Monthly Archives: June 2018

Otago and Taranaki claim WBC victories


A second big win in seven days for Otago Gold Rush and a bounce back victory for Taranaki Thunder were the features of the two Women’s Basketball Championship games played at the weekend.

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Carmel gain first win, AGGS remain unbeaten in Girl’s Premier Grade

Carmel team


Carmel College marked the halfway point in Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League on Friday with their first win of the season. There were also victories for Auckland Grammar, Westlake Girls and Massey High.

In an exciting game in which the lead changed hands on numerous occasions Carmel eventually prevailed 73-68 on their home court against St Kentigern College.

Courtney Griffiths opened the St Kentigern scoring although the hosts replied immediately via Quaizden Stephano.

A series of turnovers proved costly for St Kentigern as they fell behind 10-4 but they recovered sufficiently to trail by just three points (17-14) at the quarter break.

St Kent’s gained their first lead of the game (19-17) courtesy of Emma Halliday early in the second quarter.

The St Kent’s scoring slowed to a crawl but unfortunately for Carmel theirs hit a wall – a Tayla Dalton long three eventually breaking the drought.

A repeat effort made it a one point game (23-22) – St Kent’s ahead 29-26 at half-time. Griffiths had seven points for the visitors – Dalton, on her way to 36 points, had thirteen for Carmel.

Emily Bloomfield opened the scoring for Carmel in the second half and when she scored another inside basket the scores were tied 35 points apiece.

Natasha Leishman scored eight points in the third, a quarter that St Kent’s led for all but the last twenty seconds of – the scores locked 47 points each with ten minutes to play after an Estelle Davidson And-1 play.

Renee Flay restored the St Kent’s advantage early in the final period but unfortunately for the visitors fouled out with seven minutes to play.

Broomfield snatched the lead back for Carmel but Kayla Robertson-Tekki (8 points in the quarter) gave St Kent’s the lead once again (59-57) with four minutes to play.

A series of free-throws followed – the scores locked at 66 apiece with 1:30 to play.

Broomfield made a crucial basket and when Dalton grabbed a steal and made a lay-up with 49 seconds left Carmel finally had some breathing space with a 71-66 lead.

Georgia Green iced the game from the foul line in front of an excited home crowd to register an important first win of the season for Carmel.

Carmel 73 – T Dalton 36, E Broomfield 11, E Davidson 7, G Green 6, Q Stephano 6

St Kentigern 68 – N Leishman 16, K Robertson-Tekii 14, C Griffiths 11, M Chen 8


Despite a game high 19 points from Mt Albert Grammar guard Jada Manase Auckland Grammar comfortably won the top of the table clash 65-43.

Sharne Pupuke-Robati got MAGS off to a reasonable start – nine points meant her team only trailed 13-11 at half-time.

The second quarter was a disaster for the hosts as Auckland, with Mele Latu in fine form, pulled away to lead 27-15 at half-time.

Manase scored ten points, including a couple of triples, in the third frame but Elianna Tuaiti and Heeni Blakey ensured Auckland maintained a decisive lead (43-32) at the three-quarter mark.

Six points each from both E Tuaiti and Zhanay Hettig ensured there would be no late comeback from MAGS as Auckland made it seven straight wins.

MAGS 43 – J Manase 19, S Pupuke-Robati 12, M Va’ai 5, R Fiatau 5

AGGS 65 – E Tuaiti 19, M Latu 18, Z Hettig 13, H Blakey 8


In the third game of the round  something of a shoot-out developed between two players who will next month be teammates at the fiba U17 World Cup.

St Mary’s College forward Jazz Kailahi-Fulu scored 27 points but it was Massey High that prevailed 63-58 with guard Shauna Povey making 30 points.

St Mary’s made a terrific start forging a 21-13 lead thanks to a balanced scoring effort including a triple from Alex Moore.

Massey bounced back in the second spell with a dozen points from Povey and a couple of handy contributions from Terina Aratangi to take a narrow 34-32 lead into the half-time break.

Leata Te Nana-Williams landed a triple for St Mary’s but Massey stretched their lead in the third stanza as Ramona Fuiavaa (twice) and Povey also landed from beyond the arc for a 51-42 advantage.

St Mary’s had the better of the final ten minutes as Jazz and Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu combined for ten points but it wasn’t quite enough to deny Massey a fourth win of the campaign.

Massey 63 – S Povey 30, T Aratangi 13, R Fuiavaa 9, A Schuster 6

St Mary’s 58 – J Kailahi-Fulu 27, A Moore 8, S Te Nana-Williams 6


Westlake High made a collective ten threes on their way to a solid 88-73 win at Rangitoto College despite Hannah Wentworth scoring a game high 28 points for the hosts.

Rangitoto opened the game with a 7-0 run but were hauled in by Westlake who entered the quarter time break ahead 23-17 with Jordyn Maddix making two of her six triples in the spell.

