Monthly Archives: August 2018

Whelan Trophy play-off teams set in Canterbury Schools Basketball

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As was the case with the Thomson Trophy, Division Two in the Whelan Competition also featured a three-way tie for first place. After using the FIBA classification procedures, Avonside Lady Eagles finished first, Ellesmere second and Lincoln in third place.

Molly Cockburn led the way for Avonside with 24 points, and needed every one of them to come away with a 70-57 win, as Kenny Perkin’s Villa Maria team was only five points down late in the fourth quarter. Megan Shannon (15) and Bella Digby (14) also scored well for the Lady Eagles, while Casey Robinson (20) and Molly Grafton (13) headlined the Villa Maria effort. These two teams will face off against each other next week as well in a quirk of the draw, with Villa Maria qualifying in sixth place.

Lincoln High was too strong for Te Pā o Rākaihautū, beating them 60-16 to finish third. Four players had exactly ten points each for Lincoln: Mandy Herman, Sophie Withell, Maria Mendoza and Samantha McCrone.

Middleton Grange held all of the Rangiora players under ten points each as they won 64-40, as a 19-2 start essentially decided the game. Sofia Kennedy (21) was well supported by Maia Williamson (12) and Fia Lai Kong (11). This win locks the Gators into fifth place for 2018.

Rangi Ruru had a 66-49 win over Kaiapoi as they built a ten point lead in the second quarter, and never let the visitors get closer than that the rest of the way. Ashlee Strawbridge (19) was key in the win, with Connie Taylor (11) and Bailey Chamberlain (10) chiming in. Helen Mathews (19) and Sinead McConchie (17) scored well for Kaiapoi, but will now be locked into fourth place for semi-final night.

With no Thomson Trophy Division One games, Ashburton and St. Thomas locked up home semi-finals in Division Two, whilst Papanui and Cathedral College will be the two teams travelling for a chance to play in the Grand Final.

Whelan Division One has one more round before their playoffs begin, as does the Thomson Division Two competition. Thomson Division One and Whelan Division Two both have the top six teams involved in Quarter-Finals, with the three winning teams progressing, as well as the highest seeded losing team.

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On August 15 the NZ Broadcasting School will be live-streaming two fantastic games from Cowles Stadium (free entry as well). A top four Whelan Matchup between Rangi Ruru and Christchurch Girls’ is scheduled to tip off at 6:30pm, with a boys’ Quarter-final matchup between the Shirley Boys’ High Spartans and Christchurch Boys’ following (scheduled to tip at 8:00pm).

From James Lissaman

Macca’s Week Ten Results

Thomson Division Two:

Linwood 96-86 Riccarton

St. Thomas 91-39 Rangiora New Life

Cathedral 97-48 Hornby

Ashburton 116-56 Lincoln

Papanui 86-79 Kaiapoi

 

Whelan Division One:

Middleton Grange 64-40 Rangiora

Christchurch Girls’ 66-48 Kaiapoi

Ashburton 86-50 Cashmere

St. Andrew’s 69-57 Rangi Ruru

Rangi Ruru 66-49 Kaiapoi

 

Whelan Division Two:

Ellesmere 90-38 St. Margaret’s

Lincoln 60-16 Te Pā

Hillmorton 55-49 Papanui (overtime)

Avonside 70-57 Villa Maria

Marian 80-68 Burnside

Penina Davidson outstanding but Rainbow Wahine too good for Premiere North

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The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine eventually proved too strong for New Zealand International Basketball Tours Premiere North pulling away in the final quarter to win 71-57 at Auckland Boys Grammar School on Thursday.

It was a margin that didn’t do justice to the Premiere team’s effort as they led for a time in the third period and only trailed 49-46 with ten minutes to play.

An understandably stuttering start, given that the Premiere team gathered for the first time on the morning of the game and Hawaii only arrived in the country on Wednesday, was shaded by the visitors 18-12.

The Premiere coaching staff were not afraid to use their youngest talent in unison – all four high school players, Tayla Dalton, Jazz Kailahi-Fulu, Shauna Povey and Sharne Pupuke-Robati were on court together ahead of the Rainbow Wahine taking a 31-22 lead into the locker room.

