NZ U16 Men too good for NSW Country

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The New Zealand Under 16 Men improved their record to 3-1 on day three of the Australian State Championships in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Back to a full compliment of ten players New Zealand proved too good for New South Wales Country winning 87-55 with all ten players making scoring contributions.

Mitchell Dance made an early three to help New Zealand to a first quarter 19-11 advantage that was stretched to 45-25 by half-time.

The Kiwis kept NSW scoreless in the final four minutes of the half blowing the game open with a 12-0 run as Kainoa Lepou, Shalom Broughton, Logan McIntosh, Jared Thornton, Marvin Williams-Dunn and Ezrah Vaigafa all made baskets.

The second half was a closer affair although NZ was always in control much to the delight of the travelling supporters.

The Kiwis won the rebounding count 47-34 with NZ captain Broughton collecting 14 including 5 offensive boards.

Ahead of the game Tom Cowie led the competition stats for three points made (11), three points percentage (73%) and assists made (3.7). Unfortunately the James Hargest student was 0/2 three point shooting in this game although he did dish a game high 6 assists.

Next game is Tuesday against Queensland South who are currently 3-0.

NZ Scorers v NSW Country; Joseph Hylton 15 Dance 13/7, Tom Cowie11/6 assists, Shalom Broughton 10/14, Ezrah Vaigafa 9, Marvin Williams-Dunn 7, Logan McIntosh 6, Jared Thornton 6, Kainoa Lepou 6, Morgan Trott 4

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