55 lead at three-quarter time.

The hosts mounted a massive rear-guard effort scoring 39 points in the final 10 minutes as Dallow, Sarah-Joy Aruwa, Maya Fowler and Draun Forbes piled in the points.

With 3:22 to play Epsom had almost erased the 17-point deficit trailing by just 4 points (88-84) and a massive comeback victory looked a possibility.

However Leusogi-Ape was proving almost unstoppable and with Erima Tuita making a couple of crucial scores Massey held on for an important win as they fight for Premier League survival.

Epsom will look to regroup in order to confirm a semi-final berth when the final three rounds of the regular season resume after the school holidays.

Epsom 94 – Dallow 45, Aruwa 25, Draun Forbes 15, Maya Fowler 6

Massey 99 – Leusogi-Ape 49, Maya Taingahue 24, Zhoey Tilby-Woods 12

Girls Premier League Standings

10-0 Westlake

10-1 Baradene

7-3 St Mary’s 

6-5 Epsom

4-7 MAGS 

3-8 Rangitoto

2-9 Massey

1-10 Carmel

The Westlake v St Mary’s fixture will be played after the July school holidays.

Rangitoto beat St Kentigern in top of the table clash

Rangitoto College returned to winning ways in Round 11 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League competition on Friday night. 

Zach Riley duplicated his recent outstanding NBL form with the Auckland Huskies as Rangitoto College put one hand on the Premier League regular season title with an 82-61 home win against St Kentigern College.

Riley finished with 26 points as Rangi erased the memories of last week’s loss at Auckland Grammar.

After a tight first half, that had the scores level (29-29) at the main break, Rangi broke the game open with a dominant third period.

Riley, Zeke Priest, Zoran Sladoja and Lucas Payne all converted from the land of plenty as Rangi scored plenty – thirty in fact to the visitors 16.

Rangitoto continued to pull away in the fourth despite a late scoring flourish from Kaea Rangihaeta.

Dontae Russo-Nance (24 points) top scored for Str Kent’s against his former school, with George Turner lending good support. However Rangi, with the trio of Riley, Payne and Priest in good form, were too good on the night.

The result means there is a three-way tie in second place on the league table with St Kent’s, Westlake and Auckland Grammar each having an 8-3 record with 3 rounds to play.

Rangitoto 82 – Riley 26, Payne 22, Priest 19, Zoran Sladoja 8

St Kentigern 61 – Russo-Nance 24, Turner 16, Kaea Rangihaeta 12

Rosmini College kept their top-four hopes alive with a solid 92-67 home win against Mt Albert Grammar School

However when Phoenix Sorensen converted a pair of free-throws early in the third quarter to give MAGS a 36-35 lead things were looking promising for the visitors.

Unfortunately for MAGS they found themselves outscored 30-10 in the remaining seven minutes of the third to trail 65-46 at the last break.

Tom Beattie was the chief destroyer, the Rozza guard scoring 18 of his game high 36 points in that third period and with Pita Maxwell-Topia and Jett Marshall joining in the scoring frenzy  the hosts were on a roll.

Victor Keil did his best to change the momentum with 6 quick points at the start of the fourth but triples from Lucas Schnuriger, Kane Murphy, Marshall and Beattie kept MAGS at bay.

Early on Morgan Aiono, Sorensen and Keil were causing Rosmini a few problems in a first half the home side edged 33-27.

Ben Skelton, Kuresa Tapula’aia and Keil combined to give MAGS the lead just after half-time but it was short lived as Beattie and Co bossed proceedings from then on. 

Rosmini 92 – Beattie 36, Maxwell-Topia 14, Marshall 12, Drury 11, Kane Murphy 9

MAGS 67 – Sorensen 14, Keil 14, Aiono 9, Aki Luamanuvae-Su’a 7

Westlake Boys rattled up 38 first quarter points to take control of the home tie with Liston College, eventually winning 124-49.

Eight different scorers contributed to those 38 points – 7 to Boston Caldwell who went on to score a massive 43 points.

Christian Martin helped himself to 8 points in the second spell as Westlake hit the 70 mark by the interval.

Taonaishe Chataira and Rasheed Tahiru each made double figures for Liston on a night when points were hard to come by for the visitors.

Westlake 124 – Caldwell 43, Martin 20, Hamza Zahran 15, Tawhiao Kaitapu 10, Rocco Chang 8, Hadi Alshami 8

Liston 49 – Taonaishe Chataira 15, Rasheed Tahiru 12, Deon Helu 7, Dominic O’Grady 6

In form Auckland Grammar School, with skipper Luka Vea posting 30 points, dominated St Peter’s from the outset to win 112-61.

Vea had 9 points in the opening 25-10 salvo and it was 54-23 by half-time as Josh  Muggleston, Caleb Landon and Cody Brown took over the scoring mantle.

Scott Errey, Jack Donnelly and Dorian Sula made valuable contributions as St Peter’s found scoring a touch easier after the break but the result was never in doubt after the captain’s opening knock.

St Peter’s 61 – Scott Errey 23, Jack Donnelly 16, Dorian Sula 9, Andrei Manio 6

AGS 113 – Vea 30, Muggleston 24, Landon 19, Brown 14, Toby Caldwell 9

Boys Premier League Standings 

10-1 Rangitoto

8-3 Westlake, AGS, St Kentigern

6-5 Rosmini

3-8 MAGS

1-10 St Peter’s

0-11 Liston

St Kent’s Boys and Epsom Girls gain valuable wins

St Kentigern College Boys and Epsom Girl’s Grammar both gained important victories in Auckland Secondary School’s Premier League re-arranged games on Monday night.

St Kentigern College (8-2) remain hot on the heels of league leaders Rangitoto College (9-1) after a comfortable 96-81 home win against Rosmini College.

The hosts led 10-9 after 5 minutes but transition baskets from Kaea Rangihaeta and a three from Dontae Russo-Nance had helped stretch the lead to 28-15 five minutes later.

A Kane Murphy triple was a brief highlight in the second period for Rosmini as they found baskets hard to come by.

St Kent’s were having no such trouble as Kazlo Evans, Rangihaeta and Russo-Nance picked holes in the Rosmini defence – St Kent’s ahead 52-30 at the main break.

Rosmini retired to the changing room for a half time “chat” and started the third with renewed vigour as Tom Beattie, on his way to a game high 37 points, and Lucas Schnuriger helped get the deficit into the teens.

Evans countered for St Kent scoring the last five points of the frame to again push the lead out beyond twenty (72-51).

Rosmini gained some joy with full court pressure enabling Pita Maxwell and Beattie to access easy points but George Turner had the last say – a trio of threes from the rangy guard capped off a fine St Kent’s win ahead of a mouth watering clash with Rangitoto College on Friday.

St Kentigern 96 – Evans 26, Russo-Nance 21, Turner 19, Rangihaeta 14, Caleb Mattison 8, Ryan Morrisey 8

Rosmini 81 – Beattie 37, Murphy 12, Maxwell-Topia 12, Schnuriger 9, Matt Drury 8

Boys Premier League Standings 

9-1 Rangitoto

8-2 St Kentigern

7-3 Westlake, AGS

5-5 Rosmini

3-7 MAGS

1-9 St Peter’s

0-10 Liston

Epsom Girls took a step closer to a semi-final berth after a hard fought 78-67 win at Massey High School on Monday.

Massey enjoyed the better of the opening exchange dropping 21 first quarter points as Maya Taingahue and Allyah Leusogi-Ape cut lose.

Facing a 4-point deficit Epsom got going in the second with Flo Dallow and Sarah Joy Aruwa moving through the gears – the visitors ahead by two at half-time (37-35).

The third quarter proved decisive as Massey were held to just 9 points while 8 apiece from Dallow and Aruwa meant Epsom held a 57-44 lead with ten minutes to play.

Zhoey Tilby-Woods and Taingahue re-started the Massey scoring machine in the fourth but triples from Maya Fowler, Draun Forbes and Dallow put the seal on an Epsom victory.

Perhaps the highlight of the game came in the final second as Leusogi-Ape scored from just beyond half-way!

The two teams meet again on Friday in a Round 11 clash with Epsom the hosts.

Massey 67 – Taingahue 25, Leusogi-Ape 19, Tilby-Woods 16, Tahlya Waikiki 4

Epsom 78 – Dallow 35, Aruwa 31, Fowler 7, Forbes 5

Girls Premier League Standings 

10-0 Westlake

9-1 Baradene

7-3 St Mary’s 

6-4 Epsom

3-7 MAGS, Rangitoto

1-9 Massey, Carmel

Senior A semi-final berths almost decided

In the latest round of Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Senior A action the top-4 teams all beat lower ranked sides.

Mount Roskill Grammar scored a 63-53 come from behind win against Auckland Girls Grammar.

A dozen early points from Leah Patuwairua took AGGS to a 20-17 quarter time lead which was extended marginally to 34-29 at the break with Grady Nikoia adding useful points.

The complexion of the game changed in the second half as Tikara Jallow and Eden Ili dominated proceedings. The pair shared 28 points after the break to help Mt Roskill to a valuable win and a place firmly in the Senior A Top-4.

AGGS 53 – Leah Patuwairua 31, Grady Nikoia 10, Fuschia Traill 7

Mt Roskill 63 – Tikara Jallow 20, Eden Ili 19, Indy Chanchui 10, Petra Chanchui 6, Thalie Fagan 6

St Kentigern 93 – Maia Bennett 18, Verity Ward 14, Ash Tuumaialu 12, Shar Tapling 11, Emma Halliday 10, Sophie Jones 8

Avondale 40 – Mercy Lemisio 27

Northcote College scored just two points in the final quarter but hung on for a one-point win at Pakuranga College.

Pakuranga 51 – Jordan Koteka 16, Izzy Reeve 9, Broque Steyn 8, Eden Vaka 5

Northcote 52 – Bri Hadley 20, Liz May 19, Lisa Gear 5

Savannah Cook’s rich points scoring form continued as One Tree Hill eventually overcame Pukekohe High 74-57. 

Pukekohe put up their lowest 3-point shooting numbers of the season but stayed in the contest with second chance points and some crucial mid-range shots.

Abby Crane finished with a team high 20 points for Pukekohe but it was Cook’s 42 points that was the difference.

One Tree Hill 74 – Savannah Cook 42, Jada Tairea 7, Jesse-Lee Upo 7, Angelica Vahai 6

Pukekohe 57 – Abby Crane 20, Arizona Withers 11, Sylvie Conroy 10, Mereana Williams 10

Earlier in the week AGGS beat Pukekohe 90-45 in a make-up game with Leah Patuwairua (41 points) and Mapuna Kohuni (24 points) shining for AGGS

Senior A Girl’s  Standings

10-0 St Kentigern 

9-1 One Tree Hill

6-4 Northcote, Mt Roskill

3-7 Pukekohe 

2-8 Pakuranga, Avondale, AGGS

Boy’s Senior A Results

In Boy’s Senior A action Sacred Heart College returned to winning ways with a 90-68 home win against Avondale College. Josh Stewart led the way for Heart scoring 28 points.

Elsewhere Northcote College and Aorere College virtually sealed semi-final places with wins at Long Bay College and Macleans College respectively.

Sacred Heart 90 – Josh Stewart 28, Adam Davies 18,Josh Tengblad 15, Muli Ma’asi 12, Tyler Wilson-Voyce 8

Avondale 68 – Jimi Iosia-Sipeli 21, Connor Gleeson 16, Kabir Bhargava 10, Andrew Murphy 9

Long Bay 79 – George De Felice 17, Nouh Taher 12, Elyas Taher 11, Tim Stumble 8

Northcote 100 – Slade Bronkhorst-Nalder 24, Aaron Sievert 22, Shayan Poorekhorsandi 17, Dontaye Sowman-Faaee 19 

Macleans 64 – Oliver Simpson 27, Levi Smyth 9, Benjosh Ananth 9, Aarya Thakkar 7

Aorere 76 – Feloni Ngata 19, Mathieu Lilo-Drollet 16, Franklyne Gordon 15, Devean Danielson 15

The result of the Massey High v Mt Roskill Grammar fixture was unknown at the time of publication. 

Senior A Boy’s Standings 

8-1 Mt Roskill, 

8-2 Sacred Heart 

7-3 Northcote, Aorere

4-6 Avondale

2-7 Massey

2-8 Macleans

1-9 Long Bay

Girl’s Premier League – Round 10 wrap

There may still be four rounds to play of the Girl’s Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League but barring upsets the top-four teams look to have secured semi-final berths.

Westlake Girls High remain unbeaten but they were given a stern workout by Epsom Girls Grammar before closing out a 70-60 win.

It was all Lake in the early stages as they established a 25-10 lead.

Good to see Izzy Pugh back in scoring mode, the Westlake forward mustering 12 points by the interval and with Shonnie Leiatua scoring all her 8 points in the half the hosts were up 40-26.

Epsom replied strongly in the third as Flo Dallow, Sarah Joy Aruwa, Lizzy Brocklehurst and Maya Fowler all landed from deep to keep Westlake in sight. 57-49 to Lake with ten minutes to play.

Scoring became an issue for both teams in the fourth but another 6 points from Pugh and a trey from Makenzee Boucher saw Westlake across the line.

Westlake 70 – Pugh 22, Boucher 13, Simone Barnard 11, Leiatua 8

Epsom 60 – Dallow 21, Aruwa 18, Fowler 7, Lauryn Hunt 7

The closest game of the round was at St Mary’s College where the hosts came from behind to defeat Mt Albert Grammar 59-45.

The two teams split 26 points in the opening ten minutes but it was MAGS that held the lead (42-35) at half-time as Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie and Waimanu Clarken amassed a combined 29 points.

Danika Manase scored all her 11 points in the third quarter and with Faith Ualika chipping in with 6 fortunes had changed and St Mary’s were 42-35 to the good.

