In another packed day of Thanksgiving Weekend action Tegan Graham and BYU Cougars came back from 13 points down to defeat #22 West Virginia 58-57 in the St Pete Showcase Championship game.
Graham played almost 39 minutes making 11 points while also claiming a pair of rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block – the Wellingtonian now up to 975 career points.
The # 1 ranked team in the West Coast Conference take home the silverware and an unblemished 7-0 record to start the season.
Kruz Perrott-Hunt scored a team high 19 points (4/9 3PG) but couldn’t prevent South Dakota losing 83-70 to Nebraska. The former Nelson Giant also came up with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and a steal in 37 minutes. Perrott-Hunt has scored in double figures in five out of six USD games this season averaging 15.2ppg.
It wasn’t a game to remember for Krystal and Charlisse Leger-Walker at the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship in the Bahamas.
Washington State went down 62-34 to NC State on a night when nothing went well for the Cougars. Washington shot a miserable 26% (14/55) from the field with the Waikato pair faring even worse as they made just one basket apiece from a combined 15 attempts.
On the plus side Krystal had 4 rebounds and the same number of assists while Charlisse had 6 boards, a block and a steal.
Other Women’s Results:
Fresno State 46 (Amiee Book 6pts, 7rebs, 3 assists) Drexel 63
St Mary’s Gaels 68 (Amy West 4pts, 3rebs, 2 steals/ Tayla Dalton 2rbs, 1a, 1 steal/ Jade Kirisome 1reb, 3a, 3 steals)UC Santa Barbara 45
Callum McRae and Kendell Heremaia stole the headlines on Black Friday in the States where no fewer than 16 New Zealander’s were in action in NCAA Division I games.
Heremaia was in double-double territory as Fordham University beat Houston 67-53 at the Cancum Challenge in Mexico. She tallied 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in her 123rd game (96th start) for the Rams. That number ties the mark set by Stella Beck (St Mary’s) and Tessa Boagni (CSU Northridge) and places her equal 7th on the NZ Women’s All-Time Div I Appearances list.
McRae dominated the glass with a career high 16 rebounds to go with 10 points, 2 assists, a block and a steal as UC Riverside beat Florida A&M 60-49.
The performance earned the Palmerston North Boys High alum a spot on the All-Tournament trio at the Cerebro Sports Golden Classic.
McRae also reached another milestone becoming the 12th Kiwi to score 600 points in Men’s NCAA Division I basketball.
In scoring 8 points Sam Waardenburg moved past 450 career points in Miami’s 69-63 victory against North Texas.
St Mary’s 68 (Jade Kirisome 11pts, 3rebs, 4a/ Amy West 9pts, 4rebs, 2a, 1 steal/ Tayla Dalton 2pts, 1 assist) Texas Christian 72 (Tara Manumaleuga 1a, 1 block)
Florida International 64 (Grace Hunter 10p, 1reb, 2 blocks) Chicago State 46
UC Irvine 67 (Olivia Williams 9pts, 2 steals) Illinois State 57
Virginia 70 (McKenna Dale (6pts, 1reb, 1a) Rhode Island 80
Former New Zealand Junior Tall Ferns teammates Tera Reed and Kendell Heremaia don’t get a chance to catch up on a regular basis these days. Heremaia is in the heart of New York at Fordham University with Reed on the other side of the States at University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. However, the pair have found themselves in Mexico for Thanksgiving with their respective teams taking part in the Cancun Challenge.
On Friday (NZT) Heremaia top scored for the Rams (3-2) with 14 points (3/6 3PG) but Top-10 ranked Baylor proved too good winning 68-45.
In contrast USC (4-1) took care of business beating Seton Hall 79-56. Reed went scoreless, for the first time this season, but she did come up with 4 rebound and 4 assists for the Trojans.
Washington State (4-0) journeyed to the Bahamas for the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship where they blew past Miami Hurricanes 62-47.
Charlisse Leger-Walker corralled a career high 15 rebounds to accompany 13 points, 5 assists and 3 steals while Krystal L-W had 8 points, 4 dimes and 5 rebounds.
Tegan Graham and BYU Cougars (6-0) travelled to Florida for the St Pete Showcase pitching themselves against the highly touted Florida State from the America East Conference.
Playing on the Eckerd College court, where Tall Fern Zoe Richards made a name for herself and Hannah Wentworth is playing this season, BYU overcame a late surge from Florida State to win 61-54. Graham finished with a team high 4 assists, 5 points and deuces in blocks, steals and rebounds.
All five Kiwis will be in action again on Sunday (NZT).
Dan Fotu and Kruz Perrott-Hunt, fresh off career nights, were again in good form for their respective teams on Wednesday (NZT).
Fotu followed his 22-points haul on Tuesday with a team high 16 points (6/10FG) as St Mary’s knocked off another big fish beating Oregon Ducks 62-50.
The win advances the Gaels to the Maui Invitational Final against Wisconsin tomorrow.
Those points also mean that the former Rangitoto College standout becomes the 12th Kiwi to score 600 career points in Men’s NCAA Division I basketball – Callum McRae was the 11th New Zealander to pass that mark earlier in the week.
Perrott-Hunt is also having a good week. He scored a career best 25 points a couple of days ago and has followed that with 16 points (6/8FG, 3/5 3PG), 5 assists and 2 blocks as South Dakota Coyotes outplayed Presentation University Saints to win 99-58.
Tegan Graham was one of five BYU players in double figures as the Cougars beat Utah State 101-74. The Wellingtonian finished with 14 points, a game high 7 assists and 2 blocks.
