Monthly Archives: May 2014

Nuggets end Rangers winning streak

Two games inside 24 hours and strong performances from two Oatgo veterans proved to be the undoing of the James Blond Super City Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

On Friday night the Rangers had secured their fourth win in five outings defeating the Manawatu Jets 100-94 in Palmerston North.The Rangers didn’t arrive back in Auckland until 2pm on Saturday and three hours later were facing the Otago Nuggets at Trusts Stadium. Continue reading

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Blair and Tini return to Harbour Breeze

The Harbour Breeze welcome back two US based players for the second WBC tournament being held in Auckland next weekend.

Brooke Blair and Jaycin Tini both graduated from Rangitoto College last year and have enjoyed successful freshman years at their respective junior colleges in the US. Continue reading

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Rookie of the Week for Round 8

Alex Talma earned a creditable draw in his wrestling contest with Brian Conklin last Thursday night during the Pistons v Sharks encounter.

Both players ended up on the floor in mid court as their bodies got tangled up well away from the ball. Referee Dallas Pickering declared the contest Continue reading

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Breakers in NZ and overseas

Mika Vukona is on his way back to New Zealand after his Lebanese club side Byblos was swept by rivals Al Riyadi in their semi final series. Trailing 2-0 in the best of five series Byblos came up just short losing game three 73-70 and were therefore eliminated from the play-offs. Continue reading

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Westlake beat Rosmini in local derby

Westlake Boys maintained their unbeaten start to the season holding off close neighbours Rosmini College 80-68 in an Auckland Premier competition game on Friday night.

There was standing room only in the Rosmini gym, both teams given vociferous support from their followers. Westlake opened up an early 10-3 lead but that was trimmed to a single point, 17-16 at quarter time. Continue reading

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Vukona and Vucinic heading back to NZ

Mika Vukona is on his way back to New Zealand after his Lebanese club side Byblos was swept by rivals Al Riyadi in their semi final series.

Trailing 2-0 in the best of five series Byblos came up just short losing game three 73-70 and were therefore eliminated from the play-offs. Continue reading

Rangitoto College beat Auckland Grammar but only just

Isaac Fotu, on vacation from the University of Hawaii, was in the house to watch the boys Premier Basketball game between Rangitoto College and Auckland Grammar School.

If the Warriors standout was expecting to see younger brother Dan and his teammates storm to another big win then he and the Rangi fans were in for a surprise. Continue reading

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Vukona’s efforts to no avail

Mika Vukona and his team Byblos are staring down the barrel of elimination from the Lebanese National Basketball League play-offs.

Despite a double double, 12points/11 rebounds from Vukona, Byblos lost 68-55 to Al Riyadi in game two of their best of five semi-final series. Continue reading

NBL Rookie of the Week For Round 7

A couple of new players put their hands up for the Rookie of the Week Award during Round 7 of the NBL.

Dyson King-Hawea (Waikato Pistons) and Tohi Smith-Milner (Super City Rangers) both made valuable contributions for their respective teams during the round – must be the week of the hyphenated surname. Continue reading

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Vukona’s team defeated in Lebanon

Lebanese National Basketball League side Biblos lost the opening game of their semi final series with Al Riyadi 73-66 on Saturday.

Mika Vukona was his usual busy self for Biblos contributing 9 points/8rebounds/2 assists/2 steals in 31 minutes of action. Continue reading

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