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Canterbury to face Harbour in Men’s final

The second Men’s semi-final at the 2016 Under 23 National Championships in Tauranga featured Waikato and defending champions Canterbury A.

Canterbury connected with five three in the opening quarter as Sam Smith and Ollie Davies and Nathan Campbell (twice each) helped Canterbury to a 21-18 lead.

Nick Fee kept Waikato in contention with 11 early points.

Centre Alex Schipper and Josh Mckee made baskets early in the second as did Philip Borota-Angelich as Waikato edged ahead 30-29.

Fee and James Cawthorn exchanged triples before Waikato coach Alby Ellis called a timeout with his charges 39-36 to the good.

Derek Albertsen became the fifth Cantab to land a three as Waikato held a narrow 45-42 half-time advantage. Fee led all scorers with 19 points at the break, a more rounded Canterbury effort led by Davies and Campbell with 9 points each.

Taylor Britt made the opening basket of the second half for Canterbury although a banked three from Connor Johnston more than cancelled that out.

Britt then made a triple to edge Canterbury ahead- the shooting guard had 14 straight points for his team before Cawthorn broke the sequence.

Fee and Hamish Sheridan helped Waikato claw back into the lead but it was short lived the two teams constantly exchanging the lead.

A Schipper dunk excited the Waikato bench – a long Cawthorn three doing likewise for the Cantab followers.

Canterbury coach Dave Langrell was hit with a tech foul but his team were going blow for blow or more accurately basket for basket with their opponents in an exciting encounter. 73-72 to Waikato at the end of the third.

A 12-6 Canterbury run triggered the final quarter and a pair of Britt freebies gave Canterbury an 87-81 lead. Albertsen converted a neat banked shot and suddenly, with 3:30 to play Waikato were 92-81 in arrears and needing a timeout.

A three from Borota –Angelich helped as did a Fee drive but Canterbury were still 96-89 ahead with 2 minutes to play.

Albertsen was bossing the final minutes and his three maintained a double figure Canterbury advantage.

Nick Erwood sealed the deal for Canterbury with a deep three to take his team into the final.

Final Score: Canterbury 108 – Britt35, Campbell 18, Levings 13, Albertsen 11, Davies 10 Waikato 92 – Fee 28, Schipper 14, Borota-Angelich 14, Johnston 13, Sheridan 10

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Harbour beat Hutt Valley in Men’s semi-final

The first Men’s semi-final at the 2016 Under 23 National Championships in Tauranga was between North Harbour and Hutt Valley.

Harbour made the better start leading 10-4 with Matt Lacey and Ana Haku prominent and the lead was extended to 27-11 at quarter time.

Liam Thornton made a couple of good looking plays for Harbour requiring Hutt coach George Le’afa to call a timeout to discuss tactics.

Jackson Stubbins got the score moving for Hutt with five straight freebies and a Keota Warren transition basket trimmed the advantage to 36-18 in favour of Harbour.

Thornton continued to punish Hutt as the lead extended to twenty points although a series of fouls sidelined Lacey, Haku and Nick Brophy.

Hutt were unable to take full advantage although Jordan Hunt, Jamal Mikaio and Stubbins made baskets but a pair of Chris McIntosh threes helped Harbour to a 52-30 half-time lead.

Thornton picked up fouls three and four in quick succession and Lacey and Haku were also charged with their fourth offences igniting a Hutt charge on the back of Nico Buckrell and Jackson Stubbins scores.

Denhym Brooke and Brophy combined for Harbour scores. Jordan Hunt’s fourth foul sent Hutt to small ball and something of a revival as they closed the gap by three-quarter time to 67-53.

Tom Kingsmill made a couple of scores as did Brophy before Keota Warren replied – Harbour up 75-59 with 5:30 to play and a Hutt timeout.

Mikaio and Dion Yee scored to bring it back to 12 with four to play.

Jackson Stubbins two free throws 76-65 and Nico Buckrell in transition 76-67 with 2:51 to play.

Stubbins three 76-70 with 2:20 to play

Nathan Curran for Harbour 78-70

Buckrell free throws 78-74 with 1:30 to play

Ketoa Warren fouled out sending Haku to the foul line – 79-74 with one minute to play.

