Monthly Archives: August 2018

Cashmere and St Andrew’s win Canterbury Schools Division 1 titles

Cashmere High are back-to-back McDonald’s Thomson Trophy champions, defeating Rangiora in a convincing 86-61 win in the last game of season, with Nic Wenmoth taking the Finals MVP award (19PTS, 7REB). During the first half both teams kept the game close with the score being 36-31 to Cashmere. When the fourth quarter started Rangiora struggled to score and Cashmere took advantage consistently making easy buckets. The Cashmere bench outscored Rangiora’s 36-6 over the entire game, which helped contribute to their biggest lead of 26 points.

In the first quarter both teams traded buckets, Jack Exeter setting the pace of the game driving hard to the rim each time and his partner Lachie MacFarlane hitting some jump shots for Rangiora. But Cashmere’s ability to get the free throw line, stopping Rangiora’s momentum, was pivotal. The quarter ended 17-15 in Cashmere’s favour, with Thomas Webley leading the scoring with eight points after ten minutes.

Cashmere’s Louis Oskam also ended the first quarter on a strong note, and started the second quarter with consecutive jump shots. Rangiora answered and levelled the score thanks to MacFarlane’s mid-range shooting. In the last three minutes of the half, Paul Conner made liberal use of his substitutes, giving the starters some rest for the next half. Impact sub Finn Barclay managed to drain a three and followed this with a pair of free throws and Cashmere’s defensive presence were able to maintain the lead going into the half 36-31.

The third quarter action started off with Cashmere bringing their starters back. In the first four minutes here Oskam and Wenmoth combined for 11 points, but Exeter and MacFarlane dug deep to bring the Rangiora team back into the game, linking for 13-points to make the game 55-51 with two minutes left in the period. Cashmere again subbed their bench in, and managed to see out the third quarter up 61-53.

 With only ten minutes to go, Cashmere resting their starting players was essential for their fourth quarter dominance, as they went on a 14-2 run. Quick transition buckets from Cashmere’s starting line-up made the game 75-55 with only six minutes remaining. Rangiora had no answer now, and struggled to get a defensive stop. Exeter managed to sink a couple of free throws, but immediately at the other end, Quinten Conner delivered a back-breaking three. Cashmere did not stop there and continued to show their hard-work and ability by scoring on almost every possession. Paul Conner’s team outscored their opponents in the fourth quarter 25-8. Oskam finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Jack Exeter and Lachie MacFarlane both scored 18 points.

Paul Connor said this after the win: “As a team we knew Rangiora were going to come out firing and step up for the final. They did this which produced challenges for our team, which we needed to adjust to constantly.

“Rangiora are a well-coached team and their lead players play to their strengths efficiently. Our team’s depth shone through in the fourth quarter, but until then Rangiora were in the game and we knew they will be a challenge if we meet them at the South Island Premiership next week.

In the McDonald’s Whelan Division One Final between Rangi Ruru and St. Andrew’s, it was Charlotte Whittaker who put on a show for the crowd. Whittaker started the game by scoring 13 of St. Andrew’s points in the first quarter, coming from all areas around the court. Rangi Ruru’s Alice Sproat (17PTS,14REB) made a strong first impression as she scored six in the quarter. This helped get the two-time defending champions into a rhythm. However, with the rest on the team struggling from the field, the first quarter ended being 24-11 to St. Andrew’s.

In the second quarter, it was a similar story. St. Andrew’s had all the momentum with multiple players scoring easy buckets. At the four-minute mark the score was 35-20, and it seemed like Rangi Ruru had no answer for stopping them. Whittaker and Millie Nesbit combined for 11 points here, allowing St. Andrew’s to take a 42-22 lead into the second half.

StAC continued to dominate Rangi Ruru in the second half. Sproat and Ashlee Strawbridge (20PTS, 13REB) managed to bring a bit of life into the team here, as they combined to score 8-points. They were still no match for Whittaker and her ability in the low post, as she alone managed to score 10-points in the third quarter. Notably for St. Andrew’s Billie Watson, Nesbit and Te Rina Cooper also contributed to the score and helped create a comfortable 23-point lead going into the fourth, up 61-38.

