Westlake Boys High School ended the unbeaten run of Rangitoto College in the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier competition on Monday night.
Back to back Logan Hunt baskets helped Westlake to an early 8-2 advantage although the introduction off the bench of Rangitoto centre Tai Wynyard paid instant dividends as he scored a quick 7 points and rejected a couple of opposition shots.
Matt Freeman was a pillar of strength in the middle of the Swan’s zone defence and he also found time to lead all scorers with 13 points at half time, the scores tied 33-33.
Point guard Isaac Letoa demonstrated a couple of nice offensive moves to give Westlake a 42-41 lead and the large Westlake supporters contingent were brought to their feet when young forward Tarbo Manyere gave Wynyard some of his own medicine – a blocked shot.
Wynyard was the only player proving a constant threat for Rangi who trailed 49-47 at three quarter time.
Westlake opened the final period with a 12-4 run courtesy of a pair of Logan Hunt triples and a classy Letoa baseline drive.
Entering the final three minutes Westlake led 66-56 before three’s from Dan Fotu and Josia Williams prompted a Rangitoto run that reduced the deficit to six points.
Freeman brought the run to a halt with an emphatic block on a Brayden Inger drive and, with Rangi forced to foul in order to stop the clock, Westlake made no mistake from the foul line.
The poise and determination of the Westlake team must have impressed ‘old boys’ Jack Salt and Tai Webster who were part of a large vociferous crowd watching the game.
Rangitoto College 62 – Wynyard 21p/12r, Williams 10p
Westlake 70 – Freeman 25p/10r, Letoa 17p/7assists, Hunt 14p
The Westlake Girls were also too strong for Rangitoto in the Girls Premier competition. Westlake led 55-28 at half time. The lead was never threatened despite a particularly strong performance from Rebecca Hughes but Rangi did improve in the second period.
Westlake was well served by Zara Jillings who threatened a triple double. Also in good form were Katelyn Noyer, Rosie Davison and Tiarna Clarke. Clarke departs this week with the New Zealand team bound for the 3 on 3 Under 18 World Championships in Hungary.
Rangitoto College 65 – Hughes 24p, Maania Spooner 11p, Tabatha Jenkins 8p/13r
Westlake Girls 86 – Jillings 20p/11r/8a, Davison 17p, Clarke 16p, Noyer 16p/10r