Jack Stubbins in transition 79-76 with 22 seconds to play then Harbour fail to convert free throw opportunities but Hutt miss an opportunity to tie the game.

Haku free throws 81-76 to Harbour but a Buckrell three 81-79 with 13 seconds left makes it interesting. Brophy was fouled as the clock wound down and iced the game from the free throw line

Final score Harbour 83 – Haku 14, Brophy 13, Brooke 12, Thornton 11 Lacey 10 Hutt Valley 79 – Buckrell 25, J Stubbins 23, Mikaio 14, Hunt 8

Waikato secure second final’s berth at U23’s

The second Women’s semi-final at the 2016 Under 23 National Championships in Tauranga was between North Harbour and Waikato.

Krystal Leger-Walker and Tiarna Clarke exchanged triples and a spin drive from Alyssa Hirawani, with 6 points in the quarter, took Waikato to a 22-16 quarter time lead.

Forward Zhanay Hettig made the opening basket of the second for Waikato, Georgia Perrott-Hunt replicated for Harbour.

A third foul on Akiene Reed didn’t help the Harbour progress, coach Justine Reed needing a timeout with her team 29-23 behind.

An arching Hettig baseline two extended the Waikato advantage to double figures, 33-23. Back to back baskets from Chelsea Savage increased the Waikato advantage further to 37-25 at half-time.

Tall Fern Leger-Walker, heading to the University of Northern Colorado on Monday, led all scorers at the break with 13 points closely followed by Clarke (12 points).

A Clarke three brought the Otago lead back to ten but Waikato’s offensive rebounding, aggressive defence and Leger-Walker’s finishing were all troubling Harbour. A series of free throws, primarily from Reed, kept Harbour in the hunt but trailing 50-42 at three-quarter time they still had plenty to do.

Another Clarke three helped Harbour’s chances although a neat pass from Kendell Heremaia set up Hettig for a simple deuce.

A Savage three restored Waikato’s double-digit advantage and an easy Heremaia lay-up took the lead to 61-49 necessitating a Harbour timeout with 5:21 to play.

A falling lay up from Hirawani almost clinched the game but a pair of Clarke threes kept Harbour’s remote chances alive – 65-55 with under three to play.

Ella Fotu scored to take Harbour within 8 points followed by a Reed And 1 play 66-60 with just over a minute to play.

It became 66-62 after an Annabelle Jenkins transition basket but the nerves were settled on the Waikato bench by a Savage basket.

A Fotu three was too little too late as Waikato deservedly moved into the final.

Final Score: Waikato 69 – Leger Walker 21, Hirawani 16, Hettig 12, Savage 10

Harbour 65 – Clarke 26, Reed 16, Fotu 12,

Earlier in the first semi-final Otago, despite missing the services of Zoe Richards after breaking her leg in the final pool game against Waitakere on Thursday, proved too good for Tauranga City. The injury has occurred 6 days before Richards and twin sister Brittany return to Gillette Junior College in Wyoming.

Nicole Ruske opened the scoring for Otago with Mikayla Daysh replying immediately for Tauranga.

Daysh scored the first nine points for the hosts as they led 22-12 at quarter time.

A long three from Renee Bennett was sandwiched between triples from Brittany Richards and Aleisha Ruske as Otago closed to within 6 points, 27-21, – home coach Rachel Gwerder calling a timeout.

Courtney Wilson scored after the timeout but a couple of fouls by the experienced Tauranga guard presented Otago with a couple of visits to the charity stripe accepted by Richards and Aleisha Ruske.

Daysh led all scorers at half-time with 20 points but Otago had closed the gap trailing by a single point – 30-29.

An early second half trey from Richards propelled Otago into the lead for the first time in the game, 41-38. A tight third ensued with no more than a single basket separating the teams a floater from Aleisha Ruske keeping the southerners ahead 45-42 at the last break.

The Ruske sisters exchanged baskets with Kaatia Watene and Wilson but neither side could grasp a telling lead although an Aleisha R put back gave Otago a 60-55 lead with 4:30 tp play.

Cairyn-Marie Rogers made it a single possession game with a three but a finger roll basket from Olivia O’Neill forced a Tauranga timeout – the hosts trailing 58-53 with 3:20 to play.