Having kept MAGS to just 7 points in the third St Mary’s only gave up a further 10 in the fourth as the defensive clamps were kept firmly in place.

Nine fourth quarter points from Kodee Sefo ensured a St Mary’s victory – their seventh of the season ahead of a clash with Westlake next Friday.

St Mary’s 59 – Sefo 13, Ualika 11, Manase 11, Trinity Atiga 8

MAGS 45 – Cocker-Lemalie 20, Clarken 17

Baradene College remain hot on the heels of Westlake after registering a straight forward 88-32 home win against Carmel College.

Deyna Topia and Lilly Parke were both close to double figures in the first as the hosts charged to a 27-4 lead.

Jemma Cammell did her best to stem the Baradene points flow but it was to little avail as the hosts had doubled their tally by half-time (54-16).

Baradene had five players in double figures as they registered win number nine of the season.

Baradene 88 – Parke 32, Ritorya Tamilo 14, Topia 11, Poppy Cavannagh-Briggs11, Harriett Burrell 10

Carmel 32 – Cammell 17, Katie Linstrom 4

Rangitoto College secured a valuable away win defeating Massey High School 87-58 with Aroha Riley and Kellie Tawhaio the chief destroyers.

Tawhaio posted a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds while Riley added 6 steals to a game high 32 points, making 6 from 13 from beyond the three-point arc.

Rangitoto scored 29 points in each of the first two periods to lead 58-32 at half-time extending their advantage to 74-41 at three-quarter time.

It’s a quick turnaround for Massey as they are back in action on Monday against Epsom.

Massey 58

Rangitoto 87 – Riley 32, Tawhaio 27, Tamsin McAsey 12, Zaara Sain 8

Premier League Standings  

10-0 Westlake

9-1 Baradene

7-3 St Mary’s

6-3 Epsom

3-7 MAGS, Rangitoto

1-8 Massey

1-9 Carmel

*Massey v Epsom scheduled for July 5

Auckland Grammar thump Rangitoto College

In Round 10 action in the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League the Rangitoto College winning start to the season has ended at nine after they were beaten 80-54 at Auckland Grammar.

Yes that’s the correct score line – a 26-point whacking!

Yes Rangitoto were without Zach Riley away on Auckland Huskies duty, yes they had a poor shooting night and yes they had an uncharacteristic high number of turnovers but Auckland Grammar were impressive.

They dominated the boards (Will Shortt and Caleb Landon were outstanding in that department), shot the three-ball at a good clip and out-worked the opposition – on this form they are a genuine title contender.

Ethan Skelton scored 8 points in the opening spell but Jamal Todd and Landon had half a dozen apiece as AGS forged a 30-16 lead.

Josh Muggleston’s 7 points in an attritional second quarter represented over a third of the points scored in the frame – AGS ahead 42-24 at the main break.

Kaia Dryden, Mike Ropotini and Lucas Payne led a Rangi mini revival in the third but that was stopped in it’s track by Todd, Muggleston and Cody Brown as they knocked down four straight threes to propel Grammar to a 59-38 three-quarter time lead. 

Jacob Fotu scored consecutive interior baskets early in the fourth but Landon’s 10 points in the stanza capped a fine individual effort.

Liam Ward entered the court, in the closing minutes, to the delight of the home support and the rangy forward drew the biggest cheer of the night as his deft finish capped a comprehensive victory.

AGS 80 – Muggleston 18, Landon 16, Brown 12, Todd 10
Rangitoto 54 – Skelton 15, Payne 11, Priest 9, Fotu 7

Mount Albert Grammar posted 28 points in the opening period and with Liston College replying with just four the contest was almost settled after ten minutes.

It certainly was by half-time with the scoreline 51-15 in favour of the visitors.

Taonaishe Chataira and Rasheed Tahiru scored a dozen points apiece for Liston but Louis Uri and Victor Keil led the MAGS charge to their third win of the season.

Liston 36 – Chataira 12, Tahiru 12, Dhon Lao 4

MAGS 87 – Louis Uri 17, Victor Keil 17, Aki Luamanuvae-Su’a 14, Morgan Aiono 13

Despite a combined 52 points from Jack Donnelly and Scott Errey St Peter’s College were no match for Westlake Boys going down 112-65 on the Shore.

Christian Martin and Malachi Book were quickly into their work as Westlake raced to a 32-19 first quarter lead.

Daniel Ottenhoff knocked down a three in the shadows of half-time to extend the hosts advantage to 54-30.

Donnelly and Errey continued to clock up the points but Westlake, with Boston Caldwell, Martin and Hamza Zahran particularly prominent, had all the answers.

Westlake 112 – Martin 23, Caldwell 22, Hamza Zahran 16, Ottenhoff 10, Book 10

St Peter’s 65 – Donnelly 30, Scott Errey 22

Premier League Standings 

  • Rangitoto

7-2 St Kentigern

7-3 Westlake, AGS

5-4 Rosmini

3-7 MAGS

1-9 St Peter’s

0-10 Liston

With coaching staff from both teams (plus Dontae Russo-Nance) away on Auckland Huskies duty the St Kentigern College versus Rosmini College tie will be played on Monday July 5.

Senior A – Round 9 wrap

In the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Senior A League St Kentigern College continue to set the pace following Round 9 games.

In other results Auckland Girls Grammar notched their first win of the season and Pukekohe recorded a valuable win to enhance their chances of a top-4 finish. 

A balanced St Kentigern scoring effort proved too good for Northcote College despite 16 points from forward Lucy Shepherd.

St Kent’s finished the first quarter with a 14-0 run to assert authority on proceedings and with Sophie Jones knocking down a brace of threes the advantage was 36-21 at half-time.

It was more of the same in the second half with Shar Tapling and Ash Tuumaialu to the fore.

Northcote 48 – Lucy Shepherd 16, Brianna Hadley 12, Lizzie May 12, Grace Lai 4

St Kentigern 63  – Ash Tuumaialu 11, Shar Tapling 10, Sophie Jones 10, Emma Halliday 10, Manawa Rogers 8

Pukekohe High School were paced by Abby Crane’s 24 points as they defeated Mount Roskill Grammar 64-49.

Pukekohe 64 – Abby Crane 24, Arizona Withers 11, Elena Hotai 9, Sylvie Conroy 8

Mt Roskill 49 – Tikara Jallow 25, Bree Ioane 12, Nelly Ioane 6, Viani Laui 6

Savannah Cook looked to be heading for 50 points when she rattled off 30 first half points. In the end the One Tree Hill guard settled for 45 as her team defeated Avondale 81-66

Avondale 66 – Maraea Whiu 32, Mercy Lemisio 19, Bella Rasmussan-Lotman-Dover 10 

One Tree Hill 81 –  Savannah Cook 45, Angelica Vahai 14, Jada Tairea

Leah Patuwairua’s 34 points paced Auckland Girls Grammar to their first win of the season.

AGGS 78 – Leah Patuwairua 34, Fuschia Bituniwaidranu-Traill 13, Aja Tarawa 12, 

Grady Nikoia 6, Ryn Nikoia 6

Pakuranga 30 – Puaolena Fausia 7, Zoish Chichgar 6, Jordan Koteka

Senior A Girl’s  Standings

9-0 St Kentigern 

8-1 One Tree Hill

5-4 Northcote, Mt Roskill

3-5 Pukekohe 

2-7 Pakuranga, Avondale

1-7 AGGS

  • AGGS v Pukekohe fixture is scheduled for June 2

Boy’s Senior A Results

Both the top two teams in the Boy’s Senior A competition came unstuck on Friday with Sacred Heart College defeated at Northcote College and Mount Roskill Grammar losing their unbeaten record at Aorere.

In a high scoring encounter Northcote College guard Aaron Sievert (33 points) converted a floater in the dying seconds to give his team a 106-105 lead.

Sacred Heart tried to counter from an inbounds play but couldn’t get the shot off before the final whistle.

“It was a great game to be a part of and Northcote were worthy winners in a tight and tough contest,” said Sacred Heart Coach Mike Robinson.

Northcote 106 – Sievert 33, Shayan Poorekhorsandi 16, Tom Bates 16, Slade Bronkhorst-Nalder 16, Dontaye Sowman-Faaee 11, 

Sacred Heart 105 – Josh Stewart 23, Adam Davies  16, Matt Fautuaalii 15, Liston Suasua 11, Preston Tuaputa 10, Tyler Wilson-Voyce 9

Massey 90 Long Bay 62

Aorere 75  Mt Roskill 55 

Avondale 96  Macleans 75  

Senior A Boy’s Standings 

8-1 Mt Roskill, 

7-2 Sacred Heart 

6-3 Northcote, Aorere

4-5 Avondale

2-7 Macleans, Massey

1-8 Long Bay

Baradene bounce back – Round 9 wrap

Baradene College bounced back from Monday’s defeat by Westlake to record a comprehensive 70-40 win at St Mary’s College in Round 9 of Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League action.

St Mary’s were outscored 44-22 in the first half as Lilly Parke and Deyna Topia scored with impunity.

Things improved for St Mary’s after the main break as Kodee Sefo and Faith Ualika found some openings in the visitors defence. However Ritorya Tamilo joined Parke and Topia in double figures as Baradene strengthened their top-2 standing on the Premier League ladder.

St Mary’s 40 – Sefo 14, Faith Ualika 9, Jessica Fleming 4, Layla Aholelei 4

Baradene 70 – Parke 19, Topia 17, Ritorya Tamilo 10, Charlotte Rattray 8, Summer Faleafa 6

A balanced scoring effort helped Mt Albert Grammar School secure an 82-47 win against Massey High.

MAGS rattled up 24 first quarter points with Valana Pupuke-Robati prominent.

Kortni Waikiki knocked down a brace from deep for Massey in the second quarter but Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie and Co pushed the MAGS lead out to 42-23 by half-time.

Sienna-Rose Tawera and Danae Tait pushed the advantage out beyond 30 points before Shazaleah Henry and Tahlya Waikiki responded with points for Massey.

The win means MAGS leapfrog Rangitoto and move to fifth on the Premier League table.

Massey 47 – Henry 15, T Waikiki 12, K Waikiki 10, Zhoey Tilby-Woods 7

MAGS 82 – Tait 12, Pupuke-Robati 12, Ana-Rachel Enari 11, Cocker-Lemalie 11, Tawera 10, Taya Lewis 9

Epsom Girls Grammar recorded an 87-60 victory against Rangitoto College for their seventh win of the season.

Lauren Boxall-Hunt opened the Epsom scoring with a three whereupon they eased out to a 20-13 lead.

Draun Forbes knocked down a brace from beyond the arc in the second but Zaara Sain and Kellie Tawhaio were doing good work for Rangi as the visitors closed to within a single point at the interval (37-36).

Forbes and Sarah Joy Aruwa established control for Epsom in the third to push the advantage out to 55-46.

Tawhaio and Aroha Riley kept the score ticking over but any thoughts of a Rangitoto comeback were quashed by Flo Dallow who scored 20 of her game high 32 points in the final ten minutes.

Epsom 87 – Dallow 32, Aruwa 23, Draun Forbes 17, Te Aroha Kukutai-Wairau 6

Rangitoto 60 – Tawhaio 25, Riley 18, Zaara Sain 9, Nina Nguyen 5

A predictable result eventuated as top of the table Westlake High defeated Carmel College 84-33.

A 19-8 opening quarter set the tone for the league leaders with Jaelah Clayton and Amiya Fotu going on to top score with 17 points apiece.

Westlake forward Izzy Pugh scored 9 points as she made a welcome return following a long injury lay-off.

Jemma Cammell was outstanding for Carmel scoring a highly commendable game high 21 points.

Carmel 33 – Cammell 21, Izzy MacGregor 5

Westlake 84 – Jaelah Clayton 17, Amiya Fotu 17, Williams 13, Izzy Pugh 9, Simone Barnard 8

Premier League Standings 

9-0 Westlake

8-1 Baradene

6-3 St Mary’s

5-3 Epsom

3-6 MAGS

2-7 Rangitoto,

1-7 Massey

1-8 Carmel

*Massey v Epsom scheduled for July 5

Westlake Boys beat Rosmini plus the other Round 9 results

Westlake Boys snapped a three game losing streak with a solid 75-65 win at Rosmini College in Round 9 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League on Friday night.

Down 39-31 at half-time Westlake scored the first 9 points of the second half to seize the initiative. A Jett Marshall three restored the Rosmini lead for a brief period but Rocco Chang and Hamza Zahran scored the last two baskets of the period to give Westlake a 48-45 three-quarter time lead.

Despite a Tom Beattie bucket Rosmini were finding scoring a mystery – in contrast Boston Caldwell (31 points) was getting to the hoop regularly and when Christian Martin put down a dunk in transition Westlake were 56-47 ahead.

Matt Drury and Pita Maxwell-Topia kept Rosmini in touch but those scores were cancelled out by Chang’s five straight points.

Kane Murphy gave the large Rosmini following their voice with a pair of threes but Westlake didn’t waiver – a Liam Spencer basket followed by Martin’s accurate touch at the free-throw line saw the Swans home.

Earlier it had been Rosmini making the early running with Murphy and Beattie getting the upper-hand as the hosts led by three at quarter time and eight at the main break.

Rosmini 65 – Beattie 19, Murphy 18, Maxwell-Topia 12, Drury 6

Westlake 75 – Caldwell 31, Chang 19, Martin 14, Zahran 7

For the second successive game Mt Albert Grammar pushed a higher ranked team all the way before eventually suffering defeat – losing 77-71 at Auckland Grammar School.

As last week against St Kentigern MAGS had it all to do at half-time trailing 36-26 after Caleb Landon and Jamal Todd had done some damage.

