Senior A Round 8 wrap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pakuranga 32 – Maria Maivalenisau 12, Trista Ly 6

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

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


Senior A Girl’s  Standings

8-0 St Kentigern 

7-1 One Tree Hill

5-3 Northcote, Mt Roskill

2-5 Pukekohe 

2-6 Pakuranga, Avondale

0-7 AGGS

Boy’s Senior A Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior A Boy’s Standings 

8-0 Mt Roskill, 

7-1 Sacred Heart 

5-3 Northcote, Aorere

3-5 Avondale

2-6 Macleans

1-7 Long Bay, Massey

Top Four all win in Girl’s Premier League

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier League Standings

8-0 Westlake

7-1 Baradene

6-2 St Mary’s

4-3 Epsom

2-6 Rangitoto, MAGS

1-6 Massey

1-7 Carmel

*Massey v Epsom scheduled for July 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eight wins on the bounce for Rangitoto!

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

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

Premier League Standings 

  • Rangitoto

6-2 St Kentigern

5-3 Westlake, AGS, Rosmini 

2-6 MAGS

1-7 St Peter’s

0-8 Liston

Senior A Boys and Girls – Week 7 wrap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior A Standings

7-0 St Kentigern, 

6-1 One Tree Hill

5-2 Northcote

4-3 Mt Roskill 

2-5 Pakuranga

1-5 Pukekohe

1-5 Avondale 

0-5 AGGS

Boy’s Senior A Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior A Standings 

6-0 Mt Roskill, 

6-1 Sacred Heart 

5-2 Northcote

4-3 Aorere 

2-4 Avondale

2-5 Macleans

1-5 Long Bay

0-6 Massey 

Westlake beat Baradene to go top

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Epsom 58 – Dallow 30, Aruwa 17, Fowler 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier League Standings 

7-0 Westlake

6-1 Baradene

5-2 St Mary’s

3-3 Epsom

2-5 Rangitoto, MAGS

1-5 Massey

1-6 Carmel

*Massey v Epsom scheduled for July 5

Rosmini and St Kentigern snare close wins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier League Standings 

7-0 Rangitoto

5-2 Westlake, St Kentigern 

4-3 Rosmini, AGS

2-5 MAGS

1-6 St Peter’s

0-7 Liston

Secondary Schools Senior A roundup

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

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

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

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

Tikara Jallow and Bree Ioane lead the Mt Roskill response.

One Tree Hill 52 – Vahai 26, Cook 18, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shiloh Caffery and Maraea Whiu were the leading Avondale scorers. 

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

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

Pukekohe 54

Pakuranga 63

Senior A Standings

6-0 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

4-2 Northcote

3-3 Mt Roskill 

2-4 Pakuranga

1-4 Pukekohe

1-5 Avondale 

0-5 AGGS

Boy’s Senior A Results

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

Mt Roskill 107

Macleans 67

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aorere College beat Long Bay College 85-76.

Standings after 6 Rounds

6-0 Mt Roskill, 

5-1 Sacred Heart 

4-2 Aorere

3-2 Northcote 

2-4 Avondale, Macleans

1-5 Long Bay

0-5 Massey

Baradene and Westlake remain unbeaten

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier League Standings 

6-0 Baradene, Westlake

4-2 St Mary’s

3-2 Epsom 

2-4 Rangitoto

1-4 Massey

1-5 MAGS

0-6 Carmel

*Massey v Epsom scheduled for July 5

Rangitoto beat Westlake in top of the table clash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier League Standings after 6 Rounds

  • Rangitoto

5-1 Westlake 

4-2 St Kentigern, AGS

3-3 Rosmini

2-4 MAGS

0-6 Liston, St Peter’s

Senior A Results

Sacred Heart College 96

Massey 45

Senior A Standings after 5 Rounds

5-0 Mt Roskill, 

4-1 Sacred Heart 

3-2 Aorere

2-2 Northcote 

2-3 Avondale, Macleans

1-4 Long Bay

0-4 Masse

Carmel come close to first win

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rangitoto 59 – Tawhiao 29, Riley 26, Sain 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier League Standings after 5 rounds

5-0 Baradene, Westlake

3-2 St Mary’s

  • Epsom 
    • Rangitoto

1-3 Massey

1-4 MAGS

0-5 Carmel

Senior A Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mt Roskill 58

Avondale 39

Senior A Standings

5-0 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

3-2 Mt Roskill, Northcote 

1-3 Pukekohe

1-4 Pakuranga, Avondale 

0-4 AGGS

Rangitoto and Westlake remain unbeaten in Boy’s Premier League

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier League Standings after 5 Rounds

  • Rangitoto, Westlake

4-1 St Kentigern

3-2 AGS

2-3 Rosmini

1-4 MAGS

0-5 Liston, St Peter’s

Senior A Results

Maclean 97 Long Bay 55

Sacred Heart 100 Aorere 68

Mt Roskill 98 Avondale 67

Massey v Northcote TBC

Senior A Standings after 5 Rounds 

5-0 Mt Roskill, 

4-1 Sacred Heart 

3-2 Aorere

2-2 Northcote 

2-3 Avondale, Macleans

1-4 Long Bay

0-4 Massey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carmel 35 – Cammell 13, Linstrom 6

Epsom v Massey postponed to July 4th.

Premier League Standings

4-0 Baradene, Westlake

2-1 Epsom

2-2 St Mary’s

1-2 Massey

1-3 Rangitoto, MAGS

0-4 Carmel

Senior A Results

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

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

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

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

Pakuranga 30 -Ly 10, Reeve 7

Avondale 68 – Whiu 29, Raion 15, Lemisio 12

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

Senior A Standings

4-0 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

2-2 Northcote, Mt Roskill

1-2 Pukekohe

1-3 Pakuranga, Avondale 

0-3 AGGS

Priest trumps St Kent’s at the buzzer

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

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

St Kentigern 79 – Evans 42, Mattison 12, Rillstone 7, Turner 7, Rangihaeata 7

Rangitoto 80 – Priest 26, Skelton 18, Payne 17, Ropotini 11

MAGS 49 – Sorensen 13, Luamanuvae-Su’a 10, Skelton 9, Tapulaaia 8

Rosmini 80 – Dalton 19, Beattie 16, Schnuriger 12, Murphy 10

Liston 37 – Helu 9, Chataira 8

Westlake 124 – Caldwell 28, Chang 17, Zharan 13, Ottenhoff 13, Martin 12

AGS 91 – Vae 28, Muggleston 20, Landon 18

St Peters 57 – Erey 17, Tolich 9, Manio 6

Premier League Standings

  • Rangitoto, Westlake

3-1 St Kentigern

2-2 Rosmini, AGS

1-3 MAGS

0-4 Liston, St Peter’s

Senior A Results

Sacred Heart 65 – Fautuaali 17, Stewart 17, Davies 13, Suasua 13

Mt Roskill 76 – Matenga 32, Greig 20, Beaumont 8

Long Bay 78 – N Taher 25, De Felice 14, E Taher 10, Hall 8

Avondale 102 – Losia-Sipeli 32, King 13, Murphy 11

Macleans 87 – Manuel 25, Simpson 17, Hanson 14, Smyth 13

Northcote 97 – Sowman-Faaee 26, Sievert 19, Bates 13

Aorere 94 – Ngata 18, Danielson 17, Tumaneng 13, Gordon 12

Massey 73 – Dickson 17, Anderson 13, Fuimaono 12, Taulapiu 10

Senior A Standings

4-0 Mt Roskill, 

3-1 Sacred Heart, Aorere

2-2 Northcote, Avondale

1-3 Macleans, Long Bay

0-4 Massey

Russo-Nance thwarts Rosmini

The good players score points when it matters and that’s what St Kentigern College guard Dontae Russo-Nance did on as his team prevailed 78-73 at Rosmini College on Monday night.

Russo-Nance scored 19 of his game high 40 points in the final period to ensure St Kent’s overcame a determined Rosmini in an entertaining contest that wasn’t decided until the final 90 seconds.

When Kane Murphy and Charlie Dalton scored back to back threes with less than three minutes to play the hosts had stolen the lead and momentum, 71-67 ahead .

That momentum swing was stopped in its tracks as St Kent’s scored 11 of the final 13 points to seal the win. Kazlo Evans scored in transition, Kaea Rangihaeata made an inside basket and Russo-Nance did the rest with a couple of buckets and a brace of free-throws.

Earlier Rosmini had held a three point advantage at quarter-time with Tom Beattie (28 points on the night) quickly into double figures.

Evans and Caleb Mattison got in on the scoring in the second although Cole Johns provided Rosmini with a couple of handy buckets and proceedings were tied 35 points apiece at half-time

The third frame became a grind with neither side able to gain the ascendancy – an Evans triple gave St Kent’s a narrow 49-48 lead at the last break.

Rosmini began the fourth term with a 10-2 run courtesy of the impressive Beattie and Matt Drury. However that was quickly cancelled out by the visitors as Evans and Russo-Nance wrestled control.

Murphy tied proceedings with 3:30 to play and when he and Dalton scored consecutive baskets from beyond the arc a Rosmini victory looked a distinct possibility.

The good players assert their authority when it matters – Russo Nance did just that in the closing minutes.

Rosmini 73 – Beattie 28, Dalton 12, Murphy 12, Drury 8, Johns 8

St Kent’s 78 – Russo-Nance 40, Evans 20, Rangihaeata 8

Premier League Standings

3-0 Rangitoto, Westlake, St Kentigern

1-2 AGS, MAGS, Rosmini

0-3 St Peter’s, Liston

Girls Premier League and Senior A review – Round 3

Epsom Girls lost their unbeaten record in Round 3 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League leaving Westlake Girls and Baradene College as the only unbeaten teams.

It was Westlake that spoilt Epsom’s good start to the season with an 83-71 away win.

Unfortunately the scoresheet I received didn’t have the  numbers of the scorers recorded for the first part of the game.

I can report that Westlake made a strong start getting out to a 31-15 first quarter advantage. Thereafter it was pretty close with Epsom winning the middle two periods to close to 62-57 at the three-quarter mark before Westlake pulled away again in the fourth to make it three wins in three outings.

Epsom 71

Westlake 83

Also making it three from three were Baradene College who recorded a comfortable 88-60 win at Carmel College.

An entertaining opening quarter saw Baradene carve out a 32-18 lead with Summer Faleafa and Ritorya Tamilo doing the bulk of the damage.

Baradene forged further ahead in the second – Tamilo going past the twenty points mark.

Carmel guard Jemma Cammell was outstanding as the hosts put up a spirited display in the second half. She went on to score a game high 30 points and along with Kate Linstrom gave the home support plenty to cheer.

Lilly Parke (pictured) also capped a fine display nailing 13 points in the final period to put the seal on the Baradene victory.

Carmel 60 – Cammell 30, Linstrom 13, Izzy MacGregor 7

Baradene 88 – Tamilo 26, Parke 23, Deyna Topia 15, Faleafa 14, Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs 10

The Mt Albert Grammar contest against St Mary’s College looked to be headed to an interesting finale at three-quarter time. At that stage MAGS trailed 52-46 but the final period was dominated by the visitors, St Mary’s charging away to win 76-52.

