In round three of the Auckland Schools Premier Grade Basketball competition on Friday Liston College and Rosmini College, both teams without a win, went head to head.
Taine Wattie opened the scoring after a Will Heather block but an Emmanuel Maagdenberg three and an even longer triple from Leo (sorry about lack of details and spellings on Liston names but scoresheet was incomplete)
A number of turnovers didn’t help the Liston cause as Rosmini sprang to a 27-14 opening quarter lead.
Liston were settling for predominantly three point attempts as they struggled to breach the Nathan Curran led Rosmini interior defence. In contrast Rozza were taking the ball inside at every opportunity quickly stretching out to a 54-24 advantage at the second quarter mid point.
A Sam Bowden baseline drive and dunk and a couple of Ben Turpin jumpers sprang ‘The Faithful’ into voice, their team ahead 60-29 at the break. Mitchell Dance led all scorers with 18 points at the break.
Guards Blessing Matambanzo and Mao-Kim Estonactor gave Liston a straight half dozen points to open the second half, the run 15-3, before a Marvin Williams-Dunn triple steadied the home effort. Liston took the honours in the third winning the period 21-10 as they frequently scored in transition.
The final quarter was a little stop start as both coaches gave extended court time to their bench players.
Rosmini 94 – Dance 19, Turpin 14, Jenkins 13, Curran 7/11rebs.
Liston College 69 – Matambanzo 18, Leo 15, Maagdenberg 13, John Fabian 9
Westlake Boys travelled to Mt Albert Grammar and found themselves under early pressure trailing 31-27 at half-time. The hosts struggled against the Lake defence in the third period managing just 8 points in the quarter to trail 49-39 at the end of the period. MAGS enjoyed plenty of home support in the fourth quarter but it was Westlake that had the final say winning 69-53.
In a game between two unbeaten teams Auckland Grammar entertained Rangitoto College and in a close encounter AGS were defeated 70-59 by the defending champs.
In the final game of the round Kelston Boys had an easy 102-34 win against Onehunga High.
3-0 Westlake Boys HS, Rangitoto College
2-1 Auckland Boys GS, Kelston Boys HS
1-2 Rosmini College, Mt Albert GS
0-3 Onehunga HS, Liston College
In the Girls Premier competition Orewa College, for the second week running, were without the inside presence of Junior Tall Ferns forward Kate Diakhaby. Despite that they gained their fair share of rebounds but failed to convert numerous open shots and fell behind 19-10 at quarter time against Massey High.
For their part Massey, anchored in defence by Ashley Tyacke and led at the offensive end by penetrating guard Shauna Povey were able to find the basket with regularity.
A triple from the industrious Hannah Wentworth and a couple ofAlex Still baskets kept the Massey lead within manageable proportions, 33-18 at half-time.
13 year old Ramona Fuaivaa demonstrated some fine passing skills and Harmony-Rangi Brown an eye for the basket as Massey increased their lead to 54-28 at three-quarter time.
Captain Ariana Henare and Wentworth kept the score ticking over for Orewa but a 27 points final quarter blitz carried Massey to a second successive win.
Orewa 38 – Wentworth 13, Still 7, Henare 6, Shevaun Green 6
Massey 80 – Povey 20, Fuaivaa 10, Rangi-Brown 10, Tyacke 10, Terrina Aratangi 10
In something of an upset, certainly in terms of the points differential, Auckland Girls Grammar defeated Rangitoto College 77-57.
Mt Albert GS were beaten 66-45 by Westlake Girls HS and Avondale College beat St Kentigern College 73-59.
3-0 Auckland Girls GS, Westlake Girls HS
2-1 Rangitoto College, Massey HS
1-2 Mt Albert GS, Avondale College
0-3 Orewa College, St Kentigern College