Half way through the basketball extravaganza that is the Secondary Schools Nationals and the quarter- finalists have been found in both the Boys and Girls Competitions
In Boys Pool A the game to decide top spot between Westlake (4-1) and Rangitoto (5-0) was a low key affair with both teams giving prolonged court time to their bench players and just going through the motions ahead of more serious business on Thursday – Rangi winning 101-79.
These two teams now cross-over with the top finishers in Pool C. The unbeaten Palmerston North Boys HS (5-0) will take on Westlake in one quarter-final with Rosmini College (4-1) having the unenviable task of trying to knock over Rangitoto College.
Rosmini are 2-2 against the defending champions this season so it could be a fun watch and hopefully live streamed.
In Pool B Mt Albert GS (3-2) gave it a shake against New Plymouth Boys High School (5-0) in their quest for a quarter final spot but were eventually beaten 81-55.
Earlier in the day NPBHS had edged Auckland Grammar (4-1) 82-74 to ensure the more favourable match up moving ahead.
The Pool B protagonists cross-over against the top two sides from Pool D, the highly fancied Christchurch Boys High School (5-0) and a little surprisingly Kelston Boys High School. They and St John’s College, Hamilton finished with an identical 3-2 record but Kelston progress courtesy of a 96-84 victory in the head to head.
The result means that Zone 2 will not have a representative in the last eight.
Boys Quarter-Final draw:
Rangitoto v Rosmini
Palmerston North v Westlake
Christchurch Boys High v Auckland Grammar
New Plymouth Boys High v Kelston Boys High
Zone 1 have 5 representatives, Zone 2 have zero, Zone 3 have 2 and Zone 4 have 1
In the Girls competition St Peter’s Cambridge breezed through the preliminaries to secure top spot in Pool A (5-0) with Auckland Girls Grammar (4-1) second.
Hamilton Girls HS tussled with New Plymouth Girls HS to decide the top two spots in Pool C. Both were through but the winners would avoid St Peter’s and it was Hamilton that claimed the win 58-49.
Mt Albert Grammar (5-0) emerged from Pool B unscathed leaving St Mary’s College, Wellington and Westlake Girls to battle it out for second place in the final round of the day for the second spot. And what a battle it was the result going down to the wire before Westlake emerged 63-59 to the good and advance to the last eight.
It also took the last round of the day to settle Pool D. Melville High (4-1) had to wait for the outcome of the Rangi Ruru v Waimea College game to see who progressed. If Rangi Ruru could cause an upset all three teams would have a 4-1 record. Form prevailed and Waimea (5-0) won 82-74
Girls Quarter-Final draw;
St Peter’s Cambridge v New Plymouth Girls HS
Auckland Girls Grammar v Hamilton Girls
Mt Albert Grammar v Melville HS
Westlake v Waimea Coll
That’s 3 teams from Z1, 3 from Z2, and 1 each from Zone’s 3 and 4