A good sized crowd got behind the home team as they made a strong start to the second half.

The Premiere team made a conscious effort to get the ball inside to forwards Penina Davidson (22 points and 10 rebounds), Makayla Daysh and Pupuke-Robati (10 points) – a tactic that reaped some benefit as the hosts opened the half with a 10-3 run.

Davidson, ahead of her departure to take up a contract with the Adelaide Lightning in the Australian WNBL, displayed her scoring versatility with a long three to compliment some skillful inside work, the Premiere’s taking the lead after additional good work from Donna Fermanis and Arielle Parai.

As expected from a quality NCAA Division I team the Rainbow Wahine responded and carried a 49-46 advantage into the last quarter.

The Premiere’s effort faded in the final minutes, the University of Hawaii closing out a deserved first-up victory on their four game tour of New Zealand and Australia.

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After a day of relaxation in Auckland on Friday the Rainbow Wahine head to Christchurch for a game against NZ Premiere South – Sunday, 4.30pm start at Cowles Stadium.

Another entertaining game is in prospect with Tessa Boagni headlining the Premiere lineup. The former California State University Northridge forward was outstanding for the Tall Ferns last month during their gold medal winning campaign at the William Jones Cup.

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NZ Premiere North 57 – P Davidson 22/10r, S Pupuke-Robati 10, A Parai 6, M Daysh 6, T Dalton 5, K Tini 2/6r, D Fermanis 4, Kailahi-Fulu 1

University of Hawaii 71 – L Salanoa 12, M Woodfolk 11, S Reier 11, C Middap 11

NZ advance to quarter-finals at FIBA U18 Asia Championship

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New Zealand made it through the Round of Sixteen at the FIBA U18 Asian Championship in Thailand on Wednesday beating India 109-76.

It took the Kiwis a while to get going as they only led by ten at half-time (52-42) but a 32-16 third quarter did the trick.

Oscar Oswald (17 points) was the main source of points for New Zealand in the early stages half with James Moors (20 points) finding his scoring touch in the second.

Matt O’Connell (15 points) put some icing on the win in the closing stages.

New Zealand will now face Iran in the critical quarter-final tie on Thursday. The winner obviously advances to the semi-finals but more importantly secures a place at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup next year.

The major concern for the Kiwis was a knee injury suffered by Max Darling who was sidelined in the first half and remained on ice in the second.

New Zealand Scorers:

James Moors 20/8r, Oscar Oswald 17/8r, Matt O’Connell 15, Kruz Perrott-Hunt 14/8r/6a, Max Darling 12/9r, Tom Higgins 11, Isaac Faamausili 6, Max De Geest 5, Flynn Cameron 4, Sam Mennenga 3/8r, Max Stephens 2

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Westlake beat St Kent’s and Rangitoto too strong for Avondale

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Westlake Boys put themselves in the box seat to claim the remaining Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade semi-final place with a 100-84 home victory against St Kentigern College on Monday night.

Westlake’s victory was built around their ability to make perimeter shots. They set the tone for a fine shooting display by making six straight threes to open their scoring and in all made a mesmerizing 17 shots from beyond the arc.

Tom Cowie, Josh Kooiman and Dylan Wilkie combined for those first 18 points from deep as the hosts grabbed a 32-20 quarter time lead – 8 points for Shalom Broughton for the visitors.

Tom Chester, Alex McNaught and Zac Chan demonstrated that they could also score from deep but Kooiman knocked down his third treble of the second period to extend the Westlake advantage to 51-33.

Kooiman was forced to the bench after logging his third foul but it did little to slow the Lake scoring momentum, more threes from Wilkie, an And-1 play from Joe Wuthrich and a floater from Cowie sent the hosts into a decisive 63-37 half-time lead.

Broughton in transition, Levic Kerr in the low post and the slashing Alex Shorter edged St Kent’s a little closer in the third stanza but they were still in a big hole at the three-quarter mark trailing 83-57.

Shorter and Chan combined for thirteen straight points and at 87-67 with 6:30 to play Lake coach Zac Fitzgerald needed a timeout.

