The final round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Senior A Leagues was played on Friday.
In the Boy’s League Northcote College won a ninth straight game beating Avondale College 85-72 and in so doing clinched the regular season title.
Oliver Hayward logged 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in an impressive display for Northcote. He received solid support from Ethan Clark (12 points), Reihana Miller-Tohu (11 points) and Vinny De Bellis (11 points).
Tauhir Toyer top scored for Avondale with 21 points whilst Jack Childs (19 points), Jason Cullen (12 points) and Kiva Gunderson (12 points) were also key contributors.
Mount Roskill, despite losing at home to Long Bay College, still claim second place on the ladder.
Long Bay’s victory means they claim the fourth semi-final place and are rewarded with a match up against North Shore rivals Northcote College.
St Peter’s, after beating Massey High School, will play Mount Roskill in the other semi-final.
The clash between the bottom two teams resulted in a win for Pakuranga College.
Boys Senior A Standings at end of the regular season:
10-4 Mt Roskill
9-5 St Peter’s
8-6 Long Bay
1-13 Western Springs
Epsom Girls remained undefeated through the regular season after beating St Kentigern College 63-52.
Baradene (12-2) are second and will play the third placed Avondale College (9-5) in one semi-final on Friday. That result is hard to predict as the two teams played a fiercely competitive game on Friday which Baradene won 45-43.
St Kent’s went down at Epsom but stay fourth despite Mt Roskill beating Birkenhead 87-36.
Both teams finished with a 7-7 record but St Kentigern (+4) remain fourth on the basis of a better head to head points differential than Mt Roskill (-4) in the regular season games between the two teams .
All Senior A and Premier semi-finals are at Eventfinda Stadium on Friday August 16th.
Girls Senior A Standings at end of the regular season:
14-0 Epsom Girls
7-7 St Kentigern
7-7 Mt Roskill