Helen Matthews scored 9 points making 2 from 3 three-pointers but Wofford College Terriers went down to UNC Asheville 70-64. The former Canterbury Wildcats guard also came up with 4 rebounds, a couple of assists and a steal.
Fresno State 75 (Amiee Book 3pts & 4rebs) Cal State Northridge 79
Kruz Perrott-Hunt scored a career high 25 points as South Dakota knocked off Tennessee State 83-66. The former Harbour standout earned an incredible 16 free-throws and missed only one attempt while also knocking down a brace of triples as the Coyotes improved to 3-1 this season.
When Callum McRae scored from close range with 6:41 to play in UC Riverside’s encounter with the University of Texas at El Paso he became just the 11th Kiwi to score 600 career points in Men’s NCAA Division I basketball. McRae went on to record a game high 10 rebounds to go with his 4 points as Riverside immproved to 4-2 for the season.
Next in his sights will be Mike Karena who scored 616 points for Wright State between 2014-16.
Dan Fotu extended his career high for the second time this season as St Mary’s Gaels beat Notre Dame 62-59 at the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas. Described on the ESPN commentary as the best player on the court Fotu scored a game high 22 points (8/9FG, 3/3 3PG, 3/4FT) and also had 3 rebounds, a block and a steal.
Sam Mennenga pretty much scored his season average of 11.8 points per game as Davidson secured a 76-67 come from behind victory against East Carolina on the final day of the Myrtle Beach Classic. Mennenga finished with 11 points (5/8FG), 5 rebounds and a couple of assists in 31 minutes.
Colorado State 71 (James Moors 4pts, 1reb) Northeastern 61
The sisters L-W were again in good touch as Washington State carved out a 77-59 victory against Idaho. Krystal Leger-Walker dished a game high 6 assists to accompany 2 steals, 5 rebounds and 7 points. Charlisse Leger-Walker was equally effective with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to go with a steal and a block.
Emme Shearer scored 11 points (4/7FG) for the second successive game as Portland University Pilots (4-1) navigated past Prairie View A&M 80-54 at the Bank of Hawaii Classic. She also snared 4 steals – that’s 15 in the first 5 games with the sophomore guard leading the way for the Pilots in that statistical category.
Kendell Heremaia made all six of her free-throws on the way to 8 points and 5 assists as Fordham University scored a notable 71-68 win against Michigan State.
Other Women’s results:
Virginia 57 (McKenna Dale 1reb, 1a, 1steal) UCLA 69
St Peter’s, New Jersey 52 (Victoria Ikenasio 3pts, 1reb) Howard 62
Top billing in Junior College action this week goes to Samantha Jenkins for her 30-point outburst with highly commendable notations going the way of Parehuia Delamere, Kay-Hauata Phillips and Te Araroa Sopoaga.
Samantha Jenkins, a former Nayland College standout, knocked down 5 from 10 three-pointers in her 30-point haul as Dawson College Buccaneers beat Northwest College.
Jenkins (who currently sits 13th on the Division I scoring list for this season with 141 points) followed that with two 14-point outings with one of them as Dawson pipped Williston State 61-56. There was a rather unique triple-double from Keeley Tini in this one – she amassed 16 points to accompany 15 rebounds but unfortunately incurred 11 turnovers in the process. Keeley is leading Williston in points scoring (15.6ppg) and rebounding (10.3rpg).
Also posting a career best was Parehuia Delamere as Western Texas College defeated Trinidad State 78-65. Parehuia scored 17 points, including 3 from 5 from beyond the arc – she also came up with 5 steals and 5 assists. Jordyn Maddix dished 6 dimes to go with 5 points as Western Texas moved to 3-5 on the season.
The Kiwi triumvirate at Cloud County were mighty impressive in an 80-55 win against Northwest Kansas Tech. Kay-Hauata Phillips led the way with a career best 21 points (10/17FG) and 14 rebounds. Te Araroa Sopoaga was two points shy of a career high of her own as she filled all the stats columns with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists 5 steals and a block while Te Oriwa Tuipolotu secured 5 rebounds to accompany 8 points.
The trio weren’t as prolific in an 89-74 loss to top 15 ranked Hutchinson College. Sopoaga totalled 10 points and 5 rebounds with Tuipolotu finishing with 6 points and 2 rebounds – both players fouled out in just over 20 minutes.
Central Maine Mustangs, who have made it a perfect 7-0 start to the season also boast three New Zealand players. Taranaki’s Harata Coleman scored 12 points, Safena Te Nana-Williams netted 14 (3/4 3PG) and Leata Te Nana-Williams had 8 points. Safena came close to a double-double as she dished 9 assists as the Mustangs overwhelmed Paul Smith College 100-48.
Western Nebraska Cougars are the #14 ranked Women’s Junior College team in the States and they reaffirmed that position by beating Colorado Northwestern 107-55 with Rashaan Smith accumulating 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Izzy Cook posted 4 points and 3 rebounds in the win.
24 hours later Western Nebraska were dealt a blow as in a high scoring encounter they went down 95-89 to #19 College of Southern Idaho. For Southern Idaho Kyra Paniora scored 11 points while Ashlee Strawbridge filled the stats line with 5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists a steal and a block. Smith had 2 points and 3 rebounds in this one.
Dejaan Schuler scored 14 points, making 4 from 6 from downtown, as Casper College traversed past Wyoming All-Stars 77-57.
Ella Bradley scored 10 points and Maclani Michael 9 points as Utah State Eastern Eagles accounted for Central Wyoming 64-47. Bradley, the team’s leading scorer this season, had 9 points and 9 rebounds as the Eagles then flew past Western Wyoming 59-39.
