The New Zealand Under 16 Men’s team didn’t dwell on the loss to Victoria Metro for too long on day two at the Australian State Championships in Melbourne.
The disappointment of giving up a 19 points half-time advantage against Vic in the opening game on day one was buried in emphatic style.
The Kiwis took their frustrations out on Western Australia Country handing out a 131-45 hiding to the boys from the far West, a score more fitting the MCG than the Kilsyth Sports Centre.
With a second game later in the day against South Australia Country coach Dave Mackay was able to share the workload amongst his young charges, all nine players used logging between 18 and 27 minutes.
North Harbour guard Mitchell Dance threatened a triple double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists but all the team made useful contributions to the scoring effort.
NZ Scorers v WA Country; Dance 31/10, Joseph Hylton 23/7, Logan McIntosh 17, Ezrah Vaigafa 16/9 assists, Jared Thornton 12, Marvin Williams-Dunn 10, Tom Cowie 8, Morgan Trott 8, Shalom Broughton 6, Kainoa Lepou DNP
Full stats here.
New Zealand carried the momentum gained from the morning win into the evening encounter with South Australia Country moving out to a 28-15 first quarter lead, Ezrah Vaigafa and Tom Cowie landing threes to help the cause.
Cowie went on to have an exceptional scoring game putting on a three point shooting exhibition. The Southland guard converted eight from ten from beyond the arc and finished with a game high 30 points in a display labeled by NZ Coach Dave Mackay as, “Super impressive.”
South Australia edged the second quarter by a point but NZ still held sway 47-35 at the break. Cowie scored 10 points in the third quarter as the Kiwis extended the advantage to 67-49.
Unlike yesterday New Zealand made no mistake in the final quarter winning 84-65 with Cowie finishing the game in emphatic style by knocking down a trio of triples on the last three possessions of the game. The win completes a successful day and the team moves their record to 2-1.
Cowie was well supported on the scoring front by Mitchell Dance, Shalom Broughton and Marvin Williams-Dunn.
“It was a tough day with two games. We also faced some adversity with only eight players in the second game. The team is finding different ways to win which is good.
“We have learnt a lot of lessons from the tough loss on day one and I feel confident going into the remaining pool games,” said Mackay.
NZ Scorers v SA Country; Cowie 30/7/4 Dance 19, Shalom Broughton 10/11, Marvin Williams-Dunn 9, Morgan Trott 6, Ezrah Vaigafa 6, Jared Thornton 4/8, Kainoa Lepou DNP Joseph Hylton DNP
Full stats here.