Robyn Blackstock scored six points and Wentworth nailed a pair of triples but eight points from Emme Shearer either side of the quarter break and a three from Jess Moors on the stroke of half-time gave Westlake a 44-40 half-time lead.

Maddix completed her half dozen treys in the third stanza and Mareta Davidson chimed in with six points to counter Wentworth’s consistent scoring to ensure Lake led 65-58 at three-quarter time.

Gracie Hasler-Ewins and Bella Elgar tried to cut the deficit but Emma Pugh had other ideas leaving Moors to land Westlake’s tenth triple and carry Westlake to a fifth straight victory.

Rangitoto 73 – H Wentworth 28, I Elgar 15, G Hasler-Ewins 14, R Blackstock 10

Westlake 88 – J Maddix 24. E Shearer 14, M Davidson 12, J Moors 10, E Pugh 10


Premier Standings

7-0 AGGS

5-2 Mt Albert, Westlake

4-3 Massey

3-4 Rangitoto

2-5 St Mary’s

1-6 Carmel, St Kentigern


Senior A Results

Avondale v Botany Downs – result not known

Mt Roskill 66 Birkenhead 52

Pakuranga v Epsom – result not known

Diocesan 44 Orewa 75

Senior A Standings

6-0 Epsom

5-1 Botany

5-2 Mt Roskill

3-3 Pakuranga

3-4 Birkenhead

2-4 Avondale

2-5 Orewa

0-7 Diocesan

Round 7 Wrap of Auckland Secondary Schools Prems



Round seven of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League on Friday marked the halfway mark of the regular season. It also saw victories for Mt Albert Grammar, St Peter’s College, Westlake Boys and Rosmini College.

Tall Black Tohi-Smith Milner was in attendance at Carmel College to see his former college Rosmini win an entertaining encounter against St Kentigern College 89-76.

The win was built around a polished performance from point guard Marvin Williams-Dunn who scored a team high 23 points.

Rosmini had the better of the opening exchanges leading 15-9 at the mid point of the opening period and 21-15 at quarter time.

Forward Reihana Maxwell-Topia scored the first four points of the second quarter – Shalom Broughton (24 points) replied with a brace of baskets for St Kentigern.

Jayden Boucher gave Rosmini a double digit lead but Max Shorter (31 points) reduced that with a triple plus an And-1 play (33-27).

Broughton was causing Rosmini plenty of problems under the boards, his put back making it a one point game, before Shorter’s third triple of the opening half gave St Kentigern their first lead of the game (37-35).

A pair of Williams-Dunn threes repaired some of the damage before his jump shot gave the hosts a narrow 47-46 lead at half-time. The Rozza guard had 16 points at the break – Shorter 20 points for St Kent’s.

Rosmini peeled off a brisk 13-0 run (seven points from Kainoa Lepou) to open the second half necessitating a timeout from St Kent’s coach Aaron Young.

The run was halted at fifteen points when Broughton scored a brace of baskets. A tumbling drive from Boucher made the Rozza lead 66-50 but then earned a prolonged rest as he fouled out with thirteen minutes to play.

St Kent’s guard Zac Chan landed a trey on the three-quarter time buzzer but his team trailed 72-57 at the last break.

Sean Murphy scored with a high arching floater and Taine Murray from a drive to extend the lead to 78-60 before Shorter, the game’s leading scorer, took his personal tally into the thirties for the fourth time this season.

Joseph Hylton took the Rozza lead into the twenties before St Kent’s forward Levic Kerr made a couple of nice inside buckets

Point guard Alex McNaught typified the St Kentigern commitment with his poise and non-stop effort but it was Rosmini that emerged with the win to stay top of the table.

Rosmini 89 – M Williams-Dunn 23, K Lepou 18, R Maxwell-Topia 16

St Kentigern 76 – M Shorter 31, S Broughton 24, L Kerr 12


Mt Albert Grammar remain hot on the heels of Rosmini after beating Auckland Grammar 68-50.

Chayse Pinono and Clarke Aiono got Mt Albert off to a good start as they led 16-10 at quarter time.

Auckland struggled at the offensive end only able to muster 21 points by half-time. MAGS weren’t at their fluent best either but did have a ten-point advantage at the interval.

Athletic forward Ilaisa Tela, coming off a thirty points game in the previous round against Rosmini, scored ten points for Auckland in the third period. Ryan Laumatia scored half a dozen for MAGS to keep his team ahead 50-37 at the three-quarter point.

Pinono and Laumatia scored six points each in the final period and although Tela matched that he had little support on the night as MAGS eased to their sixth win in seven outings.

MAGS 68 – R Laumatia 16, C Pinono 15, T Hurdley 12, S Tawera 7

AGS 50 – I Tela 22, T McCarthy 7, I Nua 7, D Boyd 6


A season high 28 points from Luke Buckingham propelled St Peter’s College to a convincing 89-64 win at Avondale College.