Jenna Rose Mafua chipped in with 8 points and 5 rebounds as Dodge City College Conquistadors tipped over Cowley College 72-59 to improve to 6-1 this season.
Other Women’s Results:
Miles College 55 (Molly Cockburn 5pts, 2rebs, 1 assist) Bismarck State 79
Marshalltown 65 (Waiaaria Rogers 2pts, 4rebs, 1 assist) Central 56
McCook College 61 (Yzabelle Tevao 3pts, 3rebs) New Mexico 80
In Men’s action former Mt Albert Grammar and Auckland Huskies jumping jack Nate Wilson climbed for 13 rebounds – 6 at the offensive end – and scored 6 points as South Georgia Tech swamped Action Sports Academy 123-41.
Nico Hill came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds as Missouri State West-Plains dominated Link Year Prep to win 83-67.
Midland College played three games in as many days winning two and losing one with Ollie Haywardaccumulating 13 rebounds and 7 points.
Ezrah Vaigafa dished 5 assists and grabbed 5 boards in addition to 3 points as Neosho County trumped Graceland 92-71.
Sam Mennenga scored a game high and season best 17 points on 7 from 10 shooting as Davidson College Wildcats beat Penn 72-60 at the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Saturday (NZT). The former Westlake and Harbour forward also tallied 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes of action. Mennenga is averaging 11.8ppg for the 2-2 Wildcats.
Flynn Cameron totaled 18 points (plus 8 rebounds) and Callum McRae closed in on 500 career points as UC Riverside dominated Bethedsa 95-57. McRae also pulled down 8 rebounds with his 7 points taking him to 496 career points in 69 games for UCR.
Cantabrian forward Mason Whittaker scored his first collegiate points knocking down a three with his only shot of the game but American International were thumped 82-42 by Longwood.
In Women’s Div I games Emme Shearer put together a nice stats line as Portland picked up a 91-77 win in Hawaii against the Rainbow Warriors. The 2020 Harbour Breeze guard made 11 points (5/7FG) in addition to accumulating 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Tegan Graham produced 10 points including 2 from 3 from beyond the arc, and dished 3 assists as BYU dominated Boise State 84-40. Arielle Williams-Mackey also chipped in with a couple of points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists in the win.
Georgia Southern 57 (Tsubasa Nisbett 2pts, 5rebs) San Diego State 65
Tera Reed moved to second on the New Zealand Women’s All-time NCAA Division I scoring list on Friday (NZT) when University of California Trojans overcame Western Michigan 80-50.
Plagued by early foul trouble (three in the opening period) the Trojans starter played just 17 minutes but still finished with 8 points, making 3 from 4 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers in her third game of the season.
That tally took the Tall Ferns and former Harbour Breeze wing to 1,498 Division 1 career points, a single point more than one of New Zealand’s all-time greats Megan Compain scored for the St Joseph’s University Hawks (1993-97).
Compain reached that mark in 113 appearances with Reed reaching the figure playing one game more.
Reed is in her Graduate Year at USC having previously played at Virginia Commonwealth University where, as a 4-year starter, she scored 1,466 points.
Only another former Tall Fern Erin Rooney remains ahead of Reed on the all-time scoring list. Cantabrian Rooney, a bronze medal winner at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, scored 1,648 points during her 131 game collegiate career – two years at Monmouth University Hawks and a further two years at Fordham University concluding in 2014.
If Reed stays healthy Rooney’s record tally is well within her reach with a 30+ game season ahead over the next four months.
Callum McRae scored 15 points and Flynn Cameron 7 points as UC Riverside (2-2) came off second best at San Diego losing 74-62 today.
McRae added 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Cameron came up with 6 boards. Angus McWilliam remains sidelined recovering from injury.
Abilene Christian won 80-71 in overtime against UT Arlington Flynn’s older brother Tobias Cameron posting 5 points and a trio of steals and rebounds.
Dan Fotu and St Mary’s Gaels made it three wins from three outings with a comfortable 70-51 win against Sothern Utah. The Tall Black forward finished with 12 points (6/10FG) and 6 rebounds.
Fotu became the first Gael to pass 50 points on the season when he scored 8 points in a St Mary’s 73-64 win against Bellarmine today – the Gaels 4-0 this term.
It’s not every week you get to play the defending Women’s Division I National Champions but that opportunity came the way of Emme Shearer and the Portland Pilots when they visited Stanford University.
As expected the result went the way of Stanford (77-55) but the Pilots will take heart from a good second half after trailing 43-24 at half-time. Shearer finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds and her customary pair of steals.
Porirua’s Grace Hunter (11 points) scored in double figures for the first time in NCAA Division I basketball as Florida International University beat Kennesaw State 67-57.
In her first year at FIU (2-2), after playing two years Junior College for South Plains, Hunter followed that with 13 points in an 81-74 loss to Georgia Southern University (3-0). Tsubasa Nisbett scored 3 points for GSU.
Kaitlin Burgess, another who played two years at Junior College, also scored 11 points (4/7FG) as Boise State downed Oregon Tech 83-48.
Helen Matthews contributed 6 points and 3 rebounds on her birthday but a 61-47 defeat against Florida was not the present she and the Wofford Terriers were hoping for.
Also with 6 points was Tara Manumaleuga as Texas Christian went to double overtime against Tulane before falling 88-78.
Lauryn Mapusua scored 9 points as Houston Baptist. The former NZ U17 international also grabbed a pair of steals.
