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The SKYCITY Breakers look set to give debuts to five players in the Australian NBL season opener against Brisbane tonight. Barring injury Shawn Long, Majok Majok, Armani Moore, Patrick Richard and Jarrad Weeks will all take the floor tonight.
If all five players debut it will be the most first time appearances for the club in a single game since the inaugural fixture against Adelaide 36ers in October 2003.
Tom Abercrombie has accumulated 3,211 points and needs 16 points to pass Kirk Penney (3,226) points to become the Breakers all-time leading scorer.
In addition Abercrombie (1,285 rebounds) requires 8 rebounds to pass Alex Pledger (1,292 rebounds) and become the Breakers all-time second highest rebounder behind Mika Vukona.
Abercrombie has played 275 NBL games – the sixth highest number of games played by active players in the NBL.
Corey Webster (1794 points) needs 7 points to pass Aaron Olson (1800 points) and become the Breakers 5th highest scorer all-time.
Kevin Braswell becomes the sixth Breakers head coach following in the footsteps of Jeff Green, Frank Arsego, Andrej Lemanis, Dean Vickerman, and Paul Henare.
Like Henare he also played for the club making 41 appearances as a player.
The successes of Rosmini College and St Peter’s School Cambridge in claiming 2018 Schick Championships ‘AA’ National Secondary School Basketball titles has followed a continuing trend.
Rosmini claimed the Doug Harford Trophy for the second successive year and the third time in eight years beating St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie 114-62 in the final.
Following the successes of Westlake Boys High School and Rangitoto College, the three North Shore schools have between them claimed ten titles in the last fourteen years with only Otago Boys High, Fraser High and St Pat’s Kilbirnie (twice) interrupting the winning sequence.
The Tom Abercrombie led Westlake team of 2005 claimed the first of Westlake’s five titles. Corey Webster was also prominent that year and ensured a repeat in 2006.
Rob Loe featured in the aforementioned triumphs and was also the dominant figure in Westlake’s 2009 triumph.
Rosmini got their hands on the Doug Harford trophy for the first time in 2011 with Anamata Haku and Tohi Smith-Milner proving formidable.
Tai Webster in 2012 and Jack Salt in 2013 ensured Westlake would go back to back and after Otago Boys High clinched the 2014 title Rangitoto also went back to back in 2015 and 2016.
Tai Wynyard was a formidable force in 2015 and Sam Waardenburg a shining light in 2016 although it is the memory of the buzzer beating effort from Cam Stone, that broke the hearts of Palmerston North Boys High in 2016, that lives longest in the memory.
The consecutive wins by Rosmini College prompts the question can any other school buck the trend in 2019?
St Peter’s School Cambridge won the C.A. Clarke Trophy for the third time in four years by defeating Hutt Valley High School 92-51 on Saturday.
With St Peter’s returning the vast majority of their players in 2019, including the prodigious Charlisse-Leger Walker, it is hard to envisage anything but another victory for the Cambridge school next year.
If it is North Shore schools ruling the roost in the Boys competition of late, Waikato schools have dominated the Girls’ competition for the past four decades.
Church College lifted the C.A. Clarke Trophy for the first time in 1981 and remarkably lifted that trophy another 19 times in the following 28 years – the last success in 2009, the year the school closed.
Sacred Heart College, Hamilton (1988) and Hamilton Girls High (2012) have also stood atop the podium meaning Waikato schools have totaled 27 victories in the 50 years the championship has been contested.
It’s a pity we have to wait another twelve months to witness another Schick Secondary Schools Nationals.
Rosmini College added to its 2011 and 2017 titles whilst St Peter’s Cambridge made it three wins in four years as the Schick National Championships came to a close in Palmerston North on Saturday.
The bronze medal games were won by Westlake Girls and St Kentigern College Boys.
The finalists have been found at the 2018 Schick Championships ‘AA’ National Secondary School Basketball Championships.
The Girl’s Final will feature Hutt Valley High School and, returning for a fourth straight final, St Peter’s School Cambridge.
St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie, that last won the title in 2008, will take on defending champions Rosmini College in the Boy’s Final.
Day four at the 2018 Schick Secondary Schools National Championships produced some memorable games.
Manukura beat Ellesmere College 91-70 in the Girls ‘A’ Final and Stratford High School outlasted Te Aroha College, deprived of a couple of starters due to injury, 97-75 in the Boys ‘A’ Final.
The ‘AA’ semi-finalists have also been found with St Pat’s Kilbirnie, Rosmini College, St Kentigern College and St John’s Hamilton prevailing in the boys quarter-finals.
St Kent’s convincingly won the all-City of Sails encounter against Auckland Grammar 91-60 whilst Rosmini were equally dominant against hosts Palmerston North Boys (100-63). St Pat’s Kilbirnie beat Hamilton Boys on the show court 90-75 but Waikato prevailed in the other quarter as St John’s College beat Napier Boys 97-79.