8 points in the home run from Faith Ualika and a couple of key buckets from Layla Aholelei helped St Mary’s pile on 24 points to finish with a flourish.

Earlier it had been Kodee Sefo (18 points), Ualika and Trinity Atiga (both 16 points) that had given the visitors their narrow lead with Taya Lewis and Breanna Waka both in double figures for MAGS.

MAGS 52 –  Taya Lewis 11, Breanna Waka 10, Danae Tait 8, Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie 8
St Mary’s 76 – Sefo 18, Atiga 16, Ualika 16, Jess Fleming 8

A strong opening 23-10 opening quarter from Rangitoto College set the platform for an 82-66 home win against Massey High School – 9 points for Emily Blythe in the opening period.

Massey responded well in the second quarter, courtesy of Maya Taingahue and Zhoey Tilby-Woods, to trail by just five points at half-time (35-30).

A free scoring third frame was something of a shoot-out between Shaz Henry and Taingahue for Massey and Aroha Riley and Kellie Tawhiao for Rangitoto – the hosts ahead 60-52 with ten minutes to play.

Tahlya Waikiki kept the score ticking over for Massey in the final period but Aroha Riley put the result beyond the visitors as she knocked down four triples in the frame on her way to a game high 34 points.

Rangitoto 82 – Riley 34, Blythe 17, Tawhiao 16

Massey 66 – Taingahue 24, T Waikiki 19, Henry 10

Premier League Standings

3-0 Baradene, Westlake

  • Epsom, St Mary’s

1-2 Rangitoto, Massey

0-3 Carmel, MAGS

Senior A Results:

Northcote College 60 – Lizzie May 16, Lucy Shepherd 12, Ashley Healey 10, Bri Hadley 10

Pakuranga College 36 – Jordan Koteka 10, Eden Vaka 10, Izzy Reeve 8

Pukekohe HS 59

One Tree Hill College 71

Mt Roskill GS 52 – Tikara Jallow 16, Petra Chanchui 13, Eden Ili 10

AGGS 51 

Avondale College 59 – Maraea Whiu 26, Mercy Lemisio 10, Daphne Edwards 8

St Kentigern College 84 –  Sharmaine Tapling 16, Ashleigh Tuumaialu 14, Masha Pavlenko 14, Emma Halliday 14

Senior A Standings

3-0 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

2-1 Northcote, Mt Roskill

1-2 Pakuranga, Pukekohe

0-3 Avondale, AGGS

Auckland Grammar blow it – Boys Prems wrap

Lindsay Tait and his Auckland Grammar team will be lamenting a squandered opportunity to inflict a defeat on Rangitoto College after going down 88-86 in the Bays.

Grammar had led by as many as 16 points at one stage but gave up a game tying basket to Zeke Priest with 14 seconds to play.

It appeared that Grammar had the final possession to engineer a winning play but poor execution presented Rangi with a game winning opportunity – a fast break layup was gleefully accepted by Ethan Skelton for the win.

Earlier Grammar had opened up a 26-16 first quarter advantage, extended to 47-33 at the interval – Caleb Landon and Jamal Todd, 23 points apiece on the night, doing most the damage. 

Captain Skelton dragged Rangi back into the contest scoring 15 points in the third as Grammar’s lead was cut to 68-64 with ten to play.

Todd continued to make buckets as Grammar protected their advantage but some poor shot selections presented the hosts with opportunities Skelton and Priest made the most of.

Rangitoto 88 – Priest 28, Skelton 24, Kaia Dryden 19, Jacob Fotu 7

AGS 86 – Landon 23, Todd 23, Cody Brown 15, Toby Caldwell 9, Luka Vea 7

*Rangitoto guard Zach Skelton was away on duty with the Auckland Huskies.

All twelve Westlake Boys High players scored at least 4 points as they overpowered St Peter’s College 122-64.

With Jack Donnelly at his elusive best and Owain Leigh making a couple of scores St Peter’s hung tough in the opening period to trail by single figures 28-19.

Thereafter it was all Westlake as Boston Caldwell dropped 30 (3/5 3PG), the promising Hamza Zahran scored 20 and Christian Martin produced another impressive stats line.

Following on from his 34 points against Rosmini last week Martin came up with a triple-double threatening 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Scott Erey gave Donnelly good support with 15 points but it was Westlake’s all-round depth that won the day.

St Peter’s 64 – Donnelly 34, Erey 15

Westlake 122 – Caldwell 30, Zahran 20, Martin 19, Rocco Chang 9

Mt Albert Grammar also had all twelve players on the scoresheet as they defeated Liston College 98-53.

Taona Chataira scored eight first quarter points for Liston but five straight points from Ron Henskes gave the hosts a 22-15 lead after ten minutes.

Aki Luamanuvae-Sua quickly took his score into double figures and Phoenix Sorensen landed  three triples as MAGS dominated the second period to lead 49-27 at the break. 

The scoring tapered off in the third before MAGS unleashed 33 points in the final frame. Deon Helu scored 10 points in the fourth to take his tally to 17 but he couldn’t prevent MAGS  cruising to victory. 

MAGS 98 – Sorensen 21, Luamanuvae-Sua 16, Harri Coker-Grey 14, Kade Cartwright 8

Liston 53 – Helu 17, Chataira 12, Dhon Lau 7

The Rosmini versus St Kentigern clash was postponed with coaching staff from both teams involved in the Auckland Huskies game on Friday night.


3-0 Rangitoto, Westlake

2-0 St Kentigern

1-1 Rosmini


0-3 St Peter’s, Liston

Senior A Results:

Avondale 104 – Jimi Iosia-Sipeli 37, Aidan King 21, Andrew Murphy 14, Connor Gleeson 13

Sacred Heart 106 – Adam Davies 29, Preston Tuaputa, Matt Fautuaalii 15, Josh Stewart 11, Muli Ma’asi 11

Girl’s Prems and Senior A wrap

Are we witnessing a slight changing of the guard in Girl’s Premier League basketball in Auckland? Westlake Girls will be in the mix but expect Baradene College and Epsom Girls Grammar to also be in the shake-up at the business end of the season – all three teams off to a two-game winning start. 

Baradene made a strong start against St Mary’s leading 13-8 after the first ten minutes and 27-17 at half-time – Lilly Parke, Ritorya Tamilo and Deyna Topia all making telling contributions.

Kat Leslie tried to get things going for St Mary’s but 8 points in the third from Summer Faleafa ensured Baradene had an unassailable 48-29 lead at the three-quarter mark.

Baradene 68 – Tamilo 17, Faleafa 16, Topia 15, Parke 12

St Mary’s 47 – Leslie 13, Kadee Sefo 8, Faith Ualika 7

Sarah-Joy Aruwa scored 10 points in the opening quarter as Epsom Girls established a 22-16 lead at Rangitoto College.

Aroha Riley was also in double figures for Rangitoto who were still in touch at the interval trailing 33-29.

Epsom broke the game open in the third, threes from Flo Dallow, Draun Forbes and Lauren Boxall-Hunt helping them tally 30 points in the period and a 63-45 lead with ten minutes to play.

Kellie Tawhiao joined Riley on the 20-points mark but Epsom were cruising in the fourth.

Rangitoto 59 – Tawhiao 22, Riley 21

Epsom 86 – Dallow 30, Aruwa 26, Boxall-Hunt 9, Maya Fowler 9

A 31-4 opening period in favour of Westlake Girls High set the tone for a straight forward 109-20 victory over local rivals Carmel College.

The Mack Attack of Boucher and Chatfield did most of the damage for the hosts with Katie Linstrom’s 9 points the best for Carmel.

Westlake 109 – Makenzee Boucher 22, Mackenzie Chatfield 20, Amy Pateman 15, Rosie Dil 13, Jaelah Clayton 11, Amiya Fotu 9

Carmel 20 – Katie Linstrom 9, Jemma Gammell 6

Mt Albert Grammar made a strong start against Massey High School but eventually went down 70-63.

Breanna Waka, Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie and Danae Tait scored a couple of baskets apiece as MAGS forged an early 20-13 lead.

However Massey piled on 30 points in the second quarter as Aylyah Leusogi-Ape and Manya Taingahue cut loose.

The two teams went hammer and tongue in the third period sharing 40 points in a high scoring frame – Taya Lewis led the MAGS effort but Massey held firm to win the closest game of the round.

Massey 76 – Leusogi-Ape 29, Taingahue 16, Zhoey Tilby-Woods 9, Tahlya Waikiki 8

MAGS 63 – Lewis 17, Tait 14, Waka 7

Senior A Results:

St Kentigern 88 (Sharmaine Tapling 34, Emma Halliday 17), Northcote 32 (Grace Lai 11)

Mt Roskill 56 (Tikara Sallow 26, Eden Ili 10), Pukekohe 38 (Abby Crane 16, Arizona Withers 8)

Pakuranga 73 (Eden Vaka 18, Jordan Koteka 16) Auckland Girls Grammar 46 (Leah Patuwairua 33)

One Tree Hill 75 Avondale 57

Christian Martin domiates Rosmini – Boy’s Prems and Senior A wrap

Results from Round 2 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier and Senior A fixtures:

With a half-time score of 39-37 in favour of Rosmini College at Westlake Boys High it looked as if a close encounter was on the cards.

However Westlake, or more precisely Christian Martin, had other ideas. Westlake swept Rosmini aside 31-8 in the third period, Martin piling on 16 points of his own on his way to a dominating 34 points.

Rosmini restored an element of respectability to the score in the final quarter, courtesy of Matt Drury (22 points) and (Charlie Dalton 25 points), but were second best on the night going down 94-78.

Tom Beattie and Kane Murphy got Rosmini off to a good start (23-19 ahead at quarter time) before Martin and Wade Mackenzie began to work up a head of steam in the second.

Martin was unstoppable in the third and with Boston Caldwell and Rocco Chang lending good support the result was beyond doubt at the three-quarter mark. 

Westlake 94 – Martin 34, Caldwell 22, Chang 12, MacKenzie 7, Hamza Zahran 6

Rosmini 78 – Dalton 25, Drury 22, Murphy 15, Beattie 13

St Kentigern College had little trouble against Liston College winning 102-51 with Kazlo Evans adding a lazy 29 points to his 47 in round 1.

He received fine support from Merrick Rillstone (22 points) and Caleb Mattison (21 points) as St Kent’s built on a 31-13 first quarter lead, winning every quarter.

Desmond Helu’s 13 points was the standout performance for Liston.

St Kent’s 102 – Evans 29, Rillstone 22, Mattison 21, George Turner 7, Kaea Rangihaetee 7

Liston 51 – Helu 13, Taona Chataivon 6, Dhon Lao 5

*St Kent’s guard Dontae Russo-Nance was away on duty with the Auckland Huskies and scored 19 points against the Canterbury Rams.

Auckland Grammar came away from their visit to Mt Albert Grammar with a crucial 96-69 win. 

Louis Uru dropped a three-pointer late in the opening period to edge MAGS to a 19-18 lead before AGS put their collective foot down in the second. They won the stanza 25-12 with skipper Caleb Landon and Toby Caldwell prominent.

Ben Skelton and  Aki Luamanuvae-Sua kept MAGS in contention in the third but a timely three from Jamal Todd gave AGS a 18-point buffer (70-52) at three-quarter time.