In other results:
BYU 55 (Tegan Graham 3p, 2a, 1reb, 1block, Arielle Mackey-Williams 2pts, Kaylee Smiler 2rebs, 1a) Arizona State 44
Fresno State 88 (Amiee Book 5pts, 1reb, 1a) Stanislaus State 71
Ella Bradley (No 10 in pic above) scored 22 points (8/11FG, 6/6FT) and Maclani Michael (No 11) 12 points as Utah State Eastern dominated Phoenix College to win 104-38. Both players flirted with triple-doubles – Bradley pulled down 8 rebounds to compliment a career high 10 assists while Michael added 6 assists to 9 rebounds.
Bradley has now had three 20 points outings on the bounce.
Cantabrian Brooklyn Pouwhare (No 25) is the third Kiwi in the Eastern squad and she made her debut earlier this month for the Eagles.
Also racking up the points is Keeley Tini. Williston State beat United Tribes 89-62 with the power forward scoring a season high 25 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 steals.
Izzy Cook led Western Nebraska with a symmetrical double-double off 11 points and 11 rebounds in the 95-56 win against Central Wyoming. Teammate Rashaan Smith scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Another double-double performance came from Waiaaria Rogers but it didn’t prevent Marshalltown falling 79-63 to Western Illinois. The ex Rangitoto College guard finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Jordyn Maddix and Parehuia Delamere have experienced the highs and lows of overtime basketball in the past week.
Western Texas grabbed their first win of the season defeating Ranger College 71-66 after the extra five minutes with Jordynwas one of two Western Texas players in double figures scoring 11 points while Parehuiahad 9 points, 4 rebounds and a brace of steals.
The pair were also prominent in an agonising 68-65 additional time loss to Blinn College – Jordyn scoring 9 points and Parehuia a team high 16 points.
Samantha Jenkins had a busy 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals but couldn’t prevent Dawson College (3-2) falling agonisingly short against Dakota losing 67-65.
Kay-Hauata Phillips, Te Araroa Sopoaga and Te Oriwa Tuipolotu all enjoyed productive outings as Cloud County blew Bethany College away 105-54.
Sopoaga tallied 13 points and 4 rebounds, Tuipolotu 13 points and 4 rebounds while Phillips was close to a double-double racking up 8 rebounds to accompany 9 points, 4 steals and 3 blocks.
Dejaan Schuler knocked down a career best 15 points as Casper College brushed past Northeastern 66-48. The former Te Aroha College standout also pinched 3 steals.
Number 15 ranked Southern Idaho Golden Eagles (3-1) fell to their first defeat of the season having their wings clipped 72-62 by Central Arizona. Cantabrian Ashlee Strawbridge was good for the Eagles finishing with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Kyra Paniora tallied 6 points, all scored from the free-throw line.
Yzabelle Tevao enjoyed her best outing of the season as McCook flew past Air Force Prep 67-54. The ex-Waitakere and Massey High forward accumulated 8 points (3/3FG), 5 rebounds and a pair of dimes.
Dodge City College (4-1) starter Jenna Rose Mafua scored 9 points in the 51-47 road win against Ranger College.
Nico Hill tallied 10 points and 5 rebounds but Missouri State-West Plains fell 75-70 to Indian Hills.
Ollie Hayward scored 6 points to accompany 4 rebounds but Midland CC slipped to their first loss in 5 games going down 71-59 to Ranger CC.
Louisiana State Eunice went down 80-74 to Southwest Mississippi. 2021 Auckland Huskies forward Kiani Saxon scored his first collegiate points for Eunice scoring 4 points.
Nate Wilson came up with 3 points and 3 rebounds in South Georgia Tech’s narrow 85-81 win against Shelton State.
Matariki Kapea was a starter as Bakersfield beat West Hills Lemore 91-83 in their home court opener. He finished with 5 points , 2 rebounds and a pair of assists.
Leo Wenman scored his first points in collegiate basketball as Northeast CC got the better of Southeast (99-61). 2 points for Leo in this one.
Former Junior Tall Ferns teammates McKenna Dale and Tera Reed went head to head as Virginia Cavaliers entertained University of Southern California (USC). It was Reed who left the happier as USC posted a 65-48 win.
She tallied 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists in 35 minutes while Dale had 2 points and an assist.
Olivia Williams continued her good start to her collegiate career scoring 10 points but unable prevent UC Irvine going down 68-60 to San Diego State. The Freshman guard has enjoyed three consecutive starts, totalled 31 points and shot the 3-ball at 55% (6/11).
Cantabrian guard Helen Matthews scored 3 points to go along with 2 assists and 2 steals but Wofford College slipped to 0-3 after being beaten 64-48 by Towson.
In Canada Sofia Kennedy helped Windsor University Lancers to a 71-59 win against Waterloo. The Cantabrian point guard added 3 steals and 4 assists to 13 points (4/7FG) with the Lancers now 1-3 this season.
Back to Division I in the States where Flynn Cameron and Callum McRae continued their good early season form as UC Riverside proved far too good for Cal State winning 72-54.
Cameron scored 11 points while McRae dominated the glass to finish with 12 rebounds, 4 of those at the offensive end and also had a pair of blocks and 5 points. That’s 26 rebounds in the first three games of the season for the former Junior Tall Black centre.
Kruz Perrott-Hunt was one of two Coyotes in double figures as South Dakota were thumped by highly regarded Drake 99-50. The Tall Blacks guard scored 10 points on 4 from 8 from the field – the Coyotes 1-1 for the season.
James Moors scored 6 points as Colorado State made it 3 wins from 3 outings with an 86-62 success against Peru State. In those three victories the former Westlake and Harbour forward has made 9 from 10 from the field – not surprisingly he leads the Rams field goal percentage statistics category.
