The penultimate round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League saw the semi-final play-off places almost confirmed.
St Kentigern College reaffirmed top spot with an 80-72 overtime win at Rangitoto meaning Rosmini, who overcame Westlake, will face Rangi in one semi-final.
Westlake or Auckland Grammar, who beat Liston College, will face St Kentigern in the other semi. On the face of it Westlake appear to have the stiffer challenge in the final round of games next Friday facing second on the table Rangitoto whereas AGS will face sixth placed Mt Albert Grammar.
It was another cracker at Rangitoto College on Friday. When the two teams met in their first match up St Kent’ squeezed home by two points. It was even closer in regulation time on this occasion with the scores locked at 67 points each after 40 minutes.
Kazlo Evans was the hero for St Kent’s with 26 points, critically making a pair of free-throws and a couple of triples in the additional five minutes. Martin Gan also knocked down a three as St Kent’s outscored their hosts 13-5 in overtime to claim the win.
The loss was tough on Rangitoto captain Harry Payne who scored a game high 31 points to keep his team in the contest.
It was tight throughout with St Kent’s leading by one at quarter time and four at half-time (38-34) – Evans and Elliot Watson 11 points and 10 points respectively for St Kent’s were bettered by Payne’s 15 with Liam Judd contributing a useful 7 points at the interval.
Rangi came back in the third to level the scores at 55 points apiece. The fourth was a tense affair with the two teams scoring just a dozen points each. Rangitoto had six different scorers in that frame but Josh Child and Alex McNaught scored a brace each for St Kent’s to force overtime.
Ethan Skelton, Tautoko Wynyard and Payne scored for the hosts in the additional five minutes but it was Gan and Evans that landed the killer blows.
St Kentigern 80– K Evans 26, A McNaught 12, E Watson 12, M Gan 11, L Kerr 9
Rangitoto 72– H Payne 31/5a, L Judd 8, E Skelton 7, J Thornton 7, Z Riley 6/11r
The Eventfinda Stadium sponsored local derby between Rosmini College and Westlake again attracted over a thousand spectators.
The Westlake supporters were in full voice midway through the third period when Josh Kooiman scored threes on three consecutive Westlake possessions to give his team a commanding sixteen points advantage (56-40).
However Rosmini re-grouped, after a hastily called timeout, to rattle off an 11-4 run and when Jayden Boucher, Sean Murphy and Reihana Maxwell-Topia combined for the last six points of the period the Westlake advantage had been trimmed to 68-62.
The Rosmini surge continued at the start of the fourth as Terence Abdon and Marvin Williams-Dunn put Rosmini ahead. Jett Thompson and Sam Mennenga restored Westlake to level terms but it was Williams-Dunn, Murphy and Maxwell-Topia that bossed the closing stages to cap a 28-points turnaround.
Earlier a thundering baseline dunk from Mennenga highlighted a first quarter won 22-14 by Rosmini.
It was largely one way traffic in favour of Lake in the second as Joe Wuthrich, Thompson and Kooiman consistently found their way to basket. Westlake led 38-33 at half-time and increased that lead in the early stages of the second half.
Paced by Williams-Dunn, on his way to a game high 31 points, it was Rosmini that controlled affairs thereafter to secure the win and leave Westlake with work to do to make the play-offs.
Rosmini 88– M Williams-Dunn 31, R Maxwell-Topia 19, S Murphy 19, T Abdon 8, J Boucher 6
Westlake 76– J Kooiman 26, J Thompson 24, S Mennenga 16, J Wuthrich 10
Auckland Grammar proved too good for an ender-strength Liston College winning 117-67 to improve their chances of advancing to the semi-finals.
Grammar applied full court pressure defence forcing Liston into a series of turnovers which the host capitalised on to lead 27-18 by the end of the first quarter
In the second quarter Grammar continued to pull away with a combined effort from the bench. Liston however were impressive from range, particularly Sefa Prasad who knocked down four of his five threes in the first half.
Caleb Landon scored 10 points in the first half, a balanced Grammar scoring effort gave them a 54-37 lead at half-time.
Mete and Josh Muggleston stretched the Grammar advantage to 82-55 at the three-quarter mark.
Toby Caldwell helped himself to 11 points in the final quarter as the Grammar lead was pushed out to 50 points and a very comfortable win.
AGS 117– C Landon 20, J Mete 17, A Boyd 13, J Muggleston 15, T Caldwell 12, L Vea 11, C Ngan 11
Liston 67– S Prasad 15, S Hickey 11, V Ola’aiga 10, L Hamilton 8, E Cea 7
Mt Albert Grammar beat Macleans College 95-59 in the fourth game of the round.
On a night when they would make fifteen threes Mt Albert Grammar sunk five in the opening quarter via Denvor Elia, Theo Coker-Grey and Mondray Fiatau to open up a 22-13 first quarter lead against Macleans College.
Richard Jiang scored 9 points for Macleans but Dakota Stephens matched that with three consecutive triples in a quarter won 20-19 by MAGS.
Josh Leger made 7 points for the hosts after the break but Jack McGregor kept Macleans in touch down 59-44 with ten minutes to play.
The floodgates opened in the fourth quarter as MAGS piled on 36 points in possibly their highest scoring quarter of the season. Six more triples rained down from the hands of Stephens, Leger, Elia and Coker-Grey as MAGS rattled up their fourth win of the season.
MAGS 95– T Coker-Grey 25, J Leger 16, D Stephens 15, M Finlay 14, D Elia 10, M Aiono 9
Macleans 59– M Barbaran 21, J Manuel 17, R McGregor 8 K Reyes 6
Monday night will see two catch-up games being played as Rosmini entertain Liston and Rangitoto visit MAGS.
12-1 St Kentigern