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Tall Ferns squad and opposition at the Asia Cup

The Sky Sport Tall Ferns have named a squad of 14 players ahead of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup to be held from 27 September to 3 October and played at the Prince Hamza Hall in Amman, Jordan.

“The last 18 months has been tough. We’re desperate to get back on the floor and represent New Zealand, and this is an awesome opportunity to do just that. It won’t be easy, we’re missing some experienced players and we won’t have a pre-tournament camp due to the trans-Tasman bubble being shut, but when we step onto the hardwood in late September with the black jersey on and the fern on our chests, we’ll be ready,” said Molloy.

The squad will be reduced to 12 before the team travels to Jordan so who makes the cut?

The Covid outbreak in New Zealand prematurely shut down our own NBL competition but the good news for Head Coach Guy Molloy is that with nine of his players based in Australia all but Penina Davidson (based in a locked-down Melbourne) have been playing weekly in the competitive NBL1 competition.

Of the nine players based in Australia seven of them appear to be certain selections.

Micaela Cocks, the veteran of the side will run the point with forwards Kalani Purcell and  Penina Davidson two more certain starters.

Ash Karaitiana is another contender for a starting spot having impressed in her international appearances to date as is experienced wing Chevannah Paalvast.

It will be difficult to leave Mary Goulding out of the 12 based on her current form. Goulding has enjoyed a remarkable season in the NBL1 Western Conference with East Perth Eagles where she has led the conference in both scoring and rebounding averaging a stunning 24 points and 13.6 boards per game!

Ash Taia will not be a name familiar to many New Zealand basketball fans.

After schooling in Brisbane she played three-years at Indiana State University playing 79 games for the Sycamores. Since graduating in 2018 Taia has played professionally in Australia.

“Ashley is a wing player who plays physically at both ends and can really shoot the ball. She is a star performer for Logan Thunder in the NBL1 competition and has had Australian WNBL experience with Adelaide Lightning and Canberra Capitals,” said Molloy when announcing her selection.

Taia shapes as a natural replacement for the retired Toni Farnworth.

Tessa Boagni and the Leger-Walker sisters, Krystal and Charlisse, were arguably the three standout players in the New Zealand NBL before it was derailed by Covid.

Boagni marked her return to competitive basketball following childbirth with a massive 34 points and 21 rebounds performance for Canterbury Wildcats against Harbour Breeze in the opening round of the NBL season. It looks a given that she will be the back-up centre to Davidson.

Krystal and Charlisse have never played together for the Tall Ferns but are certain to be given that opportunity in Amman.

Having lost the services of Stella Beck, due to an ankle injury sustained in training, coach Molloy will be delighted to have Krystal available and pushing for the point guard starting berth.

Brooke Blair and Zoe Richards have enjoyed fine seasons in Australia but both appear to be in one on one battles with the New Zealand based duo of Lauryn Hippolite and Ash Kelman-Poto for the last two spots.

Blair averaged 14.6 points per game for Brisbane Capitals in NBL1 and, as she has done throughout her career, shot the three-ball at a more than useful clip (40%).

Hippolite is a fine two-way prospect blessed with speed and athleticism and seemingly suited for contests against the quick guards that Japan and Korea boast.

Molloy described the 21 year-old as, “A crafty left-hander with excellent shooting range and I expect she can make her presence felt in coming years for the Ferns.” 

Is 2021 a year too early for the Nelson product?

If selected Ash Kelman-Potu would also be a debutant. Molloy certainly liked what he saw from the power forward at a selection camp earlier in the year.

“Ash had a strong camp in Auckland and although she is battling a chronic ankle injury at the moment, I like the physicality she brings to the team.” 

Since then the Harbour Breeze standout has undergone surgery to fix the knee problem, and is back in full training, but as a consequence missed the opening rounds of the NBL season.

In contrast Zoe Richards headed to Western Australia and has regular game time under her belt. She was a consistent performer for Rockingham Flames averaging 8.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Will Richards add to three international appearances she made in 2019 or will Molloy opt for the physical presence of Ash K-P? 

