In round nine of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier competition played on Monday night Mt Albert won the top of the table clash against Rosmini, Westlake beat Auckland Grammar and Rangitoto dropped eighteen threes against St Peter’s.
Mt Albert Grammar demonstrated that they are title contenders beating previously unbeaten Rosmini College.
Mt Albert had only scored 42 points at the three-quarter mark (leading 42-39) but exploded for 34 points in the final period to beat Rosmini 76-63.
Ryan Laumatia, having been kept quiet by Rosmini up until that point ,scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth. Aided by a couple of threes from Sataan Tawera and 8 points from Nate Wilson MAGS closed out the game for a seventh straight win.
Rosmini had earlier restricted MAGS to just 7 points in the opening quarter and with Terence Abdon scoring ten points led 27-22 at half-time.
Jayden Boucher dropped a three for the visitors in the third but Wilson and Rishon Royce edged MAGS ahead in the third frame.
Taine Murray scored 13 fourth quarter points for Rozza but it didn’t help them from slipping to a first loss of the season.
Mt Albert 76 – N Wilson 17, R Laumatia 17, C Pinono 11, R Royce 11
Rosmini 63 – T Murray 22, J Boucher 12, T Abdon 12
A commanding fourth quarter performance from Westlake Boys decided the contest against Auckland Grammar. Westlake led 59-55 at the three-quarter mark but with Sam Mennenga dominant inside and Dylan Wilkie scoring from the perimeter the home side piled on 32 points in the final ten minutes to push the winning margin out to an unlikely 19 points – 91-72 it finished.
After Westlake had taken an 18-13 lead into the first quarter break rival forwards Mennenga (14 points in the first half) for Lake and Ilaisa Tela for Grammar dominated the scoring in the early stages of the second period before Wilkie and Connor Ngan intervened with a trey apiece.
A Trent Garrett inside basket got Grammar within two points (32-30) but Westlake closed the half with a Wilkie three, a 10-2 run and a 42-32 lead at half-time.
Scores from Joe Wuthrich and Paora Winitana kept Lake ahead but Ngan’s speed and penetration was troubling the home defence – eleven third quarter points from the diminutive guard helping Grammar close to 59-55 with ten minutes to play.
Lain Haku made a triple in the fourth but it was slim pickings for Grammar as they were outscored 32-17 in that period.
Wilkie made his sixth three of the game, Ethan Clark and Winitana chipped in with contributions but it was fourteen points from the outstanding Mennenga that proved the difference.
Westlake and Grammar are now tied for second on the Premier ladder with identical 5-2 records.
Westlake 91 – S Mennenga 28, D Wilkie 22, J Kooiman 11, J Wuthrich 10
Grammar 72 – C Ngan 23, I Tela 15, L Haku 9, D Boyd 8, T McCarthy 8
Rangitoto College scored a startling eighteen (that’s correct 18) threes to beat visitors St Peter’s College 108-85 in a high scoring encounter.
How many shots from beyond the arc did they put up I can hear you asking? Thirty-two is the answer at a heady 56%.
The “Big E’s” did most the damage with Ethan Mandeno connecting with 7 from 11 (64%) and Ethan Skelton making 5 from 9 (56%) – the pair amassing a combined 57 points.
Daniel Powell (3), Hanseul Nam, Obadaiah Paea and Logan McIntosh (with one apiece) joined in the three-point exhibition to give Rangi their second win of the campaign.
The writing was on the wall from the opening quarter when Rangi racked up eight from beyond the arc to take a 35-21 lead.
Spare a thought for Whititera Parata (25 points), Phoenix Leupolu (21 points) and Isaiah Franklin (17 points) who on another night may have made winning contributions but in the end could do little to stop the Rangitoto onslaught.
Rangitoto 108 – E Mandeno 34, E Skelton 23, O Paea 16, L McIntosh 15
St Peter’s 85 – W Parata 25, P Leupolu 21, I Franklin 17, J Errey 6
The St Kentigern College v Avondale College fixture was postponed until after the July school holidays.
8-1 Mt Albert, Rosmini
5-4 Westlake, AGS
4-4 St Kentigern
3-6 St Peter’s
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