What a performance from Kendell Heremaia as Fordham University defeated Seton Hall 82-63. The former Waikato and St Peter’s Cambridge standout amassed 29 points making 8 from 11 threes!
In addition she tallied 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals on a record breaking day.
Heremaia’s 8 from 11 from beyond the arc was the second most made threes in Fordham Women’s basketball history. She also passed 1,000 career points joining former Ram Erin Rooney as the second Kiwi amongst 22 players that have reached the landmark for Fordham.
Kendell is also just the 13th Kiwi woman to score 1,000 NCAA Division I points joining the likes of Megan Compain, Chev Paalvast, Stella Beck, Micaela Cocks, Tessa Boagni, current USC player Tera Reed as well as the afore mentioned Rooney.
Emme Shearer top scored for Portland as they convincingly beat Weber State 67-46. Shearer scored 16 points (5/8FG, 5/6FT), moving past 200 career points. She also added 5 steals, 3 assists and a pair of boards.
The 16 points and 5 steals both equalled career high’s in those two categories for Shearer.
There were four Kiwis involved in the BYU clash with Fresno State with Aimee Book wearing Fresno colours while Tegan Graham, Arielle Mackey-Williams and Kaylee Smiler suited for Brigham Young University.
Book was one of three Fresno players in double figures making 13 points (3/7 3PG) but it was the trio of Cougars that were the grinners after an 80-64 win with Graham posting an influential 6 points (2/3 3PG), 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals.
Smiler also scored 6 points as BYU won a second consecutive game to open the season.
Kaitlin Burgess scored her first Division I career points but Long Beach State defeated Boise State University 61-38.
The former Rangitoto College guard has joined Boise State after playing two years at Junior College for Southern – she finished with 3 points, I rebound and an assist.
Other Kiwi Women in action:
UC Irvine 50 St Mary’s 52 (Amy West 4pts, 2rebs, 1 steal, Jade Kirisome 4pts, 1reb, I assist, Tayla Dalton 2pts, 4rebs)
Georgia Southern 99 (Tsubasa Nisbet 7pts, 4rebs, 1 steal) Fort Valley State 71
Tall Black Dan Fotu, now in his senior year at St Mary’s College, California came up with a career high 19 points (5/10FG, 8/9FT) as the Gaels beat Texas Southern 67-58.
The #42 also contributed 9 rebounds, with 4 of those at the offensive end.
22 points, for the second time in two games, from Charlisse Leger-Walker and 13 from Krystal L-W powered Washington State University Cougars to a 62-54 win against Northern Arizona. Charlisse extended her double-digit scoring streak to 11 games dating back to last season.
The Tall Ferns both filled the stats line with Charlisse adding 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals while Krystal finished with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
The Cougars next play in Moscow in nine days time – that’s Moscow in Idaho not Russia!
Other Kiwi Women in action:
Florida International University 72 (Grace Hunter, 2 points and 1 rebound) Florida Memorial 69
Wofford College 57 (Helen Matthews 2 points and 2 assists) #5 North Carolina State 90
Another Tall Black Taine Murray scored his first collegiate points as University of Virginia beat Radford 73-52. The freshman wing scored with his only shot – a corner three, and added a steal and a rebound.
James Moors only played 9 minutes in Colorado State’s 91-71 victory over University Arkansas Pine-Bluff but it was a pretty efficient outing. The former Westlake forward scored with all four shots he put up to tally 8 points a couple of rebounds and a pair of blocks.
There are two career highs to report from NCAA Division II action.
Will Heather scored a career best 21 points (9/14FG, 3/4 3PG) as #14 ranked Dallas Baptist University beat #4 Colorado Mesa 63-56 to open their 2021-22 campaign.
“He has the ability to be an All-American,” said Dallas Baptist Head Coach Blake Flickner when questioned on Heather’s performance after the game.
Chanel Brodeur-Muir snared a career high 10 rebounds to add to 6 points despite St Thomas Aquinas going down 54-48 to American International.
Kiwis Amiee Book and Flynn Cameron were cooking today with a combined 11 from 16 (69%) from beyond the 3-point line.
Fresno State beat Utah Valley 71-62 with Book making 15 points, all three’s, for Fresno. Shooting an impressive 5 from 8 from beyond the arc the Nelsonian scored in double figures for the 44th time in her collegiate career. She also added 4 rebounds and a block.
Meanwhile Cameron was also in good form as he tallied a career high equalling 18 points as California Riverside squeezed home 66-65 against Arizona State – their game winning shot made on the buzzer from inside Riverside’s half. Cameron made 6 from 8 from deep as well as a couple of rebounds and a steal.
Callum McRae pulled down 10 rebounds to go with 5 points and 3 assists with Riverside having balanced the ledger – a win and a loss in the opening two games.
Kruz Perrott-Hunt top scored for South Dakota Coyotes as they flew over Air Force 59-53.
The junior guard finished with 14 points (6/13FG), 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes.
Akienne-Tera Reed is now just 23 points shy of 1,500 NCAA Division I career points after her 11 points helped USC Trojans down Hawaii 90-50. The Tall Fern wing also produced a game high 5 assists.
Emme Shearer missed Portland’s pre-season game with a minor injury but was thrust straight into the starting line-up in the 91-48 win against UC San Diego. However the ex-Harbour guard suffered the wrath of the referees fouling out in just 8 minutes after contributing a block, steal, rebound and assist.
2019 NZ U17 representative Olivia Williams scored 8 points, including 2 from 3 from beyond the arc, as UC Irvine beat Southern Utah 81-65 to make it two wins from two outings for the Anteaters.