On his way to a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds Morgan Aiono inspired a third-quarter MAGS revival. With Harri Coker-Grey landing a triple MAGS made it a one possession game with ten minutes to play (51-48).

Victor Keil and Aki Luamanuvae-Su’a kept MAGS in the hunt but 11 points in the fourth from Josh Muggleston kept AGS on track for a top four finish.

AGS 77 – Landon 20, Todd 18, Vea 16, Muggleston 14

MAGS 71 – Aiono 21/10r, Will Leger 12, Coker-Grey 9, Luamanuvae-Su’a 8

Sixty-four points were scored in the first quarter at St Peter’s College in probably the highest scoring opening period of the Premier season. Toby Cox made a couple of early baskets for the hosts but Zeke Priest and Zach Riley were both in double figures as Rangitoto hit the 40-mark.

Down by 16 points St Peter’s battled away in the second period with Dorian Sula and Jack Donnelly prominent. Lucas Payne, Kaia Dryden and Ian Wong drained threes as Rangi entered the half-time break ahead 69-46.

The league leaders pulled further away in the second half to cruise to win number nine.

St Peters 74 – Donnelly 28, Sula 17, Cox 10

Rangitoto 121 – Priest 30, Lucas Payne 23, Riley 14, Mike Ropotini 12, Dryden 11

Paced by George Turner’s 23 points St Kentigern College eased to an 83-59 win against Liston College.

Turner, Kazlo Evans and Caleb Mattison all knocked down early threes as St Kent’s extended a 23-11 first frame lead to 47-23 by half-time.

Deon Helu and Taona Chataivon led the Liston resistance in the third to prevent the St Kent’s lead ballooning out. Rasheed Tahiru did the same in the final quarter before Quinn Thompson’s 7 point salvo capped a St Kentigern win – a victory that keeps them in second spot on the Premier League ladder.

Liston 59 – Tahiru 22, Chataivon 15, Helu 9

St Kentigern 83 – Turner 23, Evans 13, Thompson 11, Merrick Rillstone 7, Mattison 7

Premier League Standings 

  • Rangitoto

7-2 St Kentigern

6-3 Westlake, AGS

5-4 Rosmini

2-7 MAGS

1-8 St Peter’s

0-9 Liston

Senior A Round 8 wrap

In the battle for third and fourth spot on the Auckland Cecondary Schools Girl’s Senior A ladder Tikara Jallow scored 22 points to pace Mount Roskill Grammar to a 70-51 home win against Northcote College.

Mt Roskill 70 – Tikara Jallow 22, Eden Ili 19, Indiana Chanchui 12, Nelly Ioane 8/8r, Bree Ioane 6

Northcote 51 – Brianna Hadley 19, Lucy Shepherd 8, Lizzie May 8, Ashley Healey 5 

Arizona Withers scored 25 points as Pukekohe High made the most of home court advantage to defeat Avondale College 70-51.

Pukekohe 70 – Arizona Withers 25, Sylvie Conroy 11, Abby Crane 19, Mereana Williams 13 

Avondale 51 – Maraea Whiu 20, Shiloh Caffery 11, Mercy Lemisio 7,  Daisy Ducloux 6

A balanced St Kentigern College scoring effort accounted for Pakuranga College 85-32.

Pakuranga 32 – Maria Maivalenisau 12, Trista Ly 6

St Kentigern 85 – Masha Pavlenko 20, Verity Ward 18, Shar Tapling 10,  Ash Tuumaialu 8, Emma Halliday 7

In the other game of the round One Tree Hill College defeated Auckland Girls Grammar 85-44. 


Senior A Girl’s  Standings

8-0 St Kentigern 

7-1 One Tree Hill

5-3 Northcote, Mt Roskill

2-5 Pukekohe 

2-6 Pakuranga, Avondale

0-7 AGGS

Boy’s Senior A Results

In the finish of the round Oscar Dickson hit the game winner from half-way to propel Massey High to a 98-97 win against Macleans College. Oliver Simpson scored 29 points for Macleans but that was trumped by Joseph Fuimaono’s 43-point haul for Massey.

Macleans 97  –Oliver Simpson 29, Levi Smyth 27, Justin Kempton 16, Jesse Manuel 10

Massey 98 – Joseph Fuimaono 43, James Anderson 19, Oscar Dickson 15, Grayson Ryan 8

Adam Davies led all scorers with 26 points as Sacred Heart College maintained second spot on the ladder with a win on the Shore against Long Bay College.

Long Bay 65 – George De Felice 17, Nouh Taher 14, Elyas Taher 13, Jasper Molloy 7

Sacred Heart 73– Adam Davies 26, Josh Stewart 14, Preston Tuaputa 14, Matt Fautuaalii 7, Liston Suasua 7

Race Greig scored a game high 24 points to extend Mt Roskill Grammar’s unbeaten run to eight games after an 82-54 win against Northcote College.

Mt Roskill 82 – Race Greig 24, Phoenix Tupai’i Samuel 13, Mitch Greenaway, Ed Beaumont 8

Northcote 54  – Slade Bronkhorst-Nalder 17, Dontaye Sowman-Faaee 12, Aaron Sievert 11, Shayan Poorekhorsandi 7

Jimitose Iosia-Sipeli and Connor Gleeson combined for 60 points for Avondale College but it wasn’t enough to get the win against Aorere College who were very well served by Devean Danielson (27pts) and Feloni Ngata (22pts).

Aorere 107 – Devean Danielson 27, Feloni Ngata 22, Franklyne Gordon 16, Chris Gordon 11

Avondale 87 – Jimitose Iosia-Sipeli 35, Connor Gleeson 25, Andrew Murphy 13, Kabir Bhargava 7

Senior A Boy’s Standings 

8-0 Mt Roskill, 

7-1 Sacred Heart 

5-3 Northcote, Aorere

3-5 Avondale

2-6 Macleans

1-7 Long Bay, Massey

Top Four all win in Girl’s Premier League

The top four teams all secured wins in Round 8 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League competition.

Massey High put up spirited resistance at Westlake Girls before being outrun in the fourth quarter to go down 110-52.

Westlake won the opening spell 16-10 although a late three from Tanika Tongamohenoa was met with joyous acclaim by the Massey bench.

Lake stretched their advantage to 43-22 at half-time with Simone Barnard and Mackenzie Chatfield doing damage.

A scooped lay-up from Maya Taingahue opened the second half scoring and with Zhoey Tilby-Woods sinking a pair of threes Massey were giving as good as they got.

A Holly Williams three began an avalanche of points for Westlake as Massey ran out of steam in the fourth frame. Seven Westlake players scored in double figures as an eighth straight win was registered.

Westlake 110 – Chatfield 22, Amiya Fotu 14, Makenzee Boucher 13,  Shonnie Leiatua 13, Amy Pateman 12, Barnard 11, Williams 11

Massey 52 – Taingahue 15, Tahlya Waikiki 14, Tilby-Woods 12, Kortni Waikiki 6

Flo Dallow continued her rich vein of form scoring 44 points as Epsom Girls Grammar defeated Carmel College 95-71 in a high scoring encounter.

Katie Linstrom and Jemma Cammell ensured it wasn’t one-way traffic, Carmel just 6 points down at half-time (44-38).

Maya Fowler and Dallow bossed the third period as Epsom stretched out to a 69-54 lead.

Linstrom knocked down her second triple of the game but Sarah Joy Aruwa scored 8 points in the fourth – the win solidifying Epsom’s place in the top four.

Epsom 95 – Dallow 44, Aruwa 23, Fowler 12, Draun Forbes 6, Te Aroha Kukutai-Wairau 6

Carmel 71 – Cammell 20, Linstrom 19, MacGregor 13, Ruby Railton 8, Imogen O’Rourke 7

St Mary’s College had five players in double figures in their 80-60 win at Rangitoto College.

Aroha Riley and Emily Blythe combined for 18 points in the opening period although Faith Ualika scored 9 to give St Mary’s a narrow 25-23 lead.

Kellie Tawhiao and Tamsin McAsey took on the scoring load for Rangi in the second but they still trailed 42-35 at the interval.

The third stanza proved pivotal as Trinity Atiga, Kataleena Leslie and Kodee Sefo propelled St Mary’s to a decisive 63-41 advantage.

Tawhiao took her tally into the twenties but the depth of St Mary’s was instrumental in securing the win.

Rangitoto 60 – Tawhiao 24, Aroha Riley 16, Emily Blythe 9

St Mary’s 80 –  Atiga 18, Leslie 16, Sefo 15, Ualika 15, Alex Moore 10

Baradene College enjoyed a 73-51 bounce-back win at Mount Albert Grammar School.

It was largely plain sailing in the first half as Baradene established a double digit lead with Lilly Park, Deyna Topia and Ritorya Tamilo knocking down five threes between them.

32-21 down at the break debutant Waimanu Clarken, Valana Pupuke-Robati and Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie led a MAGS fightback in the third as the hosts made it a one possession game.

Baradene countered in the fourth to once again push out to a double figure lead.

MAGS 51 –  Waimanu Clarken 13, Cocker-Lemalie 11, Valana Pupuke-Robati 6, Danae Tait 6

Baradene 73 – Parke 23, Ritorya Tamilo 17, Topia 15, Summer  Faleafa 12

Premier League Standings

8-0 Westlake

7-1 Baradene

6-2 St Mary’s

4-3 Epsom

2-6 Rangitoto, MAGS

1-6 Massey

1-7 Carmel

*Massey v Epsom scheduled for July 5

AGS beat Westlake and St Kent’s win thriller at MAGS

Rangitoto College remain unbeaten after 8 rounds of Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League play while Saint Kentigern College sit second on the table after surviving a scare at Mount Albert Grammar School. 

Mt Albert , inspired by 28 points from debutant Victor Keil came within one shot of defeating St Kentigern College before losing a thriller 73-72.

The lead changed several times in a fluctuating fourth quarter and when Will Leger’s three gave the hosts a 72-71 lead an upset looked on the cards.

However the game’s leading scorer Dontae Russo-Nance (38 points) restored St Kent’s lead leaving MAGS coach Daryl Cartwright 7.7 seconds to draw up an inbounds play. Twice they got shots off but neither would drop for the home side in a thrilling finish.

A close contest looked highly unlikely when St Kent’s raced to a 19-5 first quarter lead – three triples from Russo-Nance in the period. 

MAGS established a foothold in the game in the second period but were still 40-26 adrift at half-time.

That all changed after the break as Keil, the former Lynfield College guard, enjoying an outstanding first Premier League outing scored 14 points in the quarter. When Morgan Aiono, returning from injury, knocked down a three MAGS were just two points down (52-50) with  ten minutes to play. 

Leger scored 11 points in the fourth and Keil took his tally close to 30 but the dependable duo of Kazlo Evans and Russo-Nance steadied St Kent’s. George Turner and Caleb Mattison also made important buckets to see the visitors home but it was mighty close!

MAGS 72 – Keil 28, Harri Coker-Grey 13, Will Leger 13/11r, Morgan Aiono 9

St Kentigern 73 – Russo-Nance 38, Evans 24, Kaea Rangiehaeata 5

A storming second half display carried Auckland Grammar to a convincing 103-84 win at Westlake Boys.

With the scores locked at 51 apiece at the interval it appeared we were in for a tight battle in the second half.

Christian Martin and Liam Spencer began the third period brightly but Grammar were beginning to gain momentum – 10 points in the quarter from skipper Luka Vea and a brace of threes from Josh Muggleston gave the visitors a 74-64 three-quarter time lead.

Hamza Zahran and Martin scored with identical And-1 plays to keep the deficit at 10 points but from there Grammar scored 14 unanswered points with the play of the game a feature of the run. Toby Caldwell gathered up a loose ball in his own half and with a no look behind the head pass found Vea for the run-away dunk.

Caleb Landon and Jamal Todd pushed the lead out to 25 points and although Harry Barnard posted some late points for Westlake it was a Theo Brothers triple that capped a fine all-round performance from AGS.

 Westlake 84 – Martin 20, Zahran 16, Spencer 16, Barnard 10, Boston Caldwell 8

AGS 103 – Vea 26, Landon 19, Todd 19, Muggleston 15, Caldwell 9, Cody Brown 8

Three days after posting 36 points against Auckland Grammar Tom Beattie extended his career best tally to 44 points as Rosmini College held off St Peter’s College for an 83-73 away win.

The two teams scored 12 points apiece in the opening period before Rosmini edged to a 37-33 half-time lead with Pita Maxwell-Topia’s triple aiding the visitors cause. 

Jack Donnelly scored 33 points the last time the two teams met and the St Peter’s guard threatened that mark again, as along with Scott Errey and Dorian Sula, the home team closed the third quarter adrift 60-53.

Andrei Manio chimed in with a couple of baskets for St Peters but Beattie and Jameer Reed held the hosts at bay to secure a Rosmini win. 

St Peter’s 73 – Donnelly 29, Sula 16, Errey 13

Rosmini 83 – Beattie 44, Kane Murphy 13, Maxwell-Topia 11, Reed 10

Head Coach Kenny Stone gave plenty of court time to his bench players as Rangitoto College beat Liston College 95-49.

Rookie guard Baxter Riley made the most of the opportunity scoring 22 points. The tone was set early on as nine Rangi players got on the scoresheet as they raced to a 36-5 lead.

Liston responded in the second quarter as Deon Helu and Dhon Lao found scoring a little easier.

Rangi weren’t finished with Jacob Fotu working his way to a double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) and Zoran Sladoja posting 12 points.

Eight wins on the bounce for Rangitoto!

