Just two games were played in the third round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boys Premier competition on Friday. Brought to you in conjunction with Dynamic Sport New Zealand we review the two games that were completed.
Saint Kentigern made a hot start at Sacred Heart, or perhaps more accurately, Dontae Russo-Nance and Merrick Rillstone were the sharpest out of the blocks. The pair shared all but five of St Kent’s opening 29-points salvo.
Rillstone, making a welcome return to the St Kent’s ranks after recovering from injury, knocked down three triples in the opening spell and would go on to amass a career high 39 points while Russo-Nance followed up his 50-point haul against Rosmini last week with 40 in this one as St Kent’s went on to win a points-fest 110-93.
Adam Davies scored 14 first half points and Jerome Jakeman 11 points but the hosts had a mountain to climb at half-time trailing 64-38.
Undeterred by the size of the deficit Josh Stewart led a spirited third quarter effort as Heart brought the margin back to 11 points.
Rillstone and DRN re-established control and with George Turner and Max Johnson chipping in with points St Kent’s eased to a welcome first win of the season.
Sacred Heart 93 – Stewart 31, Jakeman 18, Davies 18, Casssius Reynolds 7
St Kentigern 110 – Dontae-Nance 40, Rilllstone 39, Johnson 13, Turner 9
Dhon Lao and Rasheed Ieremia scored early points for Liston College but Rosmini College were out to a 19-10 quarter time lead.
Julius Halaifonua tallied 10 points in the second period, and Tom Beattie 9 as Rosmini stretched out to a 51-18 half-time lead.
Lao and Marvellous Michael battled away gamely for Liston as triples from Kane Murphy, Josh Batty and Kian Durney increased the Rosmini advantage. Zion Anderson and Anton Seuseu made athletic plays in the closing stages, to the delight of the home support, as the hosts closed out an emphatic win.
Rosmini 93 – Beattie 24, Halaifonua 19, Charlie Dalton 10, Anderson 10, Seuseu 7, Murphy 7
Liston 39 – Lao 10, Ieremia 7, Michael 7
The Mount Albert Grammar v Westlake Boys High fixture has been postponed until Monday May 30 (tip-off 6.00pm) due to a bout of illness in the MAGS camp.
Water on the court, brought about by Friday’s stormy weather, forced the postponement of the Rangitoto College v Auckland Grammar tie.
2-0 Westlake, Rangitoto
1-1 MAGS, AGS
1-2 St Kentigern
0-3 Liston, Sacred Heart