The Finals of the Boys and Girls Tournaments at the Secondary School Premierships Zone 1 were contrasting affairs. The Girls game was a ding-dong encounter, the Boys, something of a one sided anti climax.
Rosmini raced to a 23-10 lead over Westlake Boys at quarter time and it was 36-11 early in the second period – an emphatic Ray Penny dunk prompting a Westlake time out. Things improved marginally for Westlake following words from coach Mark Jackson but Rosmini were still in control at half time, Steven Robertson and Tohi Smith-Milner already in double figure scoring and their team ahead 44-24.
Nothing changed in the second half, Smith-Milner dominant in the paint and the Rosmini guards controlling the tempo. Rosmini coach Dillon Boucher enjoyed the luxury of emptying his bench long before the end, his charges cruising to the win.
Final Score; Rosmini 68 (Robertson 20, Penny 18, Smith-Milner 16pts/17 rebounds. Westlake Boys 52 (Jack Salt 13pts/11 rebounds).
Boys Minor Placing Results;
Rosmini 96, Avondale 47
Auckland Grammar 98, Massey 86
The Girls Final was a high quality, high tempo game and the lead changed hands on multiple occasions, the result in the balance until the closing seconds. Rangitoto forged a 25-18 opening quarter lead but Westlake opened the second stanza with a 10-2 run to edge ahead. Penina Davidson (22 first half points) and Ella Fotu led the ‘Rangi’ recovery to take their team into a 39-36 half time advantage. Westlake’s point guard Tiarna Clark (3 from 4 from behind the three point arc) caused the Rangitoto defense countless headaches. Her ability to penetrate to basket or hit the outside shot took Westlake into a 59-58 threequarter time lead. Her battle with Ella Fotu was excellent to watch; the scores all tied up, 68 apiece with four minutes remaining. Westlake then made their decisive move, Clark, Tera Reed and Rosie Davison all making key plays. Davidson was immense for Rosmini but her efforts were to go unrewarded, Westlake’s 23-14 final quarter run decisive.
Final Score; Westlake 82 (Clark 26, Reed 24). Rangitoto 72 (Davidson 40, Fotu 18).
Both pairs of finalists face off again on Thursday in the Finals of the Auckland Premier competition, the vanquished teams getting an early opportunity to restore some pride and confidence.
Girls Minor Placing Results.
3rd/4th Mt Albert Grammar 71, Massey 51
5th/6th Orewa College 58, Auckland Grammar 49