Luamanuvae-Sua went on to record a game high 25 points but a more balanced scoring effort from the men from Mountain Road claimed the spoils.

AGS 96 – Landon 23, Todd 15, Josh Mugglestone 15, Caldwell 14, Cody Brown 7, Blake Manning 7

MAGS 69 – Luamanuvae-Sua 25, Skelton 11, Will Leger 8/11r, Dante Tapulaaia 6

Four players combined to amass 119 points at Rangitoto College as Zeke Priest’s 36 points and Ethan Skelton’s 33 trumped Jack Donnelly’s 33 and Scott Erey’s 17 to propel the hosts to a 105-64 win against St Peter’s College.

The first quarter favoured Rangitoto 26-19 but it was one way traffic in the second frame as St Peter’s were outscored 30-7. The visitors were restricted to single figures again in the third as Rangi established a vice like grip on the game and record a second straight win of the season.

Rangitoto 105 – Priest 36, Skelton 33, Lucas Payne 12, Jacob Fotu 7

St Peter’s 64 – Donnelly 33, Erey 17, Toby Cox 8

*Rangitoto guard Zach Skelton was away on duty with the Auckland Huskies and scored 7 points against the Canterbury Rams.

Senior A Results:

Macleans College 89 Avondale College 107

Mt Roskill GS 89 (Kennedy Matenga 32, Anthony Beaumont 10) Aorere College 48 (Feloni Ngata 11, Devean Danielson 13)

Long Bay College 73 (George De Felice 16, Sam Love 13, Nouh Taher 12)  Massey HS 59 (James Anderson 15, Oscar Dickson 12)

Sacred Heart 116 (Josh Stewart 34, Adam Davies 23) Northcote College 76 (Aaron Sievert 38)

Girls Premier League Roundup

Large score lines were the feature of the opening round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl Premier League fixtures.

Rangitoto College got off to a flying start at St Mary’s College leading 22-13 at quarter time. However, despite 32 points from Aroha Riley, it was all downhill for the visitors thereafter with St Mary’s running out 81-56 winners.

Kodee Sefo scored a fine 19 points for the hosts who had four players in double figures.

St Mary’s 81 – Sefo 19, Kat Leslie 17, Faith Ualika 14, Alex Moore 13, Trinity Atiga 9

Rangitoto 56 – Riley 32, Emily Blythe 9, Kellie Tawhiao 9

Baradene College began their campaign with a solid 81-50 victory against Mt Albert Grammar School. 

Danae Tait posted 18 points for MAGs whilst Baradene, paced by 26 points from point guard Deyna Topia, never looked back after taking the opening ten minutes 18-9.

Baradene 81 – Topia 26, Lilly Parke 20, Ritorya Tamilo 15

MAGS 50 – Tait 18, Tiger-Lilly Cocker-Lemalie 14, Valana Pupuke-Robati 11

Westlake Girls High School proved far too good for Massey High School recording a 118-68 victory.

Westlake enjoyed a bunch of major contributions with Mackenzie Chatfield’s 21 points the highest score. Allyah Leusogi-Ape matched that but Massey were always struggling after incurring a 10-point deficit in the opening period.

Massey 68 – Leusogi-Ape 21, Maya Taingahue 18, Tahlya Waikiki 11

Westlake 118 – Chatfield 21, Rebecca Moors 20, Rosalie Dil 17, Simone Barnard 14, Sarah Moors 12, Makenzee Boucher 12

Also clocking up a century of points were Epsom Girls Grammar in their 111-56 win against Carmel College.

Flo Dallow and Sarah Joy Aruwa scored 32 points apiece as EGGS controlled proceedings from start to finish.

In a solid all-round performance Katie Linstrom logged 19 points for Carmel.

Carmel 56 – Linstrom 19, Jemma Cammell 16, Izzy MacGregor 7

Epsom 111 – Dallow 32, Aruwa 32, Lauren Boxall-Hunt 17, Draun Forbes 14

Kazlo Evans scores 47 points in Prems opener

The highlight of Week 1 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boys Premier League competition undoubtedly came at St Kentigern College where Kazlo Evans scored a stunning 47 points against Mt Albert Grammar School.

The St Kent’s guard dropped a remarkable 12 three-pointers, six of them in the first quarter in a 106-81 win. It may not be the most points scored in a single game but it is the highest individual tally for a number of seasons.

Phoenix Sorensen battled his way to a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors.

St Kent’s 106 – Evans 47, Dontae Russo-Nance 15, George Turner 14, Merrick Rillstone 11, Caleb Mattison 8

MAGS 81 – Sorensen 16, Aki Luasmanuvae-Sua 16, Harri Coker-Grey 12, Louis Uru 7

In a one sided affair Rangitoto thumped Liston College 102-43 for an emphatic road win with a 26-4 opening quarter setting the scene for the contest.

Zeke Priest led the way for Rangi with 31 points with the victory achieved without the services of Zach Riley.

Liston 43 – Rasheed Tahiru 9, Preseti 8

Rangitoto 102 – Priest 31, Lucas Payne 17, Ethan Skelton 16, Jacob Fotu 14, Baxter Riley 9

Westlake Boys also recorded an away win defeating Auckland Grammar 88-73.

Boston Caldwell was the star of the show for Westlake knocking down six shots from beyond the arc to record a game high 30 points. Luka Vea scored 22 for AGS biut it was a night when they were always second best.

AGS 73 – Vea 22, Josh Mugglestone 10, Cody Brown 9, Will Shortt 8

Westlake  88 – Caldwell 30, Christian Martin 22, Liam Spencer 13, Rocco Chang 8

Rosmini College got their season off to a winning start defeating St Peter’s College 94-70.

Jack Donnelley and Scott Errey combined for 51 points for St Peter’s but the collective efforts of Rosmini led by Tom Beattie (19 points) carried the day.

Rosmini 94 – Beattie 19, Kane Murphy 16, Charlie Dalton 15, Pita Maxwell-Topia 12, Lucas Schnuriger 10

St Peter’s 70 – Donnelly 28, Errey 23, Jacob Nola 5

Kiwi interest ended at Junior College National Championship Quarter-Finals

The Elite Eight at the NJCAA (Junior College) Women’s National Basketball Championships in Lubbock, Texas became elimination eight as the two remaining Kiwis bowed out.

Grace Hunter and South Plains College Lady Texans along with Izzy Cook and Western Nebraska College Cougars were both defeated in the quarter-finals on Friday (NZT). 

South Plains were beaten 63-54 by Northwest Florida State and Western Nebraska were downed by Three Rivers, 79-71.

Grace Hunter again displayed her all-court talents amassing a team high 17 points that included 4 from 7 three-pointers. She also led the South Plains assists column with 5 and grabbed 4 rebounds.

Grace has had a fine second year at South Plains averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds a game. It will be interesting to see if she picks up an NCAA scholarship with her consistent performances rewarded with All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference honours. 

Izzy Cook once again came off the bench with good effect for Western Nebraska. Izzy snared 5 rebounds, made 2 points and dished an assist as the curtain came down on the Taranaki forward’s encouraging freshman season. 

Izzy Cook part of massive upset at Junior College National Champs

Izzy Cook and Western Nebraska College Cougars caused the upset of the tournament on the second day of the  NJCAA (Junior College) Women’s National Basketball Championships in Texas. 

Western Nebraska, seeded #16 in the 24-team championship, knocked off top-seed Jones College 63-60 in the second round on Wednesday (NZT). The Cougars trailed 60-59 with 30 seconds to play but scored the last four points of the contest to record a memorable win. 

Izzy was at the heart of the action snaring 8 rebounds (4 at the offensive end) plus 3 points.

Western Nebraska advance to the Elite Eight and will enjoy a day off before playing Three Rivers Community College in the quarter-finals.

#18 Miles College caused an upset by defeating #15 Gulf Coast State yesterday but couldn’t repeat that form going down 72-55 to Trinity Valley in the second round. The season now over for Bree Trego and Molly Cockburn.

It’s the same fate for Deejan Schuler and #8 Casper College with the Lady T-Birds beaten 68-60 by Three Rivers. Deejan scored with her only shot and also provided an assist but Casper couldn’t overcome a 10-point half-time deficit. 

Playing their second round games tomorrow are Leah and Jenna Rose Mafua with #21 Otero College up against #5 northeast Florida State. 

In addition Grace Hunter and #4 South Plains will play #13 Georgia Highlands.

Games are shown live on the NJCAA Network

Junior College National Champs – Day 1 review

There is plenty of Kiwi interest in the NJCAA (Junior College) Women’s National Championships which began Tuesday (NZT).

Six teams, boasting a total of 10 Kiwis, are at the 24-team Junior College showpiece event and all but three players survive to the second round.

At the back end of the opening day #21 Otero College, Colorado trailed #12 Butler 67-65 with 2 minutes to play.

Featuring sisters Leah and Jenna Rose Mafua, Otero stormed home, rattling in the last 9 points of the game to win 74-67. Jenna Rose scored 6 points (2/3FG) while Leah nailed 4 from 10 three-pointers on her way to 16 points.

Earlier Taranaki’s Izzy Cook and Western Nebraska were first on court. Seeded 16, the Cougars took care of business against #17 Iowa Western winning 79-70.

Izzy got into a bit of foul trouble clocking four personal in 8 minutes but still managed 3 rebounds, an assist and a couple of points.

They now have the rather daunting prospect of taking on unbeaten top seed Jones College in the  second round tomorrow.

#18 Miles College caused a minor upset defeating #15 Gulf Coast State but it took overtime to split the two teams after the scores were knotted at 62 points apiece in regulation – Miles winning 76-72. Canterbury’s Molly Cockburn and Wellingtonian Bree Trego move on to face #2 Trinity Valley in the second round.

20th ranked Southern Idaho suffered an agonizing 65-62 loss to #13 Georgia Highlands. Southern Idaho led by three points at the three-quarter mark but were outscored 19-13 in the final period.

Conference All-First Team selection Kaitlin Burgess, led the Golden Eagles scoring with 13 points whilst also snaring 6 rebounds. 

Ashlee Strawbridge was the other Golden Eagle in double figures with 10 points while Kyra Paniora scored 8 points as the curtain came down on Southern Idaho’s season. 

Grace Hunter and South Plains are seeded four and had a first round bye today. 

Also enjoying the luxury of a first round bye were #8 Casper College with Te Aroha’s Deejan Schuler in the Lady T-Birds lineup.

Games are shown live on the NJCAA Network

Tall Ferns Overseas

The NBL1 season has commenced in Australia. The tier below the WNBL has four geographical divisions with Kiwi representation in all-four.

Jordan Hunter controlled the tempo for South Adelaide Panthers as they clawed Eastern Mavericks 103-75 in NBL1 Central action. Hunter finished with 11 assists and 2 steals to go with 7 points.

In NBL South play forward Penina Davidson had 15 points and 7 rebounds for Nunawading but the Spectres went down 90-78 to Frankston Blues in the opening round of action.

Toni Farnworth produced 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists but couldn’t prevent Ringwood Hawks going down 81-52 to Eltham Wildcats.

In NBL1 West Zoe Richards claimed 8 rebounds to go with 6 points as Rockingham Flames were burnt 85-78 by Cockburn Cougars.