Cowie and Wilkie responded immediately – from the three point line of course – this time it was St Kent’s coach Aaron Young that needed a timeout.

The ever improving Kerr made a couple of neat inside baskets but Cowie and the outstanding Wilkie who made a season best 29 points, including seven triples, put the result beyond doubt.

St Kentigern look as if they will now have to defeat both Avondale College (on Wednesday) and Rosmini College (on Friday) in their remaining two games to pip Westlake for the fourth play-off spot.

Westlake now prepare for a North Shore derby against Rangitoto.

Westlake 100 – D Wilkie 29, T Cowie 18, P Winitana 17, J Kooiman 15, J Wuthrich 11

St Kentigern 84 – M Shorter 29, S Broughton 18, L Kerr 18, Z Chan 9

 

After the excitement of their victory against Westlake on Friday, Avondale College were brought crashing back to earth at Rangitoto College beaten 112-68.

Games aren’t won in the first quarter but trailing 34-11 at the first break meant Avondale had a lot to do to redress the balance after Harry Payne had dropped 19 points in those first ten minutes.

Rangitoto continued the charge in the second period with Obadaiah Paea joining Payne in double figures as they established a 57-30 half-time lead. Jaga Mete led the Avondale effort with ten points at the break.

Ethan Mandeno and Ben Spencer-Powell got in on the scoring act in the third period as the lead ballooned out to 82-49.

Michael Reddy and Jack Childs gave the Avondale score a degree of respectability in the final quarter but Rangitoto cruised to their third win of the season ahead of their trip to Westlake on Friday.

The defeat means that Avondale will have to win their final two games to have any chance of avoiding finishing the season with the wooden spoon.

Rangitoto 112 – H Payne 33, O Paea 22, E Skelton 17, E Mandeno 16, T Te Puni 13

Avondale 68 – J Mete 22, T Toyer 10, P Karatau 9, M Reddy 6, J Childs 6

 

Premier Standings

12-1 Mt Albert, Rosmini

8-5 Auckland Grammar

6-7 Westlake

6-6 St Kentigern

3-10 St Peter’s

3-10 Rangitoto

1-11 Avondale

 

In the Girls Premier competition St Mary’s won the battle of the Saints against St Kentigern 71-34.

New Zealand beat Thailand at U18 Asian Championship

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New Zealand made it two wins out of two at the FIBA U18 Asian Championship in Thailand on Monday beating the host nation 89-47 with Harbour forward Sam Mennenga scoring 18 points (6/10FG).

There were also double figure contributions from Tom Higgins, Flynn Cameron and James Moors.

It took the Kiwis a while to get going as they only led 28-20 at the mid point of the second quarter before increasing the advantage to 40-23 at half-time.

The third period was a different story with Thailand outscored 35-10.

The two teams split a sloppy fourth quarter 14 points apiece, a finish that will concern the New Zealand coaching staff ahead of a sterner test tomorrow when they lineup against Australia.

Also of a slight concern is the Kiwi shooting from the free-throw line – just 11 from 25 at 44% in this one.

NZ Scorers:

Sam Mennenga 18/8r, Tom Higgins 11, Flynn Cameron 10/11r/4a, James Moors 10/7r, Max De Geest 9, Kruz Perrott-Hunt 9/12r/3st, Max Darling 9/6r, Isaac Faamausili 7, Oscar Oswald 3, Max Stephens 2, Nathan Hanna 1

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New Zealand beat Bahrain in Asian Championship opener

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New Zealand got their FIBA U18 Asian Championship campaign underway with a first up victory against Bahrain in Thailand on Sunday.

Building on their 94-45 success against Kazakhstan in a warm up game a couple of days earlier the Kiwis proved too strong for their Croup C opponents winning 94-62.

All 12 New Zealand players featured on the scoring list with Canterbury guard Max de Geest leading the effort with 19 points (4/7 3PG).

New Zealand Scorers:

Max De Geest 19, James Moors 14, Kruz Perrott-Hunt 10, Nathan Hanna 10, Max Darling 9/11r, Isaac Faamausili 7, Sam Mennenga 6, Flynn Cameron 6, Matt O’Connell 4, Oscar Oswald 4, Max Stephens 3, Tom Higgins 2/7r

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Plenty still to play for in Girls Premier Grade

 

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With one round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls Premier Grade regular season to play, the top four placing’s are still not decided and neither is the wooden spoon.

