Westlake Boys snapped a three game losing streak with a solid 75-65 win at Rosmini College in Round 9 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League on Friday night.
Down 39-31 at half-time Westlake scored the first 9 points of the second half to seize the initiative. A Jett Marshall three restored the Rosmini lead for a brief period but Rocco Chang and Hamza Zahran scored the last two baskets of the period to give Westlake a 48-45 three-quarter time lead.
Despite a Tom Beattie bucket Rosmini were finding scoring a mystery – in contrast Boston Caldwell (31 points) was getting to the hoop regularly and when Christian Martin put down a dunk in transition Westlake were 56-47 ahead.
Matt Drury and Pita Maxwell-Topia kept Rosmini in touch but those scores were cancelled out by Chang’s five straight points.
Kane Murphy gave the large Rosmini following their voice with a pair of threes but Westlake didn’t waiver – a Liam Spencer basket followed by Martin’s accurate touch at the free-throw line saw the Swans home.
Earlier it had been Rosmini making the early running with Murphy and Beattie getting the upper-hand as the hosts led by three at quarter time and eight at the main break.
Rosmini 65 – Beattie 19, Murphy 18, Maxwell-Topia 12, Drury 6
Westlake 75 – Caldwell 31, Chang 19, Martin 14, Zahran 7
For the second successive game Mt Albert Grammar pushed a higher ranked team all the way before eventually suffering defeat – losing 77-71 at Auckland Grammar School.
As last week against St Kentigern MAGS had it all to do at half-time trailing 36-26 after Caleb Landon and Jamal Todd had done some damage.
On his way to a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds Morgan Aiono inspired a third-quarter MAGS revival. With Harri Coker-Grey landing a triple MAGS made it a one possession game with ten minutes to play (51-48).
Victor Keil and Aki Luamanuvae-Su’a kept MAGS in the hunt but 11 points in the fourth from Josh Muggleston kept AGS on track for a top four finish.
AGS 77 – Landon 20, Todd 18, Vea 16, Muggleston 14
MAGS 71 – Aiono 21/10r, Will Leger 12, Coker-Grey 9, Luamanuvae-Su’a 8
Sixty-four points were scored in the first quarter at St Peter’s College in probably the highest scoring opening period of the Premier season. Toby Cox made a couple of early baskets for the hosts but Zeke Priest and Zach Riley were both in double figures as Rangitoto hit the 40-mark.
Down by 16 points St Peter’s battled away in the second period with Dorian Sula and Jack Donnelly prominent. Lucas Payne, Kaia Dryden and Ian Wong drained threes as Rangi entered the half-time break ahead 69-46.
The league leaders pulled further away in the second half to cruise to win number nine.
St Peters 74 – Donnelly 28, Sula 17, Cox 10
Rangitoto 121 – Priest 30, Lucas Payne 23, Riley 14, Mike Ropotini 12, Dryden 11
Paced by George Turner’s 23 points St Kentigern College eased to an 83-59 win against Liston College.
Turner, Kazlo Evans and Caleb Mattison all knocked down early threes as St Kent’s extended a 23-11 first frame lead to 47-23 by half-time.
Deon Helu and Taona Chataivon led the Liston resistance in the third to prevent the St Kent’s lead ballooning out. Rasheed Tahiru did the same in the final quarter before Quinn Thompson’s 7 point salvo capped a St Kentigern win – a victory that keeps them in second spot on the Premier League ladder.
Liston 59 – Tahiru 22, Chataivon 15, Helu 9
St Kentigern 83 – Turner 23, Evans 13, Thompson 11, Merrick Rillstone 7, Mattison 7
Premier League Standings
7-2 St Kentigern
6-3 Westlake, AGS
1-8 St Peter’s