Jordan Hunter laid a solid platform for South Adelaide Panthers as they clawed Eastern Mavericks 103-75 in NBL1 Central action. Hunter finished with 11 assists and 2 steals to go with 7 points.

NBL1 North, with a bunch of Tall Ferns playing including Chev Paalvast, Kalani Purcell and Micaela Cocks, begins next month.

In the Big V League Jacinta Beckley piled on 23 points (9/12FG) as Sunbury Jets defeated Bulleen Boomers 93-63.

Kiwis clip tickets for NJCAA Championships

Southern Idaho Golden Eagles

There will be plenty of Kiwi interest in the upcoming NJCAA (Junior College) National Championships after Southern Idaho, South Plains and Otero Colleges all claimed regional titles on Saturday.

After leading the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles to an 83-57 win over Snow College in the Region 18 Championship game Kaitlin Burgess was named Tournament MVP.

She posted 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the final having led all scorers with 22 points, making all 4 attempts from behind the arc, in the semi-final win against Utah State Eastern 24-hours earlier.

That semi-final featured no fewer than six Kiwis as Ella Bradley had 7 points and 6 rebounds for Utah State Eastern with Hannah Bradley scoring three points and Brooklyn Pouwhare claiming a couple of boards.

Back to the final and both Ashlee Strawbridge (8 points and 3 rebounds) and Kyra Paniora (6 assists) made significant contributions in the win.

Grace Hunter and South Plains also claimed championship success with a basket on the buzzer to defeat Weatherford College 74-72 to claim the Region 5 title.

Grace filled the stats line with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, a steal and a block while Briarley Rogers had 4 points and 4 rebounds for the runners-up.

Leah Mafua and Otero College made it a hat-trick of wins for colleges with Kiwi connections taking out the Region 9 championship title with a 94-89 overtime win against Casper College – no box score details were available at the time of publishing this article.

Otero, South Plains and Southern Idaho, along with Miles Community College have gained automatic bids for the 24-team NJCAA (Junior College) National Championships, April 19-24.

The Selection Show takes place on Monday (NZT) when we will learn if other Kiwis will gain entry via the 8 at large picks.

We will provide an update when the Selection Show concludes.

Championship success for Kiwi’s in Junior College.

There are multiple conference championship wins to report as we roundup the latest happenings in Junior College basketball.

Molly Cockburn, Bree Trego and Miles Community College Pioneers are the Region XIII Mon-Dak champions, the title securing the Pioneers a place in the 24-team NJCAA (Junior College) National Championships, April 19-24.

Miles overpowered Dawson College 85-41 in a one-sided championship game to secure their second title in three years.

Three days earlier Miles proved too tough for Williston State winning 91-73 in the semi-finals.

Williston were severely hampered by Jazz Kailahi-Fulu’s foul trouble. She picked up two in the first quarter and ended up playing just 9 minutes before picking up her fifth with just 6 points to her credit.

Keeley Tini dropped 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to help keep Williston afloat while for Miles Molly Cockburn knocked down one of two free throw attempts.

Some disappointment at the loss was offset for the former Harbour Breeze pair with Jazz named to the Mon-Dak All-Conference First Team and Keeley to the All-Conference Second team.

Briarley Rogers and Weatherford College also secured a conference crown. Weatherford upset Grayson College 91-89 to claim the Northern Texas Conference title and will play South Plains in the Region V Final with the winners advancing to the National Championships.

Briarley was on fire in the final making 7 from 8 from the field, including all three three-point attempts as she tallied 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals.

South Plains match-up against Weatherford after defeating Midland College 68-59 to win the Western Athletic Conference. Grace Hunter led the South Plains scoring with 13 points and also dished 4 assists.

Deejan Schuler and Casper College Thunderbirds claimed the  Region IX North title with a commanding 100-51 win against Northwest College – the Waikato representative had a couple of points and assists in the win.

Jordyn Maddix scored 12 points and Parehuia Delamere compiled 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 5 points as Western Texas defeated Clarendon 90-57.

All four Kiwis got on the scoresheet as Utah State Eastern overpowered Southern Nevada 84-44.

Hannah Wentworth made it 59 points in the last three games for USE after tallying 20 (6/9 3PG) in this one. Ella Bradley was also in double figures with 10 points (5/7FG) while Kay-Hauata Phillips scored 5 and Brooklyn Pouwhare 4 points.

Leah Mafua pulled down 8 rebounds to accompany 11 points but Otero were soundly beaten by Western Nebraska 75-55 in their last regular season game.

Harata Coleman scored a couple of points as Barton College advanced to the Region VI quarter-finals with a commanding 88-50 defeat of Allen College.

The latest Junior College wrap including a career high for Keeley Tini

Keeley Tini and Williston State College have had a busy time with three games in four days.

The 2019 Breeze guard scored a career high 31 points (5/8 3PG, 10/12FT) in Williston’s 109-64 loss against Dawson College (15-4).

(Imogen Noble knocked down both of her shots (2/2FG) for Dawson in that game).

Keeley followed that up with 25 points as Williston got back to winning ways with a 77-70 victory against Bismarck. Jazz Kailahi-Fulu returned after an ankle injury to record an impressive 22 points and 10 rebounds.

The pair featured strongly in game three, a 71-62 loss to North Dakota State College of Science. Jazz had yet another double-double (19 points and 11 rebounds) while Keeley posted 12 points and 6 assists.

Southern Idaho defeated Utah State Eastern 80-73 in overtime with Kiwis on both sides making a mark.

Idaho’s Katlin Burgess led all scorers with 21 points while teammate Ashlee Strawbridge was all action with 9 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and a pair of steals.

For Utah State (12-6) Ella Bradley scored 7 points, Brooklyn Pouwhare 4 and Hannah Wentworth 3.

Kaitlin (12 points) topped the SIC scoring again as they clinched at least a share of the Scenic West Athletic Conference title with an easy 77-41 win against Colorado Northwestern.

Briarley Rogers pulled down 6 rebounds to accompany 12 points (4/7FG) as Weatherford College (12-6) were defeated 92-67 at Grayson College.

Jordyn Maddix scored 9 points as Western Texas (8-6) beat Frank Phillips College 73-60.

Deejan Schuler scored 8 points (2/3 3PG, 2/2FT) as high flying Casper College defeated Laramie College 88-65. That’s 18 straight wins for Casper College.

Grace Hunter dished a career high 9 assists as South Plains headed Western Texas 70-43 with the Queen Mary’s College alumni adding 4 rebounds, 3 points and 2 steals.

Parehuia Delamere dragged down a team high 8 rebounds for Western Texas.

Webley exits NCAA Tournament after first dance

One of the two Kiwi representatives in the Men’s NCAA Tournament exited in the first round on Saturday.

Thomas Webley, the Cantabrian forward, secured 2 rebounds plus a pair of blocks as University of Hartford Hawks were ousted 79-55 by #1 Baylor.

Making their first NCAA Tournament appearance Hartford made an impressive start leading 14-13 after 12 minutes before Baylor, favoured to reach the Final Four, pulled away for a clear-cut win.

Webley, the former Cashmere High School standout, has enjoyed a successful freshman year scoring in double figures twice and averaging 3 points and 2.6 boards in 21 appearances for the America East Conference champions.

At the Men’s National Invitation Tournament (NIT) James Moors and Colorado State won an exciting contest against Buffalo 75-73 on Saturday.

The former Westlake Boys forward scored 11 points (5/10FG) and added 5 rebounds and a brace of assists, blocks and steals.

Emme Shearer led the Portland scoring in the Women’s NIT claiming 13 points (3/4 3PG) as the Pilots comfortably navigated their way past Abilene Christian 67-42. The former Harbour Breeze guard also posted 3 rebounds and a pair of assists.

Also with a win were Charlotte Whittaker and Colorado University Buffaloes who charged past Louisiana 68-45. The Cantabrian forward scored 6 points on 3 from 4 shooting.

Not such good news from Fordham as the Rams were butted 77-49 by Delaware. Kendell Heremaia was close to a double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds plus 4 assists.

Coming up Sunday:

Men’s NCAA Tournament

Abilene Christian (Tobias Cameron) v #3 Texas 

Women’s Basketball Invitational Second Round

Portland (Emme Shearer) v Florida International/Northern Arizona

Women’s NIT Second Round

Colorado (Charlotte Whittaker) v Nebraska

Women’s NIT Consolation Round

Fordham University (Kendell Heremaia) v Ohio


Women’s NCAA Tournament

Washington State (Charlisse and Krystal Leger-Walker) v South Florida


Women’s NCAA Tournament

Virginia Commonwealth (Akiene-Tera Reed) v #4 Indiana

Kaylee Smiler and Tegan Graham (BYU) v Rutgers 

#3 Arizona (Tara Manumaleuga) v Stony Brook

Latest Junior College wrap – March 18

Hannah Wentworth scored a career high 24 points, in just 25 minutes, and three other Kiwis made their mark as Utah State Eastern (USE) dismissed Southern Nevada 92-59.

Hannah knocked down 6 from 8 from beyond the arc, all four freebies and also dished 4 assists. Ella Bradley was in good form registering 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while Brooklyn Pouwhare (2 points and 4 rebounds) and Kay Hauata-Phillips (4 points) chipped in nicely.

USE then accounted for Colorado Northwestern winning 89-61 with Ella logging 10 points and Hannah notching 7.

Jazz Kailahi-Fulu scored a team high 21 points, to go with 11 rebounds and 5 assists, as Williston State accounted for United Tribes 79-70. Keeley Tini was also in double-double territory with 10 points, 10 rebounds plus 5 dimes.

Grace Hunter led all scorers with 14 points as #7 ranked South Plains beat Western Texas 58-54. The Wellingtonian filled the stats line with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block in 38 minutes.

In reply Jordyn Maddix knocked down a couple of threes for Western Texas.

Briarley Rogers tallied 11 points (3/6 3PG) and 5 rebounds as Weatherford College defeated Collin College 81-59 to improve to 12-4 for the season.

Also hitting the 11 points mark was Kaitlin Burges as Southern Idaho defeated Snow College 65-58. Kaitlin also added 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals with Ashlee Strawbridge snaring 7 rebounds.

#23 ranked Miles Community College remain unbeaten! With a conference title already confirmed they won a 20thstraight game defeating Bismark State 94-64. Cantabrian guard Molly Cockburn scored an efficient 8 points (2/3FG, 2/2FT).

Latest Junior College Wrap – March 11

There is Kiwi representation in three of the top-10 Junior College women’s basketball teams in the States.

In the most recently published rankings Casper College (Dejan Schuler) are at number four followed by South Plains (Grace Hunter) at five and Western Nebraska (Izzy Cook) at ninth.

In their most recent game South Plains slipped to a 69-61 loss to Howard College – Grace dished a game high 6 assists and scored 4 points in that one.

There were no fewer than three Kiwis on each side when College of Southern Idaho took on Utah State Eastern and in a minor upset it was Utah State that grabbed a 69-59 win with Ella Bradley mustering 10 points (5/8FG), 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the victors. Hannah Wentworth bagged a pair of points and assists while Brooklyn Pouwhare dished an assist.

