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Girl’s Senior A – Round 3 Wrap

The third round review of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls Senior A games, brought to you in conjunction with Northern Kāhu, features wins for Northcote College, Takapuna Grammar and Massey High.

Northcote College, led by Lily Morgan’s 24 points and DJ Hannah’s 21, eased to a comprehensive 91-22 home win against One Tree Hill College.

Morgan, on her way to a season high, and Hannah were in double figures by half-time as the hosts eased to a 47-8 lead.

Kizyra Thompson and Jesse-Lee Upu posted points for OTH but Northcote skipper Nikki Gear (18 points) and Co were untroubled ahead of a match-up with Mt Roskill next week.

Northcote 91 – Morgan 24, DJ Hannah 21, N Gear 18, Grace Lai 14, Misha Aitchison 6

One Tree Hill 22 – Thompson 8, Upu 6, Rosetta Kivalu 4

Northcote huddle.

25 points from Allyah Leusogi-Ape propelled Massey High to a 63-47 victory against Auckland Girls Grammar.

The scores were locked at 11 points apiece after a low scoring opening period but 7 first half points from Kortni Waikiki and a dozen from Leusogi-Ape propelled Massey to a 31-16 lead at the main break.

Grammar responded through Faith Hurt and Grady Nikoia but still had a lot of ground to make up at three-quarter time trailing 45-26.

Leusogi-Ape continued her merry way in the final period, the win capped off by a Cyntalia Schuster 3-pointer.

Massey 63 – Leusogi-Ape 27, Schuster 13, K Waikiki 12, Zhoey Tilby-Woods 8

AGGS 47 – Hurt 14, Nikoia 10, Zara Leavasa 9

Takapuna Grammar School made it three wins from three outings with an 85-38 victory at Mt Roskill Grammar.

Adra Kaufusi opened the Roskill scoring with a triple but Qaizden Stephano, on her way to a game high 23 points, and Amy McKenzie got Takapuna off to a flyer – ahead 25-7 at quarter time.

Roskill found a higher gear in the second period, 9 points from Bree Ioane helping them stay with the free scoring Takapuna outfit that led 43-20 at half-time.

Kaufusi knocked down another three for Roskill in the third but Taka were in full flight scoring 25 points in the period – McKenzie, Manaia Watson and Bailey Flavell joining Stephano in double figures.

Anna Dyachenko and Arabella Neville made scoring contributions in the fourth as Takapuna cantered to victory.

Mt Roskill 38 – B Ioane 20, Kaufusi 9, Nellie Ioane 7

Takapuna 85 – Stephano 23, Flavell 18, McKenzie 15, Watson 10

Avondale College 31 – Hayley Dale 14, Ava Prescott 6, Shiloh Caffery 4

Manurewa High School 124 – Sela Uluheua 25, Shirley Tuilimu 20, Mariana Monga 18, Lavinia Uluheua 18, Waimihi Hetaraka-Brown 12

Standings:

3-0 Takapuna, Northcote, Manurewa

2-1 Massey

1-2 Mt Roskill

0-3 AGGS, One Tree Hill, Avondale

Girl’s Prems – Round 3 Wrap

The third round review of the Auckland Schools Girls Premier Grade games, brought to you by Northern Kāhu, features wins for unbeaten teams Baradene and Westlake plus a first-up victory for St Mary’s.

In a contest between two of the unbeaten teams Westlake Girls were pushed all the way before eventually prevailing 66-58 at Mount Albert Grammar School.

On the back of a strong third quarter MAGS led 47-44 with ten minutes to play but they were outscored 22-11 in the final stanza – 8 points from skipper Mackenzie Chatfield and four each from Amy Pateman and Rebecca Moors turning the tide in favour of Westlake.

Earlier, Waimanu Clarken, on her way to a game high 27 points, and Danae Tait both made long range triples for MAGS in the opening half but Westlake held a 31-27 half-time lead thanks to 8 points from Jaelah Clayton and 7 points from Rebecca Moors.

The third frame belonged to MAGS – 6 points from Sienna-Rose Tawera and another triple from Tait steering the hosts to a three-point lead with ten minutes to play.

Westlake’s fourth quarter rally means they move to 3-0, ahead of the short trip to Rangitoto College next week.

