Lindsay Tait and his Auckland Grammar team will be lamenting a squandered opportunity to inflict a defeat on Rangitoto College after going down 88-86 in the Bays.
Grammar had led by as many as 16 points at one stage but gave up a game tying basket to Zeke Priest with 14 seconds to play.
It appeared that Grammar had the final possession to engineer a winning play but poor execution presented Rangi with a game winning opportunity – a fast break layup was gleefully accepted by Ethan Skelton for the win.
Earlier Grammar had opened up a 26-16 first quarter advantage, extended to 47-33 at the interval – Caleb Landon and Jamal Todd, 23 points apiece on the night, doing most the damage.
Captain Skelton dragged Rangi back into the contest scoring 15 points in the third as Grammar’s lead was cut to 68-64 with ten to play.
Todd continued to make buckets as Grammar protected their advantage but some poor shot selections presented the hosts with opportunities Skelton and Priest made the most of.
Rangitoto 88 – Priest 28, Skelton 24, Kaia Dryden 19, Jacob Fotu 7
AGS 86 – Landon 23, Todd 23, Cody Brown 15, Toby Caldwell 9, Luka Vea 7
*Rangitoto guard Zach Skelton was away on duty with the Auckland Huskies.
All twelve Westlake Boys High players scored at least 4 points as they overpowered St Peter’s College 122-64.
With Jack Donnelly at his elusive best and Owain Leigh making a couple of scores St Peter’s hung tough in the opening period to trail by single figures 28-19.
Thereafter it was all Westlake as Boston Caldwell dropped 30 (3/5 3PG), the promising Hamza Zahran scored 20 and Christian Martin produced another impressive stats line.
Following on from his 34 points against Rosmini last week Martin came up with a triple-double threatening 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
Scott Erey gave Donnelly good support with 15 points but it was Westlake’s all-round depth that won the day.
St Peter’s 64 – Donnelly 34, Erey 15
Westlake 122 – Caldwell 30, Zahran 20, Martin 19, Rocco Chang 9
Mt Albert Grammar also had all twelve players on the scoresheet as they defeated Liston College 98-53.
Taona Chataira scored eight first quarter points for Liston but five straight points from Ron Henskes gave the hosts a 22-15 lead after ten minutes.
Aki Luamanuvae-Sua quickly took his score into double figures and Phoenix Sorensen landed three triples as MAGS dominated the second period to lead 49-27 at the break.
The scoring tapered off in the third before MAGS unleashed 33 points in the final frame. Deon Helu scored 10 points in the fourth to take his tally to 17 but he couldn’t prevent MAGS cruising to victory.
MAGS 98 – Sorensen 21, Luamanuvae-Sua 16, Harri Coker-Grey 14, Kade Cartwright 8
Liston 53 – Helu 17, Chataira 12, Dhon Lau 7
The Rosmini versus St Kentigern clash was postponed with coaching staff from both teams involved in the Auckland Huskies game on Friday night.
3-0 Rangitoto, Westlake
2-0 St Kentigern
1-2 AGS, MAGS
0-3 St Peter’s, Liston
Senior A Results:
Avondale 104 – Jimi Iosia-Sipeli 37, Aidan King 21, Andrew Murphy 14, Connor Gleeson 13
Sacred Heart 106 – Adam Davies 29, Preston Tuaputa, Matt Fautuaalii 15, Josh Stewart 11, Muli Ma’asi 11