The quarter-finals of the Boys Grade and semi-finals of Girls Grade were decided on day three of the Zone 1 2016 Secondary Schools National Championships Qualifying Tournament at the North Shore Events Centre on Friday.
However as much interest, maybe more, is centred on the 5-8 placed classification games (both Boys and Girls) as seven teams head for the National Champs in Palmerston North in October.
In the Boys quarters Rangitoto College demolished Whangarei Boys 129-38. Zack Te Puni led the Rangi scoring rampage with 18 points, one of seven players in double figures. Next best were Logan McIntosh and Kaycee Anibueze with 15 points apiece. Devon Dyer top scored for Whangarei with 11 points.
Rangitoto will face Rosmini College, who produced an equally decisive victory defeating Selwyn College 113-59, in one semi-final. Twenty points hauls from Taine Wattie and Peter Jenkins, plus a double-digit cameo from Samuel Bowden, did most of the damage for Rozza.
James Viloria dropped 21 points for Selwyn.
On the other side of the draw Auckland Grammar beat Kelston Boys 89-62 with Taki Fahrensohn scoring 29 points. Kelston were still in the hunt at three-quarter time only 62-56 down but scored just 6 points in the final period. Thomas Whyte (13pts) landed four triples in the final stanza to help the Grammar cause. The reliable Kale Lawson top scored for Kelston with 18 points.
The Westlake versus Mt Albert Grammar encounter was the closest of the four quarter-finals. MAGS trailed 64-60 with less than four minutes to play but couldn’t find the hoop again. Quality finishes from Reuben Fitzgerald (12 points) and Isaac Letoa down the stretch got Westlake over the line 73-60.
Letoa led all scorers with 29 points, MAGS guard Michael Gardner accumulating 18 points. Lake now turn their attention to the semi-final against Auckland Grammar.
Boys Quarter-Final results:
Rangitoto College 129 Whangarei Boys 38
Westlake Boys 73 Mt Albert Grammar 60
Auckland Grammar 89 Kelston Boys 62
Rosmini College 113 Selwyn College 59
The Boys semi-finals and 5-8 classification games will be staged on Saturday.
In a Girls semi-final Westlake had little trouble disposing of St Kentigern College winning 95-37 with Tiarna Clarke making 21 points and Piper Manolas 15 points. For St Kentigern captain Summer-Jean Motufoua scored a dozen points.
In the other semi Auckland Girls Grammar demonstrated the form that won them the Auckland Premiership title recently by beating Rangitoto College 76-54. AGGS were never headed after leading 21-9 at quarter time.
Mele Latu scored 23 points and Karma Skilton-Roberts knocked down five triples as she also managed 23 points. Rangi boasted ten different scorers but only Riana Rangi-Brown and Maania Spooner with 10 points apiece reached double figures.
The next two teams in each pool are involved in the play-offs for places 5-8 with the top three earning a spot at Nationals.
Mt Albert Grammar booked their spot with an emphatic win against Orewa College, 104-28. Megan Hoare managed 8 points for Orewa but the MAGS pair of Sharne Pupuke-Robati and Rhyannon Poto who snared a combined 62 points dominated the game.
Massey High also secured a place at Nationals but they had to fight long and hard to get the better of Epsom Girls before eventually winning 71-51, a score line that didn’t do justice to Epsom who trailed by just four points at three-quarter time.
Hui Jing Lee (17 points) and Charlotte Armstrong (15 points) led the Epsom effort with Shauna Povey (17 points) and Laticia Jost (13 points) the best for Massey.
Epsom and Orewa will now have to battle for the one remaining spot at Nationals at 2.15pm on Saturday.