Monthly Archives: November 2018

Kendell Heremaia and Shalae Salmon record career high’s

Shalae Salmon

Kendell Heremaia and Shalae Salmon both returned career best NCAA scoring performances over Thanksgiving Weekend.

Salmon scored a career high 19 points (8/15FG) as BYU went 2 from 2 at the San Diego State Thanksgiving Classic. California Baptist were defeated 76-69 with Salmon also snaring 7 boards on a productive night that helped BYU registered a fourth straight victory.

At the Gulf Coast Showcase Tournament in Florida, Fordham University Rams finished runners-up to Texas going down 72-54 in the final. Despite the loss the former Waikato forward Kendell Heremaia improved her career best points tally twice during the event making 17 points in the final after tallying 13 in the semi-final win the previous day.

Kendell Heremaia 

Cantabrian Mary Goulding scored 16 points (plus 14 rebounds) in the opening game with Zara Jillings posting 6 points and 3 assists in game two.

Akiene-Tera Reed scored a season high 20 points (8/15FG) as Virginia Commonwealth Rams clawed Weber State Wildcats 64-36 on Saturday. She led the Rams scoring again 48 hours later with 17 points. However VCU dropped that game losing 64-62 to Purdue University Indianapolis. 

Amiee Book continued her good work for California State Fullerton Tigers. The Tigers went down 83-74 against Portland but Amiee still managed 13 points converting three from seven from beyond the arc. In her first five NCAA Division 1 games Aimee is 11 from 21 from three-point land at a striking 52%.

Krystal Leger-Walker scored 10 points, including a step back three to tie proceedings at 46 apiece, as Northern Colorado Bears eked out a 53-47 win against Colorado State. L-W added 6 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals for the Bears who have made a 3-2 start to their campaign.

Kayla Manuirirangi scored 8 points and shared 4 assists as Tulane University moved to 4-1 for the season after defeating Cleveland State 81-72. 

Tegan Graham produced 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists as Colgate Raiders enjoyed a first win of the season defeating Canisius 67-53.

Pareunora Pene made her debut for Tennessee Chattanooga in their 75-60 win against Liberty. The Rotorua freshman scored with both shots, one three, to record 5 points in her first appearance for the Mocs.

Kiwis in college busy over Thanksgiving weekend


Last weekend may have been Thanksgiving in the States but there was little time for rest for our Kiwi college players.

Matt Freeman and Jack Salt headed to the Bahamas for the 8-team Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament over the holiday period at Paradise Island. 

It was anything but a vacation playing three games in three days but hopefully Jack and the Virginia Cavaliers got to sample some of the resort delights after beating Wiconsin 53-46 in the final.

Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett was full of praise for his captain. 

“Jack was a warrior, playing position and playing hard. He means a lot for our programme, statistically he may not show it but it was a special performance.”

High praise for a man who finished with just 2 points, 5 rebounds, a block and a steal but as Bennett said the game is more than just about statistics.

The two didn’t get to play against each other as they were on opposite sides of the draw but Freeman and the Oklahoma Sooners clinched third spot after a 65-54 win against Dayton – Matt knocking down his only shot for three points and a pair of rebounds.

Also attending a famed location were St Mary’s College Gaels taking part in the MGM Resorts Main Event in Las Vegas. Despite going down 80-63 to Utah State Dan Fotu scored 11 points and also added three rebounds including two at the offensive end.

In their other game in Vegas Fotu came up with 2 points, 5 rebounds and an assist as the Gaels lost 61-57 to Mississippi State.

At the Wooden Legacy Tournament Miami Hurricanes fell agonisingly short in the championship game going down 83-81 to Seton Hall on Sunday night with Sam Waardenburg producing a quintet of points and rebounds.

Earlier in the tournament Waardenbutg scored 10 points as the Hurricanes cruised past La Salle 85-49.

Isaac Letoa and Dartmouth Big Green are headed across the Atlantic to Ireland where they will play in the Belfast Classic beginning on Thursday.

Taki Fahrensohn scored a season best 7 points as Portland Horned Frogs eased to a comfortable 77-57 win against Lewis and Clark.

In a Kiwi v Kiwi match-up it was Tobias Cameron and Abilene Christian that got the better of Callum McRae and University of California Riverside winning a sixth straight game 60-48.

However in terms of personal productivity the outcome favoured McCrae. The former Palmerston North Boys High centre had 10 points, on 5 from 6 from the field, plus 6 rebounds with Cameron getting just a minute of court time. 

Sacramento States Hornets beat Cal State Fullerton 87-82 in overtime for a third consecutive win with Izayah Le’afa scoring 14 points. The Hutt Valley native obviously has the green light to shoot the three-ball launching no fewer than 14 attempts in the contest. He landed four of those and also provided 3 assists to go with 5 rebounds.