Rangitoto 95 – Baxter 22, Fotu 15/10r, Sladoja 12, Zeke Priest 11, Ethan Skelton 10 

Liston 49 – Lao 9, Helu 9, Sebastian Alan 8, Peseti Ma’afu 8

Premier League Standings 

  • Rangitoto

6-2 St Kentigern

5-3 Westlake, AGS, Rosmini 

2-6 MAGS

1-7 St Peter’s

0-8 Liston

Senior A Boys and Girls – Week 7 wrap

Maia Bennett, Shar Tapling and Nerisa Vavau combined to make 9 from 12 threes to help St Kentigern College win an exciting top of the table clash with One Tree Hill College.

It was certainly needed as St Kent’s faced an avalanche of points from Savannah Cook and Angelica Vahai.

In the end the well balanced scoring effort from St Kent’s, that had five players score in double figures, carried them to a seventh straight win.

St Kentigern 85 – Bennett 21, Tapling 16, Vavau 12, Masha Pavlenko 12, Emma Halliday 12, 

One Tree Hill 76 – Cook 40, Vahai 24, Jesse-Lee Upo 5, Jada Tairea 5

30 points from Tikara Jallow took Mt Roskill Grammar to a 70-32 win against Pakuranga College and a top-4 spot on the ladder.

Mt Roskill 70 – Jallow 30, Petra Chanchui 8, Eden Ili 7, Nelly Ioane 7

Pakuranga 32 – Trista Ly 8, Zoish Chichgar 8, Eden Vaka 6

Northcote 63 – Brianna Hadley 21, Lisa Gear 12, Lucy Shepherd 8, Grace Lai 5

Pukekohe 49 – Arizona Withers 13, Sylvie Conroy 11, Abby Crane 9, Mo Talakai 5, Mereana Williams 5 

The Avondale College v Auckland Girls Grammar result was not available at the time of publishing.

Senior A Standings

7-0 St Kentigern, 

6-1 One Tree Hill

5-2 Northcote

4-3 Mt Roskill 

2-5 Pakuranga

1-5 Pukekohe

1-5 Avondale 

0-5 AGGS

Boy’s Senior A Results

Adam Davies and Josh Stewart combined for 46 points to engineer a decisive Sacred Heart College win against Macleans College.

Sacred Heart 108 – Davies 26, Stewart 20, Preston Tuaputa 18, Josh Tengblad 14, Matt Fautuaalii 8

Macleans 47 – Jesse Manuel 17, Oliver Simpson 12, Christian Mutti 10

Northcote College trailed Aorere College by 5 points inside the last 60 seconds before Aaron Sievert made a corner three followed by a pair of free throws to steal the win for the hosts.

Northcote 91 – Dontaye Sowman-Faaee 32, Aaron Sievert 28, Shayan Poorekhorsandi 10

Aorere 88 – Devean Danielson 24, Feloni Ngata 21, Chris Gordon 16, Jesse Holloway 12

The Avondale v Massey and Mt Roskill v Long Bay results were not available at the time of publication.

Senior A Standings 

6-0 Mt Roskill, 

6-1 Sacred Heart 

5-2 Northcote

4-3 Aorere 

2-4 Avondale

2-5 Macleans

1-5 Long Bay

0-6 Massey 

Westlake beat Baradene to go top

At the halfway point of the season Westlake Girls High lead the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League ladder after winning the game of the season to date 74-62 against Baradene College. 

Baradene made the brighter start with forward Summer Faleafa making a couple of baskets but Westlake were able to reap the rewards from defensive pressure to lead 20-12 at quarter time.

Lilly Parke scored ten points in the second frame for the hosts but Simone Barnard’s three contributed to Westlake’s 39-26 half-time lead.

When Mackenzee Chatfield and Jaelah Clayton helped themselves to easy baskets at the start of the second half Westlake were ahead by 16 and the floodgates were ajar.

However Faleafa and Topia found some offensive flow and Baradene were back in the contest at three-quarter time trailing 55-46.

Again Chatfield got Westlake off to a good start at the beginning of the quarter and with the lead back out to 15 points Westlake fans, including alumni Emme Shearer, were sitting comfortably.

That soon changed as, encouraged by the home support, Baradene reeled off a ten point run courtesy of Parke, Topia, Charlotte Rattray and Ritorya Tamilo.

The forward battle between Tamilo and Faleafa and the Moors sisters, Sarah and Rebecca, was an intriguing sub-plot as the two teams battled for supremacy. 

Just five ahead (61-56) with three minutes to play Westlake held their nerve in the closing stages to close out a hard fought victory.

Baradene 62 – Parke 19, Topia 11, Tamilo 11, Faleafa 10

Westlake 74 – Chatfield 22, S Moors 10, R Moors 8, Barnard 8, Shonnie Leiatua 8,

At the other end of the table Carmel College were celebrating their first success of the season after downing Massey High 76-72.

Paced by 25 points from Jemma Cammell the hosts had to endure a nervous final quarter before securing victory.

Carmel led 40-31 at half-time and with honours even in the third still held a 9-point advantage at the last break.

Maya Taingahue led the Massey assault in the fourth scoring 16 of her game high 33 points in the quarter but with Izzy MacGregor, Katie Linstrom and Imogen O’Rourke lending good support to Cammell it meant Carmel were able to hang on for a confidence boosting victory. 

Carmel 76 – Cammell 25, Izzy MacGregor 14, Katie Linstrom 11, Imogen O’Rourke 8

Massey 72 – Taingahue 33, Shazaleah Henry 8, Tahlya Waikiki 8, Kortni Waikiki 8

In the battle for third spot on the ladder St Mary’s College held off Epsom Girls Grammar to win their home tie 62-58.

The respective captains led from the front with Kataleena Leslie scoring 25 points for St Mary’s and Flo Dallow tallying 30 points for Epsom.

It was tight throughout, St Mary’s up by 1 at quarter time and half-time but trailing by 5 at three-quarter-time as Dallow, Maya Fowler and Sarah Joy Aruwa made their move.

However Epsom found baskets hard to come by in the fourth allowing Alex Moore and Leslie to take advantage. The pair scored all of St Mary’s 19 points in the final period to claim the win and take another step closer to the play-offs.

St Mary’s 62 – Leslie 25, Moore 15, Kodee Sefo 13

Epsom 58 – Dallow 30, Aruwa 17, Fowler 5

Mt Albert Grammar School celebrated their second success of the season at Rangitoto College winning 77-62.

The two teams shared the first 38 points in a high scoring opening period before 10 points from Taya Lewis fired MAGS to a handy 41-35 lead.

Aroha Riley and Kellie Tawhiao kept Rangitoto in the hunt but with Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie in good form the visitors lead was 60-47 at the three-quarter mark.

Nina Nguyen made a late three for Rangi but by then Anna-Rachel Enari had ensured MAGS were travelling back across the bridge with the two competition points.

Rangitoto 62 – Riley 23, Tawhiao 21, Nina Nguyen 7, Emily Blythe 7

MAGS 77 – Cocker-Lemalie 22, Lewis 18, Valana Pupuke-Robati 10, Enari 9

Premier League Standings 

7-0 Westlake

6-1 Baradene

5-2 St Mary’s

3-3 Epsom

2-5 Rangitoto, MAGS

1-5 Massey

1-6 Carmel

*Massey v Epsom scheduled for July 5

Rosmini and St Kentigern snare close wins

At the half-way stage of the regular season Rangitoto College head the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League ladder with an unblemished 7-0 record. Four other schools appear to be in contention for a top-four berth as only one win separates St Kentigern College, Westlake, Rosmini College and Auckland Grammar.

Round 7 was a week of massive individual scores. Scott Errey scored 42 points for St Peter’s with Dontae Russo-Nance matching that figure while Tom Beattie (Rosmini) and Zeke Priest bagged 36 points apiece.

He may have played 40 minutes for Auckland Huskies on Thursday night but Dontae Russo-Nance showed little sign of weariness as 24 hours later he knocked down 8 threes, in his 42 points, to pace St Kentigern College to a tense 98-95 home win against Westlake Boys.

Westlake made the better start as Boston Caldwell and Hamza Zahran landed from deep.

Kazlo Evans and Russo-Nance got  St Kent’s back on level terms but there was little between the teams at three-quarter-time (73-68) in favour of the hosts.

Caldwell, Zahran and the consistent Christian Martin made buckets for Westlake – Kaea Rangihaeata, Evans and Russo-Nance likewise for St Kent’s.

Neither side were having trouble scoring, getting stops was the issue – in the end St Kent’s managed the all important one on the last possession of the game to thwart a strong Westlake showing.

Both teams are now tied second on the Premier League ladder with 5-2 records.

St Kentigern 98 Russo-Nance 42, Evans 23, Rangihaeata 15, Merrick Rillstone 10

Westlake 95 Martin 32, Caldwell 25, Zahran 16, Liam Spencer 6

Tom Beattie (36 points) appeared to have scored the winning basket for Rosmini College, to the delight of the home supporters, as the full-time buzzer sounded but with the points ruled out by the officials overtime ensued as the scores were locked at 78 points apiece.

Pita Maxwell-Topia and Kane Murphy gave Rosmini the perfect start in the extra 5-minutes but Luka Vea trimmed the deficit to 4 points with under three minutes remaining.

Rosmini edged further ahead from the foul-line but Jamal Todd’s And-1 play made it a three-point game with a minute to play.

Caleb Landon’s score from an in-bounds play cancelled out another trip to the charity stripe from Murphy before Beattie sealed the deal – this time beating the buzzer.

Earlier Cody Brown, Landon (27 points) and Vea (28 points) took AGS out to a double digit lead before Lucas Schnuriger drained a trifecta of threes. 

Grammar’s lead was cut to 40-37 at the interval but Beattie and Murphy helped Rosmini enter the final ten minutes with a 58-53 advantage before big buckets from Todd, Vea and Will Shortt made for an exciting finish – Rosmini winning the tense overtime period to prevail 91-87.

Rosmini 91 – Beattie 36, Murphy 18, Matt Drury 13, Maxwell-Topia 9, Schnuriger 9

AGS 87 – Vea 28, Landon 27, Todd 17, Cody Brown 6

Scott Errey’s huge 42 points haul powered St Peter’s College to a 102-64 victory against Liston College.

St Peter’s first win of the season looked anything but secure at half-time as Rasheed Ieremia kept Liston within 5 points at half-time (38-33).

However the third quarter was decisive as St Peter’s rattled up 31 points with Errey, Jack Donnelly and Dorian Sula inflicting most of the damage.

Ieremia kept clicking over the points but a brace of threes from Cobain David put the icing on the St Peter’s victory.

Liston 64 – Ieremia 28, Landon Smith 9, Dhon Lao 8, Deon Helu 5

St Peter’s 102 – Errey 42, Donnelly 17, Sula 11, Toby Cox 7, Andrei Manio 7, David 7

Rangitoto College remain unbeaten after an 88-73 home win against Mt Albert Grammar School.

Zeke Priest was the standout for the hosts scoring a career best 36 points while Mt Albert Grammar guard Harri Coker-Grey (24 points) was a constant offensive threat for the visitors.

A relatively low scoring opening half was won 35-25 by the hosts before they tightened the screws in the third term.

Priest scored 16 points in the quarter and Zach Riley 8 although it was a spinning drive from Jacob Fotu that earned the biggest roar from a good crowd as Rangi stretched out to 67-48 at the last break.

Threes from Coker-Grey and Kade Cartwright helped MAGS edge the final period but Ethan Skelton and Priest saw Rangi safely over the line for their seventh win on the bounce.

Rangitoto 88 – Priest 36, Skelton 20, Fotu 11, Riley 8

MAGS 73 – Coker-Grey 24 Aki Luamanuvae-Su’a 12, Phoenix Sorensen 11, Cartwright 11, Will Leger 4/12r

Premier League Standings 

7-0 Rangitoto

5-2 Westlake, St Kentigern 

4-3 Rosmini, AGS

2-5 MAGS

1-6 St Peter’s

0-7 Liston

Secondary Schools Senior A roundup

One Tree Hill College and St Kentigern College are on a collision course to decide top spot on the Girl’s Senior A ladder – the two teams will meet next Friday in what should be an exciting game..

Both retained their unbeaten records in Round 6 but victories weren’t straight forward for either team.

In the game of the round One Tree Hill defeated Mt Roskill Grammar School 52-50.

OTH will be indebted to Angelica Vahai and Savannah Cook for preserving their unbeaten record as the pair scored all but eight of their team’s points.

Tikara Jallow and Bree Ioane lead the Mt Roskill response.

One Tree Hill 52 – Vahai 26, Cook 18, 

Mt Roskill 50 – Jallow 18 Ioane 15, Indiana Chanchui 8, Eden Ili 6

St Kentigern College also remain unbeaten –  a balanced scoring effort was topped by Masha Pavlenko and Shar Tapling.

For AGGS Mapuna Kohunui lead all scorers with 27 points, well supported by Leah Patuwairau.

AGGS 60 – Kohunui 27, Patuwairau 18, Grady Nikoia 13

St Kentigern 72 – Pavlenko 16, Tapling 15, Maia Bennett 14, Nerisa Vavau 10, Maia Mealamu 7

It was the Lizzy and Lucy show at Northcote College as the pair accumulated 44 points to ease their team to a 70-45 win against Avondale College.

Shiloh Caffery and Maraea Whiu were the leading Avondale scorers. 

Northcote 70 – Lizzy May 26, Lucy Shepherd 18, Brianna Hadley 9, Ella Carter-Mills 8

Avondale 45 – Caffery 16, Whiu 15, Daisy Ducloux 7

Pukekohe 54

Pakuranga 63

Senior A Standings

6-0 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

4-2 Northcote

3-3 Mt Roskill 

2-4 Pakuranga

1-4 Pukekohe

1-5 Avondale 

0-5 AGGS

Boy’s Senior A Results

Mount Roskill are a perfect 6-0 after powering past Macleans College 107-67.

Mt Roskill 107

Macleans 67

Adam Davies and Matt Fautuaalii were the leading scorers for Sacred Heart in their convincing win over .

