As anticipated the New Zealand Under 16 Men had little problem accounting for Northern Territory in their sixth and final pool game at Australian State Championships in Melbourne on Wednesday. New Zealand beat NT 104-37 only giving up double-digit points in the first quarter.
With such a decisive scoreline the New Zealand coaching staff were able to share the court time evenly amongst all ten of the playing members. Nine of the team played between 17 and 23 minutes with captain Shalom Broughton, who has carried a heavy workload in the tournament to date, put on light duties with just 15 minutes of action.
A 30-12 first period in favour of the Kiwis set the tone for the remainder of the game as every quarter was won by a margin of thirteen points or more.
The scoring was led by Harbour swingman Joseph Hylton (16pts) but nine players scored eight points or more.
A one sided rebounding count, 59-23, laid the foundation for the convincing win with more sterner tests ahead when play-off action begins on Thursday.
The Men finished second in Pool play and cross over to play Victoria Country in a quarter-final on Thursday.
A number of the team featured prominently in individual statistical categories for the overall tournament. Tom Cowie is fourth in the three point shooting percentages (48%) having made 12 from 25 attempts. Cowie is also third in the assists category averaging 4.3 per game. Joseph Hylton has made 16 from 20 free throws at 80% and is fourth in that category. Mitchell Dance leads the New Zealand scoring with 113 points at an average of 18-8, 6th on the competition scoring list. Shalom Broughton is eighth on the rebounding list with 52 at 8.7 per game,
NZ Scorers v Northern Territory; Joseph Hylton 16, Marvin Williams-Dunn 15, Mitchell Dance 13, Kainoa Lepou 13, Logan McIntosh 10, Tom Cowie 8/6 assists, Morgan Trott 8, Ezrah Vaigafa 8, Shalom Broughton 8, Jared Thornton 5
Full stats here.