St Peter’s made a flying start forging a healthy 22-11 opening quarter lead – Buckingham and Whititera Parata prominent.

Keanu Eteru and Armand Donaldson provided some Avondale resistance but triples from Buckingham and Isaiah Franklin pushed the visitors advantage to a substantial 45-22 at half-time.

Preston Karatau and Donaldson (both with 19 points) made a double figure contribution to Avondale’s improved performance in the third but three straight baskets from Parata maintained the St Peter’s advantage at the three-quarter mark (65-43).

In the final frame Buckingham took his tally of threes to five, Sam Glover also landed from beyond the arc and Phoenix Leupolu scored eight of his 22 points as St Peter’s had little problem protecting their lead to record a third win of the season.

Avondale 64 – P Karatau 19, A Donaldson 19, K Eteru 11, K Hiini-Neilson 8

St Peter’s 89 – L Buckingham 28, P Leupolu 22, W Parata 14


In the northern derby Rangitoto guard Harry Payne scored 14 points in the opening quarter but visitors Westlake Boys were well served by Paora Winitana and led 24-21 after ten minutes.

Rangi were outscored 27-12 in the second period as Josh Kooiman made 11 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc, to give Westlake a 51-33 lead at half-time.

The home team came back strongly in the third with Hanseul Nam knocking down a couple of triples. Sam Mennenga and Winitana, who scored a season best 19 points, kept the score moving for Lake but their lead was reduced to 67-54 at three-quarter time.

Rangi guard Logan McIntosh scored a dozen fourth quarter points but a couple of triples from Dylan Wilkie and eight points from the southpaw Mennenga saw Westlake home for a fourth win of the season.

Rangitoto 74 – H Payne 24, L McIntosh 18, H Nam 10, E Mandeno 5

Westlake 87 – P Winitana 19, S Mennenga 19, D Wilkie 12, J Kooiman 11, T Cowie 9


League Standings

7-0 Rosmini

6-1 Mt Albert

4-3 St Kentigern, AGS

3-4 Westlake, St Peter’s

1-6 Rangitoto

0-7 Avondale


Senior A Results

Massey 96 Macleans 90

Western Springs 80 Birkenhead 61

Pakuranga v Kelston – result not known

Liston 91 Northcote 62

Canterbury Schools – week five wrap


In the McDonald’s Whelan Trophy Middleton Grange hosted Cashmere and had a monster 36 points game from Katie Jo van den Bogaert, as well as 20 from Annabel Lapworth. Samantha Irvine (13p) and Rachel Pullan (16p) were both back from the BBNZ U19 tournament, but not able to help their Cashmere team to a win, dropping the game 84-54.

Lincoln continued their improved showing in the Whelan Trophy winning 73-55 over newcomers Marian College. Kate Herman had 21 points, while 13 was the number for both Sophie Withell and Samantha McCrone. For Marian, Hannah Malaysay and Mckenzie Hansen both had 14, and Brie-Ellen Harding scored 10.


Middleton Grange faced Cashmere in the Thomson Trophy Competition too, and kept things interesting throughout the game, but were unable to get closer than nine points in the final quarter, going down 83-68. Thomas Webley led Cashmere with 28, and fellow starters Nic Wenmoth and Tom Russ-Hofmans scored 12 and 11 respectively. Ben Carlile-Smith had 25 for the Gators, who had 11 points each from Jed Rea and Ah-Li Fenika.

Week six is officially an empty week in the Whelan Competition, but we have a few deferred games to include here. Cashmere may have the Dowson Cup up for grabs twice, first against Christ’s College in a rematch of last year’s final on Tuesday night, then again on Thursday against a sneaky-good St. Andrew’s team. Our game of the week is picked to be Middleton Grange at Christchurch Boys’ High on Tuesday night.

From James Lissaman

 Week Five Results

Whelan Division II
Papanui 68-51 Burnside

Lincoln 73-55 Marian

Villa Maria 54-37 Te Pā

Ellesmere 50-45 Hillmorton

Avonside 77-54 St. Margaret’s


Whelan Division I
Middleton Grange 84-54 Cashmere

St. Andrew’s 72-58 Christchurch Girls’

Kaiapoi 60-52 Ashburton


Thomson Division II
St. Thomas 88-53 Ellesmere

Linwood 101-72 Hornby

Ashburton 78-56 Cathedral

Papanui 85-75 Riccarton

Kaiapoi 76-67 Rangiora New Life


Thomson Division I
St. Andrew’s 95-59 Burnside

Shirley 104-74 St. Bede’s

Cashmere 83-68 Middleton Grange

Christchurch Boys’ 87-62 Hillmorton

Rangiora 80-67 Christ’s


Upcoming Games – all Tuesday 19 June unless noted. Picks are underlined:

Whelan Division II

(5:15pm Monday 18 June) Marian @ St. Margaret’s

5:15pm Avonside @ Hillmorton

5:15pm Burnside @ Lincoln

5:15pm Papanui @ Villa Maria

7:00pm Ellesmere @ Te Pā o Rākaihautū (hosted at Linwood College)


Whelan Division I

5:15pm Kaiapoi @ Cashmere

5:15pm Rangi Ruru @ Rangiora

(5:15pm Thursday 21 June) Cashmere @ Christchurch Girls’


Thomson Division II

5:15pm Papanui @ Linwood

6:00pm Ashburton @ St. Thomas

7:00pm Ellesmere @ Hornby

7:00pm Riccarton @ Lincoln

7:00pm Cathedral @ Rangiora New Life (hosted at Mega)


Thomson Division I

5:15pm Burnside @ Shirley

7:00pm Christ’s @ Cashmere (Dowson Cup Challenge)

7:00pm Middleton Grange @ Christchurch Boys’ (Game of the Week)

7:00pm Rangiora @ Hillmorton

7:00pm St. Andrew’s @ St. Bede’s

(6:00pm Thursday 21 June) St. Andrew’s @ Cashmere

Kruz Perrott-Hunt called up to Tall Blacks camp


Rosmini College guard Kruz Perrott-Hunt has been called into the Tall Blacks 20-man training squad ahead of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers against Hong Kong and China later this month.

The 17 year-old found out about his elevation to the national senior team camp on the eve of his departure to China where he is attending the Nike Asia Camp alongside Rosmini teammate Mitchell Dance and Auckland Grammar forward Anzac Rissetto.

The four-day Tall Blacks training camp will be held in Wellington beginning next Monday and will cap off a hectic month for Perrott-Hunt who last week competed for Harbour Basketball at the Under 19 National Championships where he was named to the Tournament Team.

The Year 13 student is a senior member of the Rosmini Premier Basketball team. The reigning National Champions have made an unbeaten start to the season over the first six rounds of the Auckland Secondary Schools competition.

Tall Blacks coach Paul Henare was able to witness first hand the abilities of the athletic combo guard over the summer when he trained on a regular basis with the SKYCITY Breakers team.

In addition to his high school commitments Perrott-Hunt will showcase his skill set in front of American college coaches in Las Vegas in July where he will suit up for the Harbour U19 team.

He will log even more air miles in August if he is selected for the New Zealand team to attend the FIBA U18 Asia Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats welcome back Mary Goulding


Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats have been boosted by the inclusion of Mary Goulding for their Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC) game against South Island rivals Otago Gold Rush on Saturday.

Goulding, a junior at Fordham University, is coming off a strong season with the Rams where she averaged 8.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. The 1.83m forward started in all but one of the 25 games she played for the Rams in 2017-18, a season in which they finished with a 24-10 record. Fordham play in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference.

The former Rangiora High School standout last played for the Wildcats in 2015 before embarking on her US college career.

The Wildcats suffered an overtime loss (69-63) to Auckland Dream in their last WBC outing and will welcome Goulding’s aggressive style of play as they look to claim their fourth regular season victory. She will help fill the void left by Fran Edmondson – the 2016 WBC Most Valuable Player suffered a season ending knee injury in the loss to Auckland.

The Wildcats and the Gold Rush have an identical 3-win, 2-loss record. The winner of the game on Saturday will reclaim a top four spot on the WBC ladder.

The tip-off on Saturday is 7.30pm at Cowles Stadium.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at

Westlake Girls move to third – W’s also for Mt Albert, Rangitoto and AGGS

WGHS team

The Sixth Round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Competition was played on Monday. Auckland and Mt Albert Grammar Schools, Westlake Girls High and Rangitoto College all got the W’s.

Two teams with a 3-2 record met on the North Shore where Westlake Girls High entertained Massey High and it was Westlake that emerged with the victory, but only just, 65-61

The first two quarters were of contrasting styles. Jordyn Maddix and the Emma’s, Pugh and Shearer scored six points apiece as Westlake led 24-12 at the quarter-time break.

Laticia Jost and Alyesha Schuster landed threes as Massey had the better of the second period although they still trailed 37-31 at half-time.

Kataleena Leslie opened the second half scoring, Mareta Davidson replying for Westlake on the next play.

A Terina Aratangi three narrowed the Massey deficit to 39-36 and soon after a Shauna Povey trey gave Massey a 41-39 lead.

Jess Moors hit back from beyond the arc for Westlake – an And-1 play from Rosalie Dil restoring the home team’s lead.

Ramona Fuiavaa scored close to the third break but five quick points from Shearer made the margin 54-46 in favour of the home team at the three-quarter mark.

 Pugh and Makenzee Boucher made the Westlake advantage a dozen and when Shearer scored inside with three minutes to play the hosts still had a healthy 65-55 lead.