Jackson Stent was part of an historic occasion as Houston Baptist University defeated Wake Forrest 93-91 in overtime – the first time in programme history that HBU had beaten an Atlantic Coast Conference member. For the second game running Stent was a perfect 2 from 2 from the field – both triples.

Sam Timmins may lay claim to one of the qickest accumulation of fouls in college basketball this season The Kiwi centre fouled out in just seven minutes as Washington Huskies were pipped 68-66 by Minnesotta – he managed a pair of rebounds and two points in that time.

Look out for the women’s college wrap being posted tomorrow.

Purcell wins battle of the Tall Ferns


A go-ahead basket by Kalani Purcell, with 27 seconds left on the clock, helped propel Melbourne Boomers to an exciting 79-75 home win against Townsville Fire in the latest round of the Australian Women’s National Basketball League.

In a re-match of last season’s Grand Final Purcell pulled down an astonishing 15 rebounds (8 off the offensive glass) as Melbourne recorded a fourth straight win and moved to second on the WNBL ladder with a 7-3 record. The Tall Ferns forward added 9 points, 4 assists and 2 steals in a typical all-action display.

Tall Ferns teammate Micaela Cocks was also in fine form, top scoring for the defending champions with 19 points at a highly efficient 8 from 11 shooting. However the loss means that, a third of the way through the season, the Fire sit outside the top four with 3 wins and 5 losses.

Two earlier clashes in the round also pitched mate versus mate, Tall Fern against Tall Fern.

Adelaide Lightning, with Penina Davidson nabbing 6 points, led by as many as 10 points against Townsville but eventually succumbed 79-77 on their home court. Stella Beck came off the bench for the Fire contributing 3 assists and a pair of rebounds. Also for Townsville Cocks chipped in with 5 points, 3 rebounds and a trio of dimes.

Prior to the win against Townsville Melbourne had travelled west and completed a comprehensive 89-69 victory over league leaders Perth Lynx. It was just the second loss of the season for Perth (6-2) who got 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals from captain Toni Farnworth. Purcell put up more big numbers amassing 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block.

The next edition of mate v mate will be on Sunday when Penina and Adelaide visit Kalani and Melbourne.

NCAA Div 1 Kiwi men wrap ahead of Thanksgiving Weekend action

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Of the sixteen Kiwi men playing NCAA Division I basketball this season seven are freshmen and all have seen cort time at  

In Division I action Matt Freeman scored at almost a point a minute as Oklahoma Sooners won their home opener 75-64 against Wofford. Matt scored 11 points in 12 minutes, knocking down three from four from beyond the arc.

Matt and the Sooners have headed to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament this week which will also be attended by Jack Salt and the Virginia Cavaliers. We will bring you news of that event and all the other Thanksgiving Weekend play in the next roundup. 

Sam Waardenburg has been entrusted with a starting spot at Miami where the Hurricanes have begun the season with a trio of wins after pushing past Bethune-Cookman 78-70. The second year forward scored 8 points (4/6FG) and totalled 4 rebounds in 27 minutes in the win.

St Mary’s College Gaels, after three straight wins, fell to their first loss of the season going down 80-63 to Utah State. However it was a good outing for Dan Fotu who knocked down a pair of threes (4/6FG) on his way to 11 points. The former Rangitoto standout also added three rebounds including two at the offensive end 

Isaac Letoa was 3 from 3 from the field as Dartmouth Big Green handed Elms a hiding. A reverse lay-up from the Tall Blacks guard brought up the ton as Dartmouth won100-54.

Yanni Wetzel scored a couple of points for Vanderbilt in the 79-54 win against Alcorn – the Commodores off to a 3-0 start.

Former Auckland Grammar standout Taki Fahrensohn scored his first college points as PortlandUniversity Pirates beat Multnomah. The freshman scored 2 points as the Pilots won a high scoring affair 111-103.

Angus McWilliam debuted for Texas Christian. The Cantabriam forward coralled three rebounds as TCU beat Oral Roberts 79-62. 

Flynn Cameron scored 6 points for De Paul as the Blue Demons doused Morgan State 91-63.

Seven points from Jackson Stent helped Houston Baptist secure a 75-72 win against Fordham. Stent went a perfect 2 from 2 from the field and also knocked down both of his free throws.

Career best for Leger-Walker the highlight of latest women’s college action



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Krystal Leger-Walker was in outstanding form for Northern Colorado Bears. In a productive night the Waikato native scored a career high 22 points (9/12FG) and dished 6 assists in the 74-66 win against Denver.