Fresh off the Scenic West Athletic Conference Player of the Week Award Kaitlin Burgess scored 14 points for Southern Idaho, Ashlee Strawbridge corralled a team high 6 rebounds and Kyra Paniora scored 2 points.

The Southern Idaho trio ran-up another bunch of numbers in the 88-39 demolition of Southern Nevada.

Kaitlyn led all scorers with 22 points (plus 5 assists), Ashlee contributed 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Kyra finished with 7 assists and a basket from her only shot.

In another contest with plenty of New Zealand interest Molly Cockburn (5 points) and Bree Trego (3 points) earned bragging rights as Miles College convincingly beat Williston State 74-45.

Williston’s Harbour pairing both produced double-doubles to continue their productive seasons. Keeley Tini had 11 points and 11 rebounds while Jazz Kailahi Fulu had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The duo were in fine form a couple of days later despite Williston suffering an agonizing 64-63 loss to Dakota.

Jazz had 12 points (6/10FG), 9 rebounds and 4 assists while Keeley reeled off 18 points (4/8 3PG) and 11 rebounds.

Heeni Blakey scored 12 points for the second game running as Marshalltown went down 71-62 to Southwestern College.

Briarley Rogers scored 10 points and added 5 rebounds as Weatherford beat Cisco College 72-51, Weatherford now 10-3 this season.

According to the box scores Rashaan Smith only played 2 minutes in the Dawson College 70-46 win against Bismarck. However in that time she had a game high 3 blocks! 

Latest Junior College wrap

South Plains College, ranked #7 amongst all Junior Colleges in the States, demolished Frank Phillips College 84-52 with Grace Hunter scoring 12 points on 5/9 shooting. The former Queen Mary’s College standout also bucketed 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes as the Lady Texans improved to 9-2 on the season

Keeley Tini earned herself a massive 13 trips to the foul-line (making 10 from 13) to earn a game high 19 points even though Williston State fell 78-56 to Dawson college.

Jazz Kailahi-Fulu was the only other Williston player in double figures tallying 15 points and 9 rebounds.

Southern Idaho Golden Eagles recorded a third straight win, 55-45 against Snow College. Kaitlin Burgess led Southern Idaho with 12 points and 4 assists while Ashlee Strawbridge had 9 points and a career high 15 rebounds that included 9 offensive boards!

Briarley Rogers scored 11 points (3/6 3PG) as Weatherford clinched a high scoring 110-101 overtime win against Collin College.

Heeni Blakey scored 10 points making 4 from 7 from the field as Marshalltown College went down to Des Moines Area College 76-53.

Rashaan Smith scored 8 points (4/7FG) to help Dawson College defeat Lake Region 79-46.

Izzy Cook had a handy 6 points (3/5FG) and 5 rebounds, including a team high 3 offensive boards, as Western Nebraska thumped Northeastern 91-46.

Parehuia Delamere claimed a team high 8 rebounds as Western Texas beat Howard 57-42. The former Harbour guard also snared 3 steals and scored 5 points.

March Madness Underway

March Madness kicks-in with force this week. The Lowdown will provide regular updates on how New Zealander’s are progressing.

First update here

More Junior College news

In another busy week of Junior College action Kaitlin Burgess led all scorers with 23 points, making 5 from 7 from beyond the arc, as Southern Idaho College made easy work of Colorado Northwestern winning 84-50. It was the seventh double figure outing in twelve games for the former Rangitoto College guard who is enjoying a standout season along with teammate Ashlee Strawbridge.

Ashlee showed her value to Southern Idaho claiming 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Three Kiwis scored in double figures as Williston State trumped Lake Region State 78-63. 

For Lake Region former Massey High forward Yzabelle Tevao scored 10 points (4/7FG) while for Williston Jazz Kailahi-Fulu stuffed most the major stats columns with 23 points (11/14FG), 12 rebounds, 5 blocks and 4 assists. Keeley Tini was almost as productive with 17 points (3/6 3PG), 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

Jazz is now 8th on the national Junior College leaderboard for scoring with 172 points with Keeley 22nd having scored 154 points. 

Another player to fill the stats line was Ella Bradley as Utah State Eastern pipped Salt Lake 63-60. The ex-Waikato Wizard conjured up an efficient 8 points (4/5FG), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a block.

Jordyn Maddix and Parehuia Delamere combined for 7/13 from beyond the arc to help propel Western Texas to a 72-67 win at Howard College. Jordyn finished with a season high  19 points (5/10 3PG), plus 5 rebounds whilst Parehuia had a tidy 10 points (4/5FG), 4 rebounds and a couple of steals.

Guard Briarley Rogers bagged a dozen points (4/7FG) and 6 rebounds as Weatherford College accounted for Cisco 91-58.

Molly Cockburn scored 8 points in her first start for Miles Community College as they accounted for United Tribes 103-79.

Latest Junior College news

A break-out performance from Cantabrian Molly Cockburn highlights the latest Junior College roundup.

Molly nailed all four of her three-point shots on her way to a season best 17 points as Miles Community College climbed over Rocky Mountain 78-42.

Although well beaten former St Peter’s and Waikato forward Dominique Stephens peaked the Rocky effort with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

The North Harbour pairing of Jazz Kailahi-Fulu and Keeley Tini continue to carry a heavy load for Williston State College. In their 61-55 road win at Dakota at Bottineau, the pair scored half the teams points and secured 50% of the rebounds also.

Jazz finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while Keeley produced 14 points and 8 rebounds. The pair are leading Williston’s scoring this season, each averaging a shade over 14 points per game.

The pair again led the Williston scoring a couple of days later when they were defeated 64-52 by North Dakota State College of Science. Jazz led all scorers with 16 (7/9FG) and Keeley bagged 9 points.

No fewer than six players featured in Southern Idaho’s 64-52 success against Utah State Eastern. For the victors Kaitlyn Burgess continued her good scoring form and Ashlee Strawbridge demonstrated her rebounding prowess.

Kaitlyn finished with 15 points (6/8FG) and Ashlee 8 rebounds to go with 6 points while Kyra Paniora scored a couple of points.

For Utah State Brooklyn Pouwhare secured a pair of rebounds, Hannah Wentworth scored 6 points and Ella Bradley made 4 points to go with 5 rebounds.

Rashaan Smith posted her highest collegiate score tallying 11 points (5/6FG) as Dawson College easily accounted for United Tribes 106-44. Imogen Noble scored 4 points for Dawson in the same game.

Porirua’s Grace Hunter had a nice stats line of 9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals as South Plains got the better of Clarendon College 79-58. South Plains are 5-0 in the Western Athletic Conference. South Plains are a highly touted #3 in the nation.

Heeni Blakey conjured 3 steals and a brace of assists to go with 8 points although Marshalltown were quashed 92-36 by Iowa Western.

Congratulations to Harata Coleman who scored her first collegiate points at the weekend. The former Opunake standout scored 3 points (1/2 3PG) as Barton cooked Neosho County 117-71.

Latest update from the States

Plenty of good performances to report from the States including an encouraging comeback from Tall Fern Amy West but it’s Charlisse Leger-Walker, now with seven Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Awards, that continues to excel.

All the news here:

Best Kiwi performances in Junior college in the past week

Heeni Blakey and Waiaaria Rogers scored 17 points apiece as Marshalltown College suffered an agonizing 86-83 overtime loss against Ellsworth. For good measure Waiaaria added 7 rebounds and Heeni 4 assists.

Kaitlin Burgess scored 15 points, Ashlee Strawbridge had 9 points (plus 11 rebounds) and Kyra Paniora tallied 7 points for Southern Idaho in their dominating 101-31 win over Christian Community College.

Strawbridge also had 8 points and 5 rebounds in a slightly more competitive game –  a 79-47 victory against Northwest College.

Former Massey High forward Yzabelle Tevao scored a season high 13 points (6/9FG) as Lake Region State were scuttled 80-66 by Bismarck.

A 10 points and 6 assists performance from Grace Hunter propelled South Plains to a 74-60 victory over Frank Phillips College.

She followed that with 8 points, 4 assists and 3 steals as South Plains improved to 6-1 with a comfortable 67-45 win against Howard College.

Ella Bradley had 7 rebounds, including 6 off the offensive glass, and also added 7 points and Hannah Wentworth scored 6 but Utah State Eastern were beaten 70-63 by Casper College.

Kiwi versus Kiwi

It took double overtime to separate Western Nebraska and Casper College with Dejaan Schuler departing with the grin after Casper prevailed 95-88. Izzy Cook grabbed 6 rebounds and a couple of steals for Western Nebraska.

Molly Cockburn could also force a smile after Miles College got the better of Williston State 79-63.  Once again Jazz Kailahi-Fulu (19 points and 8 rebounds) and Keeley Tini (14 points and 9 rebounds) carried a heavy load for Williston. 

Congratulations to Rashaan Smith on making her first collegiate point as Dawson College defeated Williston State 76-52. Kailahi-Fulu recorded 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks for Dawson.

Plenty of strong Kiwi performances in college Div II play

Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones (#15)

In this roundup of men’s college hoops we put the primary spotlight on those players playing at NCAA Division II universities – seven of them scored in double figures in the past week.

Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones posted good numbers as Hawaii at Hilo improved to 5-1 in the PacWest Conference with a pair of wins against Hawaii Pacific. In the first game he tallied 15 points and 7 rebounds while in game two he posted his second double-double of the season adding 10 rebounds to 16 points (6/10FG).

The freshman out of St Pat’s College is averaging 16.7 points and 8.2 rebounds for Hilo.

Also in the PacWest Mac Stodart top scored for Concordia Irvine in the PacWest Conference. Biola beat them 94-78 although Stodart will take satisfaction from a 16-point outing, his best score in seven games played this season.

13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists from Wilfred Dickson were not enough to secure South Dakota Mines the win against Colorado Mesa. Mines are 7-6 in conference play after losing 82-77 in double overtime.

Will Heather didn’t miss a shot (9/9FG, 1/1FT) on his way to 19 points.  His career-best effort helped Dallas Baptist beat Texas A&M Commerce 80-69 to improve to 12-2, and second on the ladder in the Lone Star Conference.

Another Rosmini College old boy Marvin Williams Dunn scored a season high 12 points (4/5 3PG) and also grabbed a couple of steals but it was insufficient to stop Ouachita Baptist falling 68-57 to Arkansas-Monticello.

11 points and 5 assists from Matt Brien was also on a losing side as Nebraska at Kearney went down 87-79 to Central Oklahoma.

Connor Flannagan was within a rebound of a double-double in West Florida’s 71-66 loss to West Georgia. The former Auckland Grammar man finished with 10 points, 9 rebounds and a couple of assists.

Former Rongotai College guard Finn McClure came up with 10 points and 7 assists and pair of steals as Milligan University went down in overtime by just two-points (84-82) against Point University in the NAIA.

Meanwhile Kruz Perrott-Hunt made it four double digit contributions in a row as his 11 points (5/10FG) helped South Dakota past pre-season favourites South Dakota State 64-56. That’s 10 wins in a row for the Summit League leaders.

Despite 10 points and 7 rebounds from Yuat Alok Coppin State University went down 95-82 to Morgan State University – Coppin now 6-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Also with 10 points was James Moors as Colorado State edged Wyoming 74-72. The tally means Moors, in his freshman year, has passed 100 points for the season, with Colorado 10-3 in conference fixtures.