We will find out soon as the FIBA Asia Cup begins in just four weeks time with a critical game against Korea looming on September 27. To progress to the next phase of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Australia, New Zealand must finish in the top 4 at the Asia Cup.

They’ll face Japan, Korea, and India in Group A which excites Molloy who says the draw is as exciting as it is challenging.

“There’s no easy draw in a tournament like this. Japan are five time defending champions and were silver medallists at the recent Olympic Games, so that will be a fantastic test for us as a team. Korea are ranked 19th in the world and we have some recent history with them having played them in Auckland in 2019, it’ll be good to see them again.”

Despite having beaten Korea 69-65 back in 2019 in Auckland repeating that performance, with no preparation camp or warm-up games, will be a big ask against opposition that have win the FIBA Asia title on no fewer than 12 occasions.

Why is the Korea tie important?

Take a look at the opposition in Group B – China, Australia, Chinese Taipei and the Philippines.

Assuming we beat India (ranked 70th) in the world and lose to #8 ranked Japan the Korean game becomes highly significant if we are to make the semi-finals and advance to the next World Cup Qualifying Tournament in February 2022. 

Lose to Korea and we will likely finish third in Group A therefore facing a cross-over game against the second placed team in Group B – either Australia ranked #3 in the world or #7 China.

Topple Korea, finish second in the pool, and the path becomes significantly easier. A victory against Chinese Taipei (#34) or the Philippines (#51) wouldn’t be a given but you would prefer that match up to a Top 10 nation.  

Game schedule (tip-off NZ time):

Monday Sept 27 v Korea (8pm)

Tuesday Sept 28 v Japan (8pm)

Wednesday Sept 29 v India (11pm)

Thursday Sept 30 play-off (TBC)

The Sky Sports Tall Ferns FIBA Asia Cup 2021 14-player Squad

  • Brooke Blair – Brisbane Capitals
  • Tessa Boagni – Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats
  • Micaela Cocks – Townsville Heat/ Platinum Homes Harbour Breeze
  • Penina Davidson – Melbourne Boomers/Nunawading Spectres
  • Mary Goulding – Bendigo Spirit/East Perth Eagles
  • Lauryn Hippolite – Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats
  • Ash Karaitiana – Melbourne Boomers/Southern District Spartans
  • Ash Kelman-Poto – Platinum Homes Harbour Breeze
  • Charlisse Leger-Walker – Washington State University/Waikato Wizards
  • Krystal Leger-Walker – Washington State University/Waikato Wizards
  • Chevannah Paalvast – Bendigo Spirit/Logan Thunder
  • Kalani Purcell – Sydney Uni Flames/Southern District Spartans
  • Zoe Richards – Otago Gold Rush/Rockingham Flames
  • Ash Taia – Canberra Capitals/Logan Thunder

Senior A Finalists Found

In the Girl’s Senior A semi-finals One Tree Hill College took care of business against Northcote College winning 63-48. Brianna Cook (22pts) led the Northcote with normal suspects Savannah Cook and Angelica Vahai scoring 26 and 20 respectively for OTH.

In the other semi St Kentigern, having led by 17 points early on survived a late scare and overtime before prevailing over Mt Roskill Grammar – Masha Pavlenko leading the way with 20 points for St Kent’s.

OTH 63 – S Cook 26, A Vahai 20, Jesse-Lee Upo 9, Harriet Heta 5

Northcote 48 – Brianna Hadley 22, Lizzy May 10, Grace Lai 9, Lucy Shepherd 4

St Kentigern 58 – Masha Pavlenko 20, Shar Tapling 13, Nerisa Vavau 11, Ash Tuumaialu 6

Mt Roskill 57 – Nellie Ioane 15, Eden Ili 13, Tikara Jallow 12, Indiana Chanchui 7

The Boy’s semi-finals also went with form. Sacred Heart College and Mt Roskill Grammar, the top two teams in the regular season, both progressed in reasonably comfortable fashion.