With the division title sitting very comfortably in the hands of St. Andrew’s and out of sight for Rangi Ruru, Strawbridge managed to create a late run scoring 10-points in the quarter with a pair of threes. With the help of Sproat’s 6-points in the quarter, the lead was cut down to 13. But St. Andrew’s tactic of feeding Whittaker in the post proved impossible to guard consistently, as she scored another 10-points in a quarter. With 45 seconds left remaining Whittaker delivered a dagger three right through the heart of Rangi Ruru, helping her team close out the game 73-59.

To nobody’s surprise Charlotte Whittaker was named Finals MVP award with an extremely impressive performance of 40 points, 18 rebounds and 5 steals.

From James Lissaman

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Macleans and Botany Downs win Senior A titles plus results of all other Auckland Secondary Schools Finals

Macleans College Boys and Botany Downs Secondary College Girls have gained promotion to the 2019 Premier Grade competition after contrasting Senior A Grand Final wins.

Macleans led from start to finish to beat Liston College 88-64 whereas Botany Downs were forced to come from behind to defeat Epsom Girls Grammar 61-54.

MacLeans had 12 points on the board before their opponents made a basket and that was extended to 31-5 by quarter time as nothing went right for Liston.

Things improved for Liston in the second quarter but they were still in trouble at half-time trailing 45-23.

A good third frame ensued for Liston, a mighty effort getting them within eleven points at the three-quarter mark (55-44).

That was as close as it got – Macleans reeled off a 9-0 run to open the fourth period and cruised through the closing stages to claim the win, the Senior A trophy and a return to the Premier Grade for coach Adrian Boyd and his charges after an absence of just one season.

 

Macleans captain Sai Kuvelkar played extremely well on both end of the floor and he received excellent assistance from Tyson Kempton and Michael Babaran.

Liston gained terrific service from Edward Maagdenburg, Lev Prokov and Kiani Saxon but will now have to wait until next April to secure a spot in the Premier Division – a play-off game against St Peter’s College awaits them.

Macleans College 88

Liston College 64

 

Epsom Girls chose the wrong time to relinquish their unbeaten record in the Senior A competition, run down in the fourth quarter by a fast finishing Botany Downs, to lose their first game of the season.

It was tight throughout but Epsom did lead 45-42 at three-quarter-time and 52-48 midway through the last.

However the loss of three starters, all falling victims of the five foul count, meant Epsom were powerless to halt the Botany charge.

Tafito Pomarlina Lafaele made the go-ahead points (53-52) with 2:36 to play but it was Sophia and Ngapipi Herewini that did most of the damage. The pair combined for 16 points in the final quarter (43 points in the game) to carry Botany to Premier status.

Earlier the two teams tied the opening period 16 points apiece before Epsom dominated the second quarter to establish a 35-27 half-time lead – Aria Todd-Pemerika and Sarah-Joy Aruwa combining for 13 second quarter points for Epsom.

Florence Dallow scored eight straight points for Epsom in the third but Sophia Herewini notched half a dozen for Botany as they reduced the deficit to three points with ten minutes to play.

Critically Dallow and Aruwa both fouled out early in the fourth and although Sarah Scoular and Todd-Pemerika made baskets it was Epsom that dominated the closing minutes to clinch automatic promotion.

Botany Downs 61 – S Herewini 24, N Herewini 19, T Herewini 8, T Lafaele

Epsom 54 – F Dallow 14, A Todd-Pemerika 11, S Aruwa 9, M Satele 6, S Scoular 6

 

Other 2018 College Sport Auckland Secondary Schools Basketball Championship results.

Junior Boys

Auckland Grammar 36 – Cody Brown 9, Caleb Landon 9, Toby Caldwell 7, Daniel Boyd 5

Westlake Boys 30 – Harry Barnard 7, Tawhiao Kaitapu 7, Ethan Winch 6

Junior Girls

Carmel College 33 – Katie Linstrom 15, Qaizden Stephano 6, Marina Lough 5

Onehunga High 32 – Eden Ill 12, Jada Tairea 8, Tina Tu’ifua 8

U17 Girls

Auckland Girls Grammar 36 – Heeni Blakey 19, Imogene Noble 9,

Massey High 28 – Levi Fuimaono 6, Yzabelle Taveo 6, Ramona Fuiavaa 5

U17 Boys

St Kentigern College 41 – Alex McNaught 19, Martin Gan 9, Levic Kerr 8

Rangitoto College 35 – Ethan Skelton 13, Tautoko Wynyard 10

Open Girls

Westlake Red 47 – Samantha Woolford 17, Isabel Pugh 15, Maia McBirney 8

Aorere College 28 – Maria Tatupu 10, Mary Masoe 5, Maama Vaipulu 5

Open Boys

Mt Roskill Grammar 55 – Justin Sapoi 14, Harjot Johal 9, Isaiah Halafihi 9, Harlem Iaea 6, Sephaniah Damu 6