In Junior College Taranaki’s Nico Hill had a balanced 7 points and 7 rebounds (3 at the offensive end) to help Missouri State University–West Plains to a 93-84 win against South Arkansas Tech.

Former St Peter’s trio shine, Dale headed to Virginia

The former St Peter’s School, Cambridge trio of Kendell Heremaia, Charlisse and Krystal Leger-Walker are all in good form.

Charlisse will likely have another Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award after two prodigious performances for Washington State University at the weekend. Firstly WSU knocked off #5 UCLA 67-63 with Charlisse scoring the last nine points for the Cougars to finish with a game-high 28 points. She made 7 of her 15 shots, 4 of 8 from beyond the arc and was 10 of 12 from the free throw line.

Despite WSU then going down 81-71 to USC Charlisse was still in prolific form. 24 points (4/11 3PG, 6/7FT), 7 assists and 4 rebounds testimony to that. 

There was also  big numbers from Krystal L-W who over the two games accumulated 17 points 8 boards and 14 dimes. KL_W now has 401 career assists.

2017 Junior Tall Fern McKenna Dale has announced that she will play for the University of Virginia Cavaliers next season. Dale has spent the last three years at Ivy League school Brown University. 

She has two years of playing eligibility left as she missed her sophomore year at Brown due to an ACL injury, and lost the current season due to COVID as the Ivy League was cancelled. In 2019-20 she was second on the Brown team in scoring (13.4ppg) and rebounding (5.3rpg).

Dale will complete her undergraduate degree from Brown before undertaking the Master’s programme at Virginia studying public policy.

Following her Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week award, the previous week, Kendell Heremaia was again prominent as Fordham secured their fourth straight win, a come from behind 56-53 defeat of Rhode Island.

Heremaia scored 11 points and tallied three each of rebounds, steals and assists.

Tegan Graham scored 13 points (3/4 3PG) and grabbed 4 rebounds as BYU beat Loyola Marymount 69-50 in West Coast Conference play. Kaylee Smiler chipped in with 4 points and a couple of assists as BYU improved to 7-2 in conference play.

Graham has made an impressive 51% (25 of 49) three-pointers this season.

Helen Matthews bagged 9 points as Wofford (6-3) moved up to third on the Southern Conference standings after a 67-44 win against Chattanooga. Pare Pene knocked down her only shot of the game for Cattanooga.

In NAIA action Michelle Nicholls had a nice double at the weekend as Central Methodist (11-5) secured a brace of wins to make that six successes on the bounce. Nicholls had 11 points (3/5 3PG) and 7 rebounds as Central Methodist showed no compassion for Mount Mercy winning 99-74. They followed that with a 71-57 victory over Culver-Stockton with Nicholls making 9 points, 4 assists and 4 steals.

Plenty to like in second Junior College roundup

Kaitlin Burgess

College of Southern Idaho recorded an outstanding 81-77 win against Western Nebraska. 

Western Nebraska, #14 in the country had not lost at home for four years but aided by 14 points from Kaitlin Burgess and 10 points from Ashlee Strawbridge CSI pulled off a stunning victory. 

CSI’s success continued. On the back of 25 points and 10 rebounds from Burgess the Golden Eagles outlasted Eastern Wyoming winning 88-77. The double success propelled Southern Idaho to #21 on the national NJCAA rankings.

The highest ranked team with a kiwi on the roster are South Plains College Texans. Grace Hunter enjoyed a nice double as South Plains scored a brace of wins. She scored 11 points in the narrow (49-48) win against Kilgorie and the Wellingtonian followed that with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in the 70-60 conference opener against Midland.

All three Williston State Kiwis featured in the starting line-up as Williston scored a comfortable 80-44 win against United Tribes Tech.

Jazz Kailahi-Fulu posted her second double-double of the season and Keeley Tini her first as Williston State sunk Bismark State 68-55. Both scored 20 points with Tini adding 11 rebounds, a steal and a block while JK-F had a prolific 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. 

Utah State University Eastern have four New Zealand players and the quartet all got good minutes as USUE had little difficulty with Christian Community College, winning the triple header by an average of 70 points. 

Hannah Wentworth averaged 11 points across the three games, Ella Bradley averaged 10,  Brooklyn Pouwhare 5 points and 9 rebounds with Kay-Hauata Phillips also averaging 9 boards plus 7 points. 

Heeni Blakey scored 10 points (4/73PG) but Marshalltown College Tigers were well beaten by Des Moines Area College 88-41.

Congratulation to Dejaan Schuler and Molly Cockburn who scored their first collegiate points this week.

Dejaan for Casper College in their 78-39 win against Northeastern. The former Te Aroha College standout knocked down her only shot – a three!

Molly scored her first points for Miles Community College in their 84-70 defeat of Dawson College.

Kiwi Men – Division I and II Wrap

Kruz Perrott-Hunt recorded a career high 16 points (3/4 3PG) as University of South Dakota registered an easy 91-59 home win against Omaha. South Dakota are unbeaten in the Summit League with an 8-0 record after completing the double over Omaha with a tighter 97-93 success – Perrott-Hunt 10 points in game two.

Tobias Cameron scored a season best 12 points (3/4 3PG) as Abilene Christian took care of business against ACU winning 82-72 and are now 5-1 in the Southland Conference.

Yuat Alok scored 10 points on 5 from 7 shooting but Coppin State University fell 79-76 to Morgan State and are now 5-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

In Division II play Wilfred Dickson top scored for South Dakota Mines in their 67-55 loss to Colorado Springs. The Hawkes Bay native is averaging 14 points a game this season and surpassed that with 19 for the Hardrockers who are 6-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference. 

Also tallying 19 points and elevating himself to the team’s top scorer was Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones as Hawaii at Hilo narrowly defeated Chaminade 69-68. Tait-Jones made 4 from 9 from deep and also added 3 assists as Hilo improved to 3-1 in the PacWest Conference.

Dallas Baptist are up to #11 in the Division II rankings but had to be content with sharing the spoils against Permain Basin. Having lost 99-97 in overtime on Friday they dominated Saturday’s fixture winning 91-74. Will Heather was prominent in both games totaling 28 points (13/19FG), 6 rebounds and 4 blocks during the two outings.

Conor Flanagan produced 10 points (4/7FG) and 6 rebounds to help propel West Florida University Argonauts to a solid 101-65 win against Shorter University. The Argonauts now 4-6 in Gulf South Conference fixtures.

Heremaia busts 20 then buses to the Bronx

Kendell Heremaia and Fordham University had to bus it back to the Bronx in a snow storm after their flight had been cancelled. The journey was made less uncomfortable after securing a 73-55 win at Davidson on Sunday.

Heremaia posted her second straight 20-point game and notched her ninth career double-double with 11 rebounds whilst also leading the team in assists (4) and steals (3). The senior now has 898 career points for the Rams (6-2 in the Atlantic-10 Conference).

Akienne-Tera Reed made a massive contribution to Virginia Commonwealth’s double success against the two George’s. In the 67-60 victory against George Washington Reed nailed 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a season high 4 steals. VCU’s leading scorer followed that with 9 points and 8 rebounds in the 64-56 overtime win against George Mason.

VCU now tied with Fordham at 6-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference – joint fourth on the ladder.

Also enjoying a fine all-round game was Helen Matthews in Wofford Terriers 63-59 win against North Carolina Greensboro. The former Kaiopoi College guard dished 7 assists to go with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals playing a team high 34 minutes. 

Mate v Mate

Emme Shearer scored what proved to be the winning basket with under two minutes remaining as Portland beat St Mary’s, California 69-68. Shearer finished with a career high 16 points (7/12FG) as Portland completed the double over the Gaels, moving to 6-3 in West Coast Conference play – 3rd place on the league table.

Tayla Dalton corralled 3 rebounds for St Mary’s with Jade Kirisome scoring 8 points.

Dalton snared a season best 4 steals (plus 5 points) but St Mary’s suffered a 79-52 defeat at the hands of West Coast Conference leaders Gonzaga in their second game of the week.

All good things must come to an end.

Charlisse Leger-Walker had begun her college career with 12 straight double figure scores, a feat that had helped her earn five Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Awards.

That run came to an abrupt halt against Stanford University. In back to back defeats against No 6 ranked Stanford Leger-Walker scored a total of eight points having averaged 20.3ppg in the previous 12 games. 

Krystal Leger-Walker fared a little better totaling 14 points and 8 assists across the two games as Washington State slipped to 6-6 in conference play. 

Wrap on kiwis playing in Junior College

Keeping up to date with the numerous Kiwis playing Junior College basketball in the States is a little challenging. 

However, with the Junior College (NJCAA) season just getting underway, here is our first roundup of the actiona and already there have been some standout efforts from New Zealand players.

On Waiaaria Rogers scored 18 points (4/73PG) as Marshalltown College Tigers  defeated Southeastern 63-50. The former Rangitoto shooting guard made 4 from 7 from three-point land whilst fellow kiwi Heeni Blakey tallied 6 points.

The pair were in double figure scoring form a couple of days later despite Marshalltown going down 73-55 to Southwestern, Blakey scored 13 points and Rogers 11 points.

Grace Hunter was all business as South Plains College opened their campaign with a pair of wins. The Wellingtonian tallied 19 points (7/11FG), 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 blocks in the two games.

Three Kiwis were on show as Weatherford College defeated Western Texas 80-67. Briarley Rogers scored 10 points for Weatherford whilst Jordyn Maddix and Parehuia Delamere lined up for Western Texas College. Delamere came up with a massive 6 steals to add to 5 points and 4 rebounds.

A couple of days earlier the Maddix and Delamere had faced off against sisters Leah and Jenna Rose Mafua. Leah notched a team high 8 rebounds and added 4 points whilst Jenna Rose scored 6 points but the Harbour duo were the grinners on the day with Western Texas beating Otero 54-40.

Williston State, with a trio of Kiwis haven’t made the best start to the season losing their opening three games.

In their most recent loss, 74-48 to North Dakota, Jazz Kailahi-Fulu (19 points and 8 rebounds) and Keeley Tini (12 points) were the only Williston players in double figures whilst Kararaina Pene dished 3 assists.

Utah State Eastern claimed the double over Arizona Western to begin their campaign. In the second win Ella Bradley stuffed the stats line with 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. USE followed that with a completely one sided 111-27 win against Christian Community. Brooklyn Pouwhare snared 13 rebounds in that one with Hannah Wentworth knocking down 5 from 9 threes for 15 points..

Also filling the stats line was Ashlee Strawbridge in her first collegiate game for #25 ranked Southern Idaho. The Cantabrian notched 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in Idaho’s 83-67 loss to Casper College whilst Kyra Paniora chipped in with 6 points.

Southern Idaho bounced back four days later with Kaitlin Burgess scoring 10 points in a comfortable 76-42 win against Western Wyoming.

Former Taranaki rep Izzy Cook scored 4 points as Western Nebraska also won a one sided affair – 113-28 against Central Wyoming.

Samantha Meadows (5 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals) and Miya Riwaka (2 points and 2 rebounds) for Central Wyoming.

Yzabelle Tevao scored her first college points making 3 from 4 from the field as Lake Region State defeated University Jamestown 83-73, Zoe Ebbitt was also on the scoresheet with 5 points.

