Monthly Archives: June 2017

Auckland Grammar storm home to beat Westlake Girls

Keeley Tini

Keeley Tini

On the back of a commanding fourth quarter performance Auckland Girls Grammar School defeated Westlake Girls 88-54 in Premier Grade action on Monday night.

Westlake made the better start leading 26-22 after a free flowing opening quarter with Jordyn Maddix and Keeley Tini knocking down triples to more than counter the efforts of Karma Skelton-Roberts and Mariah Ropati.

Auckland exerted some dominance in the second winning the period 20-9 as Mele Latu and Rionne Papa went to work.

Maddix scored another three in the third frame but Auckland were well served by Teneva Ropati and led 57-49 at the three-quarter mark.

Any thoughts Westlake had of heading back over the Harbour Bridge with a victory were quashed in the final stanza. The AGGS defence reduced Westlake’s scoring to occasional trips to the foul line whilst their offence piled in 30 points.

AGGS had six players in double figures emphasising their all-round scoring ability.

The win moves Grammar, temporarily at least, to the top of the league. Massey High and Mt Albert Grammar – the other two teams with just one defeat this season – play again on Friday.

Score: Auckland Girls 88 – Papa 15, Latu 14, Hettig 13, T Ropati 12, M Ropati 11, Skelton-Roberts 10

Westlake Girls 54 – Maddix 16, Tini 10, Shearer 8, Davidson 6, Moors 6

Premier Standings

7-1 AGGS

6-1 Mt Albert

5-1 Massey

4-4 Westlake

3-4 Rangitoto

2-5 Carmel

1-6 Orewa

0-6 Avondale

Wizards and Breeze win WBC derbies

Deena Franklin

The Waikato Wizards and Harbour Breeze won their respective Women’s Basketball Championship local derbies at the weekend. Tall Ferns trialists Charlisse Leger-Walker, Deena Franklin and Georgia Agnew all made an impact link

First Prem grade win of season for Orewa


18664178_46083Orewa Girls

Courtesy of Kelly Vivian at Spinnerchild Photography

In the latest round of Girls Premier grade action in Auckland Orewa College celebrated its first win of the season with Mt Albert Grammar and Auckland Grammar also gaining W’s.

At Rangitoto a low scoring opening quarter was edged by Orewa College 12-11.

When Rangitoto opened up a 25-14 advantage in the second quarter Orewa coach Jane Finlayson, probably fearing another tough night for her charges, called a timeout.

Up to that point Mania Spooner and Ella Moore had been dictating terms for the hosts but on the resumption Sophie Emmitt and Shan-Lee Swanepoel made much needed baskets for Orewa. A long two from Hannah Wentworth on the half-time buzzer reduced the deficit to a more manageable 31-22.

Megan Hoare and Arianna Henare scored back-to-back baskets at the mid point of the third as Orewa closed to 36-29 – the turn of Rangi coach Tony Pompallier to call a timeout.

Spooner produced the required response with a basket but Wentworth nailed a three and Janke Pretorius converted a finger roll lay up to make it a two point game – Henare tied proceedings at 38 all. The momentum was all Orewa’s winning the quarter 20-7 to lead 42-38 at the third break.

Another 11-2 surge, including a Wentworth triple, increased the Orewa advantage to ten points.

A spinning drive from Spooner and a hook shot from Centaine Noon-Duckworth helped Rangi but Pretorius kept finding her way to the basket for the visitors

When Wentworth nailed a long three with 2:02 to play an Orewa victory looked likely – when she repeated the dose a couple of plays later the first win of the season became a certainty.

Score: Rangitoto 53 – Spooner 17, Moore 16, Noon-Duckworth 8, Campbell 6

Orewa 67 – Wentworth 20, Emmitt 12, Pretorius 12, Henare 8


After a couple of recent successes Carmel College were brought back to earth with a thump by Auckland Girls Grammar going down 111-40.