MAGS 58 – Waimanu Clarken 27, Tait 11, Tawera 10, Valana Pupuke-Robati 6

Westlake 66 – Chatfield 16, R Moors 13, Pateman 11, Clayton 10, Sarah Moors 8

Baradene College also made it three wins from three outings with a 79-44 victory against St Kentigern College although a number of observers felt it was a scoreline that didn’t truly reflect the St Kent’s performance.

Harriett Burrell’s three straight baskets propelled Baradene to a 22-11 opening quarter lead but the second quarter was a basket-for basket affair as the two teams split fourty-two points.

Summer Faleafa and Ritorya Tamilo were again in good form for Baradene while Sharmaine Tapling and Anamia Rangihaeata were prominent for St Kent’s that trailed 43-32 at half-time.

The St Kent’s effort faltered in the third – only Ashleigh Tuumaialu could get on the scoresheet. In contrast Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs scored 11 points of her own as the hosts stretched the advantage out to 64-36 at three-quarter-time. 

Baradene eased through the final quarter as they look forward to another home encounter next Friday when they take on Epsom Girls Grammar, while St Kentigern will entertain St Mary’s in the clash of ‘The Saints’.

Baradene 79 – Faleafa 19, Tamilo 19, Cavanagh-Briggs 14, Amelia Nathan 11, Burrell 10

St Kentigern 44 – Tuumaialu 11, Rangihaeata 10, Tapling 9

St Mary’s College gained their first win of the season with a 59-45 road win against Carmel College.

Both teams started slowly with only 17 points scored in the opening period. The pace quickened in the second but there was nothing to pick between the two sides at the main break, St Mary’s shading it 24-22.

Carmel captain Jemma Cammell led all scorers at that stage with 12 points.

The third quarter was telling, St Mary’s outscoring the home team 17-5 to grab control, with Faith Ualika, Christiana Setu and Kodee Williams-Sefo doing the damage.

Hannah Bellett and Zharan Tibbotts gave Carmel a lift at the start of the final frame but any thoughts of a sustained comeback were quickly snuffed out by Trinity Atiga and Sefo-Williams. 

Carmel 45 – Cammell 21, Bellett 8, Lily Farman 6, Tibbotts 6

St Mary’s 59 – Williams-Sefo 18, Ualika 13, Atiga 9, Setu 9, Tamzin Jakeman 7

Water on the court, brought about by Friday’s stormy weather, caused an early end to the Rangitoto College v Epsom Girls Grammar tie. Epsom had established a healthy 25-8 lead when the game had to be called off at quarter time.

Standings:

3-0 Westlake, Baradene 

2-1 MAGS

1-1 Epsom

1-2 St Kentigern, St Mary’s

0-2 Rangitoto

0-3 Carmel

Boy’s Prems – Round 3 Wrap

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.

Standings:

3-0 Rosmini

2-0 Westlake, Rangitoto

1-1 MAGS, AGS

1-2 St Kentigern

0-3 Liston, Sacred Heart

Boy’s Senior A – Round 2 Review

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

Standings:

2-0 St Peter’s, Avondale, Manurewa

1-1 Northcote, Dilworth

0-2 Macleans, Mt Roskill, Aorere

Girl’s Senior A – Round 2 Wrap

The second round review of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Senior A games is brought to you by Northern Kāhu.

The round saw victories for Manurewa High, Takapuna Grammar, Northcote College and Massey High.

At Pulman Arena, a dominant display by Manurewa carried them to a 73-25 victory against a young Mount Roskill Grammar side.

Following on from her 30 points haul last week Sela Uluheua again top scored with 25 points, 12 of those in the first half as Manurewa built a 40-14 lead.

Mariona Monga (13 points) and Shirly Tuilimu (12 points) were also in double figures for ‘Rewa.

Bree Ioane battled bravely in a losing cause for Roskill scoring 12 points.

Manurewa 73 – S Uluheua 25, Monga 13, Shirly Tuilimu 12, A Uluheua 9, 

Mt Roskill 25 – Bree Ioane 12, Nelly Ioane 3

Qaizden Stephano and Bailey Flavell, making her senior debut, dominated the early proceedings. The pair combined for the opening 10 points of the game and the first 17 points for Takapuna Grammar as the home team established a 27-10 first quarter lead over One Tree Hill.