Massey High and Rangitoto College will both go into the final game with their semi-final hopes still alive and Westlake Girls and Mt Albert Grammar will enter the last fixture with the runners-up place still to play for.

The one certainty is that Auckland Girls Grammar School, after recording win number thirteen, are one victory away from a regular season clean sweep. They proved far too good for Carmel College winning a one-sided game 99-14.

Mele Latu and Eliana Tuaiti were the main architects of the AGGS win. Latu (34 points) demonstrated her all-round ability with six threes to compliment her inside game and Tuaiti constantly found teammates in open space for easy baskets as well as scoring 27 points herself.

They will face a more serious examination when they play MAGS on Friday whilst Carmel will have to re-group for a bottom of the table clash against St Kentigern.

AGGS 99 – M Latu 34, E Tuaiti 27, H Blakey 19, L Tuaiti 10

Carmel 14 – E Broomfield 4

 

Shauna Povey scored a game high 21 points on her return from New Zealand U18 international duty but it wasn’t enough to prevent Massey High School going down 83-61 at home to Westlake Girls.

Westlake, with five players in double figures, chalked up their tenth win of the season ahead of the North Shore derby with Rangitoto College next Friday.

Emme Shearer helped Westlake to an 18-10 opening lead and threes from Tabitha Leyson and Jess Moors increased the advantage to a significant 38-20 at half-time.

Triples from Laticia Jost and Ramona Fuiavaa increased the Massey scoring rate but Westlake were in no mood to relinquish the initiative leading 59-38 with a quarter to play.

Povey and Maya Taingahue shared 18 points in the last period but Rosie Dil and Piper Manolas bettered that tally as they accumulated a collective 20 points to steer Westlake to victory.

Massey 61 – S Povey 21, M Taingahue 13, Y Tevao 8

Westlake 83 – E Shearer 16, R Dil 15, T Leyson 14, J Moors 14, P Manolas 12

 

Another player that had been with the New Zealand team at the U17 World Cup in Belarus was Sharne Pupuke-Robati and she scored 19 points to compliment a season high 21 points from Moanekah Va’ai as Mt Albert Grammar School beat St Mary’s College 74-58.

Half a dozen first quarter points from Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu and Leata Te Nana-Williams helped St Mary’s edge the opening ten minutes 17-15 but MAGS dominated the second period to lead 40-26 at half-time.

A triple from Va’ai and multiple scores from Tessa Talo-Tomokino and Pupuke-Robati established that advantage.

Riana Matiseni, Daneka Manese and Kailahi-Fulu reduced the MAGS lead in the third period – St Mary’s trailing 53-46 at three-quarter time.

MAGS re-established control in the fourth, a pair of late threes from Va’ai sealing a tenth win of the season ahead of the match up with rivals Auckland Girls Grammar next Friday.

MAGS 74 – M Va’ai 21, S Pupuke-Robati 19, T Talo-Tomokino 13, M Kelly 12

St Mary’s 58 –18, S Te Nana-Williams 9, L Te Nana-Williams 8, R Matiseni 8

 

Rangitoto College were well served by the trio of Bella Elgar, Gracie Hasler-Ewins and Hannah Wentworth as they beat St Kentigern College 62-53 to keep their top four aspirations alive.

St Kentigern’s Tash Leishman was to the fore early on but Elgar scored 11 first quarter points as Rangitoto built a 21-13 lead.

Wentworth continued the Rangitoto scoring momentum in the second period as the hosts led 33-20 at half-time.

St Kent’s reduced the deficit in the third period with Khanye-Lii Munro-Nonoa and Leishman cutting the lead to ten points (46-36).

Misaki Chen scored a triple to lift St Kent’s comeback chances but Rangitoto closed out their sixth win of the season with Wentworth making a couple of telling threes late in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.

