Aaron Sievert signaled he will be a player to watch in the 2022 Auckland Secondary Schools Senior A Grade competition that commenced on Friday.
The Northcote guard posted a small matter of 51 points on Friday night!
Sievert put on a shooting clinic as Northcote College defeated Aorere College 112-62.
The shooting guard scored 51 points – presumably a career high – knocking down eight (8) threes in the process.
With skipper Dontaye Sowman-Faaee and young guard Shunta Shinzaki chiming in with significant contributions Northcote were in complete control.
Moroni Tauhara and the Gordon brothers Franklyne and Christopher battled bravely for Aorere.
*Sievert’s points breakdown by quarters:
Q1 15pts, Q2 7pts, Q3 15pts, Q4 14pts. Pity he went cold in the second quarter!!
Northcote College 112 – Sievert 51, Shinzaki 23, Sowman-Faaee 14
Aorere College 62 – Tauhara 15, Chris Gordon 14, Franklyne Gordon 13, Tamely Taito 7
Avondale College got their season underway with a narrow 79-73 win against Mount Roskill Grammar,
MRG got out to an early lead establishing 22-13 advantage at the end of first quarter – 12 points from Mitchell Greenaway.
Roskill were still in control at the half with a 10 point lead.
Avondale came storming back in the second half with multiple contributors, most notably from Jimi Iosia-Sipeli who scored 12 of his 28 points in the final frame.
Avondale College 79 – Jimi Iosia-Sipeli 28, Andrew M 18
Mount Roskill 73 – Mitchell Greenaway 23, Haisem Osman 16
Newly promoted Dilworth School were given a reminder of what a step up in divisions means, with St Peter’s College winning the encounter 86-52.
Scott Errey led the way for St Peter’s with an industrious 26 points – three triples in that effort. In a good team performance, where six players score 7 points or more, Andrew Manio was next best with 19 points.
Dilworth received double figure contributions from Finlay Edwards, Ivan Kerr and Owen Pattison.
Dilworth School 52 – Edwards 15, Kerr 12, Pattison 10
St Peter’s College 86 – Errey 26, Manio 19, Gus Dallow 8, Bailey Smith 7, Milan Tolich 7, Owain Leigh 7
The other new boys on the block Manurewa got their campaign off to a winning start courtesy of strong performances from Richard Campbell and William Passi who tallied 27 and 20 points respectively.
In front of a large enthusiastic crowd Manurewa did the damage in the first half racking up 53 points – Campbell had 19 points at the break.
Macleans were well served by Christian Mutti (18 points) and Dale Babaran (13 points).
Outsized but not out-fought Macleans coach Keith Langley was delighted with the spirit of his team.
“The scoreline doesn’t look great but against a bigger team we bounced back after a struggle in the second quarter and actually outscored Manurewa in the second half.”
Macleans College 56 – Mutti 18, Babaran 13, Levi Smyth 6, Rohin Bacharam 6
Manurewa College 88 – Campbell 27, Passi 20, Alex Hughes 14, Ryan Ancha 10, Brian Tapu 8