A pair of Povey free-throws reduced the margin to eight points and that became six when Jost scored with 90 seconds to play.

Povey took her tally to 20 points with a minute to play and it was 65-61 with Westlake looking anxiously over their shoulders.

Neither side could find the basket in the closing sixty seconds – Westlake hanging on for a fourth straight victory and outright third place on the Premier ladder.

Westlake 65 – E Pugh 18, E Shearer 15, J Maddix 10, J Moors 7, R Dil 7

Massey 61 – S Povey 20, T Aratangi 15, A Schuster 8, K Leslie 8


A second thirty plus points haul of the season from Sharne Pupuke-Robati (32 points) ensured Mt Albert Grammar reverted back to winning ways with an 80-52 win at St Mary’s.

Riana Matiseni landed an early three for St Mary’s but a pair of the same from Jada Manase gave MAGS a 22-13 quarter time lead.

A third triple from Manase opened the MAGS scoring in the second frame but Jazz Kailahi-Fulu scored seven points for St Mary’s who narrowed the gap to 42-28 at half-time.

Safrina Te Nana-Williams chipped in with seven second-half points for the hosts but Tessa Talo-Tomokino and Pupuke-Robati accumulated 14 points and 18 points respectively in the half to ease MAGS to a comfortable win.

St Mary’s 52 – J Kailahi-Fulu 12, S Te Nana-Williams 11, L Te Nana-Williams 9, R Matiseni 8

Mt Albert 80 – S Pupuke-Robati 32, T Talo-Tomokino 18, J Manase 13, M Va’ai 5


St Kentigern College entertained Rangitoto College and it was the hosts that had slightly better of the opening quarter (19-18) with Gabby Umaga making six points.

Over the next twenty minutes it was Rangitoto that dominated as Bella Elgar (25 points) and Hannah Wentworth (23 points) both posted their best returns of the season.

The pair combined for 17 points in the second stanza as the visitors forged a 39-30 half-time lead.

Natasha Leishman (15 points) scored half a dozen points in the third for St Kent’s but a balanced scoring effort from Rangi increased their advantage to 62-45 at the three-quarter break.

Khanye-Lii Munro-Nonoa kept the score moving for St Kent’s but a pair of threes from Ella Moore helped secure a third victory of the season for Rangitoto.

St Kentigern 60 – N Leishman 15, C Griffiths 9, G Umaga 9, K Munro-Nonoa 9

Rangitoto 76 – I Elgar 25, H Wentworth 23, C Noom-Duckworth 8, R Blackstock 6, E Moore 6


It can be daunting at the best of times when your team is winless, sitting at the bottom of the ladder and taking on the defending champions. For Carmel College the challenge became doubly difficult with their leading scorer Tayla Dalton sidelined with injury and unable to take the court against Auckland Girls Grammar.

It was easy pickings for AGGS who scored the first 31 points of the game and went on to win 102-15.

Zhanay Hettig (27 points) and Elianna Tuaiti (24 points) led the scoring barrage for the unbeaten reigning champions.

Although outclassed Carmel can be commended for their effort and Estelle Davidson deserves a mention for leading their scoring with eight points.

Carmel 15 – E Davidson 8, G Green 3

AGGS 102 – Z Hettig 27, E Tuaiti 24, M Latu 15, H Blakey 14

Premier League Standings

6-0 AGGS

5-1 Mt Albert

4-2 Westlake

3-3 Massey, Rangitoto

2-4 St Mary’s

1-5 St Kentigern

0-6 Carmel

Senior A Results

Birkenhead 64 Orewa 62 AOT

Diocesan 38 Botany Downs 96

Epsom 63 Avondale 44

Mt Roskill 62 Pakuranga 37

Boy’s Premier Grade – Round Six Review


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In Round Six of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier competition there were wins for Rosmini College, Mt Albert Grammar, St Kentigern College and Westlake Boys.

Despite 31 points from Auckland Grammar forward Ilaisa Tela Rosmini prevailed 93-68 at the Tom Gerrard Gymnasium on Monday night.

A fast paced opening saw Rosmini build a position of strength by quarter time to lead 32-14 – Taine Murray 11 points in the period.

Jayden Boucher took the Rosmini lead to twenty (39-19) four minutes into the second quarter but with Teacum McCarthy providing good support to Tela, Grammar prevented the lead increasing dramatically. Kainoa Lepou converted a baseline drive to conclude the first half action with the hosts 54-31 in front.

Reihana Maxwell-Topia and Murray joined Tela and McCarthy in double figures at the break.

Marvin Williams-Dunn scored off a Joe Hylton pass to open the second half scoring, Hylton scoring himself on the next possession.

Trent Garrett made a tough baseline jumper before three straight Murray drives increased the Rosmini lead to 66-39 six minutes into the third – Grammar Coach Lindsay Tait needing a timeout.