Resistance from OTH came in the shape of a couple of threes from Harriate Heta and transition baskets from Angelica Vahai but with Manaia Watson picking holes in the OTH defence Taka were flying at half-time, ahead 52-22.

The third period was much more of an even contest as OTH gained scoring contributions from Jesse-Lee Upu, Melaia Tuisuua and Milla Eckford – losing the quarter by a single basket.

Amy McKenzie scored half a dozen fourth quarter points as Taka eased to a second straight win ahead of a trip to Mt Roskill Grammar next week.

Takapuna 92 – Stephano 30, Watson 20, Flavell 19, McKenzie 16

One Tree Hill 51 – Vahai 22, Heta 10, Tuisuua 6

A dominant opening quarter set the tone for Northcote College as they recorded a 69-52 road win against Auckland Girls Grammar.

DJ Hannah and Nikki Gear knocked down early threes as Northcote established an 18-7 lead – both players were in double figures by half-time with the lead extended to 42-22.

Harmony Hurt and Grady Nikoia led an AGGS revival in the third but further triples from Liz May and Misha Aitchison helped Northcote increase their lead.

Grady Nikoia took her tally into double figures in the fourth but a Northcote victory was never in doubt.

AGGS 52 – G Nikoia 14, Hurt 6, Zara Leavasa-Avauli 6, Tatyana Ioelu 6, 

Northcote 69 – N Gear 21, Hannah 15, L Gear 10, Lily Morgan 9, Liz May 6

With six players scoring nine points or more Massey High  proved far too good for Avondale College winning 118-24.

Having been unable to play last week Massey made up for lost time running up 39 points in the opening quarter with Kortni Waikiki and Allyah Leusogi-Ape to the fore – six players on the scoresheet in the early stages.

Cyntalia Schuster, Zhoey Tilby-Woods and Tahlya Waikiki would also go on to register double digits in a rather one sided contest.

Shiloh Caffery and Maya Loomes were bright lights for Avondale in a losing cause.

Massey 118 – Kortni Waikiki 30, Cyntalia Schuster 22, Allyah Leusogi-Ape 16, Zhoey Tilby-Woods 15 Tahlya Waikiki 13, Faith Williams 9

Avondale 24 – Caffery 15, Loomes 8

Standings:

2-0 Takapuna, Northcote, Manurewa

  1. Mt Roskill, Massey

0-2 AGGS, Avondale, One Tree Hill

Girl’s Prems – Second Round Review

The second round review of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier Grade, brought to you by Northern Kāhu, saw Westlake Girls High, Baradene College and Mt Albert Grammar School move to 2-0. There was also a win for newly promoted St Kentigern College.

Waimanu Clarken, with 30 points, powered Mt Albert Grammar School to a convincing 83-42 home win against Epsom Girls Grammar.

Clarken had 11 points in the opening period as MAGS opened up a 26-9 lead. 

Maya Fowler led the Epsom response in the second but triples from Valana Pupuke-Robati and Danae Tait helped MAGS to a 53-18 half-time advantage.

Talia Vea and Kiki Reti kept the score ticking over for the visitors but a fine all-round team performance gave MAGS a second straight victory ahead of a sterner test against Westlake next week.

MAGS 85 – Clarken 30, Pupuke-Robati 14, Tait 11, Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie 6, Shekinah Kuresa 6, Sienna-Rose Tawera 6

Epsom 42 – Fowler 15, Talia Vea 9, Draun Forbes 8, Kiki Reti 7

In the closest game of the round newly promoted Saint Kentigern College collected their first victory of the season, a 54-42 road win at Carmel College.

Mania Rogers led the way for St Kent’s scoring 19 points, while Jemma Cammell tallied 16 points for Carmel.

Nerisa Vavau helped the visitors establish a 13-9 quarter time lead which stretched to 24-17 at the interval, Rogers scoring all 11 of St Kent’s second quarter points.

Hannah Bellett’s seven third quarter points kept Carmel in the hunt, although Sharmaine Tapling was instrumental in pushing the St Kent’s advantage out to 41-31 at the three-quarter mark.

