In a full round of Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boys Grade action on Monday night Rangitoto College moved a step closer to the regular season title, Westlake remained hot on Rangi’s heels, Rosmini continued their good run of form and Mt Albert kept alive their faint hopes of a top four finish.
Third met fourth in Takapuna with Rosmini College entertaining Auckland Grammar School. What was expected to be a close, exciting, encounter was unfortunately anything but as the hosts won comfortably 90-70.
Some sloppy AGS turnovers contributed to a 20-13 advantage in favour of Rosmini in a lively opening quarter – a couple of Will Heather hook shots catching the eye.
Grammar opened the second quarter with an 8-3 run to close within two points and when Taki Fahrensohn knocked down his second triple of the game Grammar were 26-25 ahead. That drew a 12-0 response from Rosmini necessitating a Grammar timeout.
Thomas Whyte and Connor Flanagan both scored on the resumption but a Mitchell Dance (12 points in the first half) triple on the half time siren gave the hosts a handy 51-33 lead.
The hard working Flanagan scored the first two baskets of the second half but a Taine Wattie three sandwiched between a pair of Peter Jenkins baskets kept Rozza in the ascendancy. Unfortunately a bad ankle sprain forced Fahrensohn from the court, his outside scoring threat sorely missed by Grammar.
A Ben Turpin three took the advantage to Rozza beyond 20, their all round scoring ability a little too much for Grammar who trailed 75-50 at three-quarter time.
Turpin and Kruz Perrott-Hunt landed threes to open the fourth and stretch the lead further. Tony Malosi-Solomona connected from beyond the arc in reply and Samson Aruwa battled gamely in the paint but AGS were unable to mount a serious comeback. Even the ‘Faithful’ Rosmini support was relatively subdued until the dying moments as their team eased to a comfortable win.
In a fitting gesture before the game the four seniors in the Rosmini team Taine Wattie, Ben Turpin, Sam Bowden and Nathan Curran were introduced to the crowd. All four Year 13 players received generous applause ahead of their last Premier home game.
Final Score; Rosmini 90 – Wattie 22, Perrott-Hunt 15, Dance 14, Jenkins 9 AGS 70 – Aruwa 17, Fahrensohn 15, Flanagan 15, Winitana 11
Onehunga High School were unfortunately on the end of another lop sided score-line as they were pounded 143-38 by top of the table Rangitoto College. Rangi blasted a 30-8 first quarter lead and had it all their own way after that with seven players making double figure contributions.
Final Score: Onehunga 38 Rangitoto 143 – Harry Clarke 35, Brayden Inger 34, Harry Payne 19, Logan Anderson 17, Hyrum Shin 16, Dan Fotu 15
Westlake Boys High School kept the pressure on Rangitoto College for top spot with an emphatic 102-61 victory against lowly Liston College.
Westlake stamped their authority on proceedings with a 28-16 opening burst aided by a couple of treys from captain James Moors.
Blessing Matambanadzo scored 10 points in an even second period for Liston but Moors was in commanding form scoring 25 points in the half including four triples as Westlake led 48-35 at the interval.
The Westlake scoring machine went into overdrive in the third amassing 36 points with Josh Hildago and Reuben Fitzgerald (a dozen points in the period) the main drivers.
With an 85-48 lead the fourth period was purely academic although Kim Estonactor and Matambanadzo did score 6 points each for the hosts.
Final Score: Liston 61 – Matambanadzo 17, Estonactor 13, Daysh Takimoana 8, John Fabian 8 Westlake 102 – Moors 31, Fitzgerald 19, Hildago 18, Marc Malingin 11, Lucas Menenga 9
Mt Albert Grammar still has a mathematical chance of claiming a semi-final berth after a home win against Kelston Boys High School 62-49.
Liston opened proceedings well with all their starters troubling the scorers as they forged ahead 17-14 at quarter time.
The two teams accumulated just 18 points between them in the second stanza as MAGS edged ahead 25-24.
The decisive move came in the third with MAGS, spearheaded by Michael Gardner, Jack Morrison and Trent Kimiangatau, winning the period 18-8 to lead 43-32 at three-quarter time.
Liam Milne and Matangi Prescott did their best to spark a Kelston revival but the hosts held firm for an important win.
Final Score: MAGS 62 – Gardner 15, Morrison 10, Kimiangatau 9, John-Afi Stowers 7 Kelston 49 – Linus Jakzst 14, Milne 10, Prescott 10, Kale Lawson 10
11-2 Rangitoto College
10-3 Westlake Boys HS
9-3 Rosmini College
4-8 Kelston Boys HS
2-10 Onehunga HS
0-12 Liston College