They trailed for a good portion of the game but Rosmini College made key baskets down the stretch to defeat Rangitoto College 92-85 in an Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade catch up game on Monday night.
The win moves Rosmini, 8-2 for the season, to the top of the Premier League table. They have the same record as Westlake but edge their local rivals on point’s differential.
Logan McIntosh opened proceedings with a couple of baskets and Harry Clarke picked up where he left off from his 47 points haul on Friday night as Rangitoto forged an 8-4 early lead in the Tom Gerrard Gym.
Mitch Dance scored six points and Kruz Perrott-Hunt a triple as Rosmini closed to 17-15.
A long range three from Marvin Williams-Dunn reduced the visitors advantage to 24-23 at quarter time.
A coast-to-coast effort from Logan McIntosh impressed as the lead changed hands on several occasions early in the second.
A nicely worked post up for Cam Stone was neutralised by Dance as Rangi led an entertaining game 38-37 at the mid point in the second.
Back to back baskets from Perrott-Hunt were answered by three treys from Logan Anderson (18 points in the half) that opened a seven points margin 49-42. Dance led all scorers at the break with 19 points but Rangi led 52-47 at half-time.
Anderson continued his scoring assault to open the scoring in the second half and with Ethan Mandeno adding five quick points the visitors had a double figure lead. Williams-Dunn landed a jumper but Rangi were well in control at 63-49.
Rosmini were looking for a shift in the momentum and found it with some pressing defence.
W-D’s three and a Reihana Maxwell-Topia jump shot trimmed the advantage to 67-60 at the five minutes mark in the third.
Harry Payne re-established the 10 points Rangi lead before Terence Abdon and Matt Sokol once again ate into the advantage – 72-66 at three-quarter time in favour of Rangitoto.
Maxwell-Topia’s persistence was rewarded with an inside basket and Abdon’s three cancelled out Clarke’s And-1– 79-77 with 5:15 to play.
Another Wiliams-Dunn three, his fifth of the game, tied the scores at 80-apiece with 4:20 to play.
Dance was the next scorer and at 82-80 in favour of the hosts with 3:40 on the clock Kenny Stone called a timeout.
McIntosh provided the scoring punch his coach requested, his two baskets bookending a Maxwell-Topia triple – 85-84 in favour of Rozza with three minutes to play.
A Williams–Dunn jump shot increased the lead to three points with a touch over two minutes to play.
The two teams traded free throws –Rozza ahead 88-85 with 1:13 left to play.
Rangi had a couple of open looks but having lost their earlier scoring rhythm failed to capitalize.
Williams-Dunn, who scored 11 points in the final quarter, scored off a strong drive with 26 seconds left on the clock to seal the win.
Good news for Rangitoto supporters is that Dan Fotu joined in the pre game warm-up and looks set to return to action after the July holiday break.
Rosmini 92 – Dance 29, Williams-Dunn 24, Perrott-Hunt 15, Maxwell-Topia 11, Abdon 9
Rangitoto 85 – Anderson 29, McIntosh 19, Clarke 16, Payne 9
Premier Grade Standings
8-2 Rangitoto, Westlake
7-3 Rangitoto, Auckland Grammar
3-7 St Kentigern, Macleans, Mt Albert
Unfortunately the Girls Prem game played on Monday was a far less competitive affair with Massey High out classing Avondale College 112-19.
Massey will be pleased to get back in the winners circle after consecutive losses but the gulf in ability made for an uneven contest.
Winning every quarter the hosts raced to a 31-8 opening quarter lead and never looked back.
Massey, barring a complete loss of form, are heading for the play-offs – Avondale almost certainly relegation bound.
Massey 112 – Povey 24, Aratangi 18, Fuaivaa 14, Wieczorek 12, Nikolaison 12, Tyacke 9, Schuster 9
Avondale 19 – Michaels 6, Rasmusen 5
Girls Premier Standings
9-1 AGGS, Mt Albert
2-8 Carmel, Orewa