Le’afa and Cameron progress in Tournament play.


Four Kiwi Men played today in NCAA Division I Tournament games resulting in two wins and two losses. Former Tall Black guard Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa and Sacramento State remained alive at the end of the day as do Flynn Cameron and DePaul Blue Demons.

Results March 11th

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University Hornets)

The Sacramento State Hornets are still buzzing after advancing to the Big Sky Tournament quarter-finals following a 62-54 victory against Weber State.

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa posted his second career double-double with a career high 10 rebounds to accompany 13 points. They will meet top seed Eastern Washington in the quarters tomorrow.

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University Blue Demons)

#10 De Paul defeated #7 Xavier 71-67 in the Big East Tournament first round at Madison Square Garden in New York. It will be even tougher for the Blue Demons tomorrow facing second ranked Villanova in the quarter-finals.

Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami Hurricanes)

Miami have bowed out in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament falling 69-64 to Clemson. Sam Waardenburg took his career rebounding tally past 250 with a team high 8 rebounds and also had 3 steals and a block in 32 minutes of action.

Sam Timmins (University of Washington Huskies)

A disappointing season concluded for Washington Huskies as they fell 77-70 to Arizona in the First Round of the Pac 12 Tournament. In his final game for Washington Sam Timmins was afforded just 6 minutes of court time. In his four years with the Huskies the former Otago Boys centre tallied 128 appearances

Upcoming Games:

At a glance – see who is playing where and when as Men’s NCAA Division I Conference Tournaments continue this week.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 11 in the States are played March 12 in NZ.

March 12th

Anzac Rissetto (University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers)

Charlotte 49ers play quarter-final game at Conference USA Tournament.

Max de Geest (Long Beach State University)

Long Beach State face UC Irvine in a Big West Conference quarter-final.

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University Blue Demons)

De Paul face second ranked Villanova in the quarter-finals of the Big East Tournament.

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University)

Sacramento State will meet top seed Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Tournament quarter-finals.

Matt Freeman (UC Santa Barbara)

UC Santa Barbara will take on University of California, Riverside in Big West Conference play .

Callum McRae & Angus McWilliam (University of California, Riverside)

The third Big West Conference team with Kiwi interest are UC Riverside (7-9) and they face UC Santa Barbara in the BWC quarters.

March 13

Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University)

Second seed Abilene Christian will take on an unconfirmed opponent in the Southland Conference Tournament semi-final.

Roll of Honour

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions

Mountain West Tournament Runners-up

Mountain West All-Conference Third Team

Callum McRae (University of California, Riverside)

Honourable Mention All-Big West Conference

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