The encounter threw up a couple of interesting statistics. The Ropati twins, Mariah and Teneva, shared 62 points for Auckland and Tayla Dalton scored a staggering 70% of Carmel’s points – 28 from 40.

The writing was on the wall for Carmel in the first period as Grammar raced to a 30-7 lead increased to 56-16 by the interval.

The Ropati’s were doing most of the damage but Zhanay Hettig and Mele Latu also chipped in with telling points.

The only hindrance to the AGGS progress, other than the continuous efforts of Dalton, was a twenty minutes lights failure.

Power was restored but it remained gloomy for Carmel as they slid to a heavy defeat.

Score: AGGS 111 – M Ropati 32, T Ropati 30, Hettig 18, Latu 12

Carmel 40 – Dalton 28, Green 4


The meeting of a couple of quality forwards was one of the features of the Westlake versus Mt Albert Grammar tie. The pair didn’t disappoint as Sharne Pupuke-Robati scored a game high 32 points for MAGS and Lake captain Keeley Tini led the home team resistance with 27 points.

Pupuke-Robati set the tone in the opening quarter landing 13 points as MAGS ked 26-22.

Jordyn Maddix landed a triple for Westlake at the outset of the second and Emme Shearer collected eight points in the frame but MAGS still led 43-40 at half-time.

Ten points from Jada Manase in the decisive third period helped MAGS to a 68-59 three-quarter time lead.

Tini and Shearer kept plugging away for Lake but the greater all round scoring threat of the visitors with Manase, Trinity Peau and P-R to the fore carried MAGS to a comfortable win.

Score: Westlake 76 – Tini 27, Shearer 22, Maddix 10, Manolas 9

MAGS 95 – Pupuke-Robati 32, Manase 22, Peau 15, Rangi-Brown 8, Talo-Tomokino 8


The Avondale College v Massey High fixture was postponed to a later date.

Premier Standings

6-1 Mt Albert, Auckland Girls Grammar

5-1 Massey

4-3 Westlake

3-4 Rangitoto

2-5 Carmel

1-6 Orewa

0-6 Avondale

St Mary’s were comfortable 92-48 victors over Mt Roskill in the Senior A competition.

I don’t have the results of Diocesan v Epsom or Birkenhead v Pakuranga.

NZ a win and a loss at FIBA 3×3 World Cup


The New Zealand men’s team have finished their first day at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup with one win and one loss.

Head Coach Anthony Corban said this first day of the tournament was a tough ask due to the heat in Nantes, with temperatures soaring to over 30 degrees on court. Corban said the conditions suited their opposition – 13th ranked Indonesia and 20th ranked South Korea – with both teams from the Asian Conference being well conditioned to the heat.

“We started slowly against Indonesia and that proved costly. As the game rolled along the heat and humidity hit us hard. We gave up five two-point shots uncontested, which was 10 of their 15 points. From there, we were playing catch up for the rest of the game and managed to close it up to 12 all with 90 seconds to go. We were down two with a minute left, but broke away from our pre-game plan and sets. We had Indonesia in the two free throw penalty, but persisted with taking outside shots as opposed to attacking the rim off the dribble. This was a game we should have won, but as a group we only have ourselves to blame,” said Corban.

Eventually the clock ran down and Indonesia won, 15 – 12.

The Kiwis were determined to tidy their play after that disappointing loss and refocused for game two against South Korea, which was scheduled only 40 minutes after their first game defeat.

“We played tired. The heat and humidity was again a telling factor, but our group dug deep and refused to let this one slip.

“This was a game with plenty of physicality on and off the ball. We had South Korea in the 7 and 10 free throw penalty. Down the stretch we missed four key free throws, that meant we had to go to overtime to close this game out.”

Corban added there was far too much on and off the ball fouling and niggle that he wasn’t happy with, particularly for what is now and Olympic sport.