A Reimar Cruz three maintained the Rozza momentum (69-39) – another triple from Sean Murphy on the stroke of three-quarter time kept Rosmini in control, ahead 75-45.

Grammar, or to be more accurate Tela (15 points in the fourth quarter), had the better of the closing stages but Rozza’s overall domination was never threatened as they recorded a sixth straight win.

Rosmini 93 – T Murray 18, M Williams-Dunn 16, J Hylton 14, R Maxwell-Topia 12, R Cruz 10

Auckland Grammar 68 – I Tela 31, T McCarthy 17, four players x 4 points each.


Mt Albert Grammar (5-1) claimed outright second place on the Premier League ladder with a 71-47 victory against St Peter’s College.

Six points apiece from Clark Aiono and Nate Wilson gave MAGS the upper hand at quarter time with a 19-12 lead.

St Peter’s replied strongly through Isaiah Franklin and Luke Buckingham in the second period and carried a narrow 31-30 lead into the half-time break.

Chayse Pinono knocked down a three early in the third quarter as MAGS steadily built an advantage to lead 50-40 with ten minutes to play.

Foul trouble, particularly to captain Whititera Parata, didn’t help the St Peter’s cause. Regular scores from MAGS guards Pinono, Sataan Tawera and Ryan Laumatia didn’t assist either as the hosts dominated proceedings in the second half.

Jacob Errey scored eight of St Peter’s last ten points in the game but it wasn’t enough to stop MAGS recording a fourth straight wins.

Mt Albert 71 – C Pinono 15, S Tawera 14, R Laumatia 13, N Wilson 12, C Aiono 9

St Peter’s 47 – I Franklin 13, P Leupolu 10, J Errey 10, L Buckingham 5


St Kentigern College produced a balanced scoring display to edge out Rangitoto College 87-81. Shalom Broughton (17 points) led the scoring list as St Kent’s had seven players record 9 points or more. For Rangitoto Harry Payne top scored with 28 points.

Tom Chester made three triples in the opening frame and with Broughton and Shorter finding their way to the hoop St Kentigern led 27-22 after ten minutes.

Rangitoto guard Ethan Skelton joined in the three-point shot making fun in the second quarter but St Kent’s pulled away further as Elliot Watson and Levic Kerr made timely baskets. The hosts 55-39 to the good at half-time.

Logan McIntosh scored nine of his points in the third, a period edged by Rangi who trailed 73-61 at the last major break.

Payne and Obadaiah Paea combined for 15 points in the fourth but Zac Chan made the final seven points for St Kent’s to help them to a fourth win of the season.

St Kentigern 87 – S Broughton 17, A McNaught 15, L Kerr 11, M Shorter 10,

Rangitoto 81 – H Payne 28, L McIntosh 14, E Skelton 14, O Paea 10


Eight first quarter points from Westlake forward Sam Mennenga propelled the hosts to a 22-18 lead against Avondale College.

Keanu Eteru, Armand Donaldson and Jaga Mete kept the score ticking over for Avondale but a three from Ethan Clark and more good work from Mennenga gave Westlake a 42-32 lead at half-time.

It was a different story in the third as a pair of threes from Preston Karatau and nine points from Mete meant it was a one point game at three-quarter time (56-55).

Donaldson led the effort in the fourth as Avondale tried desperately to gain a first win of the season but Tom Cowie, Jackson Port (two triples apiece) and Mennenga ensured a second win of the season for Lake.

Westlake 84 – S Mennenga 24, T Cowie 16, J Port 10, J Wuthrich 9

Avondale 72 – J Mete 25, A Donaldson 16, K Eteru 12, P Karatau 10


Premier League Standings

6-0 Rosmini

5-1 Mt Albert

4-2 St Kentigern, Auckland Grammar

2-4 St Peter’s, Westlake, Rangitoto

0-6 Avondale

Senior A

Kelston 94 Massey 104

Birkenhead 56 Northcote 82

Girls Premier Grade – Round Five wrap

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The four Auckland based players last week named in the New Zealand team to compete at the FIBA U17 World Cup next month produced fine individual performances in Round Five of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier competition.

Shauna Povey scored 27 points as Massey High beat Rangitoto and Jazz Kailahi-Fulu nailed 22 points in the St Mary’s win at Carmel. For Carmel Tayla Dalton rattled in 32 points and Sharne Pupuke-Robati netted 21 points for Mt Albert in their loss to Westlake.

Emma Hoskin opened the scoring for Carmel College in the battle of the two promoted teams but it was St Mary’s that made the better start getting out to an early 10-4 advantage, the lead 19-12 at quarter time – 9 points to Saints forward Kailahi-Fulu.

Charli Blackman and Alex Moore exchanged scores but Carmel, playing on their home court for the first time this season, were struggling to find any offensive fluency trailing 29-16 at the mid-point of the second period.