Dejan Schuler played 4 minutes for Casper College in their narrow 64-62 win against Snow College.

Harata Coleman made a brief appearance for Barton College as they cruised past Highland 78-41.

Likewise Molly Cockburn came off the bench as Miles made a winning start (8160) against Bismark.

Lot to like about Alok

The performance of the week in men’s college basketball belonged to Yuat Alok as Coppin State defeated Norfolk State 81-77 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. In just his fourth game for Coppin, Alok scored a career high 18 points (8/12FG) and pulled down 8 rebounds.

Not far behind in the pecking order was Dan Fotu who scored 16 points as St Mary’s College, California won 65-61 on the road at Marymount. Fotu went 6/8 from the foul line and 4 from 8 from the field.

Quinn Clinton iced the game with a pair of free throws for his only points in the game as St Mary’s grabbed their second West Coast Conference win in three days. St Mary’s also defeated San Francisco 67-63 with Fotu scoring 11 points, his fourth consecutive double figure haul.

Also in the West Coast Conference Taki Farensohn scored 7 points but Portland suffered a heavy defeat at BYU going down 95-67.

Flynn Cameron posted 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists as University of California Riverside deposited CSU Bakersfield 70-63. Angus McWilliam contributed 3 points and a couple of rebounds as Riverside improved to 4-2 in the Big West Conference ahead of a 12-day break.

Flynn’s brother Tobias made 8 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists as high flying Abilene Christian demolished Central Arkansas 93-58. Abilene are 12-3 overall and 4-1 in the Southland Conference.

Davidson College improved to 6-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference after a 69-60 win against Massachusetts. Sam Mennenga had 11 points (5/11FG) and 8 rebounds, 3 of those at the offensive end, plus 6 points for Davidson. Those points carried the former Westlake Boys forward past 100 points for the season at 7.5 points per outing.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt scored a season best 10 points to accompany 5 rebounds as South Dakota improved to 6-0 in the Summit League with an 84-74 win against Western Illinois.

Anzac Rissetto scored 7 points as North Carolina Charlotte trumped Florida Atlantic 74-71 and are now 3-3 in Conference USA.

In NCAA Division II Conor Flanagan amassed a career high 23 points (8/14FG, 5/7 3PG) but couldn’t prevent West Florida going down 83-70 to Lee University.

Equally impressive was Wilfred Dickson who amassed 26 points (7/11FG) as South Dakota School of Mines won a tight encounter against Black Hills State 79-78 to move to 6-4 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Dickson is enjoying a fine senior year averaging 13.4ppg.

Concordia-Irvine opened PacWest Conference play with a pair of losses to Point Loma. Across the two games Mac Stodart scored 22 points (8/15FG, 3/53PG).

The two game series between Dallas Baptist and Midwestern State was decided by just 2 points with DBU following up an 80-81 win with an even more dramatic 91-90 victory – the second victory courtesy of an in-bounds alley-oop play with 0.3 seconds left on the clock. Will Heather played his part in the wins totaling 25 points (10/18FG) across the two games. 

Also with 8 points was Matt Brien for Nebraska at Kearney with the Lopers well beaten by Missouri Southern State, 85-57.

Krystal Leger-Walker brings up 100 games in style.

Krystal Leger-Walker celebrated her 100th NCAA Division I appearance with a fine individual performance and the W, as Washington State Cougars claimed a narrow 77-75 double overtime win against Oregon State.

Krystal led the Cougars scoring with 23 points, claiming 6 rebounds and a season high 5 steals. She now has 150 points for the season averaging 12.5ppg.

In an impressive family double Charlisse posted 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals – her 12th straight double figure tally and 7th game scoring 20 points or more.

The twelve straight double digit scores represent the longest double figure scoring streak to begin a Washington State career.

It was the fourth overtime game in the last five games (two won, two lost) for Washington State who now have a 6-4 Pac-12 Conference record.

Fordham University improved to 5-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference with Kendell Heremaia prominent in a 68-49 win at St Bonaventure. Heremaia finished with 20 points, including 4 from 8 threes, as well as 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

Jade Kirisome and Tayla Dalton made double figure contributions as St Mary’s, California recorded a 79-61 win at home to Pepperdine. 

Kirisome scored 12 points and Dalton 10 – St Mary’s 2-6 in West Coast Conference play.

Amiee Books run of eleven consecutive games in double figures came to an end at Hawaii as Cal State Fullerton went down 57-43 to the hosts. Book, just one point shy of continuing her sequence, finished with 9 points plus 5 rebounds and a couple of blocks.

Wofford College split the spoils with Western Carolina winning one and losing the other in a weekend double header. Helen Mathews secured 6 rebounds and added a couple of points in a 65-45 win followed by 6 points in a 65-54 loss on Saturday.

Akienne-Tera Reed dished a game high 5 assists and also scored 7 points but Virginia Commonwealth couldn’t overcome Richmond going down 69-64, VCU now 4-2 in Atlantic 10 play.

Emme Shearer nabbed 6 points and a couple of steals but Portland were defeated 79-61 by #18 ranked Gonzaga.

In NCAA Division II play Tessa Talo-Tomokino played a season high 30 minutes as Northeastern registered an 89-79 double overtime win against Lincoln. TT-T came up with 6 assists, 4 points and 3 rebounds as Northeastern improve to 4-8.

Eva Langton (10 points) was one of only two Texas A&M International players in double figures as they were punished 85-42 by Lone Star Conference leaders Lubbock Christian.

In the NAIA Michelle Nicholls popped up with 7 points and 7 rebounds as Central Methodist, now 8-4 in conference fixtures beat Grand View 77-56.

Junior College play is underway with a bunch of Kiwis making their debuts. We will try and bring you a full rundown later in the week but ahead of that it’s worth highlighting the performances of Waiaaria Rogers and Heeni Blakey

Rogers scored 18 points (4/73PG) as Marshalltown College Tigers  defeated Southeastern 63-50. The former Rangitoto shooting guard made 4 from 7 from three-point land whilst teamate Blakey tallied 6 points.

The pair were in double figure scoring form a couple of days later despite Marshalltown going down 73-55 to Southwestern – Blakey scored 13 points and Rogers 11 points.

Alok to Coppin, Fotu to the fore, as kiwis chime in college hoops

The biggest news from men’s college basketball this week concerns Rangitoto College alumni Dan Fotu and Yuat Alok.

Alok has resurrected his college career, with immediate effect, at Coppin State University where former Breakers Head Coach Kevin Braswell is an assistant coach. 

Alok was thrown in the deep end last weekend as he started both games of Coppin’s double header against Morgan State. Coppin earned a win and a loss with the former Rangitoto big man claiming 10 points (4/8FG) and 4 rebounds on debut followed by 6 points and 6 rebounds 24-hours later.

Meanwhile Dan Fotu enjoyed one of the best games of his three-year college career as St Mary’s, California gave #1 ranked Gonzaga as much as they could handle before going down 73-59. 

The Tall Black forward scored a team high 15 points (6/10FG) and added 7 rebounds whilst playing a massive 38 minutes. Quinn Clinton chimed in with 8 points as the kiwi duo made a combined 5 from 11 threes.

Sam Mennenga was within a rebound of his first double-double for Davidson College as the Wildcats defeated St Joseph’s 80-66.

Mennenga finished with 9 rebounds to accompany 15 points, knocking down 3 from 5 from beyond the three-point arc as Davidson moved to 2-2 in the Atlanic-10.

Fellow Westlaker James Moors scored a season high 14 points as Colorado State University thumped San Jose State 88-61 with CSU now 7-1 in the Mountain West Conference league.

In a non-conference game Flynn Cameron came up with 12 points, as Cal Riverside pushed the highly touted USC all the way before going down 67-62 in overtime. 

The former Junior Tall Black followed that with 13 points in Riverside’s thumping of Cal Poly (86-51) – Angus McWilliam 6 points (3/3FG) in that one, with Riverside now 3-1 in the Big West Conference.

In NCAA Division II play things couldn’t have gone much better for Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones. The former St Pat’s college captain made a stunning PacWest Conference start amassing 41 points (17/30FG, 4/9 3PG) and 20 rebounds as Hawaii at Hilo completed a pair of wins against Hawaii Pacific. 

Fellow Kiwi Tom Power added a pair of rebounds to 2 points in the second Hilo win.

Wilfred Dickson scored a team high 18 points (7/12FG) as South Dakota School of Mines gained a narrow 74-70 win against Regis. The former Napier Boys High guard also added 9 rebounds as he reached the 100 points mark for the season at 12.5 points per game.

Will Heather dished a career high 8 assists as Dallas Baptist eased past Oklahoma Christian 90-79. The former Rosmini forward added 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks for Dallas Baptist that are 7-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

Matt Brien scored a team high 16 points (6/12FG) and also snared 6 boards as Nebraska at Kearney saw off Missouri Western 75-67.

Mac Stodart made a start for Concordia-Irvine in their opening PacWest Conference fixture, a 93-84 loss to Northwest Nazarine. Stodart made 11 points on 4 from 8 shooting.

Reihanna Maxwell-Topia’s 8 points (2/4 3PG) and 3 rebounds helped St Joseph’s Fighting Saints to a 68-63 road win at Trinity Christian.

Plenty to like from the States

The stunning sequence of performances by Washington State University Cougars and the guard duo of Krystal and Charlisse Leger-Walker continues to make headlines.

Last week we reported Charlisse had scored the game-winner in the overtime win against Arizona that had carried WSU to #25 ranking in the country.

That has been followed by two more overtime games with the Leger-Walker’s amassing 83 points in the process. Unfortunately both games resulted in narrow defeats with an 81-77 loss at USC and a 66-68 defeat at #8 ranked UCLA.

Against USC, Krystal (23) and Charlisse (29) combined for a remarkable 52 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. The numbers against UCLA were not quite so eye watering but still amounted to 31 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists.

Whilst Charlisse has understandably been garnering most the headlines, after all she leads the Pac-12 in scoring (19.7ppg) and steals (3.0spg), Krystal has been in outstanding form herself.

The senior guard is averaging 12.4 points per game and is 4th on both the Pac-12 three-point shooting list (making 44.7% from deep) and the assists board (4.0 per game).

Things won’t get any easier for WSU (5-3) over the coming days with trips to #10 ranked Oregon and the #1 ranked Stanford.

Talking of Stanford, Charlotte Whittaker and Colorado Buffaloes produced the upset of the week beating the top dogs 77-72 in overtime. Whittaker played 16 minutes off the bench contributing a 2 points, 2 rebounds and a pair of assists. It was the Buffaloes first ever win against Stanford in Pac-12 play.

A fine all-round performance from Kendell Heremaia helped propel Fordham to a 72-63 win at St Louis. The senior finished with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists as Fordham moved to 4-2 in the Atlantic 10. Those points moved Heremaia to 99 for the season at 11.0ppg.

A relieved Cal State Fullerton gained their first win of the season beating Concordia University 69-51. Amiee Book, Fullerton’s leading scorer this season, was at her stats stuffing best accumulating 14 points (5/12FG, 2/3 3PG), 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks.