Long Bay College 35 – Hayden Druce 11, Tobeas Livock 11

Kereama and Stockill one win away from defending Big V Championship title.

Defending champions Sunbury Jets, featuring Tall Fern Josie Stockill and coached by former New Zealand national coach Kennedy Kereama, are one win away from claiming the Big V State Championship title after dismantling Southern Peninsula Sharks 85-50 on Saturday.

What makes the win even more impressive is the fact that the Sharks had home advantage therefore Sunbury will have games two and three (unlikely to be needed) on their home court next weekend to wrap up the best of three grand final series.

Stockill, in her second season with the Jets, scored 10 points and claimed 7 rebounds in the win.

Sunbury are in search of their third consecutive title after claiming the Division One title in 2016 and the State Championship crown in 2017.

Kereama has been at the helm for all three campaigns and was naturally delighted by his team’s performance.

“Obviously for us it was a great team game of basketball and was good to see us string our best basketball together when it mattered. I’m proud of how the team played and thought the contribution made by all players was valuable. We will go into next week full of confidence and hope to close the series in two games.”

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It wasn’t such good news for fellow Tall Ferns Stella Beck and Micaela Cocks.

The two put together good individual numbers but Townsville Flames were beaten two games to nil in the best of three Queensland Basketball League Grand Final Series by defending champions Southern District Spartans.

Southern District Spartans won the opening game on Friday 76-63 and wrapped up proceedings with a 90-78 win on Saturday.

Beck threatened a triple-double on Saturday registering 16 points (6/12FG), 9 rebounds, 7 assists and added 2 steals for good measure. Cocks scored a team high 19 points (7/14FG) but it wasn’t enough for the Flames.

Mt Albert Grammar win Girls Premier Title

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Mount Albert Grammar inflicted on Auckland Girls Grammar just their second defeat in the past two Premier seasons to take out the Auckland Secondary Schools Championship winning 59-52 at North Shore Events Centre on Friday.

Opposing forwards Mele Latu and Rikki Fiatau were prominent early on as Mt Albert forged a 12-6 lead in a tight opening spell.

Laetitia Tuaiti knocked down a three for Auckland but Sharne Pupuke-Robati (a team high 21 points) replied in similar fashion for Mt Albert.

Latu had a spell on the bench after picking up three early fouls but on her return she reeled off ten points and although Fiatau scored eight points in the second quarter Auckland led 28-27 at half-time.

The outstanding Latu, who led all scorers with 26 points, continued with the hot hands in the third and aided by Elianna Tuaiti and Tyla Tuala the defending champions opened up a 38-33 advantage.

After a quick time out Mt Albert made their move – a third triple in the game from Pupuke-Robati was followed by baskets from Moanekah Va’ai and Fiatau, when Jada Manase peeled off a pair of threes Mt Albert had enjoyed a 15-2 run and led 48-40 at three-quarter time.

Pupuke-Robati stretched the lead to ten but an Elianna Tuaiti And-1 play trimmed the deficit.

It was cat and mouse in the middle stages of the final quarter with both sides searching for the ascendancy – Zhanay Hettig scored inside for Auckland but they still trailed by five (53-48) inside the final four minutes.

Latu scored her sixth triple of the game but a basket from Manase an a calmly made pair of free throws from Va’ai gave Mt Albert the victory – one that has eluded them against their arch rivals for the past couple of years.

MAGS 59 – S Pupuke-Robati 21, R Fiatau 15, J Manase 9, M Va’ai 8

AGGS 52 – M Latu 26, E Tuaiti 9, T Tuala 7

Rosmini College clinch Auckland Premier title

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Rosmini College won the 2018 Auckland Secondary Schools Premier title by defeating Mt Albert Grammar 80-48 in front of 1,500 strong crowd at North Shore Events Centre on Friday night.