The Kiwis were prominent as Fordhan University Rams improved to 2-2 after a 71-64 win against Charlotte 49ers. Mary Goulding continued her strong form with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Kendell Heremaia scored 14 points (6/8FG) and Zara Jillings (7pts) was also amongst the scorers for the Rams.

Shalae Salmon crafted 14 points on 5 from 8 shooting from the floor and a perfect 4 out of 4 from the charity stripe as Brigham Young University Provo beat Eastern Washington 80-65.

Amiee Book didn’t miss a shot in California State Fullerton’s 79-65 win against Cal Baptist. She accumulated 14 points on 6 from 6 from the field that included 2 out of 2 triples. Book then scored 12 points (5/9FG) as the Titans went down 83-72 against San Diego.

Also making a dozen points was Tera Reed as Virginia Commonwealth Rams won a low scoring affair against Wake Forest 53-40. The Rams only gave up eight final quarter points as they improve to 3-1 for the season

Sariah Penese was busy for University of Maryland Baltimore in the 81-43 defeat of  Notre Dame. The Retrievers have won their first six games – the best start in programme history – and Penese came up with 3 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and a block in the win.

Kayla Manuirirangi scored 11 points (three from six threes for the second game running) as Tulane University held off Washington to win 63-51 for a third consecutive win.

Tegan Graham was another to score 11 points but Colgate Raiders slipped to a third straight loss, pipped 64-61 by George Mason.

Suffering a fourth loss on the bounce were La Salle going under 92-68 against Towson. Michelle Nicholls was a bright light in the defeat scoring 11 points on 5 from 8 shooting for the Explorers.

There is a feast of basketball ahead in the coming days as many college teams are taking part in Thanksgiving Weekend tournaments.

Tauranga City representative trials begin this weekend.


Excitement is building ahead of the trials to find next year’s Tauranga City Basketball representative teams.

Four weeks of trials will be held at Aquinas College over four consecutive Sundays from November 18 through to December 9.

Tauranga City Basketball are hoping to build on the successes enjoyed in 2018 the U15 Girls team finished runners-up to Capital at the National Championships.

In addition both the U13 A Boys and A Girls finished runners-up to Waikato at the U13 Northern Regional Championships. To cap off a successful tournament the U13B Boys won the B Boys title.

The Under-15’s, Under 17’s and Under-19 boys’ and girls’ teams will be selected from the four trials.

Tauranga City Basketball General Manager, Mark Rogers, says competition for places is stronger than it ever has been.

“We have gone with four weeks of trials to ensure everyone gets seen multiple times and we can assess everyone to a high level before selecting teams,” Mark says.

“Last year we had 22 rep teams, which was up from 10 teams in 2010. We have multiple teams in each grade and last year had B teams qualify for the national finals tournament for the first time at under-15 level.”

Players are expected to attend all four trials.

If you can’t make all four dates or for further information, please email Director of Development, Rachel Gwerder, at or phone 578 0405 before the first trial.

The cost to take part in all four trials is just $15 per player if pre-registered or $20 per player registered at the first trial.

To register go to If you have already registered use your existing login and password.

The final date to pre-register is Friday November 16 at 5pm.

Good luck to everyone trialling for the teams.


Trial age groups/ trial times all four weeks Aquinas College

Under-15 boys, born 2005 or 2006, 10am – 12.30pm

Under-15 girls, born 2005 or 2006, 12.30pm – 3pm

Under-17 boys, born 2003 or 2004, 3pm – 5.30pm

Under-17 girls, born 2003 or 2004, 12.30pm – 3pm

Under-19 boys, born 2001 or 2002, 12.30pm – 3pm

Under-19 girls, born 2001 or 2002, 3pm – 5.30pm


One win apiece for Fotu and Webster after latest EuroCup encounter


Tall Blacks Isaac Fotu and Tai Webster locked horns in EuroCup action overnight in Istanbul where Fotu’s Ratiopharm Ulm visited Webster’s Galatasaray.

When the two teams met back in October it was the German club that prevailed in overtime (103-92) but on Wednesday it was the hosts that came out on top winning 77-69 in regulation.

Despite the win it wasn’t a game that will live long in Webster’s memory. The Kiwi point guard entered the contest averaging 13.8 points and 5 assists per game but, restricted by foul trouble, managed just 2 points and 3 assists in this one – fouling out in just under 19 minutes.

Fotu led the Ulm rebounding count with 7 boards and also added 9 points but it wasn’t enough to stave off defeat.

Both clubs have a 3-4 record with three games to play in Group A of the Eurocup. The top 4 teams in each pool progress to the last sixteen and it would appear that both clubs will need to win two of their final three games to be sure of progressing.

