Photo courtesy of Sylvia Wilkins
Rangitoto College were without starters Dan Fotu and Sam Waardenburg for their round nine Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade clash with Rosmini College on Friday.
The pair are attending the NBA endorsed Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp in Melbourne and their experience was missed as Rosmini outscored the defending champions 11-0 in the closing four minutes to win an entertaining game 82-75.
Nathan Curran scored the first basket of the game but Kaycee Anibueze replied with a brace of buckets for Rangitoto.
Brayden Inger marked his comeback to something approaching full fitness with a spinning drive and Kruz Perrott-Hunt replied with some acrobatics of his own. Inger later landed a couple of triples as his team led 29-22 at quarter time.
Zac Te Puni followed a block with a banked three to take the Rangi lead into double figures midway through the second quarter.
Perrott-Hunt landed a three for the hosts followed by a running hook shot that gave The Faithful home support their voice despite trailing 43-37 with 4:00 to play in the half.
A Ben Turpin three and a Peter Jenkins two gave Rozza a one point lead but the advantage was reclaimed by Te Puni (12 points) the games leading scorer at half-time and Rangitoto ahead 45-44 at the interval.
Another spectacular play from Perrott-Hunt drew applause and with Inger in equally fine form the lead changed hands a number of times in the third. Cam Stone landed a baseline three but dad Kenny got pinged for a coach technical as his boys trailed 65-64 at three-quarter time.
Photo courtesy of Sylvia Wilkins
Anibueze, Te Puni and Inger edged Rangitoto ahead but Mitchell Dance, Joe Hylton and Perrott-Hunt replied to give Rozza a 71-70 lead with 5 to play.
Rangi guard Harry Payne nailed a triple and Te Puni a pair of freebies –
4 down with 4 to play Dave Mackay the Rosmini coach called a timeout.
Whatever was said in the huddle worked a treat for the home side as Rangi failed to register another point and Rozza capitalized. Jenkins and Taine Wattie made baskets and then Marvin Williams-Dunn and Jenkins iced the game from the foul line.
Rangitoto’s disappointment was eased by the news that the duo of Sam and Dan will be back for the top of the table clash with Westlake on Monday. That game will be reported here on the Lowdown along with the Westlake v Rangitoto girls clash.
Final Score: Rosmini 82- Perrott-Hunt 19, Wattie 15, Jenkins 14, Curran 8pts/9rebs Rangitoto 75 – Inger 21, Te Puni 16, Stone 8, Anibueze 8
Referees Oceen Reid and Gareth Tehan contributed to a fine exhibition of school basketball
Unfortunately Onehunga High School had to default its game against Westlake Boys High School due to a shortage of players.
Kelston Boys High School and Liston College had a really tight encounter with next to nothing separating the two teams until the final quarter. The scores were tied at quarter time with Kelston holding sway 34-32 at the break. It was back to all square at the end of the third (49-49) before Kelston pulled away in the last quarter to take a hard earned victory.
Once again Kelston were indebted to Linus Jakzst who produced a dominant double double of 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Final Score: Kelston 70 – Jakzst 24pts/15rebs, Matangi Prescott 14, Kale Lawson 8/15, To’o Mase 8, Liam Milne 8 Liston 60 – Emmanuel Maagdenburg 16, Leo 9, Lev Prokefyeu 13 Blessing Matambanadzo 6
In one of the oldest rivalries in Auckland school sport, Auckland Grammar School entertained Mt Albert Grammar School.
Auckland held the edge early on establishing an 11-9 first quarter lead courtesy of 7 early points from Sam Aruwa. The lead was pushed out to 30-26 by half-time as Rua Winitana, LeRoy Brown and Thomas Whyte all landed threes. Luke Fitzpatrick landed a brace of triples for MAGS in the second period.
The decisive period in the game was the third. Grammar, with seven different scorers logged 28 points in the quarter to move to a 58-45 lead. Auckland, led by Tuki Fahrensohn had little trouble protecting their lead going on to record a decisive win.
Final Score: Auckland 77 – Fahrensohn 20, Aruwa 16, Connor Flanagan 14, Winitana 14, Thomas Whyte 9 Mt Albert 61 – Fitzpatrick 10, Michael Gardner 9, Nathan Edwards 8, John-Afi Stowers 6/8
Boys Standings after 9 rounds;
7-1 Westlake Boys HS
7-2 Rangitoto College
6-3 Auckland Grammar, Rosmini College
4-5 Mt Albert Grammar, Kelston Boys HS
1-8 Liston Coll
0-9 Onehunga HS