The Tauranga cause was hampered with Daysh and Briarley Rogers fouling out on consecutive plays and with Jeanie Pattinson making a basket Tauranga were facing a challenge trailing 60-53 with 2 minutes to play.

Otago were able to snare a couple of important offensive rebounds to take time off the clock and when Cairyn-Marie Rogers fouled out Tauranga were forced to play the last 90 seconds with just four players.

Final Score: Tauranga 55 – M Daysh 32/12, C Wilson 7, K Watene 6 Otago 65 – A Ruske 24, N Ruske 15/11, B Richards 11, J Pattison 8

Otago beat Tauranga in U23 Women’s semi-final

The first Women’s semi-final at the 2016 Under 23 National Championships in Tauranga featured hosts Tauranga City and Otago.

Otago were missing the services of Zoe Richards after breaking her leg in the final pool game against Waitakere on Thursday. The injury has occurred 6 days before Richards and twin sister Brittany return to Gillette Junior College in Wyoming.

Nicole Ruske opened the scoring for Otago with Mikayla Daysh replying immediately for Tauranga.

Daysh scored the first nine points for the hosts as they led 22-12 at quarter time.

A long three from Renee Bennett was sandwiched between triples from Brittany Richards and Aleisha Ruske as Otago closed to within 6 points, 27-21, – home coach Rachel Gwerder calling a timeout.

Courtney Wilson scored after the timeout but a couple of fouls by the experienced Tauranga guard presented Otago with a couple of visits to the charity stripe accepted by Richards and Aleisha Ruske.

Daysh led all scorers at half-time with 20 points but Otago had closed the gap trailing by a single point – 30-29.

An early second half trey from Richards propelled Otago into the lead for the first time in the game, 41-38. A tight third ensued with no more than a single basket separating the teams a floater from Aleisha Ruske keeping the southerners ahead 45-42 at the last break.

The Ruske sisters exchanged baskets with Kaatia Watene and Wilson but neither side could grasp a telling lead although an Aleisha R put back gave Otago a 60-55 lead with 4:30 tp play.

Cairyn-Marie Rogers made it a single possession game with a three but a finger roll basket from Olivia O’Neill forced a Tauranga timeout – the hosts trailing 58-53 with 3:20 to play.

The Tauranga cause was hampered with Daysh and Briarley Rogers fouling out on consecutive plays and with Jeanie Pattinson making a basket Tauranga were facing a challenge trailing 60-53 with 2 minutes to play.

Otago were able to snare a couple of important offensive rebounds to take time off the clock and when Cairyn-Marie Rogers fouled out Tauranga were forced to play the last 90 seconds with just four players.

Final Score: Tauranga 55 – M Daysh 32/12, C Wilson 7, K Watene 6

Otago 65 – A Ruske 24, N Ruske 15/11, B Richards 11, J Pattison 8

Waikato denied triple treat

 

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Waikato Basketball came within a whisker, two whiskers to be precise, of pulling off an age group treble for the second successive year.

In 2015 they swept the board by collecting the Girls Under 19, Under 17 and Under 15 National titles.

For a time on Saturday afternoon it appeared that history would repeat itself.

Having wrapped up the Girls Under 17 title the previous weekend Waikato were within just a pair of possessions of adding the New Zealand Under 19 and Under 15 titles.

It was only in the closing seconds of each final that they were denied an historic three-peat and in both instances it was North Harbour that proved the stumbling block.

Kendall Heremaia looked as if she might carry Waikato to a come from behind win in the Under 19 Final in Nelson.

In the final quarter Harbour had built themselves a 10 point buffer, only for the tenacity of Heremaia to keep her team in touch, with a big three to cut the lead to five. Katie Diakhaby was then able to get to the basket and score for Harbour, only for Heremaia to immediately answer, as Waikato closed to within four points, 56-52, with 37 seconds to play.

That was as close as Waikato got. A clutch steal from Zara Jillings, along with the ensuing free throws, gave Harbour breathing space before another pair of freebies from Darci Finnigan sealed the game for North Harbour giving them a 61-53 victory.