“My players did well to control themselves with that poor discipline. I was led to believe the three second rule was going to be heavily policed too, but it wasn’t, and that played right into the hands of the big man from South Korea.”

That wasn’t enough for the Korean’s though, with the Kiwis managing to run down the clock in front, eventually winning 15-13.

Corban says they will rest up with a recovery day now, which will comprise of a light gym session, shooting and a bit of sightseeing for the players. There will be no rest for Corban though, with his afternoon set for reviewing game film and looking for a way to unsettle The Netherlands (5) and USA (4), two heavy weight teams which a reputation of sliding into the playoffs with ease.

New Zealand play the United States early tomorrow morning (19 June at 00:40) and the Netherlands (19 June 02:10). Both games will be livestreamed here:

Macleans beat Grammar plus W’s for Westlake, St Kent’s and Rangitoto


8957-copyThe 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

7-0 Westlake

5-1 Rangitoto

4-2 Rosmini

4-3 Auckland Grammarr

3-4 St Kentigern, Macleans

1-6 Mt Albert

0-7 Kelston


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

5-2 Avondale

4-3 Northcote

3-4 Pakuranga, Liston

3-4 Western Springs

2-3 Manurewa

1-5 Massey

Tall Ferns mates go head to head


Four Kiwi internationals were involved in a Queensland State Basketball league (QBL) showdown last Saturday.

The four, Kalani Pucell, Natalie Taylor, Chevannah Paalvast and Micaela Cocks, departed the Tall Ferns Selection Camp last Friday and flew back to Queensland for a QBL top of the table clash.

Sisters Kalani and Natalie were left with the winning grin as Brisbane Spartans edged Mackay Meteorettes 80-77.

The scores were tied 36 apiece at half-time and although Mackay shaded the third Brisbane were not going away.

Purcell, scored 10 points in the last quarter – a lay up putting Brisbane 76-72 up with 23 seconds to play. Mackay immediately landed a three but forced to foul sent Purcell to the free throw line.

Purcell, recently signed for the WNBL season by Melbourne Boomers, iced both – 78-75.

In an exciting finish Cocks made a basket with ten seconds to play but Brisbane made another couple of freebies to edge a close one by three points.

Purcell finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds, sister Nat Taylor contributing 6 points and 4 assists for Brisbane. Paalvast and Cocks scored 12 points and 13 points respectively for Mackay.

The Meteorettes, following the defeat, are now 7-1 for the season the Spartans improving to 7-0.

The Tall Ferns squad to compete at the FIBA Asia Cup will be announced in the next couple of days.

Karl Noyer looks ahead to 3×3 World Cup


I managed to have a chat with leading 3×3 New Zealand international Karl Noyer before he headed to France for the FIBA 3×3 World Cup beginning in a couple of days time.

The team also includes fellow Harbour representative Marco Alexander, Taranaki’s Aaron Bailey-Nowell and former Nelson rep Angus Riley now playing at Bryant University in the States.

Read more link


Westlake Girls defeat Avondale College



Westlake Girls High School consolidated a top four spot in the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls Premier competition defeating Avondale College 91-24 on Monday night.

A make up game for the fixture postponement  last month Westlake put its foot down early on darting to a 30-3 first quarter lead with Keeley Tini helping herself to nine points and Tabitha Leyson adding a three point play to end the period.

Braxton Robinson scored a couple of baskets for Avondale in the second period but with Emme Shearer landing nine points Westlake finished a dominating half 54-10 ahead.

Led by captain Maclani Michael Avondale put together a more determined effort in the third stanza but still trailed 67-19 at the last break.

Jordyn Maddix and Leyson took their scoring contributions into double figures in the final period – Westlake completing a comfortable fourth win of the season.

Score: Avondale 24 – Michael 8, Robinson 4

Westlake 91 – Tini 18, Shearer 17, Maddix 15, Leyson 11

Premier Standings

5-1 Mt Albert, Massey, Auckland Girls Grammar

4-2 Westlake

3-3 Rangitoto

2-4 Carmel

0-6 Avondale, Orewa

Three way tie at top of Girls Prem Grade table


In the game of the round in the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls competition Auckland Girls Grammar School defeated traditional rivals Mt Albert Grammar on Friday.

