The six qualifying teams have been found in the Boys Competition at Secondary School Premierships Zone 1. The four semi finalists were guaranteed spots, while the losing quarter finalists scrapping for the final two places.
Rosmini College was far too good on the day for Rangitoto College defeating their local rivals 76-54 in the first semi-final. Even with star forward Tohi Smith-Milner picking up three early fouls and retiring to the bench, Rosmini were able to make the necessary adjustments to lead 41-27 at half time. Smith-Milner picked up a fourth foul in the middle of the third stanza but that did little to stem the flow of points. Final Score: Rosmini 76 (Ray Penny 23, Judson Seumanu 14), Rangitoto 54 (Yuat Alok 13).
In the second semi final Westlake Boys were quickest out the blocks racing to a 27-7 first quarter advantage over Avondale College. The second quarter went in favour of Avondale 22-16 but any thoughts of a close encounter were quashed by Westlake in the second half – they were resting their starters long before the end. Final Score: Westlake 92 (Jack Salt 16pts/13 rebounds, Logan Hunt 15), Avondale 55 (Javaan Mumtaz 20).
The losing quarterfinal match ups featured Massey High against Kristin and Auckland Grammar against Onehunga. Onehunga appeared to suffer an adverse reaction from their narrow defeat against Avondale on Friday night. They trailed Grammar by ten points at the first break and twenty points by half time and were unable to mount a serious challenge in the second half. Final Score: AGS 87 (Mark Kelly 29, Kane Keil 21), Onehunga 65 (Wade Coe 27, Liam Tasi 14).
Massey was eventually too good for a dogged Kristin outfit that probably exceeded expectations by making the top eight section of the competition. Kristin held the Massey scoring in check but was unable to get a great deal of production from their own offence. Final Score: Massey 70 (Ben Williams 33, Josiah Williams 16), Kristin 41 (Liam Jacobs 13)
All teams play again later today (Boys and girls Finals at 6pm) with Rosmini, Rangitoto, Westlake, Avondale, Massey and AGS comfortable in the knowledge that they can pack their bags for Nationals in three weeks time.