The latest round of Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade games played on Friday featured a first win of the season for Onehuna High and convincing wins for last seasons two finalists.
It has been a tough start to the season for Onehunga High School losing the first eight games of the season. However, on the back of a dominant fourth quarter they won 95-83 against Kelston Boys High School on Friday.
Onehunga gave up a 49-42 first half advantage to trail 68-65 at three-quarter time before riding home 30-15 in the last to gain a much needed win. Unfortunately I don’t have any other details about the game other than the scorers for Kelston.
Final Score: Onehunga 95 – Kelston 83 – To’o Mase 25, Liam Milne 22/13, Kale Lawson 18/17, Matangi Prescott 12
First played third at Rangitoto College and for three parts of the game Auckland Grammar School looked as if they would push the defending champs all the way.
At three-quarter time AGS trailed by just three points, 73-70. However their starters had played big minutes in order to sustain momentum and keep pressure on the home defence.
In the closing ten minutes AGS were unable to maintain concentration their energy levels dropped and they were blown away 31-8 in the period to lose 104-78.
Unhappy with giving up 54 first half points Rangitoto coach Kenny Stone described his team’s second half performance as, “The best half of basketball we have played this season.”
Rangitoto scored on its first five possessions of the game as Logan Anderson, Brayden Inger, Sam Waardenburg and Dan Fotu all found the net. Thomas Whyte was in good form for AGS and he and Taki Fahrensohn kept their team in touch down by just four, 25-21 at quarter time.
It rained three’s at the start of the second quarter as Harry Payne, Dan Fotu and Zack Te Puni all connected from deep for Rangi and Whyte and Farensohn did the same for Grammar.
Samson Aruwa and Connor Flanagan caused Rangi some inside problems and they helped put Auckland into the lead 47-43.
Inger and the white-hot Whyte landed a pair of threes each as AGS led 54-53 at half time.
Flanagan made an impressive baseline move followed by a triple and it took a couple of baskets from Harry Clarke and Cam Stone to keep the visitors at bay at three-quarter time.
Then came that Rangi rush in the fourth. Last week Waardenburg and Fotu scored 49 points between them, this week they went one better, making a round fifty as they helped Rangi to an eighth win of the season.
Final Score: Rangitoto 104 – Waardenburg 27pts/15rebs, Fotu 23pts/8assists, Inger 19, Anderson 13, Te Puni 7 AGS 78 – Whyte 23, Aruwa 18, Flanagan 16, Farensohn 11
Isaac Letoa missed almost half of the game against Rangitoto after suffering a gashed eyebrow but he made up for lost time plundering 35 points against Mt Albert Grammar on Westlake’s home court on Friday.
He made his intentions clear from the outset combining typically athletic drives with outside accuracy – 8 points in the opening salvo including two baskets from beyond the arc helped take Westlake to a 15-12 quarter time advantage.
Another 8 points in the second plus a helping hand from fellow guard Josh Hildago and Lucas Mennenga kept Westlake in the ascendancy at the break 29-22. Michael Gardner made just 4 first half points as the MAGS danger man was kept in check by the Lake defence. Trent Kimiangata.
John Barr scored a couple of early second half baskets for the visitors in the third but with James Moors dropping a three, Reuben Fitzgerald and Hildago making a couple of baskets each and Letoa purring along the lead was 52-34 in favour of Westlake at the third break.
MAGS enjoyed their best scoring quarter in the fourth as Paina Slade and Jack Morrison found the net but Letoa wasn’t done. The Westlake captain scored another ten points in the period to cap a fine game and get his team back on track for a top two finish.
Final Score: Westlake 75 – Letoa 35, Hildago 12, Moors 7pts/9rebs, Scott Telfer 7pts/9rebs MAGS 51 – Gardner 8, Kimiangatau 7, Barr 6, Slade 6, Morrison 6
Rosmini College may have been without three players, on duty in Melbourne with the NZ Under 16 team, but they made light work of their visit to Liston College winning 113-50.
Rosmini dominated from the outset leading 38-16 at quarter time with guard Taine Wattie, in good form this season, nabbing 9 points in the period. The game was over as a contest by half-time with the visitors ahead 67-23.
Stand-in coach Matt Lacey had the luxury of giving extended court time to his bench in the second half enabling eight players to make double figures.
Dru Leo and Kim Estonactor shared 33 points for Liston including a combined nine triples.
Liston 50 – Leo 19, Estonactor14, Blessing Matambanadzo 7 Rosmini 113 – Wattie 19, Ben Turpin 17, Kruz Perrott-Hunt 13, Nathan Curran 12pts/10rebs Peter Jenkins 12pts/8rebs, Reihana Maxwell-Topia 11
9-2 Westlake Boys HS
8-2 Rangitoto College
7-3 Rosmini College
6-4 Auckland Grammar
5-5 Kelston Boys HS
4-6 Mt Albert Grammar
2-7 Onehunga HS
0-9 Liston College