Rangitoto 62 – H Wentworth 17, I Elgar 17, G Hasler-Ewins 9, M Spooner 6

St Kentigern 53 – N Leishman 16, M Chen 11, K Munro-Nonoa 8, R Flay 7,

 

Premier Standings

13-0 AGGS

10-3 MAGS, Westlake

6-7 Massey, Rangitoto

3-9 St Mary’s

2-11 Carmel

1-11 St Kentigern

Mete leads Avondale to ‘special’ win

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The penultimate full round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade regular season competition on Friday night saw wins for the two top sides Rosmini College and Mt Albert Grammar School.

There was also a first win of the season for Avondale College, with their defeat of Westlake Boys opening the door for St Kentigern College to move into fourth place on the Premier ladder.

It was an emotional night at Avondale College with Doe Williams back on the home floor to make a presentation on Senior Night.

He and the largest crowd of the year witnessed a standout individual performance from Jaga Mete in a fine team performance as Avondale came from behind in the dying seconds to clinch their first win of the season against Westlake Boys.

Mete scored a Premier Grade season best 46 points but it was his final three that mattered. Tom Cowie had sunk a couple of pressure free throws to give Westlake a 99-98 lead with thirteen seconds left on the clock. Mete proceeded to make a spinning lay-up and convert the ensuing additional free throw after being fouled and with little time left on the clock Westlake were unable to get off a game tying shot.

The tone was set for a high scoring affair in the opening period when Westlake ran up 34 points to lead by eight – Dallas Clayton leading the way with nine points.

Westlake were held to less than half of that number in the second period and with Mete making 14 points in the quarter Avondale closed the gap t 49-45 at half-time.

Armand Donaldson scored nine points for the hosts in the third period but Paora Winitana, on his way to a season high 22 points, scored ten of those in the third to give Westlake a 73-68 lead at three-quarter time.

The tension mounted in the final period but the scoring pace didn’t slacken.

Dylan Wylkie made three of his six triples in the fourth quarter and with Cowie and Josh Kooiman also landing from deep it appeared as if Westlake would hang on for the win.

However Mete and Avondale were not to be denied.

Mete made 18 points in the final ten minutes, Tavhir Toyer chipped in with seven and Avondale, after a run of ten straight defeats, finally had a victory to cherish.

Avondale 101 – J Mete 46, T Toyer 21, A Donaldson 21, K Eteru 6

Westlake 99 – P Winitana 22, D Wylkie 18, T Cowie 17, J Kooiman 14

 

After Westlake’s loss the door was ajar for St Kentigern College to move into fourth place on the Premier table.

St Kent’s didn’t just push the door open they kicked it down surging to an emphatic 96-62 away win on the back of a game high 26 points from Shalom Broughton and a Premier career best 23 points from Levic Kerr.

Logan McIntosh and Harry Payne scored early points for Rangitoto but Broughton scored eleven points to carry St Kent’s to an 18-15 lead.

The visitors ran away with the second period (24-10) with Kerr and Broughton sharing sixteen points.

Ethan Mandeno led a Rangitoto fight-back after half-time but the home side still trailed 58-44 at three-quarter time.

A further revival was quickly extinguished by St Kents – Max Shorter, Alex McNaught, Zac Chan, Gabriel Nolan and Tom Chester all made threes in a 38 points fourth quarter scoring blitz to carry the visitors to a sixth win of the season and a semi-final berth in sight.

Rangitoto 62 – E Mandeno 16, H Payne 13, L McIntosh 11, O Paea 11

St Kentigern 96 – S Broughton 26, L Kerr 23, M Shorter 13. Z Chan 9

 

They were teammates at the U17 World Cup in Argentina last month but Anzac Rissetto and Mitchell Dance had a battle royal at Auckland Grammar. Neither gave an inch as they battled away for supremacy in the paint. Rissetto ended with 26 points and Dance 30 points – both had their periods of ascendancy in an eye catching encounter but away from that match up Rosmini put on a dominant display winning 117-77

Ilaisa Tela made some nice inside baskets for Grammar but Rosmini, despite finding some early foul trouble, led 26-16 at quarter time with Dance, Marvin Williams-Dunn and Taine Murray consistently finding ways to the basket.

An 8-2 Rosmini run was broken by Tela but when Joseph Hylton stretched the visitors lead to 40-22 Grammar Head Coach Lindsay Tait needed a timeout.

