In the last full round of Auckland Secondary Schools Prem Grade games before the school holidays there were wins for Auckland Grammar, Rangitoto College, Mt Albert Grammar and Rosmini College.
Rangitoto College had fewer dramas crossing the Harbour Bridge this week and comfortably beat Macleans College 94-58.
Travelling with just six the Rangitoto players were afforded plenty of court time and Harry Clarke took full advantage scoring a colossal 47 points. The Rangi guard made 20 from 34 shots including 7 from 17 threes.
Ethan Mandeno opened the Rangi scoring but Clarke gave an indication of things to come by rattling in 16 points in the opening quarter as the visitors ran up a big 29-17 lead.
Alex Arthur scored 5 points for Macleans in the second but that was the sum total of their efforts in the period and the game was as good as done by half-time with Rangi out of sight at 49-22.
To their credit Macleans bounced back in the second as Sai Kuvelkar found his scoring touch. Logan McIntosh matched Kuvelkar’s 8 points and Rangi maintained a healthy 70-42 lead.
Blake van Uden and Arthur kept plugging away for the hosts but the only question was whether Clarke could top fifty points. Not quite but it is the biggest total by a Prems player this season and probably one of the highest of all-time.
Macleans 58 – Arthur 17, Kuvelkar 16, van Uden 16
Rangitoto 94 – Clarke 47, Mandeno 14, Thornton 12, McIntosh 12
The Westlake Boys supporters travelled along Taharoto Road armed with vuvuzela horns and it was their team making all the noise early on as James Moors and Marc Malingin took Westlake out to 10-4 lead.
Both teams had a player on international duty: Thabo Manyere and Will Heather in China at the Under 18 3×3 World Cup.
A corner three from Matt Sokol tied the scores at 15 apiece. A couple of emphatic blocks by Moors stalled Rozza but Abdon had the last say of the period 26-17.
An Abdon steal and assist for a Kruz Perrott-Hunt basket forced a timeout from Zac Fitzgerald his team 29-19 down.
Ethan Martin scored inside for Lake, Reuben Fitzgerald from outside, and it was Matt Lacey’s turn to call a halt to proceedings at 36-27.
Mitch Dance went back to back to back, the third score off a full court Perrott-Hunt pass – 42-27 to the hosts with 2:00 to play in the half.
Moors and Dance were warned for a bit of off the ball man hugging, the reprimand not worrying the Westlake swingman as he converted an And-1 play on the next possession.
At the other end Marvin Williams-Dunn and Abdon signed off the half with threes – Rozza ahead 48-33 at the interval with Dance leading all scorers on 15 points.
Abdon landed his fourth triple of the night before Fitzgerald got Westlake up and running again with a pair of jump shots but his team still trailed 58-40.
A couple of baskets from Moors followed by an And-1 play from Fitzgerald reduced the arrears – 61-47 with 2:15 to play in the third.
The momentum was with Fitzgerald and Westlake until Abdon returned to land his fifth triple – Rozza ahead 65-49 at three-quarter-time.
Sokol scored off a Williams-Dunn assist to take the Saints lead out to twenty points.
Good work from Lucas Mennenga on the offensive boards brought the Lake forward a basket but Perrott-Hunt was calling the tune at the other end to maintain the twenty points advantage.
Dance fouled out with five minutes to play but it did little to disrupt Rozza’s control.
Moors glided through for a basket, Williams-Dunn a more acrobatic left handed effort at the other end as the teams exchanged baskets for much of the fourth.
Martin joined Dance on the five foul mark but the result was decided long before that – the regular season title race blown wide open and the vuvuzela blowers departing a little subdued.
Rosmini 91 – Perrott-Hunt 17, Abdon 15, Williams-Dunn 15, Dance 15, Sokol 14
Westlake 65 – Moors 21, Fitzgerald 18, Hidalgo 9, Malingin 8
Mt Albert Grammar made it two wins in five days with an 89-76 victory at Kelston Boys.
It was a final quarter surge that eventually took MAGS clear of a dogged Kelston who trailed by just two points at the three-quarter mark – 58-56.
Ryan Laumatia and Sataan Tawera combined for 13 straight points in the last stanza to take MAGS clear. Matangi Prescott carried Kelston with 11 final quarter points and combined with a Sam Brooking triple a home team victory looked possible. However the game’s leading scorer Jonty Vink held his composure at the foul line to seal the win for the visitors.
Earlier Kelston made the early gains courtesy of To’o Mase and Kale Lawson to forge a 24-14 advantage. Vink pulled MAGS back into the contest with 13 second quarter points and they trailed by just two points – 40-38 at half-time.
Sam Brooking and Lawson kept Kelston ahead early in the third but Vink, aided by a triple from Mandela Baledrokadroka, gave MAGS that two point lead. Then it was over to Laumatia and Tawera for the fourth quarter push.
Mt Albert 89 – Vink 29, Laumatia 22, Tawera 20, Baledrokadroka 6, Pocock 6
Kelston 76 – Prescott 21, Lawson 18, Brooking 10, Milne 6, Mase 6
A short-handed St Kentigern College found the going too tough against an in form Auckland Grammar.
Details of the game are sketchy but it can be confirmed that a low scoring opening period was edged by Grammar 16-11.
Zac Chan landed a customary triple just before half-time but Grammar were comfortably ahead at the interval 40-23.
Grammar won the third stanza 20-14 to extend their advantage to a match winning 60-37 before closing out a third straight win.
Auckland Grammar 86 – Higgins 18, Whyte 17, Rissetto 15, Aruwa 10
St Kentigern College 57 – Shorter 17, Jones 13, Chan 10
Premier Grade Standings
7-2 Rangitoto, Rosmini
7-3 Auckland Grammar
3-7 St Kentigern, Macleans, Mt Albert
In the top of the table clash in the Senior A competition, effectively the Prem B Grade, St Peter’s College beat Avondale College 93-92 in a thriller. Avondale led 70-65 at the break but were run down by a fast finishing St Peter’s.