Sacred Heart beat Aorere College 95-77 and Roskill took care of business against Northcote College winning 70-54.

Sacred Heart 95 – Adam Davies 26, Matt Fautuaalii Taia 13, Liston Suasua 13, Josh Stewart 13, Muli Ma’asi 12, Cassius Reynolds 6

Aorere 77 – Devean Danielson 22, Chris Gordon 17, Mathiue Lilo-Drollet 13, Feloni Ngata 12, Franklyne Gordon 8

The finals will be held at Eventfinda Stadium on Thursday August 19.

Baradene and Westlake through to Girl’s Prems Grand Final

The Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League Grand Final will feature Westlake Girls High School and Baradene College.

Baradene beat St Mary’s College 84-61 with Westlake victorious against Epsom Girls Grammar 83-71.

Kodee Williams-Sefo scored 20 points but it was an uphill struggle throughout for St Mary’s that trailed 39-22 at the half-way mark and 66-36 at three-quarter time.

Denya Topia, Lilly Parke and Ritorya Tamilo all made double figure contributions for Baradene.

Baradene 84 – Tamilo 24, Parke 20, Topia 16, S Faleafa 9, H Burrell 6

St Mary’s 61 – Williams-Sefo 20, K Leslie 12, D Manase 9, A Moore 6

Epsom Girls had the better of the first half against Westlake leading 47-40 with Sarah Joy Aruwa and Flo Dallow doing most the damage.

It was a different story after the break, Westlake giving up just 24 points in 20 minutes. At the offensive end Lake were well served by Izzy Pugh, Rosie Dil and Simone Barnard.

Westlake 83 – Dil 17, Pugh 13, Barnard 12, H Williams 9, M Chatfield 8, M Boucher 8

Epsom 71 – Dallow 30, Aruwa 21, M Fowler 9, D Forbes 8

Congratulations to Mackenzie Boucher and Flo Dallow who hot-footed to Pulman Arena immediately after the semi-final to make their NBL debuts for Harbour Breeze.

The Westlake v Baradene Grand Final is on Thursday, August 19, 6.00pm tip-off 6.00pm.

Martin mows down AGS to set up Westlake v Rangitoto Final

The Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League Grand Final will be a ‘Battle of the North’ with Westlake Boys taking on local rivals Rangitoto College.

Rangitoto beat St Kentigern College 80-58 in one semi-final while Westlake had a come from behind to beat Auckland Grammar 93-85

Rangitoto dominated proceedings against St Kentigern winning the opening quarter 20-11, moving to a 42-21 half-time lead and an unassailable 62-38 advantage at the three-quarter mark.

Kazlo Evans (27 points) was a shining light for St Kent’s with George Turner (12 points) the only other player in double figures.

Zeke Priest led the Rangi scoring with 22 points and there were also telling contributions from Zach Riley, Lucas Payne, Kaia Kemp and Jacob Fotu who recorded a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Rangitoto 80 – Priest 22, Payne 16, Kemp 13, Riley 13, Fotu 12

St Kentigern 58 – Evans 25, Turner 12, I Lasike 8

The other semi-final was a far more intense affair. At three-quarter time Auckland Grammar were favourites to progress with a 63-56 lead, only for Westlake to pile on 37 points in the final period making six threes in the process.

Boston Caldwell started the revival with a deep three and from there Christian Martin took control. The Westlake skipper nailed 5 triples in the period – in an astonishing individual display he scored 30 of Westlake’s 37 points in the final ten minutes to carry his team to victory.

In a game of fluctuating fortunes Westlake scored 66 of their 93 points in quarters one and four with AGS, led capably by Jamal Todd and Luka Vea dominated the middle stages.

Rocco Chang, Boston Caldwell and Wade Mackenzie featured strongly as the opening quarter went to Westlake 29-19.

It was all Grammar in the middle periods as Todd, Vea, Caleb Landon and Toby Caldwell looked to be taking the game away from Westlake.

Martin had other ideas!