The two teams had identical 15-1 records heading into the contest but it was Rosmini that made the brighter opening with Mitch Dance and Kruz Perrott-Hunt combining for their three opening scores as Rosmini forged an early 9-0 lead.

Clarke Aiono got Mt Albert on the scoreboard but threes from Dance and Marvin Williams-Dunn gave Rosmini an 18-8 quarter-time lead.

More threes from Jayden Boucher and Perrott-Hunt pushed the Rosmini advantage beyond twenty before MAGS struck back through an And-1 play from Nate Wilson and points from Chayse Pinono, making a welcome return to the team after injury.

Dance led all scorers at half-time with thirteen points – Rosmini ahead 38-20.

MAGS point guard Sataan Tawera, who was to play all fourty minutes, dropped a triple but the early stages of the third became an arm wrestle as both defence dominated for both teams, highlighted by an athletic block from Wilson that impressed the travelling Lions supporters.

Ryan Laumatia knocked down a couple of trademark elbow jump shots but midway through the period the MAGS captain had to be helped from the court with a nasty looking knee injury – it’s to be hoped not a season ending one.

A Tom Seuren basket off a deft Perrott-Hunt pass and an And-1 play from Thomas Morgan pushed the Rosmini advantage out to 55-34 at three-quarter time.

MAGS had hauled back a sixteen point three-quarter time deficit in their semi-final against St Kentigern last week but any chance of a similar feat was snuffed out as Kainoa Lepou and Taine Murray stretched the Rozza lead beyond thirty.

The hard working Wilson, close to a double-double with 13 points and 9 rebounds, and the guard duo of Pinono and Tawera ensured the regular season champions finished on the front foot but they couldn’t deny Rosmini their second title in three years.

Rosmini 80 – M Dance 24, K Perrott-Hunt 17, M Williams-Dunn 11, T Murray 8

MAGS 48 – N Wilson 13, S Tawera 11, C Pinono 9, R Laumatia 8

Finalists found in Canterbury Schools top competitions

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There was a good deal of excitement in the air throughout Canterbury, with the boys’ grades in particular being extremely tightly contested on semi-final night in the McDonald’s Thomson and Whelan Competitions. Rangiora High and Christchurch Boys’ played out a classic, with the visitors initially going up by ten points. Fletcher Arnold responded by hitting three straight from behind the arc to grab the lead and it was all on. CBHS managed to move ahead by six points with under five minutes to go, before Rangiora came back and tied it – setting us all up to witness this magic from Noa Price:

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The Middleton Grange boys travelled to the league favourites – Cashmere High – and also had an extremely tight game on their hands, 62-60 being the score as the fourth quarter began. The Gators quickly found themselves down by ten points and upped their pressure – hitting threes and buckets inside, but could never close the gap closer than six points, as they eventually fell 92-85. Cashmere won their opening night game against Rangiora by twenty, and without a loss on their record this year are deserving to be labelled as the favourites here, but with Rangiora being the hottest team in the competition over the past month be ready for anything in the final on Tuesday.

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The Kaiapoi girls’ team was without the playmaking ability of Alida Pohatu-Barnes, who was battling a back issue, allowing the St. Andrew’s defence to focus the majority of their attention on NZ rep Helen Mathews. Kaiapoi never gave up, but fell further and further behind, eventually falling to the #1 seeded StAC team by twenty.

Rangi Ruru continued how they finished last game against Christchurch Girls’ High, quickly jumping out to a ten-point lead. Girls’ High never gave up and had one of their former stars, Tessa Boagni, on hand to help provide motivation and advice for George Robinson’s team. The second half was much better for CGHS, closing to six points after a Sammy Arnold three, but the initial hole they were in was too much to overcome, going down 66-57. This loss, setting us up with a #1 vs #2 matchup in the Grand Final.

St. Andrew’s has won the two previous matchups against Rangi Ruru this year by 11 and 12 points respectively, but with their opponents going for a three-peat, Sussan Graham’s team knows they cannot take the result of this game for granted.