Over half of the 44 Kiwis playing NCAA Division I basketball have been in action in the last couple of days as the season proper got underway on Tuesday (Wednesday in NZ). Here’s an update on how they fared.
Tegan Graham, in her second season at Brigham Young University after transferring as a graduate from Colgate University ,scored a BYU best 18 points to help propel the Cougars to an 81-58 win over Lipscombe. Graham shot 6 from 11 overall, 4 from 7 threes and also dished 6 assists. Kaylee Smiler was also prominent with 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists while Arielle Mackey-Williams added 2 points.
Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 22 points (8/13FG) as Washington State swept aside San Jose State 86-56. Named to the John Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy watch lists she also tallied 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Krystal Leger-Walker also filled most the stat categories with 7 points, 3 rebounds 8 assists and 3 steals.
Freshman Olivia Williams enjoyed a fine debut as California Irvine romped home 114-53 against Westcliff. Straight into the starting line-up Williams scored the first points of the season for the Anteaters finishing with 13 points on 5 from 6 shooting making 2 out of three from beyond the arc.
Tara Manumaleuga made a 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals contribution as Texas Christian swamped Houston Baptist 78-48. For Houston Lauryn Mapusua had 5 points and 3 rebounds.
St Mary’s Gaels won at Nevada 66-61 but live stats malfunctioned and I’m not sure the end result was 100% accurate. Amy West was credited with 2 points and 8 rebounds, with Tayla Dalton finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists while Jade Kirisome scored 2 points..
Other Kiwi Women in action:
University of Virginia Cavaliers 69 (Mckenna Dale 2rebs and 1 assist) James Madison 84
Colorado State 77 (Jess Moors2pts, 3rebs, 2 assists) Colorado Christian 42
In Men’s Division I action the highlight was a first NCAA double-double for Sam Mennenga. The former Harbour forward scored 13 points (5/9FG) and snared 10 rebounds as Davidson College beat Delaware 93-71. Mennenga also dished 5 assists in a fine all-round game.
Callum McRae also had 13 points for California Riverside Highlanders in their 66-53 loss to San Diego State. The former Palmy North centre, who missed all of last season due to injury, also pulled down 4 boards on his return to action. Flynn Cameron (4 points) had a cold shooting night but did come up with 4 rebounds and a steal.
Sam Waardenburg, like Callum McRae missed the whole of last season due to injury, began 2021-22 with a career high tying 3 blocks to accompany 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Quite a return from the former Rangitoto College forward as Miami beat Canisius 77-67.
Dan Fotu made 2 out of 2 three-point shots on his way to 14 points and 4 rebounds as St Mary’s California beat Prairie View A&M 87-68.
Colorado State 109 (James Moors4pts, 2rebs, 2 blocks) Oral Roberts 80
Hartford Hawks 59 (Tom Webley1 point) Wagner 77
NAIA Division 1
The Waikato duo of Maxim Stephens and Kael Robinson joint top scored with 15 points apiece as Rocky Mountain climbed all over Yellowstone Christian winning 99-65. Stephens added 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks while freshman Robinson made his highest collegiate score in just his fifth outing for Rocky.
Johnson 84 Milligan 68 (Finn McClure 10pts, 2 assists).
St Francis Illinois 58 (Reihana Maxwell-Topia 1 point, 8rebs) Calumet St Joseph 59
In the first week of the Junior College (JUCO) season Harbour’s Keeley Tini, Wellington’s Te Araroa Sopoaga and Ezra Vigafa and Taranaki’s Nico Hill have put in outstanding individual performances.
2021 Harbour Breeze forward Keeley Tini has begun the season in dominating fashion posting a pair of double-doubles for Williston State College. She registered 11 points and 10 rebounds as Williston were sunk 67-59 by Bismarck State. However what followed was remarkable – 19 points (7/16FG), 17 rebounds and 7 assists in a 72-43 demolition of Miles College. Cantabrian guard Molly Cockburn scored 7 points for Miles.
Te Araroa Sopoaga has been a beast for Cloud County Community College in their opening two games – a win and a loss. The 2020 Otago Gold Rush standout has averaged 16.5 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4.5 steals and 1.5 blocks whilst leading the scoring in both games.
She tallied 13 points and 15 rebounds in the 79-68 win against Highland and 20 points and 11 rebounds in the agonising 80-79 loss at Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.
Sophomore forward Nico Hill scored a career high 31 points including shooting six for eight from behind the arc in the second half to lead the Missouri State West Plains to a 109-67 win over SEMO Prep. The former Opunake High School guard added 7 rebounds and 3 assists for good measure.
In the same game forward Dallas Clayton scored his first collegiate points, coming off the bench to tally 7 points and 3 rebounds.
Ezrah Vaigafa was a dime short of a triple double in his first outing for Neosho County. The former Wellington guard came up with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists as Neosho County grabbed a 108-72 victory.
In addition to the quartet of stellar performances above there were numerous other noteworthy deeds
Canterbury forward Ashlee Strawbridge top scored for Southern Idaho as they dominated Central Wyoming to win 60-39. Strawbridge finished with 14 points (4/6 3PG) with fellow Junior Tall Fern Kyra Paniora tallying 7 points.
Te Aroha’s Dejaan Schuler tallied 11 points and 5 assists as Casper College disposed of Community Christian College 116-39.
Casper then faced off against Southern Idaho but none of the Kiwis made a major impact. Southern Idaho won 59-53 with Strawbridge contributing 3 points and 6 rebounds but neiher Paniora or Schuler could register points.