Dalton broke the Carmel scoring drought but that was cancelled out by a put back from Gracyn Tomuli-Afoa – St Mary’s handily placed at half-time with a 38-23 lead.

Moore pushed the St Mary’s lead out to twenty points (46-26) before Georgia Green replied with a pair of transition baskets courtesy of Estelle Davidson assists.

Dalton snared steals on three consecutive St Mary’s possessions but Carmel failed to make it tell on the scoreboard and trailed 55-35 at three-quarter time.

Carmel, still searching for their first win of the season, were unable to put much of a dent in the St Mary’s advantage but did enjoy seeing Jemma Cammell – a year nine guard – score her first senior baskets on debut.

 Carmel 46 – T Dalton 32, J Cammell 4, G Green 4

St Mary’s 70 – J Kailahi-Fulu 22, A Moore 16, R Matiseni 12


After being down by just four points at quarter time (16-12), home side Rangitoto College were left to rue a poor second period after losing 80-69 to Massey High.

Bella Elgar and Hannah Wentworth led the first half effort for Rangitoto but Terina Aratangi, Shauna Povey and Aleysha Schuster led a 27 points scoring blitz by the visitors in the second period as Massey claimed a 43-25 half-time lead.

Elgar scored four straight baskets for Rangi in the third but a third triple on the night from Aratangi helped the visitors maintain a clear advantage (60-45) with ten minutes to play.

A pair of threes from Wentworth and contributions from Gracie Hasler-Ewins and Centaine Noom-Duckworth helped Rangi shade the fourth period. However with Yzabelle Taveo scoring 10 of her 17 points in the last frame Massey comfortably held on for a third win of the season.

Rangitoto 69 – B Elgar 23, H Wentworth 20, G Hasler-Ewins 12, C Noom-Duckworth 7

Massey 80 – S Povey 27, Y Taveo 17, T Aratangi 12, A Schuster 8


Westlake Girls, boosted by the return of Emme Shearer (21 points), secured a third straight win beating Mt Albert Grammar 73-57.

An away win didn’t look on the cards initially as seven first quarter points from Tessa Talo-Tomokino propelled MAGS to a 15-9 first quarter advantage.

The introduction of Shearer, playing her first game of the season, made a difference as the rangy guard scored 9 points either side of the quarter time break. Westlake had much the better of the second frame – seven different scorers contributing to a 33-30 half-time lead.

Sharne Pupuke-Robati and Talo-Tomokino shared the scoring load for the hosts in the third quarter but 11 points from Shearer and scores from Rosie Dil and Piper Manolas extended the Westlake lead to 55-44 at the third break.

Pupuke-Robati scored the last ten points for the hosts but Jess Moors and Jordyn Maddix ensured the Westlake lead wasn’t threatened

Mt Albert 57 – S Pupuke-Robati 21, T Talo-Tomokino 16, M Kelly 7, R Burgess 7

Westlake 73 – E Shearer 24, J Maddix 11, M Davidson 7, S Dil 6, E Pugh 6


In the other game Auckland Grammar were slow to get going against St Kentigern leading 10-9 after the first period. From then on it was one-way traffic with AGGS winning 62-30.

AGGS 62 – E Tuaiti 14, Z Hettig 13, T Tuala 7, L Tuaiti 7

St Kentigern 30 – M Chen 11, C Griffiths 10


Premier League Standings

5-0 Auckland Grammar

1-4 Mt Albert

3-2 Massey, Westlake

2-3 Rangitoto, St Mary’s

1-4 St Kentigern

0-5 Carmel

Senior A Results

Epsom 74 Diocesan 26

Mt Roskill 56 Orewa 40


There are a full round of games being played in both Premier and Senior A Divisions on Monday June 11th.

Auckland Schools Premier Grade wrap including overtime win for Mt Albert Grammar



Harry Payne scored 33 points for Rangitoto v Avondale

In Round five of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boys’s Premier competition it took overtime for Mt Albert Grammar to secure the win against Westlake and in an equally tight encounter Auckland Grammar beat St Kentigern College. There were also victories for Rangitoto College and Rosmini College.

In a thriller at MAGS the hosts held off Westlake Boys to win by the narrowest of margins 93-92 in overtime.

MAGS guard Ryan Laumatia, the game’s top scorer with 28 points, proved to be the difference maker.

After a free scoring game the scores were locked at 84 apiece in regulation but in the extra period scoring became much more problematic. In the end MAGS shaded the additional five minutes 9-8 with Laumatia making five of the points including the ultimate game winner.

Westlake had shaded the opening period 20-19 as Tom Cowie (23 points) and Sam Mennenga (27 points) got into their work.

Laumatia scored 10 points in the second period to give the hosts a 39-37 lead.