Westlake 93 – Martin 44 (7/12 3PG), R Chang 16, B Caldwell 15

AGS 85 – J Todd 22, C Landon 14, L Vea 13, T Caldwell 12, W Shortt 9

The Grand Final is scheduled for Thursday August 19.

Senior A wrap – One Tree Hill clinch Girl’s regular season title

In the final round of play One Tree Hill College defeated Saint Kentigern College 60-52 to clinch the Girl’s Senior A regular season title.

Mount Roskill Grammar and Northcote College finished tied for third spot with 8-6 records. In the head-to-head Northcote won one encounter by 4 but Roskill won the other by 19 meaning Roskill will play St Kentigern in one semi-final on Friday with Northcote facing One Tree Hill in the other. 

The top two teams were tied at the quarter make (15-15) before Angelica Vahai and Milla Eckford edged them ahead at the break 29-26 despite 11 points from Misha Pavlenko.

Ash Tuumaialu three and 6 points from Maia Bennett pushed the St Kent’s score along but Savannah Cook and Vahai ensure OTH stayed ahead at three quarter time (46-39).

Shar Tapling and Tuumaialu kept St Kent’s in touch but a couple of threes from Harriet helped OTH protect their lead.

Sacred Heart 52 – M Pavlenko 12, A Tuumaialu 9, M Bennett 8, S Jones 7

One Tree Hill 60 – S Cook 32, A Vahai 17, Harriet 6

Abby Crane scored a game high 21 points for Sacred Heart but Grace Lai and Bri Hadley ensured Northcote College would head to the semi-finals with a confidence boosting win,

Pukekohe 39 –  A Crane 21, M Williams 6, M Talakai 5, S Conroy 4

Northcote 68 – G Lai 14, B Hadley 11, M Aitchison 8, L May 8, A Hodgkinson 6

Also heading to the semis with a win under their belts are Mt Roskill Grammar with four players making double figures in the 76-50 win against Pakuranga College..

Mt Roskill 76 – I Chanchui 15, T Jallow 13, P Chanchui 13, Eden Ili 12, B Ione 6

Pakuranga 50 – T Ly 17, E Vaka 12, N Obasuyi 8, J Koteka 7

AGGS 58 – L Patuwairua 38, G Nikoia 11, M Kohunui 7

Avondale 47 – M Whiu 28, P Rasmussen 7, T Raion 6

Senior A Girl’s  Standings

13-1 One Tree Hill 

12-2 St Kentigern

8-6 Mt Roskill, Northcote

5-9 Avondale

4-10 Pukekohe, AGGS

2-12 Pakuranga

In the Boy’s Secondary Schools Senior A League Sacred Heart College claimed outright second place on the ladder with a 91-52 win at Macleans College.

Aorere College claimed third spot with a convincing win against Northcote College. Both teams have 10-4 records but Aorere have the better points differential in the head to head thanks to the 33 points win.

Macleans 52 – O Simpson 14, C Mutti 11, B Ananth 7, B Sun 7

Sacred Heart 91 – J Stewart 22, A Davies 16, M Fautuaalii 11, C Reynolds 8, J McKay 8

Other Results:

Aorere 96 Northcote 63

Massey 83 Avondale 93

Mt Roskill 93 Long Bay 57

Senior A Boy’s Standings 

13-1 Mt Roskill, 

11-3 Sacred Heart

10-4 Aorere, Northcote 

5-9 Avondale

3-11 Macleans

2-12 Massey, Long Bay

Baradene beat Westlake ahead of Prems semi-finals

Baradene College recorded a deserved 72-66 win against Westlake Girls High, in an entertaining encounter played on Saturday afternoon.

Having won the first encounter by 12 points Westlake remain top of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League table on points differential and will meet Epsom Girls Grammar in one semi-final next Friday. The other matchup will be between St Mary’s College and Baradene. 

Ritorya Tamilo (24 points) produced an outstanding performance for Baradene. Her 8 first quarter points were a signal of what was to come as she dominated the paint, and demonstrated a variety of scoring moves to compliment her rebounding prowess.