Sacred Heart 96– Davies 19, Fautuaalii 18, Josh Stewart 12, Tyler Wilson-Voyce 11, Liston Suasua 8

Massey 45– Oscar Dickson 11, Joseph Fuimaono 9, Peter Parker 7, Caleb Taulapiu

Northcote College strengthened their top-four credentials with a 93-82 home win over Avondale College.

Jimi Iosia-Sipeli and Aidan King for Avondale and Aaron Sievert and Dontaye Sowman-Faaee each enjoyed 20-point outings.

Northcote 93 – Sievert 28, Sowman-Faaee 26, Tom Bates 15, Shayan Poorekhorsandi 14

Avondale 82 – King 25, Iosia-Sipeli 22, Nathaniel Tivoli 10, Connor Gleeson 9

Aorere College beat Long Bay College 85-76.

Standings after 6 Rounds

6-0 Mt Roskill, 

5-1 Sacred Heart 

4-2 Aorere

3-2 Northcote 

2-4 Avondale, Macleans

1-5 Long Bay

0-5 Massey

Baradene and Westlake remain unbeaten

Next week’s clash between the two unbeaten teams in the Girl’s Premier League, Westlake Girls High and Baradene College, should be a cracker.

Both teams came through their Round 6 games unscathed with Westlake defeating Rangitoto College and Baradene beating Massey High School.

Rangitoto made a good start against Westlake with Aroha Riley and Kellie Tawhiao making regular scores for the visitors. However Westlake finished the opening quarter with a 10-0 run to take a decisive 30-16 lead and were never threatened thereafter.

They were paced by Mackenzie Chatfield’s 31 points with other double figure contributions from Amiya Fotu, Jaelah Clayton and Holly Williams.

Westlake 108 – Chatfield 31, Fotu 17, Clayton 15, Williams 14, Boucher 9, Leiataua 9

Rangitoto 50 – Tawhaio 23, Riley 21, Jasmine Zhang 5

A damaging first half, which Baradene College Head Coach Andrew Parke described as, “the best we have played this season,” set the joint league leaders up for a comfortable 95-37 victory at Massey High School.

With Lilly Parke and Summer Faleafa leading from the front Baradene established a massive early lead. Only Erima Tuita could make a basket for Massey as they were outscored 31-2 in the first ten minutes.

The second quarter was a more even contest but Baradene had the two competition points sewn up by half-time leading 50-9 at the interval.

Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs, Deyna Topia and Ritorya Tamilo built on the good work of Parke and Faleafa in the second half – Baradene in good form ahead of the clash with Westlake next Friday night.

Maya Taingahue was at the heart of Massey’s best moments scoring a team high 15 points.

Massey 37 – Taingahue 15, Kortni Waikiki 6, Tuita 5, Zhoey Tilby-Woods 5 

Baradene 95 – Parke 30, Faleafa 16, Cavanagh-Briggs 10, Deyna Topia 10, Ritorya Tamilo 9

An early three from Maya Fowler got Epsom off to a good start as they established a 15-11 lead against Mount Albert Grammar School.

Lead by Breanna Waka and Danae Tait MAGS were well in contention at half-time trailing by single figures (30-21).

A triple from Tait and useful points from Taya Lewis helped MAGS after the break, although 9 points in the third from Flo Dallow meant Epsom increased their advantage marginally to 49-36 at three-quarter time.

Dallow and Draun Forbes ensured there would be no late MAGS comeback – Epsom solidifying their place in the Premier League top four. 

Epsom 70 – Dallow 28, Sarah-Joy Aruwa 19, Fowler 9, Draun Forbes 6

MAGS 50 – Danae Tait 14, Lewis 10, Breanna Waka 9, Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie 8

In a game played last Wednesday night St Mary’s College defeated Carmel College 72-53.

Faith Ualika and Alex Moore got St Mary’s off to a fine start, the home team up 25-12 at the first break and 43-20 by the interval.

Lead by Izzy MacGregor and Jemma Cammell Carmel were much improved after the break, the visitors shading the second half by a point.

Good to see young tyros Imogen O’Rourke (Carmel) and Kodee Sefo (St Mary’s) continuing to make their mark in the Premier League.

St Mary’s 72 – Ualika 18, Moore 12, Sefo 12, Trinity Atiga 8, Layla Aholelei 8

Carmel 56 – Cammell 18, MacGregor 15, Katie Linstrom 11, O’Rourke 7

Premier League Standings 

6-0 Baradene, Westlake

4-2 St Mary’s

3-2 Epsom 

2-4 Rangitoto

1-4 Massey

1-5 MAGS

0-6 Carmel

*Massey v Epsom scheduled for July 5

Rangitoto beat Westlake in top of the table clash

Rangitoto College used a 17-8 run in the final five minutes to win the battle of the unbeaten Premier teams 98-92 at Westlake Boys.

When Rocco Chang made a brace of free-throws Westlake, in front of a partisan crowd, were 84-81 ahead and looking likely victors.

However Rangitoto scored the next seven points and would not be headed again as Ethan Skelton and Zach Riley took charge of proceedings down the stretch.

Westlake rallied again, as Christian Martin earned a couple of trips to the free-throw line, closing to within three points (92-89) with 42 seconds to play but Riley held his nerve at the foul line to win a hard fought contest for the visitors.

Rangi shot out to an 8-3 start in the opening 90 seconds but Westlake responded positively trailing by the narrowest of margins at the quarter break, 25-24.

Boston Caldwell found his range in the second period knocking down a succession of threes but Zeke Priest countered with a deep three and an acrobatic alley-oop.

Rocco Chang had the final say of the first half meaning the game was finely balanced at the interval with the hosts ahead 50-48.

It was 58 apiece at the mid-point of the third frame but a corner three from Caldwell (6 made threes in the game), a couple of inside buckets from Hamza Zahran and And-1 play from Martin gave Westlake a handy 76-71 lead at the three-quarter point.

The two sides exchanged baskets at the outset of the fourth before some Rangi full court pressure resulted in easy baskets for Ethan Skelton and Kaia Dryden meant the visitors trailed by a single point with five minutes to play (82-81).

From there it was all Rangi as Riley and Skelton stamped their authority on proceedings with important scores and smothering defence.

Westlake 92 – Caldwell 31, Martin 20, Chang 15, Zahran 14

Rangitoto 98 – Riley 27, Skelton 26, Priest 25, Dryden 9

Dontae Russo-Nance had a game tying three ruled out as Auckland Grammar School beat St Kentigern College 96-93 in front of a big crowd at Mountain Road.

In a foul riddled contest Toby Caldwell’s triple had given Grammar a 96-93 lead well inside the final minute only for Russo-Nance, having scored a game high 42 points, to connect from deep as time expired.

The shot was deemed to have been released a fraction after the buzzer sounded much to the relief of the home supporters – Grammar’s top-four aspirations gaining momentum.

It was St Kent’s that made the early running, out to a 21-18 first quarter lead with Kazlo Evans and DRN the main protagonists.

The hosts had the better of the second spell with Caleb Landon, Jamal Todd and Luka Vea regularly finding routes to the ring.

Grammar’s three-point half-time lead was extended to 78-72 at three-quarter time – 14 points in the quarter from Landon a mighty contribution.

St Kent’s made a big push for victory but despite Evans and Dontae-Nance scoring all 22 of their fourth quarter points they were denied the chance of overtime by a fraction of a second in a nail-biting finish.

AGS 96 – Landon 31, Vea 20, Todd 19, Caldwell 13, Cody Brown 7

St Kentigern 93 – Dontae-Nance 42, Evans 22, George Turner 7, Merrick Rillstone 7

In another tight contest Mount Albert Grammar School came away with the spoils at St Peter’s College winning 87-79.

MAGS made an enterprising start as Phoenix Sorensen and Aki Luamanuvae-Su’a landed from deep to give them a 23-19 first quarter advantage.

Scott Errey and Dorian Sua kept St Peter’s in the hunt down by just 7 points (49-42) at the half-way mark.

In keeping with a tight contest the two teams split 34 points in the third to set up a tantilising finish.

St Peter’s guard Jack Donnelly, on his way to a game high 42 points, piled on 15 of those in the fourth but Sorensen, Ben Skelton and Hari Coker-Grey steadied the MAGS ship to ensure they sailed away with the hard fought victory.

MAGS 87 – Sorensen 28, Sorensen 18p/11rebs, Luamanuvae-Su’a 11, Will Leger 9, Will Leger 9p/12r, Kuresa Tapulaaia 9, Harri Coker-Grey 8

St Peter’s 79 – Donnelly 40, Errey 17, Owain Leigh 8, Dorian Sua 7

Paced by 31 points from Tom Beattie it was plain sailing for Rosmini College as they cruised past Liston College 113-69.

Beattie, Charlie Dalton and Zion Anderson put their collective hands to the tiller to steer Rosmini out to a 65-31 half-time lead.

Rasheed Tahiru, Sebastian Alan and Taonaishe Chataivon kept Liston buoyant before Matt Drury and Kane Murphy applied the final flourish for Rosmini.

Liston 69 – Tahiru 16, Alan 13, Chataivon 11, Marvellous Michael 9, Dhon Lao 8

Rosmini 113 – Beattie 31, Dalton 20, Murphy 16, Anderson 15, Drury 15

Premier League Standings after 6 Rounds

  • Rangitoto

5-1 Westlake 

4-2 St Kentigern, AGS

3-3 Rosmini

2-4 MAGS

0-6 Liston, St Peter’s

Senior A Results

Sacred Heart College 96

Massey 45

Senior A Standings after 5 Rounds

5-0 Mt Roskill, 

4-1 Sacred Heart 

3-2 Aorere

2-2 Northcote 

2-3 Avondale, Macleans

1-4 Long Bay

0-4 Masse

Carmel come close to first win

For long spells of the game it appeared that Carmel College would pick up their first win of the season against Rangitoto College in Round 5 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League competition.

With 5 minutes to play they led 50-49 following a Katie Linstrom three. Kellie Tawhiao gave Rangi the lead before Linstrom tied proceedings from the foul line (51-51).

However only Jemma Cammell could find the net down the stretch whilst at the other end Tawhiao and Aroha Riley combined to give Rangitoto a hard earned 57-53 victory.

Zaara Sain scored a couple of baskets for Rangitoto in the opening quarter but thereafter Tawhiao and Riley combined to score 55 of Rangi’s 59 points.

Imogen O’Rourke and Ruby Railton complimented the work of Linstrom and Cammell but it wasn’t quite enough on the night. 

Carmel 53 – Cammell 21, Linstrom 19, Izzy MacGregor 5

Rangitoto 59 – Tawhiao 29, Riley 26, Sain 4

Westlake’s  unbeaten start to the season was under threat at half-time when they trailed Mt Albert Grammar School 28-26.

Tiger-Lily Coker-Lemalie and Taya Lewis combined nicely to give MAGS the interval lead.

Whatever the Westlake coaching staff said at the break worked a treat as they ran up 24 points in the third quarter courtesy of  Jaelah Clayton, Rebecca Moors and Makenzee Boucher.

Sienna-Rose Tawera and Lewis tried to keep MAGS afloat but Westlake were on a roll going on to win 71-47, Amy Pateman putting the icing on the victory. 

Westlake 71 – Boucher 16, Chatfield 16, R Moors 8, Sarah Moors 8

MAGS 47 – Lewis 11, Coker-Lemalie 9, Valana Pupuke-Robati 9, Tawera 8

Despite going eight minutes in the third quarter without scoring Baradene College prevailed 64-49 at Epsom Girls Grammar School.

Baradene College took command of proceedings racing to a 19-5 lead with Ritorya Tamilo and Summer Faleafa in the thick of the action.

Draun Forbes and Flo Dallow dragged Epsom back into the contest in the second period but they still trailed by 8 points at the half (31-23).

The pair inflicted more damage in the third period but despite that barren eight minutes Baradene still held a 40-37 advantage with 10 minutes to play.

Poppy Cavanagh–Briggs stepped up in the fourth making 10 points, Lily Parke chimed in with 8 and Baradene fans could breathe a little easier in the closing minutes as their team moved to 5-0 for the season.

Epsom 49 – Dallow 15, Forbes 12, Sarah-Joy Aruwa 10, Te Aroha Kukutai-Wirau 6

Baradene 64 – Parke 19, Cavanagh–Briggs 15, Tamilo 13, Deyna Topia 7

Massey High made a great start to the contest against St Mary’s College but came unstuck in the third quarter eventually losing 91-59.

Massey were up 21-17 at quarter time as Maya Taingahue and Shaz Henry combined for 17 points. They were still in the ascendancy at half-time – Tahyla Waikiki getting in on the scoring to make it a 32-31 lead.

The St Mary’s floodgates opened in the third period as they piled on 29 points. Kodee Sefo and Faith Ualika did most the damage making 12 and 9 points respectively in the period with Massey only able to muster 4 points in response.

Massey made a better fist of it in the fourth as Zhoey Tilby-Woods and Taingahue dropped threes but Sefo, Alex Moore and Breanna Schmid were in no mood to surrender the advantage.