Division Two of the McDonald’s Whelan Trophy Competition also ended up with #1 vs #2 for the Final. The Avonside Lady Eagles and Lincoln High Girls started off extremely amped up in their match, with neither team able to settle in to the groove of the game. Avonside’s team wanting to do well in what was the official last game for Avonside on their current site. After a 9-9 first quarter, AGHS was able to go on a 20-5 run, with Molly Cockburn (27) and Megan Shannon (14) being a major factor. Lincoln’s duo of Samantha McCrone (17) and Kate Herman (15) again leading their team, who had a fantastic season where they improved dramatically from their two-win record in 2017.

#2 Ellesmere had no trouble with St. Margaret’s – hitting ten three-point shots, and snagging the ball 21 times from their opponents as they ran away with the game 85-56. Ellesmere bet Avonside in their previous meeting in a very tight 63-58 win, and with Sam Irvine joining the EC team since then, this game is shaping up to be decided in the final few seconds too!

The Ashburton College Boys continued their strong season, as they disposed of Cathedral College 102-56, building a twenty-point lead inside the first ten minutes of action, and outscoring the visitors every quarter of play. Marc Juntilla was outstanding for Ashcoll, scoring 27 in the win. Papanui shocked St. Thomas 81-78, as Neville Brooker’s team just missed on two opportunities to tie the game up in the dying seconds. Papanui will be highly motivated in the final, wanting to avoid a repeat of 2017, where they fell in the final minutes last year. Ashburton has improved their play steadily since their 81-67 loss earlier to Papanui, and will have plenty of supporters from Mid-Canterbury make the trek up to Cowles to support their young men.

 

Macca’s Week Twelve Results

Whelan Division II

Ellesmere 85-56 St. Margaret’s

Avonside 81-51 Lincoln

 

Whelan Division I

Rangi Ruru 66-57 Christchurch Girls’

St. Andrew’s 69-49 Kaiapoi

 

Thomson Division II

Papanui 81-78 St. Thomas

Ashburton 102-56 Cathedral

 

Thomson Division I

Rangiora 64-61 Christchurch Boys’

Cashmere 92-85 Middleton Grange

 

Finals’ Night – Tuesday 28 August at Cowles Stadium

4:00pm Thomson Division Two Final (Court One) Ashburton College vs Papanui High

4:00pm Whelan Division Two Final (Court Two) Avonside Girls’ High vs Ellesmere College

5:45pm Whelan Division One Final (Court One) St. Andrew’s College vs Rangi Ruru Girls’

7:30pm Thomson Division One Final (Court One) Cashmere High vs Rangiora High

Stella Beck and Micaela Cocks hunting for QBL title

Tall Ferns Stella Beck and Micaela Cocks are headed to the Queensland Basketball League Grand Final Series after the Townsville Flames blew away the Rockhampton Cyclones 111-63 in their semi-final encounter.

With the regular season championship tucked away and home court advantage in their favour the Flames were the favourites to beat the Cyclones, featuring Brooke Blair in their lineup, but the margin of victory was certainly a surprise.

The Flames burnt the Cyclones 36-11 in the second quarter and with a 58-32 half-time lead had virtually sealed their visit to the best-of-three final with twenty minutes to play.

Beck claimed a double-double of 21 points (9/14FG) and 10 rebounds and added 5 assists and a steal for good measure. Cocks also came close to a double-double with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

Brooke Blair scored 11 points for the Cyclones but was cold from deep making just one from seven three-pointers.

The Grand Final series will be played this coming weekend with the Flames taking on defending champions Southern District Spartans in their bid for a second QBL title. Game one will be played in Townsville on Friday.

Defending champions Sunbury Jets, featuring Tall Fern Josie Stockill and coached by former national coach Coach Kennedy Kereama take on the Southern Peninsula Sharks in the Big V championship series beginning on Saturday.

The Sharks will have home advantage for game one on Saturday with the Jets claiming hosting rights for games two and three (if needed) the following weekend.

Breakers confirm Development Players for upcoming ANBL season

Tom Vodanovich, Dom Kelman-Poto, Max de Geest and Kruz Perrott-Hunt have been confirmed as the SKYCITY Breakers development players for the 2018/19 season.

As in recent seasons the Breakers have opted for two teenage players with aspirations to forge college careers in the States and two players in their early twenties looking to move into the professional ranks.