Westlake had made a sluggish start but when Mackenzie Chatfield gave them their first lead of the game (20-18), early in the second half, they were gaining the upper hand.

Simone Barnard’s three gave Lake a 10-point advantage but Deyna Topia’s timely triple meant Baradene were only down 47-40 at half-time.

Baradene started the second half strongly and when Lily Parke found nothing but nylon the scores were level at 53 points apiece. Tamilo’s inside work propelled Baradene to a 58-55 three-quarter time lead.

Barnard’s three and a two from Amy Pateman made it a 4-point game heading into the final minutes.

A couple of buckets from Chatfield kept Westlake in the hunt but Topia settled the contest with a game clinching pair of threes and Amelia Nathan iced the contest with a neat jump shot.

Westlake 66 – M Chatfield 17, S Barnard 16, S Moors 8, H Williams 6, M Boucher 5

Baradene 72 – R Tamilo 24, L Parke 20, D Topia 18, P Cavannagh-Briggs 4, A Nathan 4

In the tussle between the third and fourth placed teams St Mary’s College edged Epsom Girls 74-71.

Flo Dallow, Sarah-Joy Aruwa and Draun Forbes propelled Epsom to a 53-50 three-quarter time lead.

However the hosts were outscored 24-18 in the fourth as Kodee Sefo scored 10 points and Kat Leslie made key free throws to see St Mary’s home ahead of their semi-final clash with Baradene. Alex Moore and and Danika Moore were also prominent for St Mary’s.

Epsom 71 – F Dallow 29, S Aruwa 19, D Forbes 15

St Mary’s 74 – K Sefo 21, D Moore 15, A Moore 14, K Leslie 11

Massey High won a high scoring encounter with Carmel College 91-90.

Carmel enjoyed the better start leading 25-22 at the quarter break and 48-47 at half-time.

 Despite Allyah Leusogi-Ape scoring 16 points in the third the Massey lead was only 71-69 with ten minutes to play.

Skipper Katie Linstrom, playing her final game for Carmel, went out on a high. She amassed  a career high 38 points and with Ruby Railton, Jemma Cammell and Hannah Bellett producing strong hands Carmel remained in the contest until the finish. 

In the end 35 points from Leusogi-Ape and 17 apiece from Tahlya Waikiki and Maya Taingahue saw Massey across the line for the win.

Massey 91 – Leusogi-Ape 35, T Waikiki 17, M Taingahue 17, K Waikiki 7, C Schuster 6

Carmel 90 – Linstrom 38, R Railton 19, J Cammell 13, H Bellett 10, M Lough 6

Mt Albert Grammar proved too good for Rangitoto College winning 95-62 with Waimanu Clarken and Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie combining for almost 50 points.

Valana Pupuke-Robati, Jersey Nukunuku and Breanna Waku also made handy contributions as MAGS recorded their fifth win of the season. 

Aroha Riley scored a game high 31 points with Tamsin McAsey and Emily Blyth both in double figures for Rangitoto.

MAGS 95 – W Clarken 25, T Cocker-Lemalie 23, V Pupuke-Robati 11, J Nukunuku 7, B Waka 7

Rangitoto 62 – A Riley 31, T McAsey 12, E Blythe 11

Girls Premier League Standings 

13-1 Westlake, Baradene

10-4 St Mary’s 

7-7 Epsom

5-9 MAGS 

4-10 Rangitoto

3-11 Massey

1-13 Carmel

Boy’s Prems Semi-final line up decided

The lineup for next week’s Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League semi-finals has been finalised following the completion of the final round of the regular season.

With Westlake Boys crushing St Kentigern College (94-55) and Auckland Grammar completing a comfortable win against Rosmini (93-60) there was a three-way tie for second spot on the ladder behind clear leaders Rangitoto College. 

Westlake, AGS and St Kent’s all finished with a 10-4 record but after the big loss on Friday night St Kent’s points differential took a hammering and they will now meet Rangi in one semi-final with Lake and AGS meeting in the other.