Rissetto made a couple of inside baskets after the resumption but Rozza responded with back to back threes from Williams-Dunn and Dance.

The half ended with Connor Ngan and Kainoa Lepou exchanging athletic drives – 57-35 to Rosmini.

Ngan and Daniel Boyd made threes early in the third frame and when Rissetto went coast-to coast it was Rosmini’s turn to call a timeout with their lead trimmed to 61-45.

Another Williams-Dunn triple and three straight baskets from Taine Murray carried Rosmini to an 84-61 lead at three-quarter time.

Hylton and Sean Murphy fuelled another strong Rosmini run early in the fourth – late points from Rissetto and Teacum McCarthy doing little to stop Rosmini moving to 12-1 and their hopes of a Minor Premiership still alive.

AGS 77 – A Rissetto 26, I Tela 16, C Ngan 13, D Boyd 6, T McCarthy 6

Rosmini 117 – M Dance 30, M Williams-Dunn 26, T Murray 23, S Murphy 13, J Hylton 12

 

Sataan Tawera and Ryan Laumatia were quickly into their work at St Peter’s College helping Mt Albert Grammar to a 20-13 lead.

There were lean pickings for St Peter’s in the second quarter –Phoenix Leupolu landed a triple but his team could only muster nine points in the period. Manu Dorcil landed a three for Mt Albert and with scoring contributions across the board led 36-22 at half-time.

Whititera Parata led a St Peter’s recovery in the third frame – he had 11 points in the quarter. However Dorcil, Tawera and Laumatia kept MAGS in the ascendancy – ahead 56-38 at the last break.

Leupolu knocked down three straight baskets for St Peter’s but MAGS had little trouble in marching to their eleventh straight win ahead of the clash with traditional rivals Auckland Grammar next Friday.

St Peter’s 51 – W Parata17, P Leupolu 15, I Franklin 9, B Schuster 6

MAGS 73 – S Tawera 19, R Laumatia 15, M Dorcil 14, N Wilson 8

 

Premier Standings

12-1 Mt Albert, Rosmini

8-5 Auckland Grammar

6-5 St Kentigern

5-7 Westlake

3-10 St Peter’s

2-10 Rangitoto

1-10 Avondale

On Monday August 6th Westlake Boys will entertain St Kentigern College in a fixture that may well determine the fourth semi-final place and Avondale College, with three games to play in five days, will visit Rangitoto College.

Cashmere High unbeaten – Thomson Trophy semi-finalists found

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Division One of the Thomson Trophy Playoffs are now set

A three-way tie for fourth spot eventuated between Christchurch Boys’ High, Rangiora High, and St. Andrew’s College, after each of the teams won on Tuesday night. After using the FIBA classification procedures, Christchurch Boys’ finished in fourth place, Rangiora fifth, and St. Andrew’s in sixth.

Cashmere High finished their unbeaten regular season to finish first, and a guaranteed spot in the semi-finals (and will hold onto the Dowson Cup the rest of the year). Shirley Boys’ finished third after the game of the week battle with CBHS.

Middleton Grange finished second and used a gigantic 32-5 run in the third quarter to eliminate Christ’s College from the playoffs. Gators had five double-figure scorers (Ah Li Fenika 15; Jarred Burnett 14; Trey Te Awa 11; Jedidiah Rea 11; Harry Roth 10) with Christ’s College having similar scoring outputs, but only three players above ten points (Will De Geest 14; Mason Whittaker 13; Aiden Palmer 13).

Division Two of the Thomson Trophy Competition had a barnburner eventuate between Ellesmere High School and Lincoln with both teams battling to try to force their way into the playoffs.

The top three are all but assured (St. Thomas and Ashburton are both 7-1; Papanui 6-2).

Ellesmere looked to be cruising, up 57-45 at halftime. A 22-2 run in Lincoln’s favour turned the tide before the visitors managed a tough fight-back – snatching the lead late in the fourth quarter. Back to back three-point buckets for Lincoln’s Kyle Koster (25 points) saw them tie, and then take the lead, as they went on to win 98-96. Cody Wareham top scored with a huge 43-point game for Lincoln, but was outdone individually by Ellesmere’s Sean Lemon (57 points), who had support from Matthew Riches (20 points).