Zhanay Hettig scored six early points for Auckland and Mele Latu aced a triple as AGGS built a 15-4 first quarter advantage.

Trinity Peau scored nine first half points for MAGS but Rionne Papa and Mariah Ropati added to the visitors’ woes to build a 31-18 first half lead.

MAGS responded in the third period putting 25 points on Auckland as Riana Rangi-Brown and Sharne Pupuke-Robati shared 17 points. With Auckland only ahead 45-43 at three-quarter time the result was in the balance.

Peau and Pupuke-Robati kept the score ticking over for MAGS but not at a pace to match the hosts. Latu delivered 8 points in the fourth and supported by Karma Skilton-Roberts and Teneva Ropati AGGS closed out an important win.

The result creates a three way tie at the top of the table with Massey, AGGS and MAGS all with one loss.

Score: AGGS 69 – Papa 18, Latu 14, T Ropati 12, Hettig 8

MAGS 62 – Pupuke-Robati 17, Rangi-Brown 15, Peau 15, Talo-Tomokino

Further north Rangitoto College entertained Westlake Girls, the pair vying for fourth spot on the ladder. Despite 29 points from Kaitlin Burges it was Westlake that prevailed 90-68.

Mania Spooner broke an 8-0 opening salvo from Westlake but consecutive threes from Emme Shearer and Jordyn Maddix stretched the Lake lead into double figures.

The hard working Bella Elgar earned some visits to the charity stripe and Julia Parker banked a jump shot but the quarter time advantage was heavily in favour of the visitors 32-17.

Rangitoto began the second in much better fashion courtesy of Burgess and Spooner, trimming the advantage to 34-26 four minutes before the break.

Rosie Dil broke the Westlake dry spell with threes from Keeley Tini and Shearer adding to the advantage – 46-31 at half-time.

Burgess led all scorers at the interval with 13 points.

Ella Moore opened the second half scoring for Rangi as Mareta Davidson collected a frustrating fourth foul, a sluggish start to the second half prompted Lake coach Jody Cameron to call a timeout.

A pair of Jess Moors assists helped Westlake back in the scoring groove, Tini and Shearer the beneficiaries.

Back to back baskets from Burgess trimmed the Lake lead but Moors and Piper Manolas answered to keep Westlake ahead 66-50 with ten minutes to play.

Neat inside baskets from Spooner and Burgess kept Rangi in touch but Westlake, with Tini and Shearer combining for 18 points in the fourth, moved comfortably to a third win of the season.

Score: Rangitoto 68 – Burgess 29, Elgar 19, Spooner 10, Campbell 6

Westlake 90 – Shearer 24, Tini 19, Moors 14, Davidson 10

Massey High School took charge of their contest with Orewa College from the outset racing to a 20-5 first quarter lead – Terina Aratangi claiming seven early points.

Orewa guard Hannah Wentworth replied with seven points of her own in the second period but Massey continued to dominate through the scoring efforts of Tessa Nikolaison and Sylvia Wieczorek to lead 43-14 at half time.

Orewa countered with a stronger performance in the third edging the period 12-11, a triple from Arianna Henare helping their cause.

Shauna Povey dominated the final stretch – the Massey combo guard landing four triples in the final 10 minutes to take her personal tally in the game to 22 points.

Score: Orewa 36 – Wentworth 15, Henare 9, Kagan-Downer 7

Massey 71 – Povey 22, Nikolaison 16, Aratangi 12, Wieczorek 9

Carmel College, paced by 28 points from Emily Broomfield and 20 points from Millie Simpson proved too good for Avondale College.

Carmel, with their pressing defence reaping benefits, won each of the first three quarters to lead 45-23 at half-time and 66-28 at the three-quarter mark.

