There were wins for Auckland Boys Grammar, Rosmini College and Mt Albert Grammar in the tenth round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade.
Mt Albert continued its good run of form with a hard fought 62-57 home win against Rangitoto College.
An eighth straight win looked as if it would be a formality when MAGS led 37-23 at half time but Ethan Mandeno and Logan McIntosh led a strong Rangitoto second half effort.
McIntosh scored 15 of his team high 19 points after the interval as the Rangitoto deficit was reduced to ten points (49-39) at three-quarter time.
Mandeno chipped in with nine points in the half but Chayse Pinono and Clarke Aiono helped the hosts limp over the line but it wasn’t the most convincing of Mt Albert performances.
Early on, threes from Pinono and Sataan Tawera helped the hosts to an 18-11 first quarter lead.
The pair combined for 15 second quarter points as MAGS, despite the efforts of Obadaiah Paea and Hanseul Nam, improved their advantage in the second period.
Rangi clawed their way back into the contest in the second half but it wasn’t enough to thwart the efforts of the 9-1 league leaders.
MAGS 62 – C Pinono 19, S Tawera 13, N Wilson 9, C Aiono 6
Rangitoto 57 – L McIntosh 19, E Mandeno 15, E Skelton 9
Rosmini also boast a 9-1 record entering the school holiday break after recording a very comfortable 114-63 win at Avondale College.
Avondale had no answer to Rosmini’s pressure defence coughing up a number of turnovers as they fell behind 36-15 in the first ten minutes -Sean Murphy and Terence Abdon into double figures in that time.
Threes from Murphy, Jayden Boucher and Taine Murray, who scored a season best 27 points, stretched the visitors lead to 52-24 at half-time.
Jack Childs and Jaga Mete moved the score along for Avondale in the third but Rosmini, courtesy of Tyler Martin and Joseph Hylton, quickened the pace further- 89-39 ahead with a quarter to play.
Preston Karatau finished with a flurry of points for Avondale but his team were no match for the reigning Schick National Champions.
Avondale 63 – J Mete 17, J Childs 15, P Karatau 13, A Donaldson 8
Rosmini 114 – T Murray 27, S Murphy 18, T Martin 14, T Abdon 13, J Hylton 11
Phoenix Leupolu got St Peter’s College off to a terrific start at Auckland Grammar draining 16 first quarter points as his team flew out to a 27-21 lead.
Ilaisa Tela (14 first half points) and Teancum McCarthy reeled in the visitors, St Peter’s falling behind 50-46 at half-time despite the continued efforts of Leupolu.
Isaiah Franklin made a couple of baskets but St Peter’s slipped further behind in the third frame – Stefan Bigio and Connor Ngan converting from the charity stripe at the end of the period to give Grammar a ten points buffer (73-63).
Leupolu chalked up a season best 29 points but the combined 50 points from Tela and McCarthy proved too much for St Peter’s – Grammar third on the ladder with six wins.
Auckland Grammar 88 – I Tela 27, T McCarthy 23, L Haku 12, C Ngan 11
St Peter’s 77 – P Leupolu 29, W Parata 17, J Errey 12, I Franklin 11
The St Kentigern College v Westlake Boys fixture will be played after the school holidays.
9-1 Mt Albert, Rosmini
6-4 Auckland Grammar
4-4 St Kentigern
3-7 St Peter’s
Senior A Results
Northcote 107 Macleans 101
Massey 95 Birkenhead 90