When St Kentigern coach Aaron Young took a timeout two minutes into the contest at Westlake you sensed it could be a long night for the East Auckland outfit. They managed just 6 points in the opening quarter as Westlake rattled up a 19 point lead.

Caleb Mattison and Kazlo Evans provided St Kent’s with the ideal start to the second quarter but hopes of a revival were quickly snuffed out by Christian Martin and Rocco Chang as the hosts surged to a 52-22 half-time lead.

St Kent’s agony was prolonged in the middle of the third by a fire alarm evacuation and things didn’t get any easier on the resumption as Boston Caldwell and Hamza Zahran added to St Kent’s woes.

Westlake 94 – C Martin 28, B Caldwell 20, H Zahran 19, R Chang 17

St Kentigern 55 – K Evans 20, M Rillstone 16, K Rangihaeata 6, F Groves 5

Auckland Grammar rode an outstanding first half display from Caleb Landon to set up the win against Rosmini College.

The rangy forward, relentless on the offensive boards, piled on 25 points and a succession of rebounds as Grammar eased to a 44-30 interval lead.

Tom Beattie scored 16 of his 27 points in the third but Toby Caldwell and Luka Vea kept Grammar in the ascendancy – the hosts ahead 68-48 at the last break.

The lead blew out in the third with Liam Ward, to the delight of the home supporters, nailing a couple of long threes to cap a commanding display from Lindsay Tait’s boys.

AGS 93 – C Landon 34, T Caldwell 24, L Vea 17, J Todd 8, L Ward 6
Rosmini 60 
– T Beattie 27, C Dalton 9, P Maxwell-Topia 8, K Murphy 6

Rangitoto College, the regular season champions, didn’t find it easy going at Mt Albert Grammar but did eventually prevail 67-63.

MAGS led 14-12 at quarter time but were outscored 22-12 in the second period.

Rangi extended their advantage to 52-39 at three-quarter time before MAGS mounted a spirited comeback in the fourth.

Harri Coker-Grey began the revival, Phoenix Sorensen added a triple with Dante Matakatea adding further momentum.

Zach Riley and Zeke Priest steadied the ship for Rangi, the pair scoring 13 of their combined 40 points in the closing minutes.

Rangi were bolstered by the appearance of Tautoko Wynyard after a long absence through injury. Playing his first game in almost two years he got through almost 13 minutes of action scoring 6 points and snaring 8 rebounds in a welcome return to action.

MAGS 63 – D Matakatea 15, H Coker-Grey 14, A Luamanuvae-Sua 11, P Sorensen 7

Rangitoto 67 – Z Riley 23, Z Priest 17, T Wynyard 6, M Ropotini 5

The bottom of the table clash ended with St Peter’s College recording a 94-62 win over Liston College.

Jack Donnelly scored 38 points for St Peter’s supported by Scott Errey and Jacob Nola.

Rasheed Ieremia’s (22 points) topped the Liston effort with Dhon Lao chipping in with 10.

Shout out to coaches Mikey Graham and Benny Anthony Jnr, and their players, for competing throughout a challenging season for both teams.

St Peter’s 94 – J Donnelly 38, S Errey 20, J Nola 12, D Sula 9, O Leigh 6

Liston 62 – R Ieremia 22, D Lao 10, L Smith 7, T Chataira 7, P Ma’afu 6

Final Boys Premier League Standings 

13-1 Rangitoto

10-4 Westlake, AGS, St Kentigern

7-7 Rosmini

4-10 MAGS

2-12 St Peter’s

0-14 Liston

Senior A results from Monday night

In the Girl’s Secondary Schools Senior A League, One Tree Hill College and Saint Kentigern College will play on Friday to decide the regular season title.

Third placed is yet to be decided with both Northcote College and Mt Roskill Grammar having identical 7-6 records.

