There were few upsets on Day 2 of the 2017 Schick Secondary Schools National Championships but there is plenty still to play for ahead of Day 3.
The defending champions in both the AA Boys and Girls competitions, Rangitoto College and St Peter’s Cambridge remain unbeaten.
The A Championship is moving to the sharp end of proceedings with semi-final action scheduled for Wednesday.
AA Championships – Boys
Pool A: Rosmini Coll 4-0, Mt Albert GS 4-0, Napier Boys 2-2, Fraser High 1-3, St John’s Coll 1-3, St Peter’s Coll 0-4
Fraser High gave Rosmini College a run for their money before losing 111-94 and Mt Albert were pushed all the way by Napier Boys before prevailing 72-64 in the morning games. Fraser were then defeated 95-76 by Mt Albert in the late game and Rosmini also moved to 4-0 with a resounding 110-53 win against Auckland rivals St Peter’s.
Mt Albert and Rosmini will squabble over top spot in the pool at 12.30pm on Wednesday.
Pool B: Palmerston North BHS 3-0, Christ’s Coll 3-0, Wellington Coll 1-2, New Plymouth BHS 1-2, Cashmere High 1-2, Kelston BHS 0-3
Palmerston North kept their championship claims on track with a 100-37 demolition of New Plymouth Boys High and Christ’s College did the same beating Kelston Boys 95-75. Both teams appear on track to make the quarters with their match up set down for 4pm on Wednesday.
Pool C: Rongotai Coll 3-0, Westlake BHS 3-0, Burnside High 2-1, Hastings BHS 1-2, St Peter’s Cambridge 0-3, Shirley BHS 0-3
Rongotai won a cracker against Hastings 78-76 in the key round four match to keep its campaign on track and Westlake held off St Peter’s Cambridge winning 99-81
The pair remain unbeaten and both look set to for top eight action – they lock horns on Wednesday afternoon.
The game of round 2 in Pool C saw Burnside High edge St Peters, Cambridge 85-83.
Pool D: Rangitoto Coll 3-0, Auckland Grammar 3-0, Middleton Grange 2-1, Hamilton BHS 1-2, Melville High 0-3, Waimea Coll 0-3
Auckland Grammar were given a fright by Hamilton Boys before eventually prevailing 71-68 and Middleton Grange accounted for Melville 74-71 in the morning games.
In the afternoon Auckland coped more comfortably with Melville (76-55) while Rangitoto also remained unbeaten. The back to back champions beat Hamilton Boys 101-69 to rack up 100+ points for the third straight game.
AA Championship – Girls
Pool A: St Peter’s Cambridge 4-0, Hutt Valley HS 3-1, St Hilda’s Coll 3-1, Palmerston North GHS 2-2 Napier GHS 0-4, Western Heights HS 0-4
The game of the day featured defending AA Shick National Champions St Peter’s, Cambridge and Zone 3 Runners-up Hutt Valley. Twitter correspondent described the game as one of the best games to date as St Peters overturned a 12 points half time deficit to win 84-75.
Barring an upset in the final round of games on Wednesday afternoon both teams will feature in the quarter-finals on Thursday.
Pool B: Auckland Girls GS 3-0, Hamilton GHS, 2-1 Massey HS 2-1, Christchurch Girls HS 1-2, Middleton Grange 1-2, Ashburton Coll 0-3
Wednesday will be the moving day in Pool B with two rounds of games to be played. In theory all but Ashburton are vying for the top two spots in a very competitive section.
Auckland Grammar remains unbeaten after beating Christchurch Girls 76-53. After two losses on Day 1 Middleton Grange moved back into contention with a vital 65-60 win against the previously unbeaten Massey High.
Pool C: St Mary’s Coll 3-0, Westlake Girls HS 2-1, Rotorua Girls HS 2-1, Sacred Heart New Plymouth 1-2, Rangi Ruru 1-2, Carmel Coll 0-3
Teams in Pool C also had just the one game on Day2. Rangi Ruru couldn’t repeat the exciting victory gained against Westlake on Day 1 as they were downed 70-48 by Rotorua Girls High.
The other winners were pool favourites St Marys over Carmel (106-53) and Westlake beating Sacred Heart, New Plymouth 61-43.
Rotorua v Westlake on Wednesday morning should be a cracker.
Pool D: Mt Albert GS 3-0, Melville HS 3-0, Hastings Girls HS 1-2, Rangitoto College 1-2, St Andrew’s Coll 1-2, New Plymouth Girls HS 0-3.
Melville High won the key match up with Hastings 72-63 in the morning game.
Mt Albert Grammar continued on its merry way thumping Zone 1 rivals Rangitoto 100-45 and New Plymouth 105-57.
Melville are also unbeaten after wins against St Andrews (95-49) and critically Hastings 72-63.
A Championship – Boys
Pool A: Hillmorton High 4-0, Te Aroha Coll 3-1, St Kevin’s Coll 2-2, Otaki Coll 1-3, Catholic Cathedral Coll 0-4
The key game of the day was the Hillmorton v Te Aroha match up with both teams boasting a 3-0 record and semi-final bound. Hillmorton proved too strong for the team from the Waikato winning 83-65.
Pool B: Stratford HS 4-0, Manukura 3-1, Nga Taiatea Wharekura 2-2, Greymouth HS 2-2, Onewhero Area School 1-3, Te Kuiti HS 0-4
Stratford and Manukura will meet each other in the final pool game on Wednesday morning with the top two spots still up for grabs. Stratford solidified its top ranking with wins against Onewhero and Nga Taiatea Wharekura although that was a close one 78-74. If Stratford defeat Manukura a three way tie for second place could arise with count back coming in to play.
A Championship – Girls
Pool A: Te Aroha Coll 4-0, Opunake HS 3-1, Buller HS 2-2, Te Wharekura o Mauao 1-2, Aquinas Coll 0-4
Te Aroha College head directly to the semi-final after wins over Aquinas and Te Wharekura o Mauao on Day 2.
Defending champions Opunake High and Buller will cross over to play in the preliminary semi-finals on Wednesday morning.
Pool B: Te Kura Kokiri 4-0, Manukura 3-1, Stratford HS 2-2, Ellesmere Coll 1-3, Hillmorton HS 0-4
Te Kura Kokiri head directly to Wednesday’s semi-final with a perfect 4-0 record after beating Stratford and Ellesmere. Manukura defeated Stratford 74-35 in the late game on Tuesday however both teams will suit for preliminary semi-final games on Wednesday morning.