Round 6 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boys Premier competition, brought to you in conjunction with Dynamic Sport New Zealand, produced wins for Mt Albert Grammar, Rangitoto College, Rosmini College and Westlake Boys High.
The closest game of the round was played at Carmel College where Rosmini College went toe-to-toe and point-for-point with Auckland Grammar before edging home 71-68 with the contest only decided on the last possession.
Grammar made the better start, 9 points from Josh Muggleston giving them a 17-9 start.
Rosmini trimmed the deficit slightly in the second but were still adrift at half-time – behind 35-29.
A pair of threes from Kane Murphy and buckets from Charlie Dalton were instrumental in Rosmini taking the lead with a 14-6 run but a three from Jackson Kiss and another from Muggleston, in the shadows of the break, meant the scores were tied 51 apiece at three-quarter time.
From there it was a dog fight with neither side able to gain the ascendancy – the scores were still tied with six minutes to play and remained knotted with 2:50 on the clock after Muggleston cancelled out a Dalton score.
Dalton earned a visit to the free throw line – his one from two gave the hosts the lead but livewire guard Cody Brown put Grammar ahead (68-67) with 90 seconds remaining.
Tom Beattie’s And-1 play was timely for Rosmini, ahead 70-68 with 23 seconds to play.
AGS couldn’t score from the ensuing play with Dalton able to add a free throw to further advance the margin.
With 13 seconds remaining on the clock Grammar were able to advance the ball with their final timeout but the final shot of the game was off the mark – Rosmini the winners by three points.
Rosmini 71 – Dalton 31, Beattie 17, Murphy 9, Jameer Reed 6
AGGS 68 – Muggleston 26, Brown 20, Blake Manning 8, Jackson Kiss 8
A double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds from Jacob Fotu, plus 26 points from Kaia Kemp, propelled Rangitoto College to an 86-66 home win against St Kentigern College. Playing against his former school Dontae Russo-Nance scored a game high 29 points for St Kent’s.
Saint Kent’s had marginally the better of the opening spell claiming it 19-18 but were outscored in the three subsequent periods.
Jimmy Kim nailed a couple of threes in the second period to cancel out the pair from Hunter Te Ratana as Rangi took a 43-35 half-time lead.
Russo-Nance claimed 8 third quarter points, Fotu matched that and with Joel Brown nailing a three just before the last break Rangi were well clear at 66-50.
The two number 8’s Kemp and Merrick Rillstone shared the scoring limelight in the final period but it was Rangi that eased to win number three.
Rangitoto 86 – Kemp 26, Fotu 21, Michael Ropotini 16, Kim 9 (3/6 3PG), Brown 7
St Kentigern 66 – Russo-Nance 29, Te Ratana 17, Rillstone 16
Kade Cartwright knocked down 4 from 8 three-pointers on his way to a game high 22 points as Mount Albert Grammar School won their home tie with Liston College 91-43.
Harry Coker-Grey and Victor Keil were the first to land from deep as MAGS forged a 24-12 lead.
The Liston scoring limped along in the middle stages although Rasheed Ieremia made a double figure contribution for the visitors.
MAGS had a 45-19 lead at half-time and, with Cartwright blitzing 17 points in the third, they wereout of sight with ten minutes to play – ahead 73-28.
MAGS 91 – Cartwright 22 (4/8 3PG), Coker-Grey 15, Will Leger 10, Keil 10, Ben Skelton 7/11rebs
Liston 43 – Ieremia 10, Duncan Alexander 7, Kelvin Mensah 6
Westlake Boys High, with Daniel Ottenhoff, Rocco Chang and Hamza Zahran all enjoying 20-point games, led from the outset against Sacred Heart College and went on to register a 110-84 victory
It has been a common theme in the early part of the season for Sacred Heart to get off to a slow start – once again they found themselves down a dozen points in the first quarter (27-15) despite a couple of threes from the Josh Stewart.
Adding to their woes Heart also lost Adam Davies to a shoulder injury part way through the period to some unfortunate friendly fire – he’d compiled 9 quick points early in the game.
Heart achieved a degree of parity in the middle quarters as the likes of Preston Tuaputa, Cass Reynolds and Josh Tengblad found ways to the hoop.
Seven different Westlake players made triples – Max Riechelmann and Chang two each.
Ahead 79-62 at three-quarter time Ned Shearer and Ottenhoff put the result to bed with eight points apiece in the closing period.
Westlake 110 – Chang 26, Ottenhoff 21, Zahran 20, Shearer 10, Riechelmann 8, Andre Bautista 7, Tai Rhodes 7
Sacred Heart 84 – Stewart 23, Tuaputa 16 Davies 9, Reynolds 9, Tengblad 8, Matt Fautuaalii 7,
3-2 AGS, St Kentigern
2-3 Rangitoto, MAGS
1-5 Sacred Heart
*The Rangitoto v AGS and St Kentigern v MAGS fixtures will be played later in June.