St Mary’s 91 – Sefo 25, Ualika 22, Moore 14, Schmid 12, Layla Aholelei 9

Massey 59 – Taingahue 23, Henry 16, Waikiki 11, Tilby-Woods 6

Premier League Standings after 5 rounds

5-0 Baradene, Westlake

3-2 St Mary’s

  • Epsom 
    • Rangitoto

1-3 Massey

1-4 MAGS

0-5 Carmel

Senior A Results

Northcote 74 – Lizzie May 26, Brianna Hadley 21, Lucy Shepherd 15

AGGS 64 – Mapuna Kohunui 27, Leah Patuwairua 17, Grady Nikoia 16

Saint Kentigern 81 – Sharmaine Tapling 14, Emma Halliday 14, Masha Pavlenko 13, Maia Mealamu 9

Pukekohe 41 – Abby Crane 20 (6 made 3’s), Elena Hotai 5

One Tree Hill 63 – Savannah Cook 37 (7 made 3’s), Angelica Vahai 15, Jada Tairea 5

Pakuranga 52 – Jordan Koteka 21, Puaolena Fausia 8, Eden Vaka 7

Mt Roskill 58

Avondale 39

Senior A Standings

5-0 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

3-2 Mt Roskill, Northcote 

1-3 Pukekohe

1-4 Pakuranga, Avondale 

0-4 AGGS

Rangitoto and Westlake remain unbeaten in Boy’s Premier League

Round 5 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boy’s League contained no real surprises as the top four teams each registered a win.

Rangitoto College, welcoming Auckland Huskies guard Zach Riley into their ranks for the first time this season, had five players in double figures as they eased past Rosmini College 94-61.

Rangitoto made the perfect start with the hard working Kaia Dryden posting up inside and finishing comfortably. 

Tom Beattie and Kane Murphy got the scoreboard moving for Rosmini but Lucas Payne and Riley were instrumental in pushing Rangi to a 23-14 quarter time lead.

Playmaker Ethan Skelton began to pick holes in the Rosmini defence and with Zeke Priest adding some flamboyant finishes Rangi extended their advantage despite Charlie Dalton’s best efforts. Dryden’s buzzer beating three gave Rangi a 42-26 half-time lead.

Matt Drury scored 9 points for Rosmini in the third but that was punctuated by triples from Priest, Dryden, Riley and Skelton as the Rangi lead stretched beyond twenty points.

Both coaches gave extended minutes to the bench crews in the final period – Rangi cruising to a fifth straight win.

Rosmini 61 – Dalton 15, Beattie 14, Murphy 9, Drury 9

Rangitoto 94 – Skelton 18p/7assists, Priest 15, Riley 15, Dryden 14, Payne 12

Westlake Boys High are also on a five game winning start to the season, their latest performance a 108-66 home win against Mt Albert Grammar School with Boston Caldwell (32 points) and Christian Martin (23 points) doing most of the damage. 

Westlake posted a 26-16 first quarter advantage and blew the lead out to 30 points by half-time (57-27).

Phoenix Sorensen and Aki Luamanuvae-Su’a helped turn the tide in an even third quarter but it was only a temporary reprieve as Wade Mackenzie and Rocco Chang took the game further away from MAGS in the final ten minutes.

Westlake 109 – Caldwell 32, Martin 23, Chang 15, Wade Mackenzie 13, Daniel Ottenhoff 8

MAGS 66 – Sorensen 18p/11rebs, Luamanuvae-Su’a 11, Will Leger 9, Kade Cartwright 9

St Kentigern College bounced back from their narrow loss to Rangitoto 72 hours earlier with an 81-67 victory against St Peters.

However the combined efforts of Jack Donnelly, Dorian Sula and Scott Errey made it far from straight forward.

Errey scored 8 points in the opening frame to keep his team in touch at 21-16 in arrears. 

Dontae-Russo Nance dropped a couple of threes in the second period but Donnelly replied with three from deep to keep St Peter’s in touch at the interval – down 39-32.

A couple more from deep from Donnelly were more than cancelled out by Merrick Rillstone and Kazlo Evans as the hosts stretched out to a 64-46 three-quarter time advantage.

Dorian Sula made his highest points tally of the season but it wasn’t enough to threaten an upset win.

St Kentigern 81 – Russo-Nance 28, Evans 21, Rillstone 11, George Turner 9, Caleb Mattison 8

St Peter’s 67 – Donnelly 28, Sula 18, Errey 15

Paced by Caleb Landon’s 28 points Auckland Boys Grammar were too strong for Liston College winning 113-39.

Taonaishe Chataira top scored for Liston but it was largely one-way traffic as skipper Luka Vea, Cody Brown and Blake Manning joined Landon in double figures.

AGS 113 – Landon 28, Vea 19, Brown 17, Manning 14, Will Shortt 9, Toby Caldwell 9

Liston 39 – Chataira 9, Landon Smith 7, Rasheed Tahiru 7

Premier League Standings after 5 Rounds

  • Rangitoto, Westlake

4-1 St Kentigern

3-2 AGS

2-3 Rosmini

1-4 MAGS

0-5 Liston, St Peter’s

Senior A Results

Maclean 97 Long Bay 55

Sacred Heart 100 Aorere 68

Mt Roskill 98 Avondale 67

Massey v Northcote TBC

Senior A Standings after 5 Rounds 

5-0 Mt Roskill, 

4-1 Sacred Heart 

3-2 Aorere

2-2 Northcote 

2-3 Avondale, Macleans

1-4 Long Bay

0-4 Massey

Westlake, Baradene, St Kentigern and One Tree Hill unbeaten in top grades

Westlake Girls High School and Baradene College remain unbeaten after 4 Rounds of the Girl’s Auckland Premier League.

St Mary’s 44 – Ualika 11, Aholelei 9, Sefo 8, Leslie 6

Westlake 76 – Boucher 20, Chatfield 16, Williams 13, R Moors 10, Fotu 9

Baradene 89 – Parke 19, Tamilo 15, Topia 13, Faleafa 9, Burrell 8

Rangitoto 47 – Riley 20, Tawhiao 8, Blythe 7, Ludajic 6

MAGS 64 – Lewis 13, Tawera 11, Coker-Lemalie 11, Tait 8

Carmel 35 – Cammell 13, Linstrom 6

Epsom v Massey postponed to July 4th.

Premier League Standings

4-0 Baradene, Westlake

2-1 Epsom

2-2 St Mary’s

1-2 Massey

1-3 Rangitoto, MAGS

0-4 Carmel

Senior A Results

St Kentigern 63 – Jones 13, Pavlenko 12, Tapling 11, Tuumaialu 9

Mt Roskill 60 – Jallow 20, I Chanchui 12, P Chanchui 11, Ili 10

One Tree Hill 59 – Cook 40 (8 made threes), Tuisuva 8, Harriet ? 7

Northcote 57 – Hadley 27, May 9, Shepherd 7, Carter-Mills 6

Pakuranga 30 -Ly 10, Reeve 7

Avondale 68 – Whiu 29, Raion 15, Lemisio 12

The result of the AGGS v Pukekohe game is unknown at the time of publication.

Senior A Standings

4-0 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

2-2 Northcote, Mt Roskill

1-2 Pukekohe

1-3 Pakuranga, Avondale 

0-3 AGGS

Priest trumps St Kent’s at the buzzer

A week after pipping Auckland Grammar at the post Rangitoto College won another heart-stopper this time at the expense of St Kentigern College in the 4th Round of Boy’s Premier League basketball in Auckland.

An in-bounds pass on the baseline from Lucas Payne with 0.7 seconds left on the clock found Zeke Priest who gleefully converted the shot to give Rangitoto an 80-79 win.

St Kentigern 79 – Evans 42, Mattison 12, Rillstone 7, Turner 7, Rangihaeata 7

Rangitoto 80 – Priest 26, Skelton 18, Payne 17, Ropotini 11

MAGS 49 – Sorensen 13, Luamanuvae-Su’a 10, Skelton 9, Tapulaaia 8

Rosmini 80 – Dalton 19, Beattie 16, Schnuriger 12, Murphy 10

Liston 37 – Helu 9, Chataira 8

Westlake 124 – Caldwell 28, Chang 17, Zharan 13, Ottenhoff 13, Martin 12

AGS 91 – Vae 28, Muggleston 20, Landon 18

St Peters 57 – Erey 17, Tolich 9, Manio 6

Premier League Standings

  • Rangitoto, Westlake

3-1 St Kentigern

2-2 Rosmini, AGS

1-3 MAGS

0-4 Liston, St Peter’s

Senior A Results

Sacred Heart 65 – Fautuaali 17, Stewart 17, Davies 13, Suasua 13

Mt Roskill 76 – Matenga 32, Greig 20, Beaumont 8

Long Bay 78 – N Taher 25, De Felice 14, E Taher 10, Hall 8

Avondale 102 – Losia-Sipeli 32, King 13, Murphy 11

Macleans 87 – Manuel 25, Simpson 17, Hanson 14, Smyth 13

Northcote 97 – Sowman-Faaee 26, Sievert 19, Bates 13

Aorere 94 – Ngata 18, Danielson 17, Tumaneng 13, Gordon 12

Massey 73 – Dickson 17, Anderson 13, Fuimaono 12, Taulapiu 10

Senior A Standings

4-0 Mt Roskill, 

3-1 Sacred Heart, Aorere

2-2 Northcote, Avondale

1-3 Macleans, Long Bay

0-4 Massey

Russo-Nance thwarts Rosmini

The good players score points when it matters and that’s what St Kentigern College guard Dontae Russo-Nance did on as his team prevailed 78-73 at Rosmini College on Monday night.

Russo-Nance scored 19 of his game high 40 points in the final period to ensure St Kent’s overcame a determined Rosmini in an entertaining contest that wasn’t decided until the final 90 seconds.

When Kane Murphy and Charlie Dalton scored back to back threes with less than three minutes to play the hosts had stolen the lead and momentum, 71-67 ahead .

That momentum swing was stopped in its tracks as St Kent’s scored 11 of the final 13 points to seal the win. Kazlo Evans scored in transition, Kaea Rangihaeata made an inside basket and Russo-Nance did the rest with a couple of buckets and a brace of free-throws.

Earlier Rosmini had held a three point advantage at quarter-time with Tom Beattie (28 points on the night) quickly into double figures.

Evans and Caleb Mattison got in on the scoring in the second although Cole Johns provided Rosmini with a couple of handy buckets and proceedings were tied 35 points apiece at half-time

The third frame became a grind with neither side able to gain the ascendancy – an Evans triple gave St Kent’s a narrow 49-48 lead at the last break.

Rosmini began the fourth term with a 10-2 run courtesy of the impressive Beattie and Matt Drury. However that was quickly cancelled out by the visitors as Evans and Russo-Nance wrestled control.

Murphy tied proceedings with 3:30 to play and when he and Dalton scored consecutive baskets from beyond the arc a Rosmini victory looked a distinct possibility.

The good players assert their authority when it matters – Russo Nance did just that in the closing minutes.

Rosmini 73 – Beattie 28, Dalton 12, Murphy 12, Drury 8, Johns 8

St Kent’s 78 – Russo-Nance 40, Evans 20, Rangihaeata 8

Premier League Standings

3-0 Rangitoto, Westlake, St Kentigern

1-2 AGS, MAGS, Rosmini

0-3 St Peter’s, Liston

Girls Premier League and Senior A review – Round 3

Epsom Girls lost their unbeaten record in Round 3 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League leaving Westlake Girls and Baradene College as the only unbeaten teams.

It was Westlake that spoilt Epsom’s good start to the season with an 83-71 away win.

Unfortunately the scoresheet I received didn’t have the  numbers of the scorers recorded for the first part of the game.

I can report that Westlake made a strong start getting out to a 31-15 first quarter advantage. Thereafter it was pretty close with Epsom winning the middle two periods to close to 62-57 at the three-quarter mark before Westlake pulled away again in the fourth to make it three wins in three outings.

Epsom 71

Westlake 83

Also making it three from three were Baradene College who recorded a comfortable 88-60 win at Carmel College.

An entertaining opening quarter saw Baradene carve out a 32-18 lead with Summer Faleafa and Ritorya Tamilo doing the bulk of the damage.

Baradene forged further ahead in the second – Tamilo going past the twenty points mark.

Carmel guard Jemma Cammell was outstanding as the hosts put up a spirited display in the second half. She went on to score a game high 30 points and along with Kate Linstrom gave the home support plenty to cheer.

Lilly Parke (pictured) also capped a fine display nailing 13 points in the final period to put the seal on the Baradene victory.

Carmel 60 – Cammell 30, Linstrom 13, Izzy MacGregor 7

Baradene 88 – Tamilo 26, Parke 23, Deyna Topia 15, Faleafa 14, Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs 10

The Mt Albert Grammar contest against St Mary’s College looked to be headed to an interesting finale at three-quarter time. At that stage MAGS trailed 52-46 but the final period was dominated by the visitors, St Mary’s charging away to win 76-52.

8 points in the home run from Faith Ualika and a couple of key buckets from Layla Aholelei helped St Mary’s pile on 24 points to finish with a flourish.

Earlier it had been Kodee Sefo (18 points), Ualika and Trinity Atiga (both 16 points) that had given the visitors their narrow lead with Taya Lewis and Breanna Waka both in double figures for MAGS.

MAGS 52 –  Taya Lewis 11, Breanna Waka 10, Danae Tait 8, Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie 8
St Mary’s 76 – Sefo 18, Atiga 16, Ualika 16, Jess Fleming 8

A strong opening 23-10 opening quarter from Rangitoto College set the platform for an 82-66 home win against Massey High School – 9 points for Emily Blythe in the opening period.

Massey responded well in the second quarter, courtesy of Maya Taingahue and Zhoey Tilby-Woods, to trail by just five points at half-time (35-30).

A free scoring third frame was something of a shoot-out between Shaz Henry and Taingahue for Massey and Aroha Riley and Kellie Tawhiao for Rangitoto – the hosts ahead 60-52 with ten minutes to play.

Tahlya Waikiki kept the score ticking over for Massey in the final period but Aroha Riley put the result beyond the visitors as she knocked down four triples in the frame on her way to a game high 34 points.