Jillings finished with an impressive stats line of 20 points, 11 rebounds, with support from Tabitha Jenkins (10 points), Coola Baudry (8 pts, 15 rebs), and Katie Diakhaby (8 pts, 3 blocks). Waikato’s Kendell Heremaia finished off an excellent tournament with 25 points and 16 rebounds, with Alyssa Hirawani adding 10 points and 9 rebounds.

The Under 15 Final in Wellington was an even tighter affair. Waikato trailed Harbour by 6 points with just over a minute to play but Honor Wilson and Leila Hemi-Ta’ala (17pts) combined for seven straight points to edge Waikato ahead 73-72 with 26 seconds to play.

However, as she had done all afternoon, Tournament MVP Jazzmyne Kailahi-Fulu (29pts/25 rebs) steadied the Harbour ship by calmly sinking two free throws and then grabbing an offensive rebound and hitting the put-back basket as the clock wound down to full time.

Harbour avenged their 2015 loss to Waikato winning 76-73. Jessica Moors was the other standout for Harbour finishing with 22 points, 16 boards and six assists.

Waikato Basketball Community Manager and the head coach of the Waikato Under 17 and 19 teams Anthony Corban feels there are a number of factors contributing to the success that the Hamilton association are enjoying.

“The strength of our rep programme is our half court defence which we place a lot of emphasis on. This is probably due to my involvement in the 3×3 programme where there is a heavy emphasis on shell defence.”

Corban is in no doubt that having experienced coaches in local schools is a major contributor to the ongoing success of the Waikato representative teams.

“Having great school coaches – Leanne Walker at St Peter’s and Tyler Wilkinson at Hamilton Girls – supporting our programme is key. We have ongoing communication ensuring rep training and schools training don’t clash.

“We are a group of coaches that work together and I think the results really back that up,” Corban added.

Six Finals and Four titles in two years suggest Waikato has a decent formula.

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Tournament teams from U17 Nationals

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MVP James Moors (No 35)

Below are the Boy’ and Girl’s Tournament Teams from the 2016 Under 17 National Championships played at NSEC last week.

Boys

Harrison Clarke (Harbour)

Will Harrison (Canterbury)

Tom Higgins (Central Country)

Peter Jenkins (Harbour)

Kale Lawson (Waitakere)

Connor McLaughlin (Canterbury)

James Moors –MVP (Harbour)

Jack Morrison (Auckland Counties)

Oscar Oswald (Palmerston North)

Lachlan Scott (Palmerston North)

Girls

Amiee Book (Tasman)

Chanel Brodeur-Muir (Harbour)

Zhanay Hettig (Waikato)

Grace Hunter (Wellington)

Mele Latu (Waitakere)

Charlisse Leger-Walker MVP (Waikato)

Tsubasa Nisbett (Canterbury)

Sharne Pupuke-Robati (Auckland Counties)

Elianna Tuaiti (Waitakere)

Charlotte Whittaker (North Canterbury)

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Charlisse Leger-Walker in action for Junior Tall Ferns

 

Harbour Boys and Waikato Girls retain National U17 titles

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The 2016 Boys and Girls Under 17 National Championship titles were retained in convincing fashion at North Shore Events Centre on Saturday evening.

North Harbour beat Palmerston North 94-63 to win the boys title and Waikato defeated Waitakere West 64-46 in the Girls Final.

Tournament MVP Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 25 points for Waikato who never looked back after opening an early 9-0 lead.

The Waikato opening burst was ended by an Elianna Tuaiti free throw but a pair of Leger-Walker triples pushed the Waikato advantage out to 19-7 at quarter time.

A long three from Mele Latu briefly reduced the arrears but Ella Bradley and Leger-Walker (again) reinstated a double digit Waikato lead.

The Waikato defence was stifling the Waitakere offence although baskets late in the half from Abigail Roache, Shauna Povey and Mele hinted at better things for Waitakere.

That was somewhat nullified when Riva Walker-Pitman scored a couple of neat jumpers to give Waikato a 34-17 half time advantage.

Leger-Walker led all scorers with 19 points at the interval.

A Latu three plus a Sylvia Wieczorek deuce spurred the Waitakere support but a couple of nice Zhanay Hettig scores kept the Waikato advantage close to twenty points.