In the Whelan Trophy Competition, Avonside, Ellesmere and Lincoln are all tied for first equal in Division II at 7-1, with St. Margaret’s just behind in fourth place at 6-2. The Avonside Lady Eagles easily won against Papanui on Tuesday after a slow start, but finished off the game on a 36-2 run to win by the convincing score of 95-34. Molly Cockburn led the way with 23 points, and had four other double-figure scorers join her in the win (Bell Digby 19; Megan Shannon 18; Kyla Lynch-Brown 11; Cynthia Patea 10). Paige McIlraith top scored with 13 for Papanui and Izzy Orr had 12.

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Lincoln High built a 28-10 first quarter lead against St. Margaret’s and despite being tested numerous times, never relinquished it as they hung on to win 60-54. Samantha McCrone scored 15, while both Mandy Herman and Sophie Withell had 10 each for Lincoln. Alex Cooper knocked in 24 points for St. Margaret’s with 24.

On August 15 the NZ Broadcasting School will be live-streaming two fantastic games from Cowles Stadium (free entry as well). A top four Whelan Matchup between Rangi Ruru and Christchurch Girls’ is scheduled to tip off at 6:30pm, with a boys’ Quarter-final matchup between the Shirley Boys’ High Spartans and Christchurch Boys’ following (scheduled to tip at 8:00pm) – we’ll have more details on this next week along with all of the other matchups.

From James Lissaman.

Macca’s Week Nine Results

Thomson Division One:

St. Andrew’s 80-63 Hillmorton

Christchurch Boys’ 87-76 Shirley

Rangiora 73-65 Burnside

Middleton Grange 98-52 Christ’s

Cashmere 121-65 St. Bede’s

 

Thomson Division Two:

St. Thomas 87-76 Papanui

Cathedral 77-53 Riccarton

Lincoln 98-96 Ellesmere

Kaiapoi 88-80 Linwood

Ashburton 74-45 Hornby

 

Whelan Division One:

Rangiora 62-56 Ashburton

St. Andrew’s 72-68 Christchurch Girls’

Middleton 92-50 Cashmere

 

Whelan Division Two:

Hillmorton 50-42 Villa Maria

Ellesmere 67-45 Burnside

Lincoln 60-54 St. Margaret’s

Avonside 95-34 Papanui

Marian 89-50 Te Pā

Georgia Perrott-Hunt joins Tiffin University Dragons

Former Westlake Girls High School and North Harbour standout Georgia Perrott-Hunt is the latest in an ever increasing list of Kiwis to be offered an NCAA basketball scholarship.

A New Zealand Under 18 representative back in 2015, Georgia has headed to Tiffin University to play NCAA Division II basketball under first year head coach Jessie Ivey. Known as the Dragons the team finished 9-19 last season in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference but in the coming season will debut in the Great Midwest Athletics Conference.

Coach Ivey is looking forward to Georgia joining the Dragons.

“I am so excited we were able to sign such a talented player and an even better person in Georgia Perrott-Hunt. She will be a huge part of our high-scoring offense as she is able to spread the floor with her outside shot and create mismatches with her size. She has played for a great Coach in Thomas Dryburgh at NDSCS and she will make an immediate impact for the Dragons.”

Perrott-Hunt has spent the last two years in Junior College at North Dakota State College of Science but is relishing the chance to play NCAA Division II basketball.

“I have been looking for an opportunity to challenge myself at a higher playing level since graduating earlier in the year. I had a great time at North Dakota where we won back-to-back regional tournaments but heading to Tiffin to play for the Dragons will extend my game further.

“Coach Ivey has been in regular contact with me and I can’t wait to link up with my new teammates and the Dragons coaching staff.

“I had a couple of offers on the table but decided on Tiffin for a number of reasons. Not only was I impressed with the Dragons basketball programme, where I will be able to play a part as they enter a new conference, but I also like the small town vibe that the university offers. In addition my studies are taking me down a science route and I will be able to continue that path for the next two years,” Georgia added.