Jordyn Maddix scored 10 points and Parehuia Delamere 8 (plus 7 boards and 3 steals) but the Harbour pair couldn’t stop Western Texas being downed 63-54 by Cisco College.
Ella Bradley joint top scored for Utah State Eastern in their 76-60 loss against Seward County. The Waikato forward finished with 15 points (5/8FG) and 6 rebounds. Also for Utah State former Avondale College guard Maclani Michaelfinished with 5 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists on debut.
There are plenty of other encouraging debut performances to report:
Ollie Hayward enjoyed a tidy first outing as Midland College defeatedLoyalty College 87-56. The former Northcote College standout posted 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and followed that with 11 points in a big 94-56 win against Strength ‘N Motion.
Heck of a debut from Safena Te Nana-Williams for Central Maine College Mustangs. The former St Mary’s College, Ponsonby guard amassed 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals and has recently been named a co-captain of the Mustangs.
Safena’s sister Leata had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Taranaki’s Harata Coleman scored 3 points as the Mustangs butted Northern Vermont – Lyndon 102-67.
Coleman, having transferred from Barton Community College, went even better a couple of days later top scoring with 14 points in the 67-42 win against Villa Martin.
Samantha Jenkins made three 3-pointers and totalled 15 points on debut for Dawson Community College as they climbed over Rocky Mountain College 89-46 in their season opener. Jenkins played at Nayland College, Nelson before moving to Wellington where she suited up for Queen Margaret College.
Wellingtonian Rosie Campbell scored 4 points on debut as Southeast beat Midland 87-46.
Krystal Leger-Walker continued the good Tall Ferns form she enjoyed at the FIBA Asia Cup with a stats stuffing 17 points (6/7FG, 3/3 3PG, 2/2FT), 8 assists, 7 steals and 3 reboundsas Washington State thumped Northwest Nazarine 113-45. Charlisse L-W finished with 16 points (6/18FG) and 9 rebounds.
The University of Southern California won a totally one sided affair against Antelope Valley 120-34. After a standout 4-year career at Virginia Commonwealth Tera Reed began her time at USC with 9 points (4/5FG), 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a couple of steals
Amiee Book also transferred at the end of the last academic year. Sheplayed her first game at Fresno State following her move from the University California State Fullerton during the off-season. In fact it was her first outing since mid-January having incurred a season ending ankle injury back then. Book finished with 5 points, and a couple of rebounds.
In the NAIA Rocky Mountain forward Maxim Stephens bossed the boards against Warner Pacific sweeping up a colossal 16 rebounds to go with 9 points in a 10-point (72-62) loss to Warner Pacific.
Neither troubled the scorers but Paora Winitana (BYU) and Akiva McBirney-Griffin (University California Irvine) made their NCAA Division I debuts over the weekend.
Sam Mennenga kicked off the 2021-22 season with a nice double-double of 14 points (6/7FG) and 10 rebounds (5 at the offensive end) as Davidson College Wildcats clawed Ferrum 98-56 in a pre-season encounter.
Kruz Perrott-Hunt, a 2019 Junior Tall Black World Cup teammate of Mennenga, has also started the season with a flourish. KP-H scored with his first 3-point shot of the season before going on to post 12 points, 6 assists and 3 steals as South Dakota eased past Simpson College 98-47.
Another former Rosmini College guard Marvin Williams-Dunn scored with his only shot in the game – a three – as Ouachita beat Philander-Smith 76-64.
Jessica Moors had her first taste of collegiate basketball as Colorado State University crunched Chadron State 78-43. The 2020 Harbour Breeze guard scored 4 points (making all 4 of her free-throw attempts) and also snared 4 rebounds in 17 minutes on court.
Victoria Ikenasio also scored her first points on debut as Saint Peter’s University Peacocks strutted past New Jersey City 77-60. The 2021 Tall Ferns Camp attendee scored 2 points for the Peacocks.
Kobe King-Hawea began her Division I college career with 7 points as University of Texas at Austin beat Oklahoma Baptist 77-44. Kobe’s brother is former Tall Black Dyson King-Hawea.
In contrast to the debutants Kendell Heremaia is now a 5th year senior at Fordham University. The Rams co-captain dished 3 assists and made one of three 3-pointers as Fordham made light work of Post University winning 84-44 in the Bronx.
Tsubasa Nisbett is also an experienced campaigner. The Georgia Southern co-captain compiled 10 points (5/7FG) and 6 rebounds as the Eagles soared over Allen University winning 111-56.
The trio of Kiwis at Brigham Young University all got on the scoresheet as the Cougars clawed Westminster 73-52.
Tegan Graham scored 7 points, Kaylee Smiler 3 points and Arielle Mackey-Williams 4 points (2/4FG) on debut.
It’s not often you make your college debut against international opposition but that’s what Hannah Wentworth did for Eckerd College.
Recovering from injury, the sophomore transfer from Utah State Eastern, was restricted to just 10 minutes of action as Eckerd took on the Chilean national team.
Te Araroa Sopoaga, Samantha Jenkins and Safena Te Nana-Williams have begun their Junior College careers in impressive fashion this week.
Heck of a debut from Safena Te Nana-Williams for Central Maine College Mustangs. The former St Mary’s College, Ponsonby guard amassed 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals in just 17 minutes!!
Twin sister Leata Te Nana-Williams had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Taranaki’s Harata Coleman scored 3 points as the Mustangs butted Northern Vermont – Lyndon 102-67.
Coleman, having transferred from Barton Community College, went even better a couple of days later top scoring with 14 points in the 67-42 win against Villa Martin.