A couple of long threes from Waitakere West guard Priscilla Tuala kept Waitakere in the contest trailing 47-34 at three-quarter time.

Harriet Berry buried a three to extend the Waikato lead to 53-37 with six minutes to play. Riva Walker-Pitman extended the Waikato advantage and Zhanay Hettig capped a fine performance with a banked two to see off the Waikato resistance.

Final score: Waikato 64 – Charlisse Leger-Walker 24, Riva Walker-Pitman 10, Zhanay Zettig 9, Koha Lewis 9 Waitakere 46 – Mele Latu 15, Priscilla Tuala 11, Elianna Tuaiti 9, Abigail Roache 6

Waikato coach Anthony Corbin was understandably pleased with the win.

“We have built towards this performance and I think our fitness levels really shone from the start of the game. Leanne (Walker) has done a great job with our defence up the floor and I’ve focused on our offensive sets and it has really flowed from there.

“The young coaches had done a fine job with the Waitakere team but we felt they were predominantly a two player team. From the start we focused on the point guard (Tuaiti). She’s a very talented player but I thought Harriet Berry, Koha (Lewis) and Riva (Walker-Pitman) did a great job of annoying her.

“Our strength is our half court defence which is probably due to my involvement in the 3×3 programme where there is a heavy emphasis on shell D.

“And then of course we have Charlisse (Leger-Walker) who is very talented and a good leader of our group,” he added.

Leger-Walker was quick to point out that the win was a team effort.

“We had great support from throughout the whole team, everyone stepped up today. Our bench was really hyped and we feed off all the energy they generate.

“I think the girls came together really well today,” she added.

Perhaps that was a slight understatement!

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The Boys Final also went the way of the defending champions.

Harry Clarke scored three early baskets for Harbour but scores from Tama Faamausili and Oscar Oswald kept Palmerston North on the heels of the hosts.

Peter Jenkins had the final say in the stanza – Harbour ahead 26-10 at quarter time.

A Faamausili And 1 play opened the scoring in the second and a Lachlan Scott triple helped build the Palmerston confidence.

Harbour were struggling to make a basket in the middle of the period until Mitchell Dance and Kruz Perrott-Hunt found a way to the hoop on consecutive plays.

Tournament MVP James Moors capped a fine first half with a neat jumper to help his team to a 43-28 interval advantage.

A Perrott-Hunt floater took the Harbour advantage into the twenties and it became 56-35 when Clarke scored in transition from a sweet Logan McIntosh pass.

Oswald and Clarke exchanged jump shots before a pair of Harbour steals presented McIntosh with consecutive transition buckets.

Kahurangi Devonshire landed from deep for Palmerston but Harbour had a hand on the trophy at three-quarter time with a 65-44 lead.

There was no way back for Palmerston as Harbour bossed the final quarter in the same fashion that they had dominated the tournament.

Final score; Harbour 94– Harry Clarke 21, James Moors 18, Mitchell Dance 16, Peter Jenkins 13 Palmerston North 63 – Oscar Oswald 18, Tama Faamausili 13, Lachlan Scott 9, Cooper Boyce-Towler 8

Harbour coach Morgan Maskell has known many of his players since they were 12 years old and was delighted with their success.

“We really wanted it. Two years ago we had nine of this group when we lost in the U15 Final to Palmerston North so to get this win is satisfying. To get the first title together with this group that is so tight, to get it with such a dominant team (an average 40+ winning margin) it is real special.”

Harbour captain Kruz Perrott-Hunt was almost lost for words, “It’s an amazing feeling just being together with my team, I’m just really happy.

“We have a 12 man bench and everyone contributes in different ways, it fees so good,” he said.

Most of these players now return to their High School programmes with a view to qualifying for the Secondary Schools National Championships in October.

Harbour and Waikato on track at U17’s

Waikato Girls and Harbour Boys are on track to defend their respective titles at the 2016 Under 17 National Championships at North Shore Events Centre.

On Friday the first Girls semi-final was a match up between defending champions Waikato and Wellington.

Waikato took a 16-9 lead into the quarter time break but then conceded a 12-0 run to trail 21-16 in the middle of the second.