“We have some great talent amongst us this season and these guys are no exception” says Assistant Coach Mike Fitchett. “They are skilled, hungry and driven to succeed which is just what you want in a development squad.”

Vodanovich and Kelman-Poto, both members of the New Zealand Select team that travelled to China this month, have the added experience of playing NCAA basketball in the USA. Both power forwards, they represented the Southland Sharks and Supercity Rangers respectively in the NZNBL this year, with Vodanovich playing under Breakers Assistant Coach Judd Flavell.

De Geest and Perrott-Hunt, the youngest members of the team, are both current members of the New Zealand Junior Tall Blacks, recent silver medallists at the FIBA Under 18 Asian Championship earlier this month. What they lack in age they make up for in raw talent.

“Being able to include development players as part of the SKYCITY Breakers squad, and to expose them to elite coaches and players is an incredibly important part of our ongoing commitment to the development of basketball in New Zealand”, says SKYCITY Breakers CEO Matt Walsh. “As basketball continues to boom here, so too will the club’s commitment to recruiting the top basketball talent to represent us”.

 

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Max de Geest

From Christchurch, Max graduated from Christ’s College in 2017.

In 2018 he played for the Canterbury Rams in the New Zealand NBL and also captained the Canterbury team that won the U19 National Championships. He also played on Canterbury’s 2017 U19 title winning team.

Like Kruz Perrott-Hunt, Max was a member of the New Zealand team that won silver at the FIBA Asia Cup in Thailand in August where the team qualified for the 2019 World Cup.

Max has also been selected for the New Zealand U18 3×3 team to attend the Youth Olympics in Argentina.

Max willl begin a basketball scholarship at Long Beach State University in California in 2019.

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Kruz Perrott-Hunt

Kruz is a graduate of the Breakers Academy programme. A year 13 student at Rosmini College he was a member of their successful team that won the Schick Secondary Schools National title in 2017.

He was a member of the North Harbour team that won the U17 National Championship in 2017 and U15 National title in 2013.

Like Max de Geest, Kruz was a member of the New Zealand team that won silver at the FIBA Asia Cup in Thailand in August where the team qualified for the 2019 World Cup.

Prior to that his potential was recognised by Tall Blacks head coach Paul Henare being selected for the extended Tall Blacks squad for the FIBA World Cup qualifying games in June.

Earlier in the year Kruz was one of three Kiwis selected to attended the Nike All-Asia Camp in China where he earned the Best Defensive Player title.

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Dominique Kelman-Poto

Dom attended Mt Albert Gramar School before heading to the USA for his last four years of high school. He then attended Adelphi University, New York before returning to New Zealand in 2017.

Dom enjoyed a successful first NBL season with the Supercity Rangers in 2018 averaging 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

In August 2018 he was a member of the New Zealand Select Team that made a five game tour of China – a team that also included Tom Vodanovich.

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Tom Vodanovich

Tom was a member of the Southland Sharks team, coached by Breakers assistant Judd Flavell, that won the 2018 New Zealand NBL championship.

Prior to that Tom, originally from Wellington where he attended Saint Pats Town spent four years at James Madison University in Virginia where he plated over 120 games for the Dukes.

Tom was a Junior Tall Black in 2012 playing alongside former Breakers players Reuben Te Rangi and Derone Raukawa.

In August 2018 he was a member of the New Zealand Select Team that undertook a five game tour of China. The team also included Dom Kelman-Poto.

Zack Te Puni to be tutored by outstanding NCAA coach

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He may not be a household name in New Zealand but Brian Beaury is one of the most experienced and respected coaches in American NCAA basketball.

During is thirty odd years at The College of Saint Rose the 56-year-old mentor has compiled a 622-316 (.663) career record with the Golden Knights and has earned Coach of the Year plaudits on five separate occasions. Beaury became just the ninth active NCAA Division II head coach to reach the 600-win plateau early last season and he is looking forward to working with former Harbour and Rangitoto College standout Zack Te Puni.

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Auckland Schools Senior A semi-finals review

The Senior A Boys Grand Final will feature Macleans College and Liston College, the top two finishers in the regular season, next Friday at NSEC.

Macleans are one win away from an automatic return to the Premier competition after winning a high scoring semi-final against Massey High 108-94.

Michael Babaran and Sai Kuvelkar were outstanding for Macleans amassing 43 points and 30 points respectively.