The girls quarter-finals victors were Westlake Girls High School, Hutt Valley High, Queen Margaret College, Wellington and St Peter’s, Cambridge.
Westlake ousted Mt Albert Grammar on the buzzer 70-69 and Hutt Valley outlasted Hamilton Girls (76-69). Queen Margaret College and St Peter’s won one sided contests against St Andrew’s College (69-38) and Auckland Grammar (77-33) respectively.
It was moving day on Wednesday at the 2018 Schick Secondary Schools National Championships with the finalists found in the A Tournaments and play-off berths confirmed in the AA competitions.
The A Girls Final will feature local favourites Manukura against Ellesmere College.
Manukura accounted for Stratford High 78-63 and in a cliffhanger Ellesmere conceded an eight points advantage in the final minute to Te Aroha College before clinching a 59-57 win on the buzzer.
Stratford Boys High, the 2017 champions have the opportunity to defend their crown after beating Nga Taiatea Wharekura 88-75 in the A Boys semi-final. Te Aroha College boys made up for the loss by the girls team claiming a 67-61 win against Opunake High School in the other semi-final.
The Girls and Boys AA tournaments have adopted the new FIBA style format with the top team in each of the four pools progressing to the quarter-finals. The second and third placed teams in each pool are faced with quarter-final qualifying fixtures on Thursday morning.
The teams benefitting from the additional recovery time after winning their respective pools are Hamilton Boys High, St Kentigern College, Palmerston North Boys High and Napier Boys High.
On the girls side St Peters, Cambridge, Westlake Girls High, Hamilton Girls High and Queen Margaret College, Wellington can have a sleep in on Thursday morning.
Highlighted below are the teams that will play the quarter-final qualifying ties at 9am on Thursday morning to earn a slot in the last eight. In both the boys and girls competitions teams from Pool A will crossover against Pool B opposition (eg 2nd in Pool A v 3rd in Pool B) with the same scenario between the pool C and D teams.
Boys AA Tournament standings at conclusion of Pool play
Teams listed in order of seeding with 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams progressing to play-offs.
2nd Rosmini College 4-1
Rongotai College 2-3
1st Hamilton Boys HS 4-1
New Plymouth Boys HS 0-4
St Andrew’s College 0-4
3rd Mt Albert GS 4-1
1st St Kentigern College 5-0
3rd Westlake Boys HS 3-2
Shirley Boys HS 1-4
2nd St John’s College 4-1
Rotorua Boys HS 2-3
Fraser HS 0-5
Rangitoto College 1-4
Auckland GS 3-2
1st Palmerston North Boys HS 4-1
Middleton Grange 1-4
Otago Boys HS 3-2
Hastings Boys HS 3-2
2nd Cashmere HS 4-1
1st Napier Boys HS 4-1
3rd St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie 3-2
Waimea College 1-4
Tauranga Boys HS 2-3
Macleans College 1-4
Girls AA Tournament standings at conclusion of Pool play
2nd Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth 4-1
1st Westlake Girls HS 5-0
3rd Rangitoto College 3-2
Christchurch Girls HS 1-4
Melville HS 2-3
Hillcrest HS 0-5
1st St Peter’s, Cambridge 5-0
2nd Hutt Valley HS 4-1
3rd St Andrew’s College 3-2
Otago Girls HS 1-4
Wellington Girls College 2-3
Tauranga Girls College 0-5
2nd Mt Albert GS 4-1
Rotorua Girls HS 2-3
Rangi Ruru 2-3
1st Queen Margaret College, Wellington 5-0
3rd St Mary’s College, Ponsonby 2-3 (advance on points differential)
Massey HS 0-5
1st Hamilton Girls HS 5-0
2nd Auckland Girls GS 4-1
3rd Napier Girls HS 3-2
Fraser HS 1-4
Waimea College 1-4
Palmerston North Girls HS 1-4
Boys A Semi-Finals
Stratford High School 88 – M Trott 34, C Trethewey 29, F Jennings 12, W Ratu 11
Nga Taiatea Wharekura 75 – H Edwards 24, W Ake 20, M Short 14, C Marsh 11
Te Aroha College 67 – C Garnier 15, S Schuler 14, L van den Heuvel 14, J De Young 12
Opunake HS 61 – N Hill 23, H Loveridge-Seymour 23, R Bloemen 5
Girls A Semi-Finals
Manukura 78 – R Fourie 29, H Coleman 19, H Stanshall 11
Stratford HS 63 – R Utton 23, L Almazan 9, K Jones 9
Te Aroha College 57 – D Schuler 20, B Schuler 15, M Ross 8
Ellesmere 59 – M Ellis 30, S Irvine 11, K Timpson 8
Tall Blacks teammates Isaac Fotu and Tai Webster will be opposing each other in EuroCup action next week.