Akienne-Tera Reid accumulated a tidy 11 points, 4 rebounds, a pair of assists and a brace of steals as Virginia Commonwealth moved to 4-0 in the Atlantic-10 Conference with a dominant 60-41 win against George Mason.

That was followed by a 55-49 loss to Massachusetts with Reed compiling 9 points, 6 boards and 4 assists.

Portland had a win at San Francisco and a loss at Santa Clara with Emme Shearer recording  6 points plus 3 steals in both games – Portland 4-2 in West Coast Conference play.

Eva Langton played a starring role as Texas A&M International stretched their NCAA Division II unbeaten run to seven games with a 69-59 win at St Edwards. The Taranaki guard recorded her first double-double in Texas A&M colours with 11 rebounds and 20 points (7/14Fg, 5/6FT).

In a Junior College pre-season game Williston State College, featuring a trio of Kiwis, lost 74-53 to Dawson College.

All three New Zealander’s made scoring contributions for Williston – Jazz Kailahi-Fulu (12 points), Keeley Tini (5 points and 6 rebounds) and Kararaina Pene (3 points).

Flynn Cameron heads Men’s College performances this week

Flynn Cameron found some good scoring form in the Big West Conference at the weekend.

The former Junior Tall Blacks guard accumulated 26 points on 10/12 from the field including 4/5 from beyond the arc as California Riverside recorded a win and a loss against Hawaii on Saturday and Sunday.

Cameron is shooting the three-ball at a highly efficient 48% (12/25) this season and profiting from his move from De Paul to Riverside.

Despite going down 75-72 in overtime to Belmont Abbey, Anzac Rissetto enjoyed a productive outing for North Carolina Charlotte. The former Auckland Grammar centre corralled a team high 8 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, 11 points and 3 steals – all those numbers, plus the 32 minutes played, were career highs for Rissetto.

James Moors scored 8 points (3/5FG) as Colorado State kept rolling with a narrow 83-80 win against UNLV. Colorado State are off to an encouraging 4-0 start in the Mountain West Conference.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt (6 points and 3 rebounds) made 2 from 3 from long range as South Dakota got the better of Kansas City winning 68-62.

St Mary’s College, California went down 66-64 to Santa Clara with both Dan Fotu and Quinn Clinton scoring each scoring 6 points for the Gaels.

Another six-point tally went the way of Taki Fahrensohn (2/3 3PG) as Portland went down, unsurprisingly, 116-88 to #1 ranked Gonzaga.

NCAA Division II

Marvin Williams-Dunn recorded 5 assists in his collegiate debut for Ouachita Baptist University in their season opener at Harding University. The former Rosmini College point guard also scored a couple of points as Ouachita went down 84-77.

Will Heather scored 13 points on 6 from 7 shooting but couldn’t prevent Dallas Baptist losing their first game of the season, 84-71 against West Texas A&M ranked #3 in NCAA Division II basketball.

DBU, ranked #21 themselves turned the tables in the second game of the weekend with Heather getting 6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks.

Former Auckland Grammar big man Conor Flannagan scored a college career high 15 points as University of West Florida beat Auburn Montgomery 78-70 to improve to 2-1 in Gulf South Conference play.

Also in Division II play Matt Brien (3/7 3PG) scored 12 points to help Nebraska at Kearney to a 72-69 win against Central Missouri. The former St Pat’s and St Kevin’s, Oamaru guard is enjoying a promising start to his collegiate career playing over 20 minutes per game this season.


In NAIA play Maxim Stephens came close to a double-double as Rocky Mountain College rolled past Montana Western 83-59. The Waikato big man recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds.

Finn McClure totaled 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists as Milligan University fell 80-64 to Columbia International.

Charlisse and Krystal continue to get it done in good week for Kiwi women

Under normal circumstances the performances of Akienne-Tera Reed, Kendell Heremaia, Amiee Book or Tegan Graham would be worthy top billing acts but on Monday morning (NZ time) the Leger-Walker’s, Charlisse and Krystal usurped that quartet to steal the headlines.

Washington State beat No 7 ranked Arizona 71-69 in overtime after trailing by 16 points at one stage. The win boosted their Pac-12 record to 5-1 with the L-W’s playing huge roles.

Charlisse finished with a team high 17 points (plus 5 assists) although it was two critical plays that stood out. A reverse lay-up tied proceedings in regulation with 3 seconds to play before she made a buzzer beating left hander in traffic at the end of the extra five minutes to seal the deal. The fist pump and jig after the play showed what it meant to Charlisse.

“Those who know me, know I don’t get too high or too low but when I made that shot I was so high,” exclaimed the freshman guard.

Krystal was equally prominent as she threatened a double-double finishing with 14 points and 9 assists whilst playing all 45 minutes of an enthralling contest.

Amiee Book carried California State Fullerton on her shoulders as the Titans went searching for their first conference win against Big West leaders Long Beach State.

Book amassed a season high 21 points (8/12FG, 4/5 3PG), 4 rebounds and 3 steals as Fullerton fell to an agonising 66-64 loss. It was the 10th straight game in double figures for Book who is averaging 15.9 points per game, making 46% (17/37) of her shots from beyond the arc.

Akienne-Tera Reed and Virginia Commonwealth University played two overtime games in three days and prevailed in both Atlantic-10 contests. They beat Duquesne 68-63 and Bonaventure 69-67 with Reed totaling 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists a block and a steal against Duquesne followed by 15 points and 7 rebounds. 

VCU are 3-0 in the Atlantic-10 Conference with Fordham University Rams 3-2 after a win and a loss at the weekend.

Kendell Heremaia made 4 from 6 threes in tallying 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists as the Rams beat Rhode Island 64-58 for a third consecutive Atlantic-10 victory. That run was brought to a halt on Sunday with Fordham going down 61-56 to Massachusetts, Heremaia fouling out in 18 minutes with 8 points and a couple of boards.

Tegan Graham scored a season high 14 points and Kaylee Smiler contributed 9 points as BYU continued their good form with a 71-57 win against Loyola Marymount in West Coast Conference (WCC) play.

The pair knocked down 7 seven of BYU’s 9 threes in the game Graham converting 4 from 5 and Smiler 3 from 4 attempts from beyond the arc. 

Also in the West Coast Conference Emme Shearer scored 6 points but Portland were thumped 75-43 by conference leaders Gonzaga. 

7 points from Tsubasa Nisbett (2/2FG, 2/2FT) helped Georgia Southern to a massive 87-56 win over Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Conference.

She’s had to wait a while but Dominique Stephens was finally able to make her debut for Rocky Mountain College. The former Waikato and St Peter’s School representative scored 7 points (3/4FG) in her first collegiate game as Rocky went down 79-66 at Montana Eastern in NAIA action.

Also in NAIA Michelle Nicholls scored 9 points for Central Methodist in their 81-62 loss at Benedictine.

The ‘M Men’ Moors, Mennenga and McClure get the W’s

Colorado State University produced their largest comeback in programme history to beat San Diego State 70-67 in Mountain West Conference play.

James Moors (5 points and 6 rebounds) played 17 minutes off the bench for Colorado, the astonishing win made even more notable given San Diego were ranked #23 in the country.

San Diego got a degree of revenge a couple of days later completing a 78-65 victory in the second game of the double header. It was another promising outing from Moors as he scored 9 points on 5 from 7 shooting.

Davidson University improved to 2-1 in Atlantic-10 Conference play with a solid 61-48 victory at Duquesne. Sam Mennenga, starting for the tenth straight game, finished with 6 points and 7 rebounds for Davidson.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt scored 5 points in both games as South Dakota got the double over Denver in their Summit League openers.

In Division II action ex-Canterbury Rams wing Ben Carlile-Smith scored with his first shot in NCAA basketball. He only took one shot, a three, as Colorado Christian fell 82-78 against Adams State. 

Hawkes Bay native Wilfred Dickson scored 16 points in two consecutive games as South Dakota School of Mines won a thriller against Fort Lewis but suffered a loss two days later. The Hardrockers won 84-79 in overtime to beat Fort Lewis but went down 75-64 to Western Colorado. The Hardrockers are 3-4 in the Rocky Mountain Conference.

Dallas Baptist University are off to 4-0 start in the Lone Star Conference, their latest success a 99-62 drubbing of Cameron University. Will Heather posted 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a block, the win lifting DBU to #21 on the Division II rankings.

Finn McClure posted a team high 7 assists to accompany a dozen points as Milligan University eased past St Andrews 95-87 to improve to 5-3 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Leger-Walker’s and Mennenga to the fore as we bid farewell to 2020

In American college basketball the curtain came down on 2020 with Charlisse Leger-Walker and Sam Mennenga again grabbing the headlines from a Kiwi perspective.

Washington State University guard Charlisse was named Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week, for the second time in a month, after her 20 points against No 8 ranked Oregon. It ranks as the most points scored against Oregon this season.

Across the five games WSU have played this season CL-W has averaged 18.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game.

Whilst Charlisse has been attracting all the headlines sister Krystal has also been highly productive for the Cougars.

She has averaged 7.0 points (making 6 from 12 3PG), 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists across the five games. 

Tara Manumaleuga scored 9 points for highly ranked Arizona Wildcats in their dominant 96-42 win against Idaho. 

Manumaleuga, who played for NZ at the 2017 U17 FIBA World Cup, knocked down 3 from 4 three-points attempts for the Wildcats that are ranked #6 in NCAA Division I Women’s basketball.

St Mary’s College, California fell to a 78-70 overtime loss to Pacific in their West Coast Conference (WCC) opener.

Jade Kirisome scored 11 points (3/6 3PG) and Tayla Dalton nabbed a couple of points and 3 rebounds in the defeat.

Also in WCC play BYU made it two-from-two with a comfortable 76-50 victory against Santa Clara. Tegan Graham tallied 8 points and two assists with Kaylee Smiler making 3 points and 2 dimes.

Portland University Pilots joined BYU at the top of the WCC ladder with a 2-0 record after a hard fought 58-53 win at Loyola Marymount. Emme Shearer scored 4 points for the Pilots.

Former Rotorua Girls High standout Pareunuora Pene knocked down her only shot – a three – as Tennessee Chattanooga beat Northern Alabama 77-64. Chattanooga are a useful 5-4 ahead of Southern Conference play.

The best men’s performance belonged to freshman forward Sam Mennenga. The former Westlake big-man added 6 rebounds to 13 points as Davidson went down 80-74 to Richmond in Atlantic-10 Conference action.

Colorado State defeated Fresno State 75-53 and 81-59 in their Mountain West Conference double-header. James Moors totaled a more than useful 13 points (6/10FG), 11 rebounds, 5 assists, a pair of blocks and 2 steals in 43 minutes of action across the two games. 

7 points and 4 rebounds for Dan Fotu as St Mary’s ended the year on a winning note defeating Colorado State 63-45 in a non-conference game.

Thomas Webley had 6 rebounds and a couple of points as University of Hartford suffered a narrow 53-51 loss to New Hampshire – Hartford now 2-2 in American East Conference play.

In NCAA Division II play former Napier Boys High guard Will Dickson has had a couple of good outings for South Dakota School of Mines. Dickson scored 18 points followed by 15 as the aptly named Hardrockers nabbed a win and a loss in Rocky Mountain Conference play.

Plenty of action to look forward to this week with multiple games scheduled for January 2.