MAGS opened up a decent lead in the third thanks to good work from Sataan Tawera and Dakota Stephens who both landed threes – MAGS out to a 70-54 lead.

The lead reached twenty points but any thoughts of a comfortable MAGS win were dispelled by Westlake captain Jackson Port. The shooting guard nailed three triples in the fourth stanza and with Josh Kooiman also chipping in from long range Lake roared back into contention to force the game into overtime.

The dependable Cowie and Mennenga scored all Westlake’s points in the extra period but Tawera, Chayse Pinono and that man Laumatia had the ultimate say as MAGS recorded a third straight win to stay tied second on the ladder.

Mt Albert 93 – R Laumatia 28, C Pinono 16, S Tawera 16, N Wilson 13

Westlake 92 – S Mennenga 27, T Cowie 23, J Kooiman 17, J Port 13


It was an equally tight affair at Grammar where AGS prevailed by a single possession to beat St Kentigern 73-71.

The visitors made the better start, up 26-14 at the first break with Max Shorter (23 points) quickly into double figures.

Anzac Rissetto (24 points) and Ilaisa Tela led the AGS response as they trailed by just four points (40-36) at half-time.

Teacum McCarty (15 points) helped Grammar have the better of the third frame to lead 51-49 at the three-quarter point.

Levic Kerr and Alex McNaught threatened to give St Kent’s a valuable away win but Tela and Rissetto did just enough in the closing stages to clinch a fourth win for Grammar and stay second on the table with MAGS.

AGS 73 – A Rissetto 24, I Tela 19, T McCarthy 15, C Ngan 9

St Kentigern 71 – M Shorter 23, S Broughton 14, L Kerr 12, A McNaught 9


Visitors St Peter’s made a 5-2 start against Rosmini, playing a first home game at Carmel College.

Mitchell Dance and Marvin Williams-Dunn made treys in reply to a Luke Buckingham triple to put Rosmini ahead but St Peter’s via Phoenix Leupolu and Isaiah Franklin were keeping pace. .

A quartet of baskets from Taine Murray, recently returned from the Basketball Without Borders Camp in India, plus a steal and dunk from Joe Hylton turned the tide in the hosts favour as they led 28-23 at quarter time.

Leupolu made an off-balance three as the shot clock expired to open the St Peter’s account in the second frame but Dance, Kruz Perrott-Hunt and Kainoa Lepou all scored in quick succession necessitating a Leyton Haddleton timeout with his team suddenly 42-28 behind.

They were cut further adrift as Dance quickened the pace although an And-1 from Buckingham and inside basket from Whititera Parata helped the St Peter’s cause.

Murray had the final say of the half with a tumbling drive – Rosmini ahead 62-41 at half-time.

A Hylton triple initiated a 7-0 Rosmini run before Franklin made an acrobatic score for St Peter’s. Consecutive And-1 plays from Dance and Sean Murphy took the Rozza lead to thirty (80-50), stretched to 88-54 at three-quarter time.

Hard working forward Jacob Errey set the tone for the St Peter’s resistance in the final stanza with a couple of inside baskets and Boston Schuster showed good touch but Lepou was able to bring up the century of points for Rosmini who picked up a fifth straight win.

Rosmini 121 – M Dance 31, T Murray 23, K Perrott-Hunt 17, M Williams-Dunn 15, K Lepou 13

St Peter’s 78 – W Parata 19, P Leupolu 17, B Schuster 8, I Franklin 6


Both Rangitoto College and Avondale College headed into their game on the North Shore without a win but paced by Harry Payne (33 points) it was the boys from the Bays that registered a solid 90-68 win.

Payne showed his intent from the outset scoring 16 points in the opening period to lead Rangi to a 24-17 advantage.

Jaga Mete and Armand Donaldson scored six points each in the second quarter for Avondale but that was matched by the same output from Logan McIntosh and Ethan Mandeno – Rangitoto had a commanding 51-31 lead at the interval.

Preston Karatau landed a three early in the third but there were meager pickings for Avondale as Obadaiah Paea and Joon Back extended the home advantage to 72-43 at the last break.

Avondale had the better of exchanges in the fourth but fittingly Payne scored the final Rangi basket to post the highest individual score of the round.

Rangitoto 90 – H Payne 33, E Mandeno 15, O Paea 12, L McIntosh 10, E Skelton 10

Avondale 68 – J Mete 17, A Donaldson 16, J Childs 8, P Karatau 7


Premier League Standings

5-0 Rosmini

4-1 Mt Albert, Auckland Grammar

3-2 St Kentigern

2-3 St Peter’s

1-4 Westlake, Rangitoto

0-5 Avondale

Senior A Results

Western Springs 93 Northcote 85

Pakuranga 75 Massey v Massey 84

Liston 103 Kelston 68

Macleans v Birkenhead – result unknown

There are a full round of games being played in both Premier and Senior A Divisions on Monday June 11th.