The second win of the competition against their local rivals ensured Westlake finished top of the table at the end of the regular season giving them a likely semi-final match up against Onehunga High School. Rangitoto will play Auckland Grammar in the other semi-final
Both teams were short handed with players away on international duty, both basketball and volleyball.
Isaac Davidson dominated the opening stanza scoring 16 points, including four three’s, as Rangi opened up a healthy 28-19 advantage in front of a boisterous crowd at the NSEC.
Westlake had the better of the second period, with an even spread of scoring and shaded the first half 38-36.
Caillan Rigby-Hibbard knocked down a couple of triples for Rangitoto as they bounced back to shade the third quarter and lead 66-65 with ten minutes to play.
A Matt Freeman dunk opened proceedings in the final quarter and aided by Isaac Letoa and Alex Yang Westlake were able to keep pace with the efforts of Josiah Williams and Davidson. With 2:09 left in the game the influential Davidson fouled out enabling Westlake, and Freeman in particular, to take charge. Rangi were outscored 19-11 in the last five minutes and will look forward to regaining the services of Tall Black Tai Wynyard amongst others.
Rangitoto College 77 – Williams 19, Logan 17, Davidson 16, Rigby-Hibbard 12
Westlake Boys 84 – Freeman 35, Yang 19, Letoa 14
In the earlier game Westlake completed the double on the night as the girls school defeated Rangitoto College 62-40.
Westlake led 27-19 at half time but a 8-3 Rangi run narrowed the Westlake lead to just three points, 30-27 as Analina Crosbie and Rebecca Hughes began troubling the Rangi defence,
Westlake regained their composure spurred on by the all court game of Zara Jillings and the inside presence of Katelin Noyer.
Westlake led 43-32 at three quarter time and eased further ahead in the final period despite the efforts of impressive Rangi forward Robyn Blackstock.
Rangitoto College 40 – Blackstock 11, Gracie Hasler-Ewin 6
Westlake 62 – Jillings 24, Noyer 13 Rosie Davison 12
Elsewhere Rosmini had an upset 79-77 win at Auckland Grammar with Nathan Curran ((14pts/16rebs) scoring on the buzzer to give the visitors victory.