Te Araroa Sopoaga was another to fill the stats line on debut as Cloud County Community College fell agonisingly short in their opening fixture going down 80-79 at Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.
Wellingtonian guard Sopoaga, who played for Otago Gold Rush last year whilst at Otago University, top scored for Cloud with 20 points and also plundered 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks in an outstanding performance.
Samantha Jenkins made three 3-pointers and totalled 15 points on debut for Dawson Community College as they climbed over Rocky Mountain College 89-46 in their season opener.
Jenkins played at Nayland College, Nelson before moving to Wellington where she suited up for Queen Margaret College.
Isaac Fotu, with a commanding 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks, helped Tochigi Brex beat Chiba Jets 100-75 to improve to 5-4 in the Japanese League East Division.
Also in Japan the Paul Henare and Zico Coronel coached Susanoo Magic are 6-3 in the West Division.
Taki Fahrensohn is averaging 11 points per game but his club Ehingen Urspring are 0-6 in the German Second Division.
Also in Germany Matt Freeman is averaging 10.8ppg for Karlsruhe Lions (3-3) in the same division.
In the Romanian League Max Darling (averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game) has helped propel his club Neptun Constanta into the top six on the ladder with a 4-4 record.
Ashley Taia, who made her Tall Ferns debut at the Asia Cup in Jordan last month, came up with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals but couldn’t prevent Wetterbygden falling 75-66 to Norrkoping in the Swedish League. Wetterbygden have lost three games on the bounce to slip to 2-4 on the season.
Gracie Roberts-Hare scored 6 points (2/2 3PG) as Lekdetec crushed Binnenland 76-45 to improve to 2-2 in the Dutch League.
Callum McRae and Flynn Cameron were both in double figures as University of California Riverside eased to a comfortable 90-56 win against Cal State LA in a pre-season game.
Cameron scored 10 points while McRae, having missed all of last season due to injury, posted 11 points and 4 rebounds.
At Davidson University Sam Mennenga scored a game high 13 points to lead the black team to victory over white in another pre-season scrimmage.
James Moors, like Mennenga a former Westlake and Harbour standout, made a nice start to the season recording 17 points on 7 from 8 shooting as Colorado State thumped Adams State 92-55.
Corey Le’aupepe and Menlo University made a fine start to the season. Menlo beat Warner Pacific 87-78 with the Wellington forward scoring 19 points making 7 from 9 from the field.
Maxim Stephens continued his good early season form with 17 pointsdespite Rocky Mountain Battlin Bears going down 63-60 to College of Idaho.
Tegan Graham (9 points) knocked down 3 from 4 three-pointers as the powerful Blue team beat White 77-40 in BYU’s scrimmage game. Graham led BYU scoring from beyond the arc last season making 46% (38/83) of her shots from deep.
For the white team Kaylee Smiler scored just a single point whilst Arielle Mackey-Williams contributed 2 points and 3 rebounds.
American Amanda Wayment has signed to play for Goldfields Giants in NBL1 West in 2022. The former BYU forward has been a standout for Auckland Dream in the last two NBL seasons.
Some bits and pieces in no particular order from the last 7 days.
Nice to see Sam Waardenburg back in action for Miami University Hurricanes after missing all of last season due to injury. 4p/4r/5a/3b/1st for the former Rangitoto College standout as Miami beat Nova Southeastern 106-95 in a pre-season hit out.
Freshman Taine Murray scored 7 points in his first outing for the University of Virginia, albeit in an internal scrimmage.
In the women’s scrimmage McKenna Dale also had her first run for Virginia since her transfer from Brown University.
No fewer than 5 Kiwis were on show as St Mary’s College California held its men’s and women’s scrimmage. Dan Fotu, Quinn Clinton, Tayla Dalton, Amy West and Jade Kirisome will all have enjoyed the run before the season proper gets underway in early November.
Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University) and Tera Reed (University of Southern California) have been named co-captains of their respective teams.
Congratulations also to Molly Cockburn, a sophomore at Miles Community College,elected President of the Student Senate for 2021-22 academic year.
Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones was named PacWest Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2020-21 after leading Hilo’s scoring (16.5 points per game). He has been named to the preseason All-PacWest team.
Some teams are already underway in NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Division I:
9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Finn McClure on the Milligan University season opener for the Wellington guard.In the same game, a 102-83 loss to Cumberlands, Piripi Korent, the former St Pat’s College Silverstream guard scored 5 points on debut.
Maxim Stephens posted 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 15 minutes as Rocky Mountain Battlin Bears overcame Yellowstone Christian 108-79. Kael Robinson had 6 points and a couple of boards on his Bears debut.
For Rocky Mountain women Dominique Stephens had a nice double of 7 points and 9 boards in a 59-50 loss to Montana State Billings. She followed that with 8pts/5rebs/3blks/2stls in the 83-60 win against Viterbo Hawks.
The Canadian university season is also underway and Cantabrian senior Hayden Collier tallied 3 points and 11 rebounds in the season opener for Regina University Cougars.
In NZ New Tall Fern Lauryn Hippolite was named Sportsperson of the Year at last night’s Blues and Golds Awards, which celebrated student achievement in sport, and service to the community. Hippolite will link up with Melbourne Boomers as a Development player in early January.
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
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
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.
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.
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
4-10 Pukekohe, AGGS
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
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
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 – DMatakatea 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
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
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.
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 79Avondale 72
Macleans 78Long Bay 72
Senior A Boy’s Standings
11-1 Mt Roskill,
8-3 Sacred Heart, Northcote
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
On the back of 24 points fromSlade 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
2-6 Pakuranga, Avondale
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.