There were a full round of games in the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade competition on Monday night. The feature game was Auckland Grammar School’s visit to Rangitoto College and it lived up to its billing with Grammar finishing strongly to win an entertaining encounter 82-71.
There were also wins for Mt Albert Grammar, Westlake Boys and Rosmini College.
At Rangitoto Rua Winitana and Logan Anderson exchanged threes in the early skirmishes – Campbell Green and Thomas Whyte knocking down a brace of them as Grammar forged a 25-17 quarter time lead.
Winitana was prominent early on and he stretched the Grammar lead into double figures – 36-28 prompting Rangi coach Kenny Stone to call a timeout.
Zack Te Puni kept the score moving for Rangi, an inside move peeling the Grammar lead back to 40-34 with 2:30 left in the half. The same player reduced the advantage to three points and it was Grammar coach Dave Mackay’s turn to call a time out.
Tom Higgins scored on the next offence but Te Puni capped off a 21 points half to give Rangi a 45-44 lead.
Anderson opened the second half with a sideline three – Whyte mirrored that for AGS – a Cam Stone jumper taking Rangi out to 57-51.
Six straight points from Sam Aruwa reduced the lead to a single score before Rissetto tied the game at 62 apiece. Aruwa was dominating the offensive boards and he scored his tenth point of the quarter to edge the visitors ahead.
Winitana had the last say of the period – his buzzer beating three earning AGS a 68-63 lead.
As he had at the start of the previous period Anderson opened up with a triple but Green pushed the Grammar lead out to 74-66 with 6:30 to play.
Anderson landed yet another three, his fifth of the game, but Rangi were struggling to penetrate the active Grammar defence and when Higgins scored again the visitors led 80-71 with two minutes to play.
Grammar locked in on the Rangi shooters denying easy looks and wound down the clock efficiently – the win emphasising their title credentials.
Rangitoto 71 – Anderson 25, Te Puni 24, Clarke 10, Stone 8
Grammar 82 – Higgins 20, Winitana 18, Aruwa 12, Whyte 10, Green 8
Mount Albert Grammar have suffered a number of agonisingly close defeats in recent weeks but on there home court they dispatched Macleans College 110-84 in a high scoring game.
It looked like another close encounter at three-quarters with MAGS just ahead 82-75. However a 28 points scoring blitz in the fourth, led by Mandela Baledrokadroka, eased the hosts to a much needed win.
Macleans edged the first stanza by a point but MAGS pulled clear in the second to lead 58-48 at the break. Alex Arthur had 18 points at half time for Macleans but a balanced scoring effort from MAGS swung the advantage their way.
Te Akau Pumpi and Clarke Aiono made early baskets in the third for MAGS but Arthur, Andrew Fei and Blake van Uden ensured Macleans were still in touch at three-quarter time.
The Macleans offence stuttered in the fourth and with the MAGS scoring, led by Baledrokadroka, Jonty Vink and Ryan Laumata, in top gear the hosts grabbed an important second win.
Mt Albert 110 – Baledrokadroka 20, Vink 18/16r, Pumipi 18, Laumatia 14, Morrison 12, Tawera 11
Macleans 84 – Arthur 29, van Uden 16, Kuvelkar 10, Lafotanoa 9
Westlake bounced back from Friday’s defeat at Auckland Grammar defeating a spirited Kelston Boys 71-62.
Jesse Winter opened the Westlake scoring with a three but Matangi Prescott landed a couple for Kelston as they trailed by a point after ten minutes -19-18.
Ethan Martin and James Moors kept Westlake ahead in the second but a triple from To’o Mase helped keep Kelston in the hunt at half-time trailing 35-30.
Another close quarter was won by Westlake 19-14 thanks largely to 12 points shared by Moors and Fitzgerald. Matt Cairns-Hita chipped in with a trey and Sam Brooking did the same for Kelston, 54-44 they trailed at three-quarter time.
Prescott and Kale Lawson kept the Lake defence busy in the fourth but the reliable Moors and Fitzgerald were again on the mark to keep Westlake’s unbeaten home record intact.
Westlake 71 – Fitzgerald 21, Moors 19, Cairns-Hita 10, Malingin 8
Kelston 62 – Prescott 21, Lawson 11, Mase 8, Brooking 7
Rosmini College travelled over the Bridge and picked up a 95-76 victory at St Kentigern College.
The win was built on a solid second half performance after St Kentigern led at half-time 43-40.
St Kent’s captain Kyle Robb scored 23 first half points and with Zac Chan and Max Shorter wading in with handy contributions the hosts were giving Rosmini plenty to think about despite 11 points from Matt Sokol.
Jayden Boucher and Terence Abdon got things going for Rozza early in the third and a three from Marvin Williams-Dunn took the visitors out to a 62-59 three-quarter time lead. St Kent’s were dealt a blow in the period with the influential Robb leaving the game with a knee injury.
Chan, who finished with six triples in the game, and Shorter scored all of the hosts 17 points in the final period but it was not enough to hold off a fast finishing opposition.
Mitch Dance, Boucher and Williams-Dunn ensured that Rozza recorded a third away win of the season.
St Kentigern 76 – Shorter 38, Chan 18, Robb 12, Jones 4
Rosmini 95 – Dance 28, Williams-Dunn 23, Sokol 13, Boucher 10
Heading into the final third of the season the top four teams appear to be solidifying their standings but there is still plenty to play for as we head into the final full round of games before the July holiday recess.
There is also a bumper match up next Monday, July 3rd, with Rosmini entertaining Rangitoto – both trying to catch league leaders Westlake.
Premier Grade Standings
6-2 Rangitoto, Rosmini
6-3 Auckland Grammar
3-6 St Kentigern, Macleans
2-7 Mt Albert
Senior A Results
Avondale College 83 Manurewa 72
Western Springs 69 St Peter’s 97
Massey 118 Northcote 96
Pakuranga v Liston – result unknown