Carmel plugged away in the fourth but every basket by the home side was met with a counter punch from St Kent’s – Carmel unable to reduce the deficit below eight points at any stage during the closing minutes.

Carmel 42 – Cammell 16, Bellett 8, Lily Forman 7

St Kentigern 54 – Rogers 19, Tapling 15, Maia Bennett 10, Vavau 5

For the second week running dominant performances from Summer Faleafa and Ritorya Tamilo propelled Baradene College to a convincing victory, defeating Rangitoto College 86-36.

A couple of threes from Aroha Riley gave Rangitoto a good start but Faleafa was already in double figures with Baradene ahead 22-11 after one period.

Maddy Skelton and Zaara Sain made a couple of scores for Rangi but Faleafa and Tamilo combined for 23 second quarter points to stretch the advantage to 49-20.

The second half continued in a similar vein, Baradene building a substantial lead – Emily Burrows dropping  couple of threes along the way.

Faleafa finished with a game high and round high 35 points.

Baradene 86 – Faleafa 35, Tamilo 28, Harriett Burrell 8, Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs 8, Burrows 6

Rangitoto 36 – Riley 12, Skelton 9, Sain 8

Westlake Girls High completed a comfortable 91-37 home victory over St Mary’s.

Westlake had 28 points on the board by quarter time – Mackenzie Chatfield and Amy Pateman doing most the damage.

Kodee Williams-Sefo, Tamzin Jakeman and Trinity Atiga all worked hard for St Mary’s but they were swimming against a red and green tide that showed no signs of relenting.

Rebecca Moors and Amiya Fotu joined the Westlake double digit contributors for the second week running ahead of a clash with another unbeaten team – Mt Albert Grammar School.

Westlake 91 – Chatfield 22, Pateman 19, Rebecca Moors 15, Amiya Fotu 13

St Mary’s 37 – Williams-Sefo 11, Tamzin Jakeman 6, Trinity Atiga 6

Standings:

2-0 Westlake, Baradene, MAGS

1-1 Epsom, St Kentigern

0-2 Carmel, St Mary’s, Rangitoto

MAGS win a thriller and Russo-Nance scores 50!

The second round review of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boys Premier Grade games, brought to you by Dynamic Sport New Zealand, features wins for Mt Albert Grammar and the three North Shore teams.

The individual performance of the week undoubtedly belongs to Dontae Russo-Nance who scored 50 points in St Kentigern’s 95-71 loss to Rosmini College.

Named 2021 Young Player of the Year at the BBNZ Awards Dinner last weekend Russo-Nance exhibited his range of scoring options, from inside and out, in a performance that oozed class.

St Kent’s, again without the services of starters Merrick Rillstone and Frankie Groves, made an encouraging start as they trailed by just three points at quarter time (22-19).

Russo-Nance had reached a lazy 28 points by half-time but the triple threat of Charlie Dalton, Tom Beattie and Julius Halaifonua carried Rosmini to a 46-35 lead.

Max Johnson made a couple of scores either side of the interval but his next best (6 points) for St Kent’s emphasised the scoring load Russo-Nance was carrying.

That load began to creak in the third as Dalton, playing a strong hand at both ends of the court, scored 11 point in the period to extend the Rozza advantage to 70-54.

The lead was never threatened in the final stanza – Lucas Schnuriger’s corner three the cherry on the victory cake for the hosts.  

Rosmini 95 – Dalton 31, Beattie 25, Julius Halaifonua 22

St Kentigern 71 – Russo-Nance 50, Max Johnson 6

The game of the round was at Mt Albert Grammar where Dante Matakatea held his nerve at the foul line to carry the home team to a 62-61 victory against local rivals Auckland Grammar.

With the scores level at 61 apiece and only 0.3 seconds left on the clock Matakatea was awarded two free-throws – his first attempt hit the back of the iron but he calmly knocked down the second. AGS advanced the ball from the ensuing timeout but an inbounds pass aimed for Will Shortt was picked off and MAGS fans, of which there were many, could celebrate a notable win.

It didn’t have the makings of a thriller in the opening quarter when Mt Albert led by 11 points after Auckland had scored just 2 points!

Naturally things improved for AGS in the second as Josh Muggleston got the scoreboard moving. Will Leger scored six points for the hosts who led a low scoring first half 24-22.

