Canterbury Schools Basketball Wrap

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By James Lissaman

In the McDonald’s Whelan Trophy Competition, Rangiora High looked like they were going to grab an upset win over a more favoured Burnside High School Team, up by 24 points heading into the final quarter. Paige Willman had other ideas though, scoring 13 points in a huge 33-7 quarter for Burnside, allowing Lori McDaniel’s team to sneak out with a 62-60 win. Burnside will look to tread water while Tsubasa Nisbet is nursing a fracture in her hand. Rangiora had a very solid showing from Kaneisha Bond (14p/8r) and Keeley Woolman-Smith (15p) where 10 players in the Rangiora team scored.

Over in Division II of the McDonald’s Thompson Trophy, Linwood had a trip into North Canterbury where they faced off against Kaiapoi High School. Rhoi Sanchez was outstanding off the bench (36p on 17/28 shooting), while Aislery Patoc had a solid 15p for the Linwood Boys. In the end though, Kaiapoi was able to just hang on at the end of the game 85-79 in their first ever McDsTT game.

In Division I, the Dowson Cup just about changed hands in Christchurch Boys’ High first ever defence, as St Bede’s flew out to a 23-9 lead after the first quarter. The second half wasn’t as kind to the visitors, as CBHS gradually fought back, 45-30, to escape with a 77-70 win. Bedean Tom Hughes was excellent finishing near the basket (22p 9r 4a), while teammate Caleb Conyers (16p) helped keep St. Bede’s in the game.

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Middleton Grange and Cashmere had their traditional opening round match, and a huge crowd was entertained early, as Joash Castillo (14p) hit a tough prayer at the end of the first quarter, to make it a two point game (25-23) at the break. The rest of the game wasn’t as close, as Cashmere eased away to win 94-59. Cashmere had five double figure scorers: Ruben Stanley (19p); Connor McLaughlin (19p); Takeru Wakayama (14p); Tom Russ-Hofmans (12p/6r); and Mitch Mahon (12p/12r). The Gators on the other hand, only had Jarred Burnett (11p) joining Joash above ten points in the scoring column.

All Results:

Whelan

  • Christchurch Girls’ 81-28 St Margaret’s
  • Middleton Grange 101-37 Kaiapoi
  • Rangi Ruru 72-31 Cashmere
  • St Andrew’s 91-34 Avonside Girls’
  • Burnside 62-60 Rangiora
  • Ashburton 109-27 Ellesmere
  • Villa Maria 64-48 Lincoln (Division II)

Thompson Division I

  • Christchurch Boys’ 77-70 St Bede’s (CBHS defends Dowson Cup)
  • Cashmere 94-59 Middleton Grange
  • Christ’s 79-73 Ashburton
  • Shirley Boys’ 89-67 St Andrew’s
  • Burnside 68-60 Rangiora

 Thompson Division II

  • Riccarton 75-69 Ellesmere
  • Hornby 61-58 Lincoln
  • St Thomas 61-54 Cathedral
  • Kaiapoi 85-79 Linwood
  • Hillmorton 69-56 Papanui
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