The second round review of the Auckland Schools Boys Senior A games, brought to you in conjunction with Dynamic Sport New Zealand, features wins for Avondale College, St Peter’s College, Dilworth School and Manurewa High School.
The Manurewa High contest against Mount Roskill Grammar was the game of the round.
In a defense dominated encounter Manurewa High School edged Mount Roskill Grammar by the narrowest of margins 56-55 at Pulman Arena.
For Mount Roskill, Mitchell Greenaway, on his way to a game high 23 points for the second game running, dropped three triples in a close first half that ended with Manurewa 27-25 ahead.
Ryan Ancha and Ngawaka Rakete exchanged threes in the opening minutes of the third period, Greenaway and Haisem Osman giving the visitors a narrow 44-41 three-quarter time advantage.
It was nip and tuck throughout the fourth with the game not decided until the final twenty seconds of the contest.
William Passi made 8 points in the final quarter, including a tough And-1 in traffic, before a frantic final couple of minutes ensued.
Ryan Aramoana had given Roskill the lead (55-54) before Ancha launched a final assault for Manurewa. His pass found Alex Hughes in the lane, the go-ahead layup converted with 5.5 seconds on the clock.
Roskill advanced the ball from a timeout but a desperate last play came to nothing and Manurewa could celebrate a second straight win. In contrast Mt Roskill will reflect on two close losses.
Manurewa 56 – Passi 20, Hughes 15, Brian Tapu 10
Mt Roskill 55 – Greenaway 23, Osman 11, Rakete 11
A career high 39 points from Owen Pattison propelled newly promoted Dilworth School to a 90-78 win against Macleans College.
He had 15 points in the opening quarter as Dilworth jumped out to a 30-18 lead.
Levi Smyth, on his way to a team high 25 points, kept Macleans in the hunt but with Ivan Kerr also in double figures Dilworth were in the box seat at the interval with a 53-32 advantage.
Macleans, with six players scoring between six and eight points enjoyed the better of the third frame, Teegan La Grange and Quinn Hakaraia helping Smyth reduce the deficit.
Ahead by 12 points at three-quarter time Dilworth pushed on in the fourth with Isaac Rameka and Kerr (23 points) steering the team to victory.
Dilworth 90 – Pattison 39, Kerr 23, Gene King 6, Tamati Schaumkel 6, Finlay Edwards 6
Macleans 78 – Smyth 25, Jamie Carville 9, Declan Puffy 8, Louis Nelson 8, Christian Mutti 7,
Avondale College enjoyed double figure scoring contributions from five players in their 93-70 road win at Aorere College, a result that was only decided in the final quarter.
Avondale had increased their half-time advantage (39-34) to 61-52 at the three-quarter mark but with Chris Gordon (22 points) in good form the result was still in the balance.
Eight different players contributed to Aorere’s final quarter scoring effort but Kabir Bhargava, Connor Gleeson and Andrew Murphy made the difference as Avondale made it two wins on the trot.
Aorere 70 –C Gordon 22, Moroki Tauhara 10, Franklyne Gordon 6, Addison Nielsen 6, Eletise 6
Avondale 93 – Bhargava 16, Gleeson 16, Murphy 15, Jimi Iosia-Sipeli 12, Xavier Tinielu 8, #10 Kaliomiha Talamahina 14 (apologies if this is the wrong player but the scoresheet is unclear).
St Peter’s College also made it two wins on the bounce with an emphatic 101-61 home win against Northcote College.
Andrei Manio chalked up 13 points in the opening quarter won 25-16 by the hosts.
Northcote were struggling to put the ball in the hoop, Scott Errey and Gus Dallow capitalising to push the Saints advantage out to 47-28 at the interval.
Aaron Sievert and Tane Cook helped Northcote’s improved third quarter showing but St Peter’s powered on, enjoying plenty of contributors to accompany Errey’s game high 26 points.
St Peter’s 101 – Errey 26, Manio 19, Dallow 8, Bailey Smith 7, Milan Tolich 7, Owain Leigh 7
Northcote 61 – Sievert 15, Shinzaki 14, Ethan Ring 9, Tane Cook 8, Tom Bates 8
2-0 St Peter’s, Avondale, Manurewa
1-1 Northcote, Dilworth
0-2 Macleans, Mt Roskill, Aorere