The third round review of the Auckland Schools Boys Senior A games, brought to you by Dynamic Sport New Zealand, features wins for Mt Roskill Grammar, St Peter’s College, Northcote College and Manurewa High School.
The Mount Roskill Grammar versus Dilworth School encounter witnessed Ivan Kerr (Dilworth) playing against younger brother Alfred Kerr (Mt Roskill) for the first time in a high school game.
Many will remember older brother Levic Kerr was a standout performer for Saint Kentigern College in their 2019 Secondary Schools National Championship success.
A couple of baskets from Zach Kemen helped Roskill forge an early 12-10 lead but the platform for their win came in the second period when they held Dilworth to 11 points while the home team poured in 24.
A decisive 17-4 run featured three successive threes – a pair from Ryan Aramoana and another from Mitchell Greenaway.
Alfred Kerr and Owen Pattison were the main threats for Dilworth – Pattison ending the third with a spectacular fade away three, falling into the crowd as he landed, despite having two defenders in his face.
Down by 19 points at three-quarter time displayed plenty of spirit in the fourth but a dagger three from captain Ngawaka Rakete sealed the deal for Roskill.
Roskill with their first win of the season and Alfred with the bigger smile, although you would never guess it from the photo below!
Mt Roskill 72 – Greenaway 22, Kemen 13, Aramoana 12, A Kerr 8
Dilworth 56 – Pattison 13, I Kerr 15, Gene King 5
Scoring 30 points or more in each quarter and with five players in double figures Northcote College proved too good for Macleans College winning 129-68.
Northcote and Aaron Sievert in particular set the tone in the opening frame. The shooting guard accumulated 16 points as the hosts opened up a 34-14 lead.
Led by Christian Mutti and Declan Puffy, Macleans gave a much improved showing in the second but still trailed 67-41 at the break.
In addition to Sievert, Northcote enjoyed major contributions from Dontaye Sowman-Faaee, Tane Cook (three triples in his 20 points), Tom Bates and Ethan Ring.
Levi Smyth led the way for Macleans with 15 points but it was a night that belonged to Northcote as they moved into the top-four with a 2-1 record.
Northcote 129 – Sievert 38, Sowman-Faaee 21, Cook 20, Bates 13, Ring 11 Rico MacPherson 9
Macleans 68 – Levi Smyth 15, Christian Mutti 14, Declan Puffy 12, Teegan La Grange 8
Manurewa High maintained its unbeaten start to the season with an 84-65 away win at Avondale College.
Connor Gleeson and Ryan Ancha exchanged a brace of threes apiece as Manurewa edged the opening 10 minutes 19-16.
Nine points from Richard Campbell, headed for a game high 24 and 8 from Jarell Tuhega, extended the Manurewa lead to 46-32 at half-time.
Avondale relied almost exclusively on threes in the third, Gleeson and Jimi Iosia-Sipeli with a pair each. In contrast Manurewa opted for the more orthodox route, mainly via William Passi and Tuhega, to extend out to a 69-50 advantage at the three-quarter mark – their offensive rebounding earning them extra possessions.
The two teams tied the fourth splitting 30 points.
Avondale 65 – Iosia-Sipeli 21, Gleeson 21, Kabir Bhargava 6
Manurewa 84 – Campbell 24, Passi 16, Ancha 15, Tuhega 14, Brian Tapu 10
Also unbeaten are St Peter’s College after a comfortable 99-47 victory against Aorere College.
Toby Cox, destined for a game high 22 points, scored eight in the opening period as St Peter’s stormed out to a 26-9 lead.
Aorere found a response through Franklyne and Chris Gordon but 8 points from Andrei Manio in the second helped the Saints to a 53-26 half-time lead.
Cobain David and Scott Errey joined Cox and Manio in double figures on a night St Peter’s enjoyed scoring contributions from eleven players.
Aorere 47 – F Gordon 12 C Gordon 9, TJ Taito 6, Moroki Tauhara 5
St Peter’s 99 – Toby Cox 22, Errey 14, Manio 12, David 11, Gus Dallow 8, Dorian Sula 8
3-0 St Peter’s, Manurewa
2-1 Avondale, Northcote
1-2 Dilworth, Mt Roskill
0-3 Macleans, Aorere