A high octane opening quarter saw Macleans out to a 40-27 lead and despite the best efforts of Cullen Tamihana (26 points) Massey were unable to overhaul the deficit.

Tamihana scored ten points in the second as the Macleans lead was trimmed to 62-55 at the interval.

Harry Smith posted nine third quarter points for Macleans, eight straight points from Tamihana keeping Massey in the hunt at 84-73.

A couple of threes from Babaran plus scores from Tyson Kempton and Smith stretched the Macleans lead to 101-83.

Robert Matakatea, Lueki Fusitua and Maxwell Hinton responded with one last effort for Massey but it wasn’t enough to unsettle Macleans.

Macleans College 108 – M Babaran 43, S Kuvelkar 30, H Smith 17, T Kempton 11

Massey High 94 – C Tamihana 26, R Matakatea 14, L Fusitua 10, B Leslie 9, C Taulapiu 9

 

The Liston College versus Northcote College semi-final was a contest full of momentum swings with the outcome only decided in the final two minutes.

With six minutes to play the scores were locked at 72 points apiece. An 8-0 Liston run via scores from Shawn Hickey, Kiani Saxon and Edward Maagdenburg tilted the contest in their favour.

However a Reihana Miller-Tohu triple and further counter punches from Ollie Hayward dragged Northcote to within a point (80-79) with two minutes on the clock.

The final swing went in favour of Liston as Maagdenburg, Lev Prokov and John Fabian helped them reel off an 11-0 finish to seal the win in an entertaining game.

Earlier Northcote had made the more encouraging start a trio of threes from Calvin Webster gave them a 21-16 first quarter lead.

Prokov and Saxon responded with half a dozen points apiece in the second as the two teams went to the break with the scores level at thirty-six points apiece.

Northcote shaded the third (26-23) as Sebastian Vivian, Miller-Tohu and Miggy Falqueza all made triples.

More threes from Miller-Tohu and Webster pleased the local supporters but Saxon and Maagdenburg steadied the Liston ship ahead of the final successful surge.

Liston College 91 – L Prokov 20, E Maagdenburg 18, K Saxon 18, J Fabian 11

Northcote College 79 – R Miller-Tohu 22, C Webster 21, O Hayward 15, M Falqueza 12

 

Epsom Girls Grammar and Botany Downs College, after finishing first and second on the ladder in the regular season will face each other in the Senior A Grand Final on Friday.

Epsom defeated Birkenhead College and Botany beat Mt Roskill Grammar in the semi-finals.

The Herewini sisters Sophia (24 points), Ngapipi (20 points) and Tiana (11 points) took care of business for Botany.

The trio scored all of the Botany points as they jumped out to an early 24-6 lead against Mt Roskill and steadily built on that early advantage to lead 35-10 at half-time.

Akaysha Cordtz and Aquilla Toala made early scores in the third for Mt Roskill but ten points in the period from Sophia Herewini kept Botany ahead 61-28.

Jasmine Paul scored eight fourth quarter points for Roskill but Botany were always in control and recorded a convincing win.

Botany Downs 65 – Sophia H 24, Ngapipi H 20, Tiana H 11

Mt Roskill 47 – J Paul 10, M Malu 7, R Toala 7, A Toala 6

 

Birkenhead made a good start against undefeated Epsom Girls leading 15-12 after the first quarter – Rashaan Smith (24 points) with nine of those points.

Epsom quickly hauled in the deficit as they dominated the second quarter. Florence Dallow (24 points) made ten points in the period but Epsom enjoyed scoring contributions across the board as they led 35-25 at half-time.

Smith, Marta Bolognini and Eleanor Mahutangi ensured the Epsom lead didn’t become unmanageable, Birkenhead still in the contest at the last break trailing 49-40.

The same trio of players scored all of Birkenhead’s fifteen points in the last quarter but Dallow, Akita Papara-Welch, Sarah-Joy Aruwa and Aria Todd-Pemeric ensured there would be no upset.

Epsom head to the final with a perfect 15-0 record.

Epsom 67 – F Dallow 24, S Aruwa 8, A Papara-Welch 8, A Todd-Pemeric 7

Birkenhead 55 – R Smith 24, M Bolognini 14, E Mahutangi 11

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