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.
Westlake dominated the second quarter, Jackson Stent (13 first half points) and Jaylen Gerrand finding the hoop with regularity to open up a 40-24 advantage to the visitors at half time.
Stent and Rosmini forward Jian De Vega were involved in some push and shove early in the third quarter but once the dust settled it was the Matt Freeman led Westlake that looked the more settled outfit. Ugo Pierantoni (11 rebounds) and Yanni Wetzell were dominating the boards, Gerrand was orchestrating the offense and it looked as if a blow out was on the cards when Westlake finished the third period 60-41 to the good.
All credit to Rosmini, they stuck to the task and slowly ate into the Westlake advantage in the fourth quarter. Young Kruz Perrott-Hunt gave a composed display and Patrick Robinson showed some nice touches but it was a scoring outburst from Judson Seumaau that gave the Westlake coaches some anxious moments.
Seumaau scored 15 of his game high 26 points in the final quarter as the lead was reduced to 9 points with 2 minutes remaining. With the clock in their favour the more experienced Westlake team absorbed defensive pressure in the dying seconds to send their fervent fans home happy.
Credit to both sets of supporters for creating a great atmosphere for the players to play in.
Rosmini College 68 – Seumaau 26, Robinson 16, Perrott-Hunt 8
Westlake 80 – Gerrand 16, Stent 13, Freeman 13, Ben Castle 13, Wetzell 12/9rebs.
Girls Final Score:
Westlake 85 – Katelin Noyer 19, Georgie Perrott-Hunt 18, Tiarne Clarke 12, Tangi Nicholls 12, Rosie Davison 10
Massey 60 – Wuanyei Ah Hing 19, Priscilla Tuala 18