Fotu, playing a second season in Germany for Ratiopharm Ulm, will host Turkish side Galatasaray on October 10 (October 11 NZT) in the second round of EuroCup group stage play – both teams are in Section A.
Galatasaray is the new home for Webster, the New Zealand guard having moved from German team Frankfurt Skyliners in the off-season.
The EuroCup tipped off this week with Galatasaray recording an 84-73 win at home to Morabanc Andorra. Webster, on debut, started in the point guard spot and tallied 7 points (2/4FG) and 4 assists in 25 minutes of action.
Fotu top scored for Ulm but unfortunately the German club got off to a losing start going down 88-73 to Crvena Zvezda Mts Belgrade. The Kiwi scored 16 points on a very efficient 7 from 10 shooting that included 2 out of 3 triples. The power forward also added 6 rebounds including three off the offensive glass.
Day two at the 2018 Schick Secondary Schools Nationals threw up its fair share of surprises.
In Pool C of the AA Girls Tournament Queen Margaret College remain unbeaten with a 3-0 record. Rangi Ruru got the better of Rotorua Girls 61-45 in the early game on Tuesday but then went down to St Mary’s Ponsonby 76-58. Mt Albert Grammar, despite a 68-56 loss to Queen Margaret sits second with two wins and a loss equal with Rotorua Girls High.
Pool D action saw Auckland Girls Grammar preserve their unbeaten record with a 64-52 win against Napier Girls High. These two teams plus Hamilton Girls High (also 3-0) look likely to be play-off bound.
In Pool B St Peter’s Cambridge, winners in 2016 and 2017 have won three straight games as have Hutt Valley High.
Westlake Girls sit top of Pool A with four wins alongside Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth. Rangitoto College are also well placed to progress from the group.
The semi-finalists have been found in the Girls A competition with favourites Manukura and Ellesmere College progressing from Pool A. Te Aroha College join them from Pool B having defeated Stratford High (that also qualify) in the last pool game late on Tuesday.
Mt Albert Grammar continued its strong showing in Pool A of the Boys AA Tournament. They have won four games straight to secure a play-off berth including a 76-69 defeat of Rongotai College. Rosmini pipped Hamilton Boys 72-69 with those two teams and Rongotai fighting for the remaining two spots in post pool play.
Cashmere High appears to be on course to sweep Pool D although with two rounds to play. However Napier Boys are lurking at 2-1 with the two to meet late on Wednesday.
With two rounds to play in Pool C each team has recorded at least one loss and no team is unbeaten – there is plenty to play for on Wednesday for all six teams. In two tight encounters Hastings Boys defeated Auckland Grammar 94-92 and in an equally tight affair Otago Boys downed Palmerston North Boys High 73-70.
In Pool B Westlake Boys and St Kentigern both have unblemished 3-0 records – the two teams clash in the final round of games on Wednesday. With two rounds to play both Rotorua Boys and St John’s, Hamilton still harbour hopes of a top three place.
In one of the best games of the day Stratford High beat Te Aroha College by the slimmest of margins 63-62 in their A Boys Pool A match up. Stratford finished the day 4-0 to book a semi-final place
In Pool B Opunake High have also claimed a semi-final slot as they also boast a 4-0 record.
The other two semi-final berths will be claimed early on Wednesday when the last round of pool games are completed.
Boys AA Tournament standings after Day 2
Teams listed in order of seeding.
Rosmini College 3-1
Rongotai College 2-2
Hamilton Boys HS 3-1
New Plymouth Boys HS 0-4
St Andrew’s College 0-4
Mt Albert GS 4-0
St Kentigern College 3-0
Westlake Boys HS 3-0
Shirley Boys HS 0-3
St John’s College 2-1
Rotorua Boys HS 1-2
Fraser HS 0-3
Rangitoto College 1-2
Auckland GS 1-2
Palmerston North Boys HS 2-1
Middleton Grange 1-2
Otago Boys HS 2-1
Hastings Boys HS 2-1
Cashmere HS 3-0
Napier Boys HS 3-0
St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie 2-1
Waimea College 0-3
Tauranga Boys HS 0-3
Macleans College 1-2
Girls AA Tournament standings after Day 2
Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth 4-0
Westlake Girls HS 4-0
Rangitoto College 2-2
Christchurch Girls HS 1-3
Melville HS 1-3
Hillcrest HS 0-4
St Peter’s, Cambridge 3-0
Hutt Valley HS 3-0
St Andrew’s College 2-1
Otago Girls HS 1-2
Wellington Girls College 0-3
Tauranga Girls College 0-3
Mt Albert GS 2-1
Rotorua Girls HS 2-1
Rangi Ruru 1-2
Queen Margaret College, Wellington 3-0
St Mary’s College, Ponsonby 1-2
Massey HS 0-3
Hamilton Girls HS 3-0
Auckland Girls GS 3-0
Napier Girls HS 2-1
Fraser HS 1-2
Waimea College 0-3
Palmerston North Girls HS 0-3
Boys A Tournament standings after Day 2
Stratford HS 4-0
St Kevin’s College 1-3
Te Aroha College 3-1
Tai Wananga 1-3
Rangiora New Life School 0-4
Hillmorton HS 2-2
Opunake HS 4-0
Waihi College 0-4
Dunstan HS 1-3
Catholic Cathedral College 2-2
Nga Taiatea Wharekura 3-1
Girls A Tournament standings after Day 2
Te Kura Kokiri 1-2
Kavanagh College 1-2
Ellesmere College 1-2 (Ellesmere progress to semi-final on points differential).