Results from Monday night:

Mt Roskill 56 – I Chanchui 24, T Jallow 16, P Chanchui 6, B Ioane 6

One Tree Hill 64 – S Cook 32, A Vahai 17, J Upo 5, J Tairea 5

St Kentigern 74 – A Tuumaialu 12, M Pavlenko 15, M Bennett 15, N Vavau 10, M Mealamu 8 

AGGS 41 – M Kohunui 20, L Patuwairua 14

Pakuranga 40 – J Koteka 13, P Fausia 11, E Vaka 6

Pukekohe 55 – M Williams 16, S Conroy 13, A Crane 9, M Talakai 8

Avondale 77

Northcote 59

Senior A Girl’s  Standings with one round remaining.

12-1 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

7-6 Mt Roskill, Northcote

5-8 Avondale

4-9 Pukekohe, 

3-10 AGGS 

2-11 Pakuranga

In the Boy’s Secondary Schools Senior A League Sacred Heart College, Aorere College and Northcote College are still battling it out to decide the runners-up place behind Mt Roskill Grammar.

Results from Monday night:

Sacred Heart 86 – A Davies 21, J Stewart  19, L Suasua 11, J McKay 11

Massey 48 – J Fuimaono 17, S Viliamu 12, G Ryan 11, P Parker 8

Mt Roskill 91

Macleans 60

Aorere 85

Long Bay 79

Northcote 96

Avondale 89

Senior A Boy’s Standings 

12-1 Mt Roskill, 

10-3 Sacred Heart, Northcote

9-4 Aorere

4-9 Avondale

3-10 Macleans

2-11 Massey, Long Bay

Wrap on Monday’s Girl’s Premier League games

The Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League regular season title will be decided in the final round when Westlake entertain Baradene College on Saturday afternoon.

Baradene College dominated Massey High School to win 85-47. A 17-10 quarter time lead became 47-19 by the break.

Allyah Leusogi-Ape topped the Massey scoring with 17 points.

Ritorya Tamilo (21 points) led the Baradene scoring as her team warmed up nicely for the Westlake encounter on Saturday.

Massey will face Carmel College in the relegation game on Friday.

Baradene 85 – Tamilo 21, D Topia 15, L Parke 13, S Faleafa 12, P Cavanagh-Briggs 8

Massey  47 – Leusogi-Ape 17, Z Tilby-Woods 11, T Waikiki 9, C Schuster 6

Carmel College were defeated 95-48 by St Mary’s College in their penultimate game of the season.

Jemma Cammell was again outstanding scoring half of Carmel’s points but St Mary’s had too much firepower and didn’t look back after securing a 29-10 quarter time lead.

Kodee Sefu (27 points) and Alex Moore (20 points) led the way for St Mary’s that wrapped up third spot on the ladder with the victory.

Carmel 48 – Cammell 24, R Railton 6, I O’Rourke 6

St Mary’s 95 – Sefu 27, Moore 20, K Leslie 14, F Ualika 14, T Atiga 8

Epsom Girls, having already wrapped up the fourth semi-final berth were given a tough time at Mt Albert Grammar before prevailing 65-60.

Draun Forbes, on her way to a game high 23 points, scored a dozen in the opening spell as Epsom forged a 23-13 lead.

A couple of threes from Danae Tait plus buckets from Waimanu Clarken helped MAGS reverse the momentum to lead 33-30 at the half.

The third was a close battle with Forbes and Flo Dallow edging Epsom back into the lead, albeit by the narrowest of margins (46-45).

Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie and Ana-Rachel Enari scored 5 points apiece for MAGS in the final period but that was bettered Sarah-Joy Aruwa’s 7 points and Dallow’s 6 as Epsom prevailed.

MAGS will entertain Rangitoto on Friday, with the winners claiming fifth spot on the League table.

MAGS 60 – Cocker-Lemalie 16, Clarken 15 Tait 13, A Enari 7

Epsom 65 – Forbes 23, Dallow 19, S Aruwa 18

In the other game Westlake were too strong for Rangitoto posting a 117-47 win ahead of the decider with Baradene College.