Rangitoto 82 – Riley 34, Blythe 17, Tawhiao 16

Massey 66 – Taingahue 24, T Waikiki 19, Henry 10

Premier League Standings

3-0 Baradene, Westlake

  • Epsom, St Mary’s

1-2 Rangitoto, Massey

0-3 Carmel, MAGS

Senior A Results:

Northcote College 60 – Lizzie May 16, Lucy Shepherd 12, Ashley Healey 10, Bri Hadley 10

Pakuranga College 36 – Jordan Koteka 10, Eden Vaka 10, Izzy Reeve 8

Pukekohe HS 59

One Tree Hill College 71

Mt Roskill GS 52 – Tikara Jallow 16, Petra Chanchui 13, Eden Ili 10

AGGS 51 

Avondale College 59 – Maraea Whiu 26, Mercy Lemisio 10, Daphne Edwards 8

St Kentigern College 84 –  Sharmaine Tapling 16, Ashleigh Tuumaialu 14, Masha Pavlenko 14, Emma Halliday 14

Senior A Standings

3-0 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

2-1 Northcote, Mt Roskill

1-2 Pakuranga, Pukekohe

0-3 Avondale, AGGS

Auckland Grammar blow it – Boys Prems wrap

Lindsay Tait and his Auckland Grammar team will be lamenting a squandered opportunity to inflict a defeat on Rangitoto College after going down 88-86 in the Bays.

Grammar had led by as many as 16 points at one stage but gave up a game tying basket to Zeke Priest with 14 seconds to play.

It appeared that Grammar had the final possession to engineer a winning play but poor execution presented Rangi with a game winning opportunity – a fast break layup was gleefully accepted by Ethan Skelton for the win.

Earlier Grammar had opened up a 26-16 first quarter advantage, extended to 47-33 at the interval – Caleb Landon and Jamal Todd, 23 points apiece on the night, doing most the damage. 

Captain Skelton dragged Rangi back into the contest scoring 15 points in the third as Grammar’s lead was cut to 68-64 with ten to play.

Todd continued to make buckets as Grammar protected their advantage but some poor shot selections presented the hosts with opportunities Skelton and Priest made the most of.

Rangitoto 88 – Priest 28, Skelton 24, Kaia Dryden 19, Jacob Fotu 7

AGS 86 – Landon 23, Todd 23, Cody Brown 15, Toby Caldwell 9, Luka Vea 7

*Rangitoto guard Zach Skelton was away on duty with the Auckland Huskies.

All twelve Westlake Boys High players scored at least 4 points as they overpowered St Peter’s College 122-64.

With Jack Donnelly at his elusive best and Owain Leigh making a couple of scores St Peter’s hung tough in the opening period to trail by single figures 28-19.

Thereafter it was all Westlake as Boston Caldwell dropped 30 (3/5 3PG), the promising Hamza Zahran scored 20 and Christian Martin produced another impressive stats line.

Following on from his 34 points against Rosmini last week Martin came up with a triple-double threatening 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Scott Erey gave Donnelly good support with 15 points but it was Westlake’s all-round depth that won the day.

St Peter’s 64 – Donnelly 34, Erey 15

Westlake 122 – Caldwell 30, Zahran 20, Martin 19, Rocco Chang 9

Mt Albert Grammar also had all twelve players on the scoresheet as they defeated Liston College 98-53.

Taona Chataira scored eight first quarter points for Liston but five straight points from Ron Henskes gave the hosts a 22-15 lead after ten minutes.

Aki Luamanuvae-Sua quickly took his score into double figures and Phoenix Sorensen landed  three triples as MAGS dominated the second period to lead 49-27 at the break. 

The scoring tapered off in the third before MAGS unleashed 33 points in the final frame. Deon Helu scored 10 points in the fourth to take his tally to 17 but he couldn’t prevent MAGS  cruising to victory. 

MAGS 98 – Sorensen 21, Luamanuvae-Sua 16, Harri Coker-Grey 14, Kade Cartwright 8

Liston 53 – Helu 17, Chataira 12, Dhon Lau 7

The Rosmini versus St Kentigern clash was postponed with coaching staff from both teams involved in the Auckland Huskies game on Friday night.


3-0 Rangitoto, Westlake

2-0 St Kentigern

1-1 Rosmini


0-3 St Peter’s, Liston

Senior A Results:

Avondale 104 – Jimi Iosia-Sipeli 37, Aidan King 21, Andrew Murphy 14, Connor Gleeson 13

Sacred Heart 106 – Adam Davies 29, Preston Tuaputa, Matt Fautuaalii 15, Josh Stewart 11, Muli Ma’asi 11

Girl’s Prems and Senior A wrap

Are we witnessing a slight changing of the guard in Girl’s Premier League basketball in Auckland? Westlake Girls will be in the mix but expect Baradene College and Epsom Girls Grammar to also be in the shake-up at the business end of the season – all three teams off to a two-game winning start. 

Baradene made a strong start against St Mary’s leading 13-8 after the first ten minutes and 27-17 at half-time – Lilly Parke, Ritorya Tamilo and Deyna Topia all making telling contributions.

Kat Leslie tried to get things going for St Mary’s but 8 points in the third from Summer Faleafa ensured Baradene had an unassailable 48-29 lead at the three-quarter mark.

Baradene 68 – Tamilo 17, Faleafa 16, Topia 15, Parke 12

St Mary’s 47 – Leslie 13, Kadee Sefo 8, Faith Ualika 7

Sarah-Joy Aruwa scored 10 points in the opening quarter as Epsom Girls established a 22-16 lead at Rangitoto College.

Aroha Riley was also in double figures for Rangitoto who were still in touch at the interval trailing 33-29.

Epsom broke the game open in the third, threes from Flo Dallow, Draun Forbes and Lauren Boxall-Hunt helping them tally 30 points in the period and a 63-45 lead with ten minutes to play.

Kellie Tawhiao joined Riley on the 20-points mark but Epsom were cruising in the fourth.

Rangitoto 59 – Tawhiao 22, Riley 21

Epsom 86 – Dallow 30, Aruwa 26, Boxall-Hunt 9, Maya Fowler 9

A 31-4 opening period in favour of Westlake Girls High set the tone for a straight forward 109-20 victory over local rivals Carmel College.

The Mack Attack of Boucher and Chatfield did most of the damage for the hosts with Katie Linstrom’s 9 points the best for Carmel.

Westlake 109 – Makenzee Boucher 22, Mackenzie Chatfield 20, Amy Pateman 15, Rosie Dil 13, Jaelah Clayton 11, Amiya Fotu 9

Carmel 20 – Katie Linstrom 9, Jemma Gammell 6

Mt Albert Grammar made a strong start against Massey High School but eventually went down 70-63.

Breanna Waka, Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie and Danae Tait scored a couple of baskets apiece as MAGS forged an early 20-13 lead.

However Massey piled on 30 points in the second quarter as Aylyah Leusogi-Ape and Manya Taingahue cut loose.

The two teams went hammer and tongue in the third period sharing 40 points in a high scoring frame – Taya Lewis led the MAGS effort but Massey held firm to win the closest game of the round.

Massey 76 – Leusogi-Ape 29, Taingahue 16, Zhoey Tilby-Woods 9, Tahlya Waikiki 8

MAGS 63 – Lewis 17, Tait 14, Waka 7

Senior A Results:

St Kentigern 88 (Sharmaine Tapling 34, Emma Halliday 17), Northcote 32 (Grace Lai 11)

Mt Roskill 56 (Tikara Sallow 26, Eden Ili 10), Pukekohe 38 (Abby Crane 16, Arizona Withers 8)

Pakuranga 73 (Eden Vaka 18, Jordan Koteka 16) Auckland Girls Grammar 46 (Leah Patuwairua 33)

One Tree Hill 75 Avondale 57

Christian Martin domiates Rosmini – Boy’s Prems and Senior A wrap

Results from Round 2 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier and Senior A fixtures:

With a half-time score of 39-37 in favour of Rosmini College at Westlake Boys High it looked as if a close encounter was on the cards.

However Westlake, or more precisely Christian Martin, had other ideas. Westlake swept Rosmini aside 31-8 in the third period, Martin piling on 16 points of his own on his way to a dominating 34 points.

Rosmini restored an element of respectability to the score in the final quarter, courtesy of Matt Drury (22 points) and (Charlie Dalton 25 points), but were second best on the night going down 94-78.

Tom Beattie and Kane Murphy got Rosmini off to a good start (23-19 ahead at quarter time) before Martin and Wade Mackenzie began to work up a head of steam in the second.

Martin was unstoppable in the third and with Boston Caldwell and Rocco Chang lending good support the result was beyond doubt at the three-quarter mark. 

Westlake 94 – Martin 34, Caldwell 22, Chang 12, MacKenzie 7, Hamza Zahran 6

Rosmini 78 – Dalton 25, Drury 22, Murphy 15, Beattie 13

St Kentigern College had little trouble against Liston College winning 102-51 with Kazlo Evans adding a lazy 29 points to his 47 in round 1.

He received fine support from Merrick Rillstone (22 points) and Caleb Mattison (21 points) as St Kent’s built on a 31-13 first quarter lead, winning every quarter.

Desmond Helu’s 13 points was the standout performance for Liston.

St Kent’s 102 – Evans 29, Rillstone 22, Mattison 21, George Turner 7, Kaea Rangihaetee 7

Liston 51 – Helu 13, Taona Chataivon 6, Dhon Lao 5

*St Kent’s guard Dontae Russo-Nance was away on duty with the Auckland Huskies and scored 19 points against the Canterbury Rams.

Auckland Grammar came away from their visit to Mt Albert Grammar with a crucial 96-69 win. 

Louis Uru dropped a three-pointer late in the opening period to edge MAGS to a 19-18 lead before AGS put their collective foot down in the second. They won the stanza 25-12 with skipper Caleb Landon and Toby Caldwell prominent.

Ben Skelton and  Aki Luamanuvae-Sua kept MAGS in contention in the third but a timely three from Jamal Todd gave AGS a 18-point buffer (70-52) at three-quarter time.

Luamanuvae-Sua went on to record a game high 25 points but a more balanced scoring effort from the men from Mountain Road claimed the spoils.

AGS 96 – Landon 23, Todd 15, Josh Mugglestone 15, Caldwell 14, Cody Brown 7, Blake Manning 7

MAGS 69 – Luamanuvae-Sua 25, Skelton 11, Will Leger 8/11r, Dante Tapulaaia 6

Four players combined to amass 119 points at Rangitoto College as Zeke Priest’s 36 points and Ethan Skelton’s 33 trumped Jack Donnelly’s 33 and Scott Erey’s 17 to propel the hosts to a 105-64 win against St Peter’s College.

The first quarter favoured Rangitoto 26-19 but it was one way traffic in the second frame as St Peter’s were outscored 30-7. The visitors were restricted to single figures again in the third as Rangi established a vice like grip on the game and record a second straight win of the season.

Rangitoto 105 – Priest 36, Skelton 33, Lucas Payne 12, Jacob Fotu 7

St Peter’s 64 – Donnelly 33, Erey 17, Toby Cox 8

*Rangitoto guard Zach Skelton was away on duty with the Auckland Huskies and scored 7 points against the Canterbury Rams.

Senior A Results:

Macleans College 89 Avondale College 107

Mt Roskill GS 89 (Kennedy Matenga 32, Anthony Beaumont 10) Aorere College 48 (Feloni Ngata 11, Devean Danielson 13)

Long Bay College 73 (George De Felice 16, Sam Love 13, Nouh Taher 12)  Massey HS 59 (James Anderson 15, Oscar Dickson 12)

Sacred Heart 116 (Josh Stewart 34, Adam Davies 23) Northcote College 76 (Aaron Sievert 38)

Girls Premier League Roundup

Large score lines were the feature of the opening round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl Premier League fixtures.

Rangitoto College got off to a flying start at St Mary’s College leading 22-13 at quarter time. However, despite 32 points from Aroha Riley, it was all downhill for the visitors thereafter with St Mary’s running out 81-56 winners.

Kodee Sefo scored a fine 19 points for the hosts who had four players in double figures.

St Mary’s 81 – Sefo 19, Kat Leslie 17, Faith Ualika 14, Alex Moore 13, Trinity Atiga 9

Rangitoto 56 – Riley 32, Emily Blythe 9, Kellie Tawhiao 9

Baradene College began their campaign with a solid 81-50 victory against Mt Albert Grammar School. 

Danae Tait posted 18 points for MAGs whilst Baradene, paced by 26 points from point guard Deyna Topia, never looked back after taking the opening ten minutes 18-9.

Baradene 81 – Topia 26, Lilly Parke 20, Ritorya Tamilo 15

MAGS 50 – Tait 18, Tiger-Lilly Cocker-Lemalie 14, Valana Pupuke-Robati 11

Westlake Girls High School proved far too good for Massey High School recording a 118-68 victory.

Westlake enjoyed a bunch of major contributions with Mackenzie Chatfield’s 21 points the highest score. Allyah Leusogi-Ape matched that but Massey were always struggling after incurring a 10-point deficit in the opening period.

Massey 68 – Leusogi-Ape 21, Maya Taingahue 18, Tahlya Waikiki 11

Westlake 118 – Chatfield 21, Rebecca Moors 20, Rosalie Dil 17, Simone Barnard 14, Sarah Moors 12, Makenzee Boucher 12

Also clocking up a century of points were Epsom Girls Grammar in their 111-56 win against Carmel College.

Flo Dallow and Sarah Joy Aruwa scored 32 points apiece as EGGS controlled proceedings from start to finish.

In a solid all-round performance Katie Linstrom logged 19 points for Carmel.

Carmel 56 – Linstrom 19, Jemma Cammell 16, Izzy MacGregor 7

Epsom 111 – Dallow 32, Aruwa 32, Lauren Boxall-Hunt 17, Draun Forbes 14

Kazlo Evans scores 47 points in Prems opener

The highlight of Week 1 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boys Premier League competition undoubtedly came at St Kentigern College where Kazlo Evans scored a stunning 47 points against Mt Albert Grammar School.

