Round 5 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boy’s League contained no real surprises as the top four teams each registered a win.
Rangitoto College, welcoming Auckland Huskies guard Zach Riley into their ranks for the first time this season, had five players in double figures as they eased past Rosmini College 94-61.
Rangitoto made the perfect start with the hard working Kaia Dryden posting up inside and finishing comfortably.
Tom Beattie and Kane Murphy got the scoreboard moving for Rosmini but Lucas Payne and Riley were instrumental in pushing Rangi to a 23-14 quarter time lead.
Playmaker Ethan Skelton began to pick holes in the Rosmini defence and with Zeke Priest adding some flamboyant finishes Rangi extended their advantage despite Charlie Dalton’s best efforts. Dryden’s buzzer beating three gave Rangi a 42-26 half-time lead.
Matt Drury scored 9 points for Rosmini in the third but that was punctuated by triples from Priest, Dryden, Riley and Skelton as the Rangi lead stretched beyond twenty points.
Both coaches gave extended minutes to the bench crews in the final period – Rangi cruising to a fifth straight win.
Rosmini 61 – Dalton 15, Beattie 14, Murphy 9, Drury 9
Rangitoto 94 – Skelton 18p/7assists, Priest 15, Riley 15, Dryden 14, Payne 12
Westlake Boys High are also on a five game winning start to the season, their latest performance a 108-66 home win against Mt Albert Grammar School with Boston Caldwell (32 points) and Christian Martin (23 points) doing most of the damage.
Westlake posted a 26-16 first quarter advantage and blew the lead out to 30 points by half-time (57-27).
Phoenix Sorensen and Aki Luamanuvae-Su’a helped turn the tide in an even third quarter but it was only a temporary reprieve as Wade Mackenzie and Rocco Chang took the game further away from MAGS in the final ten minutes.
Westlake 109 – Caldwell 32, Martin 23, Chang 15, Wade Mackenzie 13, Daniel Ottenhoff 8
MAGS 66 – Sorensen 18p/11rebs, Luamanuvae-Su’a 11, Will Leger 9, Kade Cartwright 9
St Kentigern College bounced back from their narrow loss to Rangitoto 72 hours earlier with an 81-67 victory against St Peters.
However the combined efforts of Jack Donnelly, Dorian Sula and Scott Errey made it far from straight forward.
Errey scored 8 points in the opening frame to keep his team in touch at 21-16 in arrears.
Dontae-Russo Nance dropped a couple of threes in the second period but Donnelly replied with three from deep to keep St Peter’s in touch at the interval – down 39-32.
A couple more from deep from Donnelly were more than cancelled out by Merrick Rillstone and Kazlo Evans as the hosts stretched out to a 64-46 three-quarter time advantage.
Dorian Sula made his highest points tally of the season but it wasn’t enough to threaten an upset win.
St Kentigern 81 – Russo-Nance 28, Evans 21, Rillstone 11, George Turner 9, Caleb Mattison 8
St Peter’s 67 – Donnelly 28, Sula 18, Errey 15
Paced by Caleb Landon’s 28 points Auckland Boys Grammar were too strong for Liston College winning 113-39.
Taonaishe Chataira top scored for Liston but it was largely one-way traffic as skipper Luka Vea, Cody Brown and Blake Manning joined Landon in double figures.
AGS 113 – Landon 28, Vea 19, Brown 17, Manning 14, Will Shortt 9, Toby Caldwell 9
Liston 39 – Chataira 9, Landon Smith 7, Rasheed Tahiru 7
Premier League Standings after 5 Rounds
- Rangitoto, Westlake
4-1 St Kentigern
0-5 Liston, St Peter’s
Senior A Results
Maclean 97 Long Bay 55
Sacred Heart 100 Aorere 68
Mt Roskill 98 Avondale 67
Massey v Northcote TBC
Senior A Standings after 5 Rounds
5-0 Mt Roskill,
4-1 Sacred Heart
2-3 Avondale, Macleans
1-4 Long Bay