Both teams more than doubled their scores in the third frame. Kade Cartwright and Leger were prominent for MAGS, Cody Brown and Ryan Hunt in the thick of the action for the visitors who trailed 49-45 at the last break.

A big three from Brown appeared to have secured an Auckland win but it was Dante Matakatea that would have the final say to the delight of the home fans.

MAGS 62 – Leger 16/10r, Matakatea 15, Cartwright 10, Harri Coker-Grey 9
AGS 61 – Brown 21, Shortt 13, Muggleston 9, Ryan Hunt 8

Westlake, with six players in double figures, ran out comfortable winners against Liston College (111-55).

Things looked good for the visitors early on as Sebastian Alan dropped a triple, Rasheed Ieremia earned visits to the charity stripe, Dhon Lao scored half a dozen, and after a promising opening ten minutes Liston trailed by just a single points (24-23).

However from there Westlake moved through the gears – Daniel Ottenhoff scored 10 of his 22 points in the second, Luke Don and Jonty Strawbridge added threes and the advantage was 56-35 in favour of the hosts at half-time.

The scoring tailed off slightly in the third but another 32-point outburst in the fourth – Hamza Zahran with 10 of those – means Westlake have rattled up 229 points and a pair of W’s in the opening two rounds.

Westlake 111 – Ottenhoff 22, Zahran 20, Strawbridge 19, Ned Shearer 14, Don 10, Rocco Chang 10

Liston 55 – Ieremia 14, Lao 11, Alan 9, Oliver Mclihinney 6

Rangitoto College won 102-77 at Sacred Heart with Tautoko Wynyard and Jacob Fotu again prominent.

Heart, outmatched in the paint, battled manfully but the Rangi front court were simply too big and too good. The revitalised Wynyard finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds while Fotu grabbed 10 boards to accompany 16 points.

Wynyard was into double figures in the opening period which was won 24-17 by the visitors.

Preston Tuaputa nailed a triple early in the second and Adam Davies converted on three occasions from the land of plenty but the hosts were making hay from distance also – a pair of treys apiece from  Jimmy Kim and Joel Brown meant Rangi led 54-41 at the break.

Matt Fautuaalii scored 10 points for Heart in the third but more damage from Fotu eased Rangi out to a 76-55 lead, with a second straight win comfortably confirmed in the closing minutes.

Sacred Heart 77 – Davies 15, Josh Stewart 15, Fautuaalii 12, Jerome Jakeman 11, Tuaputa 8

Rangitoto 102 – Wynyard 29, Fotu 16, Arnold Nam 12, Michael Ropotini 10 

Standings:

2-0 Rangitoto, Westlake, Rosmini

1-1 MAGS, AGS

0-2 Sacred Heart, Liston, St Kentigern

Lacey Lowdown partners with Northern Kāhu

The Lacey Lowdown is delighted to announce that the Northern Kāhu have agreed to support our growing coverage of Girls High School basketball for the remainder of the 2022 season.

Northern Kāhu will support the weekly roundups of the Auckland Premier and Senior A Girl’s games. 

The Kāhu will be competing in the inaugural Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa season that commences at the end on June.

Kāhu Director Stephen Dil is convinced aligning with the Lacey Lowdown is perfect timing for the fledgling organisation.

“Mike has done a tremendous job over the years of giving profile to our game through the Lacey Lowdown.

“It is important to the Kāhu that the girls game continues to be reported on and our up and coming players are showcased.

Lowdown editor Mike Lacey believes that there is already great synergy between the Lowdown and Northern Kāhu.

“Three of the four player signings announced by the Kāhu began their playing careers at Auckland high schools. Ash Kelman-Poto played at Mt Albert Grammar School, Akiene-Tera Reed at Westlake Girls and Micaela Cocks at Takapuna Grammar School.

“More local players will be announced in the coming weeks which is extremely exciting.

“Northern Kāhu and Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa are creating a pathway many of our current high school players will aspire to follow.

We look forward to reporting on the next round of girl’s games coming up on Friday. In the meantime you can follow the Northern Kāhu here: 

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http://www.kahu.basketball

Lacey Lowdown partners with Dynamic Sport New Zealand

The Lacey Lowdown is delighted to announce that Dynamic Sport New Zealand has agreed to support our growing coverage of Boy’s High School basketball for the remainder of the 2022 season.

