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.

Things started well for the home team as Denhym Brooke and Yuat Alok swatted away a couple of AGS shots in the opening 60 seconds. But far from intimidated the Grammar lads settled into their work and led 21-20 at quarter time.

An emphatic Tai Wynyard dunk gave Rangi the lead but the undersized Grammar team was giving a good account of themselves under the boards, Luke Wilson and Richie Miller tireless in their efforts at the defensive end. Kane Keil led the Grammar offense scoring 13 first half points but he was forced to sit out the bulk of the second period after picking up his third foul. Isaac Davidson had 10 points for the home side; they led 41-35 at half time.

The third quarter was largely forgettable. Rangi won it 11-5 but they were plagued by turnovers and the AGS couldn’t buy a basket as shot after shot rimmed out.

Yuan Alok scored 8 consecutive points early in the final period to give Rangi a 63-56 lead but when he fouled out with 2:36 remaining the complexion of the game suddenly changed. The Grammar team took the ball to the hoop resulting in numerous visits to the foul line, Rangi continued to rack up the turnovers and slowly the lead evaporated – Rangi just ahead 65-60 with 60 seconds remaining.

Wilson made a free throw, Keil a jump shot and when Rangi committed a turnover from a sideline inbounds play AGS were presented with the final possession to win or tie the game.

Unfortunately they couldn’t get off a decent shot, AGS losing their second game in four days by 2 points – they lost by the same margin to Westlake Boys on Friday.

Final score: Rangitoto College 65 – Amok 13, Wynyard 13, Davidson 10

Auckland Grammar 63 – Keil 26, Wilson 13, Simon Li 12

Girls Final Score: Rangitoto College 67 – Ella Fotu 21, Casey McFadden 13, Sanja Kondic 11

Auckland Girls Grammar 38 – Elianna Tuaiti 13, Tyla Tuala 10

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