There were a couple of one sided affairs in the fifth round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boys competition on Friday as winless Liston College and Onehunga slipped to 0-5. In other games Mt Albert Grammar won the battle of the two promoted teams and Rosmini College got its season back on track with a win at Auckland Grammar.
A Thabo Manyere transition dunk and penetration from livewire guards Marc Malingin and Josh Hildago helped open up a 12-5 Westlake Boys High School lead before an eye catching drive through traffic from Blessing Matambanadzo (surely the coolest name in Prem basketball) dragged Liston back into the contest.
Baskets either side of the quarter time break from Scott Telfer extended the Westlake lead to 29-12 before a transition basket from Emmanuel Maagdenberg encouraged Liston.
Maagdenberg and Lev Prokefyeu worked tirelessly under the hoop for the visitors but they endured a heavy workload as Westlake continually attacked the offensive boards. Reuben Fitzgerald (10pts) led all scorers at the interval, Westlake in the ascendency 56-24.
Liston opened the second half with a 14-7 run causing Westlake coach Phil Campbell enough concern to call a timeout. Matambanadzo kept the momentum going for Liston with a couple of fast break baskets and when Kim Estonactor converted a high arching jump shot the visitors had logged 20 points in 6 minutes. James Moors restored a semblance of order with a couple of quick baskets, his team 79-46 to the good with 10 minutes to play.
The final quarter was a formality as Westlake, with seven players in double figures, ran out 101-60 winners. Despite the scoreline Liston, to their credit, continued to compete up to the final whistle.
Westlake 101 – Moors 16, Greg Vukets 15, Telfer 12/11rebs, Ethan Martin 12
Liston 60 – E Maagdenberg 15, Matambanadzo 14
Mt Albert Grammar won the battle of the two promoted teams beating Kelston Boys 88-66. Michael Gardner paced the MAGS effort with 28 points (11/21FG) to take his team to their third win of the campaign.
With Jonty Vink dominating the glass (11 rebounds including 5 offensive) MAGS jumped out to an early double figure lead extended to eighteen at half time, 51-33.
Kelston had the better of the third period cutting the deficit to 10 points, 66-56, before MAGS moved clear in the fourth.
Kelston assistant coach Tom Blair was disappointed with his team’s effort “We were flat from the start an gave our worst performance of the season, we didn’t turn up.”
Sam Brooking led his team’s effort with 17 points as they slipped to a second loss of the season.
MAGS 88 – Gardner 28, Luke Fitzpatrick 11, Trent Kimiangatau 11, Mandela Baledrokadroka 10
Kelston 66 – Brooking 17, Linus Jaczst 14, Kale Lawson 13
Rosmini College visited Auckland Grammar with the formbook pointing towards a home team victory but the Rozza boys had other thoughts and came away with a 97-79 win.
Rosmini got on top early with some full court defence that forced numerous turnovers from the home side, to lead 28-20 at the first break with Will Heather claiming 9 points.
AGS bounced back in the second quarter as Tuki Fahrensohn and Rua Winitana became more involved but they still trailed 51-43 at half-time.
Rosmini continued to prosper after the break as a double dose of double doubles from Kruz Perrott-Hunt (11pts/10rebs) and Nathan Curran (13pts/11rebs) extended the advantage.
A spot of chair throwing from frustrated AGS coach Manu Hoque, resulting in a technical foul, didn’t help the home cause. Rosmini guard Mitchell Dance helped himself to 15 points in the last quarter as his team eased to the win.
AGS 79 – Fahrensohn 29, Winitana 26, Connor Flannagan 10
Rosmini 97 – Dance 27, Taine Wattie 17, Heather 15, Curran 13/11, Perrott-Hunt 11/10
Unfortunately Onehunga High School arrived at Rangitoto with just five players and although Rangi rested a number of front line players the score still blew out to a lopsided 129-35 in favour of the home side. J Tufuga managed 24 of Onehunga’s points but it is to be hoped he finds a little more support in future games.
For Rangitoto Harrison Clarke scored 22 points with Logan Anderson (20pts), Zac Te Puni (19pts) and Kaycee Anibueze (18pts) the other main contributors.