Avondale won the fourth period but it was too little too late.

Score: Avondale 51 – No individual totals available

Carmel 81 – Broomfield 28, Simpson 20, Davidson 8, Rozmus 7

Premier Standings

 5-1 Mt Albert, Massey, Auckland Girls Grammar

3-2 Westlake

3-3 Rangitoto

2-4 Carmel

0-5 Avondale,

0-6 Orewa

Senior A Results

 Birkenhead 54 St Mary’s 78

St Kentigern 74 Diocesan 17

Pakuranga v Epsom – Result unknown

Mt Roskill – bye

Senior A Standings


4-0 St Kentigern

4-1 St Mary’s

3-1 Epsom

2-3 Birkenhead

1-3 Mt Roskill

0-3 Pakuranga

0-4 Diocesan

Westlake win a cracker at Rangitoto


Round six of the Boys Premier grade pitched perennial rivals Rangitoto College and Westlake Boys, both teams with unbeaten records, against each other.

In an entertaining game it was Westlake that eventually prevailed hauling in a 14 points three-quarter time deficit to win 74-67.

Played in front of another bumper Friday night crowd it was Rangitoto that made the slightly better start to lead 12-7 after a corner three from Logan Anderson.

Alex Freeman scored with his first touch as did Jesse Winter, the scores 19 apiece at the first break.

Harry Clarke opened the scoring in the second with a brace of baskets and although it took almost four minutes for Westlake to score from the field – via Thabo Manyere – they only trailed 25-22.

James Moors, subdued early on, landed a three and Ethan Martin an inside basket but Clarke and Logan Mcintosh kept Rangi marginally ahead.

Jarred Thornton was battling hard under the boards for the short handed hosts but he could do nothing about a Manyere slam.

Arching threes from Moors and Freeman closed the scoring in the first half but Rangi led 39-37 at the break. Manyere and McIntosh each had 13 points in the half.

A Reuben Fitzgerald jumper opened the second half scoring and when the same player fed Moors for a transition dunk Westlake had their first lead of the game.

Just six points in five minutes of play (all to Westlake) illustrated that defences were dominating. Clarke eventually scored for Rangi but a thundering drive and dunk from Moors kept Lake marginally ahead.

That changed as an Anderson triple tied the game and another from Harry Payne took Rangi back in front – 51-48.

Further scores from the same two players brought the home support to their feet , a buzzer beating three from Etham Mandeno sending them into raptures. Rangi 62-48 ahead with ten to play and Westlake’s unbeaten record severely under threat.

Fitzgerald scored seven straight points for Westlake but the deficit was still ten points at the mid point of the final frame.

Mark Malingin trimmed the deficit, then Josh Hidalgo made it a four points game, 65-61, with 3:30 to play.

Turnovers from both teams followed until Hidalgo, off a Fitzgerald assist, scored again 65-63 with 2:20 on the clock.

The momentum was all with Westlake – a corner three from Winter edged Lake ahead, Moors followed with a jumper and Kenny Stone needed a timeout; 68-65 to Lake with 1:40 to play.

A Clarke jumper dragged Rangi to within one, 68-67, but Fitzgerald connected with a crucial three and with under a minute on the clock the visiting fans were in full voice with their team 71-67 to the good.

Rangi missed on their next possession, Hidalgo calmly added a brace of freebies from the foul line, and the Lake comeback was complete. A 26-5 last quarter points differential in their favour a telling statistic.

Score: Westlake 74 – Moors 19/12r, Fitzgerald 15, Manyere 13/19r, Hidalgo 11, Winter 7/6stls

Rangitoto 67 – Clarke 19, Anderson 18, McIntosh 12, Payne 8, Thornton 2/13r

In another close game Auckland Grammar shaded Mt Albert Grammar 69-62 at Mountain Road.