Te Aroha College 4-0
Stratford HS 3-1
Buller HS 2-2
Te Wharekura o Mauao 0-4
Te Kuiti HS 1-3
Not too many teams progress to play-off action from sixth seed in their pool at the Schick Secondary Schools Nationals but Mt Albert Grammar have given themselves every opportunity after beating Rosmini College 53-50 in the first round of action on Monday in Palmerston North.
It is widely regarded as an upset but it should be noted that MAGS beat Rosmini early in the season on their way to a 13-1 record that took them to the Auckland Premier Grade regular season title. MAGS completed a good day’s work defeating New Plymouth Boys 79-65 in the afternoon game.
In the same Pool Hamilton Boys defeated Rongotai College by the surprising scoreline of 78-48.
The closest game of the day was in Pool A of the Boys A Tournament where Manukura defeated St Kevin’s College, Oamaru by the narrowest of margins 70-69. Other tight encounters were in the Girls A Tournament, Pool B where Te Aroha beat Buller 52-50 and in the AA Boys Pool B – St John’s College edging Shirley Boys 58-56. Over in Pool C Otago Boys edged Rangitoto College 65-63, while also in the last round of the day Palmerston North Boys shaded Auckland Grammar 66-62.
In Pool B top seed St Kentigern College were given a scare by Rotorua Boys High before prevailing 81-78, a second single figure loss on day 1 for Rotorua.
Pool C of the Boys AA Tournament looks wide open with five of the six teams registering W’s on the opening day.
Hutt Valley recorded a significant win in Pool B of the AA Girls comp defeating St Andrews 74-59. Pretty much all other girls results in the AA competition followed the form book.
Boys AA Tournament standings after Day 1
(Teams listed in order of seeding.)
Rosmini College 1-1
Rongotai College 1-1
Hamilton Boys HS 2-0
New Plymouth Boys HS 0-2
St Andrew’s College 0-2
Mt Albert GS 2-0
St Kentigern College 2-0
Westlake Boys HS 2-0
Shirley Boys HS 0-2
St John’s College 2-0
Rotorua Boys HS 0-2
Fraser HS 0-2
Rangitoto College 1-1
Auckland GS 1-1
Palmerston North Boys HS 2-0
Middleton Grange 0-2
Otago Boys HS 1-1
Hastings Boys HS 1-1
Cashmere HS 1-0
Napier Boys HS 1-0
St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie 1-0
Waimea College 0-1
Tauranga Boys HS 0-1
Macleans College 0-1
Girls AA Tournament standings after Day 1
Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth 2-0
Westlake Girls HS 2-0
Rangitoto College 1-1
Christchurch Girls HS 1-1
Melville HS 0-2
Hillcrest HS 0-2
St Peter’s, Cambridge 2-0
Hutt Valley HS 2-0
St Andrew’s College 1-1
Otago Girls HS 1-1
Wellington Girls College 0-2
Tauranga Girls College 0-2
Mt Albert GS 1-0
Rotorua Girls HS 1-0
Rangi Ruru 0-1
Queen Margaret College, Wellington 1-0
St Mary’s College, Ponsonby 0-1
Massey HS 0-1
Hamilton Girls HS 1-0
Auckland Girls GS 1-0
Napier Girls HS 1-0
Fraser HS 0-1
Waimea College 0-1
Palmerston North Girls HS 0-1
Boys A Tournament standings after Day 1
Stratford HS 2-0
St Kevin’s College 0-2
Te Aroha College 2-0
Tai Wananga 0-2
Rangiora New Life School 0-2
Hillmorton HS 0-2
Opunake HS 2-0
Waihi College 0-2
Dunstan HS 1-1
Catholic Cathedral College 1-1
Nga Taiatea Wharekura 2-0
Girls A Tournament standings after Day 1
Te Kura Kokiri 1-1
Kavanagh College 0-2
Ellesmere College 1-1
Te Aroha College 2-0
Stratford HS 2-0
Buller HS 1-1
Te Wharekura o Mauao 0-2
Te Kuiti HS 0-2