The newly mounted scoreboard wasn’t the only thing shining brightly at Rangitoto College on Friday night in the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier competition.
Rangitoto point guard Harry Clarke put on an illuminating display of his own leading his team to a win against Rosmini College with 19 points (7/13FG), 7 assists and a couple of steals.
Early on Mitchell Dance landed a couple of early threes for Rosmini but it was the home side that made the early pace to lead 26-19 at quarter time.
Cam Stone landed his second triple of the game to open the scoring in the second, another basket from the left hander stretching the Rangi lead further.
Marvin Williams-Dunn got the Rosmini score moving and Will Heather guided home a hook shot but Ethan Mandeno kept Rangi ahead 35-26 at the mid point of the stanza.
Joseph Hylton closed the scoring for the half, Rangitoto ahead 37-32 at the interval.
Hylton made it three on the bounce with the first two baskets of the second half before Clarke scored 9 straight points to push Rangi out to 48-36.
Logan Anderson dropped a three and Rangi were comfortably placed at three-quarter time, 61-51, ahead.
Zack Te Puni kept the Rangi lead at ten points with 6:40 to play –Payne stretched the lead to 73-60 before Caleb Langridge took the game out of sight with a brace of baskets.
Heather converted an And 1 play with 4 minutes to play to reduce the lead to 77-66 but a late Rozza comeback didn’t materialise as Langridge and Stone closed the door on a disappointing performance by their local rivals.
Score: Rangitoto 83 – Payne 19, Anderson 14, Stone 13, Langridge 13, Payne 11
Rosmini 68 – Dance 20, Williams-Dunn 12, Heather 10, Hylton 10
At Macleans College it was all locked up at 28 each in the first half against Auckland Grammar. Blake van Uden had 14 points at the break for the hosts, Rua Winitana 11 points for Grammar.
Grammar enjoyed a nice spread of scoring in the third with Campbell Green and Leroy Brown prominent as the visitors forged a 51-46 lead as the period expired.
Despite eleven points in the fourth from Grammar forward Anzac Rissetto the visitors were run down by a fast finishing Mac-attack.
Michael Babaran started the charge with a three, Harrison Roper added a couple of baskets and Sai Kuvelkar nailed another three.
Alex Arthur and van Uden got in on the action and Macleans sailed home for a second straight win.
Score: Macleans 72 – van Uden 27, Kuvelkar 15, Roper 10, Arthur 8, Babaran 8
Auckland Grammar 64 – Rissetto 21, Winitana 15, Green 10, Brown 8
It was yet another heart breaking loss for Mt Albert Grammar, their third consecutive single digit loss, this time going down 85-80 at Westlake Boys despite a combined 45 points from the forward pairing of Jonty Vink and Jack Morrison.
MAGS made the early running, 11 points from Morrison aiding a 23-19 first period lead.
Jesse Winter put on a shooting exhibition in the second connecting with four straight triples as Westlake gained a slim lead at the break – 44-42.
It was largely Westlake in the third, the hosts opening up a twin figure lead as Marc Malingin and Reuben Fitzgerald found their range. MAGS responded at the back end of the period courtesy of Ryan Laumatia and Mandela Baledrokadroka – 63-59 at the end of the stanza.
A stirring fourth quarter followed – Vink and Theo Hurdley carried MAGS into the lead before Matthew Cairns-Hita made three straight baskets for Westlake including a couple of threes.
A triple from Cole Pocock and more Vink points threatened to undo Westlake but the league leaders regained their composure as Fitzgerald, Winter and Alex Freeman carried them across the line for a seventh straight win.
Score: Westlake 85 – Fitzgerald 22, Winter 16, Cairns-Hita 14, Malingin 10
Mt Albert 80 – Vink 25/12, Morrison 20, Laumatia 11 Baledrokadroka 10
Led by 35 points from Max Shorter, St Kentigern College bounced back from a couple of losses with an 84-76 home win against Kelston Boys.
Six points apiece from Thomas Hyland and Kyle Robb, plus a late three from Zac Chan, capped off a 23-18 opening gambit from St Kentigern.
Matangi Prescott led the Kelston effort with 15 first half points but a couple more triples from Chan and 11 points in the second stanza from Shorter took the hosts out to 44-37 at the interval.
Shorter was terrorising the Kelston defence and he loaded in another dozen points in the third period to extend the St Kent’s lead to double figures.
Kale Lawson and Liam Milne put points on the board for Kelston in the fourth but a timely trey from Ryan Jones and closing points from Robb and Shorter sealed a valuable win for St Kents.
Score: St Kentigern 84 – Shorter 35, Robb 16, Chan 12, Hyland 8
Kelston 76 – Prescott 22, Milne 22, Lawson 21, Brooking 9
Premier Grade Standings
4-3 Auckland Grammarr
3-4 St Kentigern, Macleans
1-6 Mt Albert
Senior A Results
St Peter’s 89 Liston 73
Northcote 113 Pakuranga 81
Manurewa 76 Western Springs 85
Avondale 87 Massey 77
Senior A Standings
6-1 St Peter’s
3-4 Pakuranga, Liston
3-4 Western Springs