With both players missing the Tall Blacks World Cup Qualifiers in Christchurch and Wellington at the end of the month it will likely be February before the two get together again when the New Zealand team travels to Lebanon and Jordan.

NCAA Div 1 Women Start Strong


There have been some good performances by Kiwi women in the opening rounds of NCAA Division I college basketball.

2018 Tall Fern Tera Reed led Virginia Commonwealth Rams with 15 points as the Rams proved too good for Longwood winning 84-55. Reed added 5 rebounds in front of a bumper crowd of almost 4,000.

Mary Goulding put in a strong performance for Fordham University Rams in its 58-54 loss at Washington. The Cantabrian forward played all 40 minutes collecting 15 points and 12 rebounds. Kendell Heremaia chipped in with 5 points and Zara Jillings a brace for the Rams.

Also playing 40 minutes was Krystal Leger-Walker for Northern Colorado Bears that were beaten 62-57 by LSU at Baton Ruge. L-W produced 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 dimes for the Bears that slip to 1-2 on the season.

Shalae Salmon had 9 rebounds including four at the offensive end as BYU Cougars edged UC Riverside 72-70 in an exciting overtime win. The Kiwi forward in her junior year at BYU was called on to play 42 minutes as she added 4 points and an assist.

Tegan Graham was in good form for Colgate University. The starting guard led the Raiders scoring with 18 points but it was a second straight loss for Colgate going down 67-58 at Dayton.

Kayla Manuirirangi scored 14 points for Tulane but the Green Wave crashed 62-56 to Texas Southern.

Freshman Amiee Book made a very promising start to her college career. Book scored 15 points (3/4 3PG) as Cal State Fullerton went down 83-74 at Washington.

Kiwis in Men’s Division I colleges take to the court



Yuat Alok (35) in action for TCU

In a week when news has emerged that Kruz Perrot Hunt (South Dakota) and Anzac Rissetto (North Carolina Charlotte) have committed to Division I colleges next season many of the current crop of Div 1 players have seen action this week. To be more accurate eleven of the sixteen Kiwis playing in top flight of college basketball have hit the pine in the last couple of days.

Starting centre Jack Salt was only required for 19 minutes by Virginia University as the Cavaliers breezed past Towson 73-42. The Tall Blacks big man contributed 3 points, 3 rebounds and a block for the Cavs, ranked 5th in the NCAA Division I pre-season polls.

Ranked (25th) in the preseason for the first time since 2011, the Washington Huskies overcame a sluggish start to beat Western Kentucky 73-55. Another player to have worn the Tall Blacks singlet in recent times, Sam Timmins, came up with 6 rebounds and 4 points for the Huskies.

Placed five spots above Washington are Texas Christian University. Yuat Alok scored 11 points in his first outing for the Horned Frogs as they edged past CSU Bakersfield 66-61. In front of almost 7,000 fans the former Rangitoto College big man also added 6 rebounds and a block in a solid 25 minutes of action.

Point guard Isaac Letoa played 8 minutes for Dartmouth Big Green as they rampaged past Newbury College 114-39. The Tall Blacks guard produced 4 assists in that time as well as a couple of rebounds.

Tobias Cameron scored his first basket in Wildcats colours as Abilene Christian thumped Arlington Baptist 107-54. Cameron also snared 5 rebounds.

Brother Flynn played 7 minutes for De Paul Blue Demons making one of two shots and adding 4 rebounds.

Another debutant scorer was Manawatu big man Callum McRae who ended with 4 points and 6 rebounds in his first outing for University of California Riverside beaten 72-59 by Oregon State.

Also playing their first game were Dan Fotu and Quinn Clinton – both came off the bench in the closing minutes for St Mary’s College California Gaels in the 87-65 win against McNeese State. Both managed to convert their only three-point attempt inside the last two minutes of the game – Clinton’s effort came courtesy of a Fotu assist.

A Cantabrian like Clinton, Jackson Stent also connected from long range as Houston Baptist fell 90-60 to Arizona. Stent finished with one from three triples but fouled out in 16 minutes.

In his third outing of the season for the University of Portland Taki Fahrenson scored his first points for the Pirates in a high scoring 111-103 victory against Multnomah.

Kruz to be a Coyote

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It’s been a good week for Rosmini College combo-guard Kruz Perrott-Hunt.

Perrott-Hunt was named in Paul Henare’s 14-man Tall Blacks squad on Wednesday and today revealed he has become the latest young Kiwi to secure an NCAA Division I University basketball scholarship.


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The 17 year-old has committed to the University of South Dakota (USD) and will begin his college career with the Coyotes in the 2019-20 season.

It’s been a hectic few days for Perrott-Hunt who squeezed in a whirlwind visit to USD last weekend before beginning his NCEA exams this week.

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