Rangitoto 47 – A Riley 32, Z Sain 7, C Devonshire 4

Westlake 117 – I Pugh 27, A Fotu 19, S Barnard 14, M Boucher 14, R Dil 11, R Moors 10, A Pateman 9

Girls Premier League Standings 

13-0 Westlake

12-1 Baradene

9-4 St Mary’s 

7-6 Epsom

4-9 MAGS, Rangitoto 

2-11 Massey

1-12 Carmel

Rangitoto claim regular season title plus Jack Donnelly scores 51

In the penultimate round of the season Rangitoto College wrapped up the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League regular season title with a 96-80 home win against Westlake Boys on Monday night.

A high scoring opening period saw Rangi establish a 29-21 lead before breaking the game open with a 27-15 second term to lead by 20 at the break.

The Z-attack of Zeke Priest and Zach Riley did most the damage accumulating a collective 57 points.

Riley is in a rich run of form at the moment, his 37 points in this game following on from 30 against Rosmini on Friday.

Boston Caldwell , Rocco Chang and Christian Martin were the leading scorers for Westlake on a night when they were second best.

Rangitoto 96 – Riley 37, Priest 20, L Payne 14, Z Sladoja 9, J Fotu 8

Westlake 80 – Caldwell 23, Martin 16, Chang 16, H Zahran 12, T Pang 6

St Kentigern College broke clear of the three-way tie for second spot with a hard fought 79-76 home win against Auckland Grammar.

If Zach Riley is in great scoring form for Rangitoto the same can be said for St Kentigern guard Kazlo Evans. Playing his final game on his home court the Year 13 guard scored 34 against Grammar after nailing 41 three days earlier against St Peter’s.

With Jamal Todd and Caleb Landon scoring freely Grammar opened up a 16 points lead and were still well placed at half-time with a 44-32 advantage.

That lead evaporated in the third as St Kent’s piled on 25 points – Kaea Rangihaeata scored 6 but it was Evans with 17 in the frame that inflicted most of the damage.

Ahead 57-55 with 10 minutes to play Toby Caldwell, Landon and Todd did their best to wrestle back the initiative for AGS.  However, in a tight final period, St Kent’s held firm with George Turner and Merrick Rillstone making some key plays. 

St Kent’s will travel to Westlake on Friday knowing a win will keep them in second spot on the Premier ladder.

St Kentigern 79 – Evans 34, Turner 13, Rillstone 11, C Mattison 10, K Rangihaeata 9

AGS 76 – Todd 23, Landon 21, Caldwell 16, W Shortt 9

Rosmini College, with 27 points from Tom Beattie, some high jinx from Matt Drury and first Premier League field goals from Julius Halaifonua saw off Liston College 95-59.

Liston were well served by the guard duo of Rasheed Ieremia (25 points) and Landon Smith (10 points).

Rosmini 95 – Beattie 27, Drury 14, Z Anderson 12, P Maxwell-Topia 11, K Murphy 9

Liston 59 – Ieremia 25, Smith 10, D Lao 8, T Chataira 8

In one of the highest individual scoring efforts in recent times St Peter’s College guard Jack Donnelly scored 51 points in a 97-89 loss to Mt Albert Grammar.

A balanced scoring effort led by Aki Luamanuvae-Sua and Morgan Aiono had MAGS ahead 58-46 at half-time. However Donnelly was relentless, his 18 third quarter points narrowed the deficit to 74-68 at the three-quarter mark.

It was end-to-end in the fourth but 6 points each from Will Leger and Phoenix Sorensen got MAGS home.

St Peter’s face Liston in the relegation game on Friday – having won the round 7 clash 102-64 they do have that +38 points differential to fall back on should they lose.

MAGS 97 – Morgan Aiono 22, A Luamanuvae-Sua 17, H Coker-Grey 16, W Leger 12, P Sorensen 11 D Matakatea 9

St Peter’s 89 – Donnelly 51, A Manio 10, S Errey 9, T Cox 6

Boys Premier League Standings with one regular season game remaining.

12-1 Rangitoto

10-3 St Kentigern 

9-4 Westlake, AGS

7-6 Rosmini

4-9 MAGS

1-12 St Peter’s

0-13 Liston