Westlake leave it late again and Liston rattle Rangi

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On the opening day of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boys Premier Grade competition Mt Albert Grammar School gave a vibrant, winning performance at Rosmini College to stun the home supporters. On Friday the tables were turned as Rosmini led from go to woe to record a fourth straight win, 61-44, at MAGS.

Rosmini headed a low scoring first quarter 13-9 increased to 33-26 at half-time with guards Michael Gardner (10pts) and Taine Wattie (11pts) leading the scoring for their respective teams.

Defence again held ascendancy in the third quarter with both teams struggling to find their attacking rhythm. Kruz Perrott-Hunt landed a triple for Rozza and the hard working Jack Morrison scored 6 points for MAGS but they still trailed 46-34 at three-quarter time.

A frustrated MAGS coach Daryl Cartwright picked up a technical foul early in the final period. To add to his problems Gardner limped from the game with an ankle injury sustained when hitting the deck after a typically athletic drive.

For Rosmini Nathan Curran was having a fine game adding a couple of baskets as well as dominating the key at the defensive end with numerous blocks and rebounds.

When Rozza point guard Marvin Williams-Dunn landed a triple with just under 5 minutes to go his team moved to an unassailable 57-40 lead. Gardner returned and, although restricted by his injury, landed a couple of baskets but it was not enough to change the outcome.

Final Score: MAGS 44 – Gardner 15, Morrison 11pts/7rebs, Jonty Vink 5/7, John Barr 4/7 Rosmini 61 – Wattie 16, Curran 14pts/11rebs/6blocks, Perrott-Hunt 9, Mitchell Dance 9

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For the second successive week Westlake Boys High School left it late as they secured a 76-66 win at Kelston Boys High School. With four minutes to play Kelston were trailing by just two points but some costly turnovers robbed them of the chance of an upset win.

Westlake made a strong start leading 22-13 at the first break as Isaac Letoa, Marc Malingin and Reuben Fitzgerald each collected a brace of baskets. Fitzgerald would go on to have a major impact on the game scoring a game high 24 points including four triples from eight attempts.

Kelston worked their way back into the contest in the middle periods as Linus Jakzst, Kale Lawson and To’o Mase regularly found ways to the hoop.

At the start of the fourth the difference was just four points, 52-48 in favour of Lake.

Jakzst (19 points and 21 rebounds), having a monster game, kept his team on Westlake’s shirttails and when Sam Brooking made a three a home victory looked a distinct possibility.

However Westlake captain Letoa, who had been kept scoreless in periods two and three, responded with a three of his own and his ten final quarter points, along with six from fellow guard Fitzgerald, helped see off the Kelston challenge.

Final Score Kelston 66 – Jakzst 19pts/21rebs, Lawson 13/9, Mase 13, Matangi Prescott 12, Westlake 76 – Fitzgerald 23, Letoa 14/9, James Moors 8/10, Greg Vukets 7/11/7 assists

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Rangitoto College coach Kenny Stone described the margin of his team’s win against Liston College as, “flattering”.

“They were the better team for three-quarters of the game,” he added.

However good teams find a way to win when preforming below par and Rangi did just that dominating the final period (32-10) to run out 88-57 winners.Dru Leo was prominent for Liston in the first half collecting 11 points as his team trailed by just five, 32-27 at the interval.

Brayden Inger, making a welcome return from injury for the defending champions, scored 8 points in the third period but Liston’s Emmanuel Maagdenburg bettered that by three to keep his team in contention trailing 56-47 with ten to play.

Unfortunately he and his colleagues could only muster four field goals in the final quarter as their valiant effort faltered. In contrast Rangi had seven contributors to their thirty-two final period onslaught that included triples from Cam Stone and Harry’s Payne and Clarke.

Final Score Rangitoto 88 – Harrison Payne 16, Inger 13, Harrison Clarke 9, Dan Fotu 9, Logan Anderson 8 Liston 57 – Emmanuel Maagdenburg 16, Leo 9, Lev Prokefyeu 13 Blessing Matambanadzo 6

In the other game Auckland Grammar School beat Onehunga High School 96-30.

Boys Standings after 8 rounds;

7-1 Westlake Boys HS, Rangitoto College

5-3 Auckland Grammar, Rosmini College

4-4 Mt Albert Grammar

3-5 Kelston Boys HS

1-7 Liston Coll

0-8 Onehunga HS

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