Kelston Boys gained a much needed first win and Westlake Boys suffered their first defeat in Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade action on Friday night.
Auckland Grammar with something approaching a full strength lineup for the first time this season were able to halt the Westlake winning sequence at seven. Grammar put the clamps on the Westlake scoring to win 79-52.
Anzac Rissetto dominated the early proceedings with 15 points as Grammar raced to a 26-17 opening quarter advantage.
The two teams shared 30 points in the second period – triples from James Moors and Matt Cairns-Hita countered by the interior scoring of the returning Samson Aruwa and Rissetto.
Nine points down at half-time Westlake found themselves in a hole by the three-quarter mark trailing 60-43.
Moors scored a couple of baskets in the period for the visitors but Westlake, missing the rebounding presence of Under 18 3×3 World Cup bound Thabo Manyere, were unable to control Aruwa and Rissetto as they combined for another dozen points in the third.
A triple from Campbell Green and 8 points from Thomas Whyte ensured there would be no Westlake resurgence in the final period. Reuben Fitzgerald led the Lake scoring but their unbeaten run was stopped in its tracks.
Score: Auckland Grammar 79 – Rissetto 27, Whyte 11, Aruwa 10, Green 9, Higgins 7
Westlake 52 – Fitzgerald 13, Moors 10, Winter 8, Hidalgo 5, Cairns-Hita 5, L Mennenga 5
In Takapuna it needed a couple of late baskets from Kruz Perrott-Hunt and Marvin Willaims-Dunn for Rosmini College to see off Mt Albert Grammar.
MAGS looked as if they would steal a win in the Tom Gerrard Gymnasium for the second successive year when the outstanding Ryan Laumatia nailed a jump shot to put his team up 62-61 with two minutes to play.
However Perrott-Hunt made a three as the shot clock expired with 1:25 to play and a couple of possessions later Williams-Dunn, who to that point had had a shooting night to forget, made a crucial left handed drive with 13 seconds to play.
MAGS were unable to create a worthwhile shot in the time remaining and Rozza escaped with a 66-62 win.
Earlier Mitch Dance and Williams-Dunn took Rosmini to an early lead but Laumatia soon balanced the ledger.
Perrott-Hunt, back earlier in the day from the Basketball Without Borders Camp in China, landed a three, as did Terence Abdon – Rozza ahead 26-13 at the first break.
Jonty Vink, Mandela Baledrokadroka and Laumatia produced a 7-0 MAGS run at the start of the second. The run moved to substantial proportions, 15-2, as MAGS players continually found a way to the hoop to level the scores.
Peter Jenkins finally scored from the field for Rosmini but Te Akau Pumipi gave MAGS the lead 32-30. The visitors had dominated the quarter but a Matt Sokol basket on the penultimate possession of the period gave Rozza a slender 34-32 lead.
Taine Murray landed the first triple of the second half but scoring almost ground to a halt as defences dominated. Laumatia had the final say of a period in which both teams struggled to score – his And1 play edging MAGS ahead 46-45.
Jack Morrison gave MAGS its biggest lead of the game, 56-50, four minutes into the fourth.
Dance was becoming to go-to man for the hosts, his triple making it a one-point game.
Pumipi and Sokol exchanged baskets 60-57 to MAGS with 3:55 to play.
Reihana Maxwell –Topia again reduced the MAGS lead to a single point before Dance made it 61-60 to Rozza at the 2:30 mark.
Laumatia’s jump shot appeared crucial but then it was over to Perrott-Hunt and Williams-Dunn for the two key plays and MAGS fell to yet another agonising single figure defeat.
Score: Rosmini 66 – Dance 22, Perrot-Hunt 12, Jenkins 6, Williams-Dunn 5
Mt Albert 62 – Laumatia 22, Pumipi 10, Morrison 10, Baledrokadroka 7
Kelston Boys were able to hustle Macleans College into numerous mistakes to fuel their transition offence led by Matangi Prescott.
With Kale Lawson dominating the boards Kelston secured a valuable 102-89 first win of the season.
Rangitoto College showed resilience in their visit to St Kentigern College. After the team bus was involved in a shunt on the way to the game a couple of players were rested as a precaution after incurring bumps and bruises.
Down to seven players Rangi were still too good for the hosts winning 90-60 with the in form Harry Clarke notching 32 points and Zack Te Puni adding 21 points.
Premier Grade Standings
5-3 Auckland Grammar
3-5 St Kentigern, Macleans
1-7 Mt Albert, Kelston