There were just four games in the latest round of Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Basketball on Friday, two in the Girls League and two in the Boys.
Played on the last day prior to the school holidays the other four fixtures had been rescheduled.
Orewa College Girls crossed the Harbour Bridge to take on Avondale College and came away with a 61-52 win.
Once again Katie Diakhaby was in dominating form. The Junior Tall Ferns forward amassed 21 points, 25 rebounds and 10 blocks to lead Orewa to a second successive win.
Avondale started the stronger of the two teams and forged a 15-9 opening quarter advantage.
The middle stages, with Diakhaby dominating the boards, were all Orewa as they won quarters two and three by a collective 39-15. Diakhaby made 10 points in each of the middle quarters and received good support from Arianna Henare who contributed six points and a number of assists during that period.
Avondale finished the stronger taking out the fourth (22-12) but a 19 point deficit at three-quarter time was too great to claw back, – Orewa recording their fourth win of the season.
Final Score – Avondale 52 Orewa 61– Diakhaby 31/25/10 blocks, Henare 15/5 assists, Hannah Wentworth 8
Auckland Girls Grammar School beat Massey High School 73-36 to remain at the top of the table.
Eight straight points from Mele Latu propelled Auckland to a 15-9 first quarter lead. She had 16 points by the break, Imogene Noble and Elianna Tuaiti had half a dozen apiece, and the lead had stretched to 36-17 at half-time.
Rose Maele and Terrina Aratangi both made triples for an under strength Massey in the third but it was largely one-way traffic in favour of AGGS who moved out to a thirty points advantage.
Rionne Pappa helped herself to a couple of baskets but the scoring largely cooled in the final period. However AGGS had done more than enough to earn a ninth win of the season.
Final score Auckland 73 – Latu 18, Papa 14, E Tuaiti 11, Imogene Noble 10, Laetitia Tuaiti 8 Massey 36 – Maele 9, Aratangi 8, Shauna Povey 7, Laticia Jost 4
9-1 Auckland GGS
9-2 Westlake GGS
7-3 Mt Albert GS
7-4 Rangitoto College
4-7 Orewa College
2-8 Avondale Colleges
2-9 Massey High school
1-7 St Kentigern College
In Prem Boys action Luke Fitzpatrick got Mt Albert Grammar School off to the best possible start landing an early triple against Onehunga High School. Michael Gardner added 10 points for the visitors and MAGS were off to a flyer leading 22-8 at quarter time.
Zarne Hughes led something of an Onehunga revival in the second. He had 11 points by half-time but a more balanced MAGS scoring effort saw them ahead 47-30 at the interval.
Onehunga edged the third stanza 16-15 with Marvin Brown and Setuesi Tu’uetiafi (apologies if this is miss spelt) doing most the scoring but they still trailed 62-44 at the end of the period.
MAGS sealed the win with 24 points in the final quarter as seven players got on the score sheet led by Gardner who added another half dozen points and XJana Luamanuvae-Su’a and Manu Dorcil who landed a couple of buckets each.
Final Score: Onehunga 57 – Hughes 16, Brown 14, Tu’uetiafi 10, Jordan Upu 7
Mt Albert 86 – Gardner 23, Luamanuvae-Su’a 13, Jack Morrison 10, Trent Kimiangatau 9, Dorcil 8, John-Afi Stowers 8
In the other boys fixture Auckland Grammar consolidated their place in the top four with a resounding 120-55 victory over cellar dwellers Liston College. Unfortunately I do not have stats or scorers from that game.
9-2 Westlake Boys HS, Rangitoto Coll
7-3 Rosmini Coll
7-4 Auckland GS
5-6 Mt Albert GS
4-6 Kelston Boys HS
2-9 Onehunga HS
0-10 Liston Coll