The Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier competition opened on Friday and it was almost a case of who wasn’t playing as to who was. A number of leading players are attending a New Zealand Selection Camp and injuries seem to be aplenty meaning a number of teams were understrength for the opening round.
Firstly though a big shout out and best wishes to Avondale College head coach Doe Williams who is presently out of action recovering from surgery – get well coach!
In the interim Kevin Goodwin has taken the helm of the newly promoted team but his charges were unable to give Coach Doe a get well present going down 85-75 at home to Auckland Grammar School.
The scores were locked at 20 points apiece at quarter time as Connor Ngan and Preston Karatau demonstrated their scoring abilities. Grammar’s Isara Nua had 15 first half points as his team took a 42-39 lead into the break – Jaga Mete had a dozen for Avondale.
Ten points from the outstanding Teancum McCarthy highlighted an even third period but the lead only three in favour of Grammar (62-59) with ten minutes to play.
Mete scored 13 points in the final period for the hosts but a couple of threes from McCarthy and further scores from Nua and Ilasia Tela saw Grammar home.
Avondale 75 – J Mete 32, K Eteru 12, J Cullen 9, P Karatau 8
AGS 85 – I Nua 24, C Ngan 20, T McCarthy 19, I Tela 13
The last time Rangitoto College and Rosmini College squared off was at the Schick Secondary Schools National Final in Palmerston North last October. Remarkably only six players involved in that game took to the court when the two teams met at Rangitoto on Friday night. Even more surprising was the fact that Rangitoto had just one survivor from that 2017 Grand Final and that change of personnel told as Rosmini carved out a commanding 110-59 victory.
David Jovanovic scored the first point of the game but a brace of baskets from Kruz Perrott-Hunt and threes from Terence Abdon and Thomas Morgan sent Rosmini on a 16-0 run.
Ethan Mandeno, the only Rangi player to have played in last year’s national championship game, snapped the charge but Rosmini led 25-11 at quarter time.
Reihana Maxwell-Topia got the scoring underway in the second, another run (10-0) taking the Rozza lead over 20 points.
Mandeno and Tommy Te Puni broke the run but it was 38-15 in favour of the visitors at the mid-point of the quarter.
Composed young point guard Ethan Skelton chipped in with points for Rangitoto but the away support were in full voice at the interval with their team 50-24 to the good. Perrott-Hunt led all scorers at that stage with 17 points.
Joseph Hylton muscled his way to the basket for the first score of the second half before Perrott-Hunt and Mandeno exchanged threes – another three from Abdon (his third of the game) moved Rosmini out to 62-29.
Jovanovic scored a couple of nice inside baskets but so did Maxwell-Topia and Jason Mittef for the visitors.
A put back from Sean Murphy countered a Mandeno floater, the third concluding with consecutive baskets from Reimar Cruz and an 82-46 lead to Rosmini.
The final quarter was largely academic although to their credit Rangi, well beaten on the night, battled gamely until the end.
Rangitoto 59 – E Mandeno 25, E Skelton 14, D Jovanovic 7
Rosmini 110 – K Perrott-Hunt 31, R Maxwell-Topia 22, S Murphy 11, T Abdon 9, J Mittef 9
Thirty-one points from Max Shorter was not enough to get St Kentigern the win as they went down 102-86 in a high scoring encounter with Mt Albert Grammar School.
St Kentigern gave up 28 points in the first period as Saatan Tawera and Ryan Laumatia helped themselves to baskets.
Three triples from Tom Chester and one each from Zac Chan and Shorter highlighted a much improved showing in the second stanza from St Kent’s as they closed to within three points (48-45) at half time.
Mt Albert put their foot down again in the third frame logging 30 points with Rishon Royce and Laumatia doing most of the damage.
Twenty points ahead at the start of the final quarter, Chayse Pinono scored 12 points in the closing stages as Mt Albert cruised to an away win – St Kent’s left to rue a poor defensive effort in the opening quarter.
St Kentigern 86 – M Shorter 31, T Chester 18, Z Chan 11, L Kerr 8
MAGS 102 – C Pinono 27, R Laumatia 20, N Wilson 19, S Tawera 10, R Royce 9
St Peter’s College travelled to Westlake Boys for their first ever Premier Grade fixture but came away empty handed, beaten 69-51.
They made an understandably nervous start trailing 23-14 at quarter time – Josh Koiman scoring six points for Westlake.
Seven points from Oliver Arlove settled St Peters but threes from Dylan Wilkie and Alex Freeman helped Westlake to a 40-27 half-time lead.
Koiman scored another six points in the third as Westlake extended its lead to 58-42 at the three-quarter mark.
St Peter’s, led by captain Whititera Parata, battled gamely in the fourth but failed to make an impression on the Lake advantage.
Westlake 69 – J Koiman 16, D Wilkie 12, J Port 6, A Freeman 6
St Peter’s 51 – W Parata 15, P Leupolu 10, O Arlove 12
Prem Girls roundup will follow on Sunday.