Thomas Whyte began the game in the same shooting form he displayed in the Under 19 National final last Tuesday, the Auckland guard reeling off seven straight points. Mandela Baledrokadroka scored all but two of the Mt Albert points as they trailed 19-10 at the first break.

Jonty Vink and Xjana Luamanuvae-Su’a kept chipping away for MAGS but three triples in the second period from Whyte and another from Elijah Andrews took the hosts out to a 39-31 lead at half-time.

Despite six points from Vink, Grammar extended its advantage in the third to 12 points as Tom Higgins and Winitana rattled in points.

Jack Morrison and Luamanuvae-Su’a earned trips to the foul line to reduce the Grammar advantage in the final period although Higgins, Whyte and Tony Solomoana held the visitors at bay – but only just.

Late threes from Ryan Laumatia and Luamanuvae-Su’a caused Grammar an anxious time as they led by just three points with 40 seconds to play. However they held on for the win denying MAGS coach Daryl Cartwright a going away present before he heads overseas with the Junior Tall Blacks for the Under 19 World Cup next week.

Score: AGS 69 – Whyte 24, Higgins 16, Rissetto 8, Winitana 8

MAGS 62 – Baledrokadroka 16, Vink 12p/10r, Luamanuvae-Su’a 12, Laumatia 11

In the battle between the two promoted teams Macleans eventually proved too good for St Kentigern winning at home 70-59.

Macleans made a racing start piling in 31 first quarter points to lead by sixteen as Sai Kuvelkar, Blake van Uden and Alex Arthur went to work.

A couple of threes from Zac Chan and one from Max Shorter clawed back some of the advantage. Then a couple of baskets late in the half from Kyle Robb reduced the St Kentigern deficit to six points, 39-33, as the Macleans scoring went from red hot in the first frame to ice cold in the second.

St Kent’s chipped away in the third, 9 points in the period from Robb and the advantage was down to 51-48 in favour of the hosts.

Macleans remained in front during the fourth but it was only in the last two minutes that they sealed the win. Thomas Hyland and Shorter were the only scorers for St Kent’s in the final quarter as in contrast Harrison Roper, Michael Babaran and the trusty trio of Kuvelkar, van Uden and Arthur all found ways to the basket for Macleans

Score: Macleans 70 – Kuvelkar 22, van Uden 21, Arthur 10, Babaran 7

St Kentigern 59 – Shorter 17, Robb 13, Hyland 8, Simpson 7, Chan 7

It was a less competitive affair at the Tom Gerrard Gym where Rosmini College dominated from the outset to defeat Kelston Boys 101-52.

Three triples from Kruz Perrott-Hunt powered a 30 points opening salvo from the hosts. More threes in the second from Mitch Dance and Jayden Boucher plus inside points from Will Heather took Rosmini to a 55-27 half-time lead. Matangi Prescott and To’o Mase shared 20 points for Kelston.

Matt Sokol scored nine straight points for Rosmini in the third period and when Perrott-Hunt drained his fifth triple of the contest Rosmini had an unassailable 76-38 lead.

Kelston kept pegging away in the final period but it wasn’t their night as Dance and Sokol put the finishing touches to an emphatic win.

Score: Rosmini 101 – Perrott-Hunt 22, Dance 18, Sokol 12, Williams-Dunn 11

Kelston 52 – Prescott 11, Mase 11, Milne 8, Brooking 8

Premier Grade Standings

6-0 Westlake

4-1 Rangitoto, Rosmini

4-2 Auckland Grammar

2-4 St Kentigern, Macleans

1-5 Mt Albert

0-6 Kelston

Senior A Results

St Peter’s 97 Pakuranga 71

Northcote 90 Western Springs 83

Liston beat Avondale

Massey 85 Manurewa 71

 Senior A Standings

5-1 St Peter’s, Massey

4-2 Avondale

3-3 Pakuranga, Northcote, Liston

2-3 Manurewa

2-4 Western Springs

1-4 Massey