The St Kent’s guard dropped a remarkable 12 three-pointers, six of them in the first quarter in a 106-81 win. It may not be the most points scored in a single game but it is the highest individual tally for a number of seasons.

Phoenix Sorensen battled his way to a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors.

St Kent’s 106 – Evans 47, Dontae Russo-Nance 15, George Turner 14, Merrick Rillstone 11, Caleb Mattison 8

MAGS 81 – Sorensen 16, Aki Luasmanuvae-Sua 16, Harri Coker-Grey 12, Louis Uru 7

In a one sided affair Rangitoto thumped Liston College 102-43 for an emphatic road win with a 26-4 opening quarter setting the scene for the contest.

Zeke Priest led the way for Rangi with 31 points with the victory achieved without the services of Zach Riley.

Liston 43 – Rasheed Tahiru 9, Preseti 8

Rangitoto 102 – Priest 31, Lucas Payne 17, Ethan Skelton 16, Jacob Fotu 14, Baxter Riley 9

Westlake Boys also recorded an away win defeating Auckland Grammar 88-73.

Boston Caldwell was the star of the show for Westlake knocking down six shots from beyond the arc to record a game high 30 points. Luka Vea scored 22 for AGS biut it was a night when they were always second best.

AGS 73 – Vea 22, Josh Mugglestone 10, Cody Brown 9, Will Shortt 8

Westlake  88 – Caldwell 30, Christian Martin 22, Liam Spencer 13, Rocco Chang 8

Rosmini College got their season off to a winning start defeating St Peter’s College 94-70.

Jack Donnelley and Scott Errey combined for 51 points for St Peter’s but the collective efforts of Rosmini led by Tom Beattie (19 points) carried the day.

Rosmini 94 – Beattie 19, Kane Murphy 16, Charlie Dalton 15, Pita Maxwell-Topia 12, Lucas Schnuriger 10

St Peter’s 70 – Donnelly 28, Errey 23, Jacob Nola 5

Kiwi interest ended at Junior College National Championship Quarter-Finals

The Elite Eight at the NJCAA (Junior College) Women’s National Basketball Championships in Lubbock, Texas became elimination eight as the two remaining Kiwis bowed out.

Grace Hunter and South Plains College Lady Texans along with Izzy Cook and Western Nebraska College Cougars were both defeated in the quarter-finals on Friday (NZT). 

South Plains were beaten 63-54 by Northwest Florida State and Western Nebraska were downed by Three Rivers, 79-71.

Grace Hunter again displayed her all-court talents amassing a team high 17 points that included 4 from 7 three-pointers. She also led the South Plains assists column with 5 and grabbed 4 rebounds.

Grace has had a fine second year at South Plains averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds a game. It will be interesting to see if she picks up an NCAA scholarship with her consistent performances rewarded with All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference honours. 

Izzy Cook once again came off the bench with good effect for Western Nebraska. Izzy snared 5 rebounds, made 2 points and dished an assist as the curtain came down on the Taranaki forward’s encouraging freshman season. 

Izzy Cook part of massive upset at Junior College National Champs

Izzy Cook and Western Nebraska College Cougars caused the upset of the tournament on the second day of the  NJCAA (Junior College) Women’s National Basketball Championships in Texas. 

Western Nebraska, seeded #16 in the 24-team championship, knocked off top-seed Jones College 63-60 in the second round on Wednesday (NZT). The Cougars trailed 60-59 with 30 seconds to play but scored the last four points of the contest to record a memorable win. 

Izzy was at the heart of the action snaring 8 rebounds (4 at the offensive end) plus 3 points.

Western Nebraska advance to the Elite Eight and will enjoy a day off before playing Three Rivers Community College in the quarter-finals.

#18 Miles College caused an upset by defeating #15 Gulf Coast State yesterday but couldn’t repeat that form going down 72-55 to Trinity Valley in the second round. The season now over for Bree Trego and Molly Cockburn.

It’s the same fate for Deejan Schuler and #8 Casper College with the Lady T-Birds beaten 68-60 by Three Rivers. Deejan scored with her only shot and also provided an assist but Casper couldn’t overcome a 10-point half-time deficit. 

Playing their second round games tomorrow are Leah and Jenna Rose Mafua with #21 Otero College up against #5 northeast Florida State. 

In addition Grace Hunter and #4 South Plains will play #13 Georgia Highlands.

Games are shown live on the NJCAA Network https://www.njcaa.org/network

Junior College National Champs – Day 1 review

There is plenty of Kiwi interest in the NJCAA (Junior College) Women’s National Championships which began Tuesday (NZT).

Six teams, boasting a total of 10 Kiwis, are at the 24-team Junior College showpiece event and all but three players survive to the second round.

At the back end of the opening day #21 Otero College, Colorado trailed #12 Butler 67-65 with 2 minutes to play.

Featuring sisters Leah and Jenna Rose Mafua, Otero stormed home, rattling in the last 9 points of the game to win 74-67. Jenna Rose scored 6 points (2/3FG) while Leah nailed 4 from 10 three-pointers on her way to 16 points.

Earlier Taranaki’s Izzy Cook and Western Nebraska were first on court. Seeded 16, the Cougars took care of business against #17 Iowa Western winning 79-70.

Izzy got into a bit of foul trouble clocking four personal in 8 minutes but still managed 3 rebounds, an assist and a couple of points.

They now have the rather daunting prospect of taking on unbeaten top seed Jones College in the  second round tomorrow.

#18 Miles College caused a minor upset defeating #15 Gulf Coast State but it took overtime to split the two teams after the scores were knotted at 62 points apiece in regulation – Miles winning 76-72. Canterbury’s Molly Cockburn and Wellingtonian Bree Trego move on to face #2 Trinity Valley in the second round.

20th ranked Southern Idaho suffered an agonizing 65-62 loss to #13 Georgia Highlands. Southern Idaho led by three points at the three-quarter mark but were outscored 19-13 in the final period.

Conference All-First Team selection Kaitlin Burgess, led the Golden Eagles scoring with 13 points whilst also snaring 6 rebounds. 

Ashlee Strawbridge was the other Golden Eagle in double figures with 10 points while Kyra Paniora scored 8 points as the curtain came down on Southern Idaho’s season. 

Grace Hunter and South Plains are seeded four and had a first round bye today. 

Also enjoying the luxury of a first round bye were #8 Casper College with Te Aroha’s Deejan Schuler in the Lady T-Birds lineup.

Games are shown live on the NJCAA Network https://www.njcaa.org/network

Tall Ferns Overseas

The NBL1 season has commenced in Australia. The tier below the WNBL has four geographical divisions with Kiwi representation in all-four.

Jordan Hunter controlled the tempo for South Adelaide Panthers as they clawed Eastern Mavericks 103-75 in NBL1 Central action. Hunter finished with 11 assists and 2 steals to go with 7 points.

In NBL South play forward Penina Davidson had 15 points and 7 rebounds for Nunawading but the Spectres went down 90-78 to Frankston Blues in the opening round of action.

Toni Farnworth produced 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists but couldn’t prevent Ringwood Hawks going down 81-52 to Eltham Wildcats.

In NBL1 West Zoe Richards claimed 8 rebounds to go with 6 points as Rockingham Flames were burnt 85-78 by Cockburn Cougars.

Jordan Hunter laid a solid platform for South Adelaide Panthers as they clawed Eastern Mavericks 103-75 in NBL1 Central action. Hunter finished with 11 assists and 2 steals to go with 7 points.

NBL1 North, with a bunch of Tall Ferns playing including Chev Paalvast, Kalani Purcell and Micaela Cocks, begins next month.

In the Big V League Jacinta Beckley piled on 23 points (9/12FG) as Sunbury Jets defeated Bulleen Boomers 93-63.

Kiwis clip tickets for NJCAA Championships

Southern Idaho Golden Eagles

There will be plenty of Kiwi interest in the upcoming NJCAA (Junior College) National Championships after Southern Idaho, South Plains and Otero Colleges all claimed regional titles on Saturday.

After leading the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles to an 83-57 win over Snow College in the Region 18 Championship game Kaitlin Burgess was named Tournament MVP.

She posted 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the final having led all scorers with 22 points, making all 4 attempts from behind the arc, in the semi-final win against Utah State Eastern 24-hours earlier.

That semi-final featured no fewer than six Kiwis as Ella Bradley had 7 points and 6 rebounds for Utah State Eastern with Hannah Bradley scoring three points and Brooklyn Pouwhare claiming a couple of boards.

Back to the final and both Ashlee Strawbridge (8 points and 3 rebounds) and Kyra Paniora (6 assists) made significant contributions in the win.

Grace Hunter and South Plains also claimed championship success with a basket on the buzzer to defeat Weatherford College 74-72 to claim the Region 5 title.

Grace filled the stats line with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, a steal and a block while Briarley Rogers had 4 points and 4 rebounds for the runners-up.

Leah Mafua and Otero College made it a hat-trick of wins for colleges with Kiwi connections taking out the Region 9 championship title with a 94-89 overtime win against Casper College – no box score details were available at the time of publishing this article.

Otero, South Plains and Southern Idaho, along with Miles Community College have gained automatic bids for the 24-team NJCAA (Junior College) National Championships, April 19-24.

The Selection Show takes place on Monday (NZT) when we will learn if other Kiwis will gain entry via the 8 at large picks.

We will provide an update when the Selection Show concludes.

Championship success for Kiwi’s in Junior College.

There are multiple conference championship wins to report as we roundup the latest happenings in Junior College basketball.

Molly Cockburn, Bree Trego and Miles Community College Pioneers are the Region XIII Mon-Dak champions, the title securing the Pioneers a place in the 24-team NJCAA (Junior College) National Championships, April 19-24.

Miles overpowered Dawson College 85-41 in a one-sided championship game to secure their second title in three years.

Three days earlier Miles proved too tough for Williston State winning 91-73 in the semi-finals.

Williston were severely hampered by Jazz Kailahi-Fulu’s foul trouble. She picked up two in the first quarter and ended up playing just 9 minutes before picking up her fifth with just 6 points to her credit.

Keeley Tini dropped 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to help keep Williston afloat while for Miles Molly Cockburn knocked down one of two free throw attempts.

Some disappointment at the loss was offset for the former Harbour Breeze pair with Jazz named to the Mon-Dak All-Conference First Team and Keeley to the All-Conference Second team.

Briarley Rogers and Weatherford College also secured a conference crown. Weatherford upset Grayson College 91-89 to claim the Northern Texas Conference title and will play South Plains in the Region V Final with the winners advancing to the National Championships.

Briarley was on fire in the final making 7 from 8 from the field, including all three three-point attempts as she tallied 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals.

South Plains match-up against Weatherford after defeating Midland College 68-59 to win the Western Athletic Conference. Grace Hunter led the South Plains scoring with 13 points and also dished 4 assists.

Deejan Schuler and Casper College Thunderbirds claimed the  Region IX North title with a commanding 100-51 win against Northwest College – the Waikato representative had a couple of points and assists in the win.

Jordyn Maddix scored 12 points and Parehuia Delamere compiled 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 5 points as Western Texas defeated Clarendon 90-57.

All four Kiwis got on the scoresheet as Utah State Eastern overpowered Southern Nevada 84-44.

Hannah Wentworth made it 59 points in the last three games for USE after tallying 20 (6/9 3PG) in this one. Ella Bradley was also in double figures with 10 points (5/7FG) while Kay-Hauata Phillips scored 5 and Brooklyn Pouwhare 4 points.

Leah Mafua pulled down 8 rebounds to accompany 11 points but Otero were soundly beaten by Western Nebraska 75-55 in their last regular season game.

Harata Coleman scored a couple of points as Barton College advanced to the Region VI quarter-finals with a commanding 88-50 defeat of Allen College.

The latest Junior College wrap including a career high for Keeley Tini

Keeley Tini and Williston State College have had a busy time with three games in four days.

The 2019 Breeze guard scored a career high 31 points (5/8 3PG, 10/12FT) in Williston’s 109-64 loss against Dawson College (15-4).

(Imogen Noble knocked down both of her shots (2/2FG) for Dawson in that game).

Keeley followed that up with 25 points as Williston got back to winning ways with a 77-70 victory against Bismarck. Jazz Kailahi-Fulu returned after an ankle injury to record an impressive 22 points and 10 rebounds.

The pair featured strongly in game three, a 71-62 loss to North Dakota State College of Science. Jazz had yet another double-double (19 points and 11 rebounds) while Keeley posted 12 points and 6 assists.

Southern Idaho defeated Utah State Eastern 80-73 in overtime with Kiwis on both sides making a mark.

Idaho’s Katlin Burgess led all scorers with 21 points while teammate Ashlee Strawbridge was all action with 9 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and a pair of steals.

For Utah State (12-6) Ella Bradley scored 7 points, Brooklyn Pouwhare 4 and Hannah Wentworth 3.

Kaitlin (12 points) topped the SIC scoring again as they clinched at least a share of the Scenic West Athletic Conference title with an easy 77-41 win against Colorado Northwestern.

Briarley Rogers pulled down 6 rebounds to accompany 12 points (4/7FG) as Weatherford College (12-6) were defeated 92-67 at Grayson College.

Jordyn Maddix scored 9 points as Western Texas (8-6) beat Frank Phillips College 73-60.

Deejan Schuler scored 8 points (2/3 3PG, 2/2FT) as high flying Casper College defeated Laramie College 88-65. That’s 18 straight wins for Casper College.

Grace Hunter dished a career high 9 assists as South Plains headed Western Texas 70-43 with the Queen Mary’s College alumni adding 4 rebounds, 3 points and 2 steals.

Parehuia Delamere dragged down a team high 8 rebounds for Western Texas.