Nigel Morgan, and the team at Dynamic Sport New Zealand will not only aid game coverage of Auckland Premier Boy’s games but have generously agreed to provide weekly Player of the Round prizes. 

Dynamic Sport is a major supplier of sporting goods and apparel in New Zealand. Managing Director Nigel Morgan believes the Lowdown is a perfect partner for a community focused family business.  

“Dynamic Sport is delighted to partner with Mike and the Lacey Lowdown.  

“Mike is hugely respected in the Basketball community and the Lacey Lowdown has become the ‘go to’ for the review of all things basketball – in particular Secondary School Boys and Girls basketball.  

“As a category, the sport of Basketball is very important to Dynamic Sport, our core business is selling sports equipment to schools and clubs – aligning with an organisation like The Lacey Lowdown is an ideal fit for our expanding business.  

“We are really looking forward to seeing how the 2022 Secondary School season pans out, with two years of the National Secondary Schools Tournament not being able to proceed due to Covid, we feel this season will be incredibly competitive!

“We wish all teams the very best for the 2022 season and would like to thank Mike for all the work he does in the Basketball community.”

We look forward to reporting on the next round of games coming up on Friday. In the meantime browse through the range of quality products Dynamic Sport New Zealand has to offer. https://dynamicsport.co.nz/

Senior A Girl’s – Round 1 Wrap

The 2022 Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Senior A Grade competition began last Friday.

The game of the round was played at Dilworth where promoted side Takapuna Grammar School edged Auckland Girls Grammar by the closest of margins, 52-51.

It was AGGS that made the better start as Zara Leavasa-Avauli’s early points helped forge a 15-7 lead.

The tables were turned in the second, a late three in the spell by Amy McKenzie on her way to a game high 19 points, helped Takapuna to a 26-23 lead at the interval.

AGGS regained the initiative after the break, Leavasa-Avauli scored three straight baskets to give them a narrow 39-38 lead at the three-quarter mark.

In a gripping finish, Qaizden Stephano and Maania Watson made key plays for Takapuna before both fouled out. Faith Hurt and Grady Nikoia drew AGGS into a match winning situation but it was Mariah Parker making the deciding play.

Having earlier scored what turned out to be the game winning basket she secured the all-important defensive rebound off an AGGS missed free-throw to seal the win. 

Takapuna Grammar 52 – McKenzie 19, Stephano 16, Watson 8, Parker 5

Auckland Girls Grammar 51 – Leavasa-Avauli 15, F Hurt 12, Grady Nikoia 9

The other promoted side Manurewa College also notched a win with a 66-50 defeat of One Tree Hill College.

The two dominant figures in the game were Manurewa’s Sela Uluheua who scored 30 points and One Tree Hill’s Angelica Vahai who almost matched that with 26 points.

OTH led at quarter time by a point (17-16) but Uluheua amassed 16 points in the second to give Manurewa a 36-30 lead.

The third period was pivotal – Mariona Monga knocked down a three and Lavinia Liufau chipped in with a bucket but more decisively OTH were restricted to five points – the Manurewa lead 49-35 with ten minutes to play.

Vahai, Meadow Thompson, and Milla Eckford attempted some salvage work but the damage was done – Manurewa comfortable victors.

One Tree Hill 50 – Vahai 26, Thompson 10, Harriate Heteg 6

Manurewa College 66 – Uluheua 30, Monga 11, Shirly Tuilimu 10, Bella Manu-Moore 6

Mt Roskill Grammar commanded the game and the scoreline from the start. The bulk of the damage done by halftime with MRG up 40-18.

Bree Ioane scoring 14 of her 17 points in the first half. Sister Nelly capped a good team display scoring 19 of her 29 in the second half.

For Avondale Maya Loomes scored a game high 21 points with Shiloh Caffery posting a valuable 13 points.

Avondale College 43 – Maya Loomes 21, Shiloh Caffery 13

Mount Roskill 76 – Nelly Ioane 29, Bree Ioane 17

Northcote College v Massey High at Northcote

Unfortunately, this game wasn’t played as transport difficulties meant Massey High were unable to fulfil the fixture