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
10-4 Westlake, AGS, St Kentigern
2-12 St Peter’s