The lead narrowed to two points, 29-27, in favour of Wellington at half-time. Waikato guard Charlisse Leger-Walker led all scorers with 16 points; Renee Savaiinaea had 7 points for Wellington.

The two teams exchanged scores in the third quarter before three consecutive baskets from Grace Hunter took Wellington to a 40-34 lead at the last break.

Zhanay Hettig scored on consecutive plays for Waikato as they moved within a single point 43-42 with 6 minutes to play.

Hettig then made the go ahead play with 4 minutes to play and Wellington were unable to find a scoring response. Managing just three points in the final quarter the girls from the capital fell 49-43.

Leger-Walker was immense contributing over half of her team’s points with 25.

Final Score: Waikato 49 – Leger-Walker 25, Hettig 7 Wellington 43 – Hunter 10, Mafua 7, Savaiinaea 7

The second semi-final was a local derby between North Harbour 1 and Waitakere West. Mele Latu scored 14 points as Waitakere West forged a 37-24 half time advantage.

The Waitakere transition offence continued to reap dividends their lead extending to twenty points in the middle of the third.

Chanel Brodeue-Muir landed a three for Harbour but the free scoring Latu responded with a triple of her own.

Elianna Tuaiti found he way to the basket a couple of times and the Waitakere advantage was 58-38 at three-quarter time.

Parehuia Delamere made a couple of baskets but Harbour were unable to make any inroads into the Waitakere lead, the girls from the West advancing to play Waikato in the Grand Final.

Final Score: Waitakere West 74 – Mele Latu 26pts/18rebs, Elianna Tuaiti 21/11, Abigail Roache 10, Shauna Povey 7 Harbour A 56 – Chanel Brodeur-Muir 11, Parehuia Delamere 10/9, Keeley Tini 9/7 Rashaan Smith 8

The first Boys semi final featured traditional rivals Canterbury and North Harbour. It was the boys in black and maroon that started the strongest quickly getting out to a ten point lead courtesy of a couple of eye catching James Moors and Kruz Perrrott-Hunt baskets.

The first quarter closed with Harbour 28-12 in the lead.

A better second quarter showing from Canterbury, with Connor McLaughlin making an impression, improved the mood of the Cantab supporters but their team were still 48-27 in arrears at half-time.

The third quarter was largely one-way traffic as Harbour piled on 43 points to finish the period 81-39 ahead.

McLaughlin kept the score rolling over for Canterbury but the result was never in doubt as Harbour moved comfortably into the final with a 97-63 victory.

Final Score: Harbour 97 – Harry Clarke 21, Mitchell Dance 17, Peter Jenkins 17/11, James Moors 16/9, Kruz Perrott-Hunt 12/11 Canterbury 63 – Connor McLaughlin 22, Will Harrison 9, Isaiah Morris 7

The second semi-final began with Palmerston North in the ascendancy taking the opening period 21-12 against Waitakere West.

The inside presence of Kale Lawson started to trouble Palmerston in the second quarter but the scoring efficiency of Oscar Oswald and Lachlan Scott kept Palmerston ahead. Palmy centre Cooper Boyce-Towler put down a dunk to put an exclamation mark on a 45-28 opening half in their favour.

Dru Leusogi Ape sank a three for Waitakere in the middle of the third but the response from Shaka Riddell was emphatic – three three’s in three minutes and Palmerston were 66-43 to the good with ten to play.

Waitakere didn’t give up trying but they looked weary in the fourth, as the exertions of their come from behind quarter-final win appeared to take its toll.

Coaches Jason Seumanu and Kent Mori gave deserved game time to their bench players in the closing minutes as Palmerston North eased to an 88-59 win.

Final Score: Palmerston North 88 – Shaka Riddell 24, Lachlan Scott 22, Oscar Oswald 14/7, Nikau Tangaroa 8 Waitakere West 59 – Kale Lawson 26/20, Kennedy Nikolaison 7/8, John Fabian 7, Dru Leusogi-Ape 7

The Grand Finals will be played at NSEC on Saturday

3.30pm Girls Final – Waikato v Waitakere West

5.15pm Boys Final – Harbour A v Palmerston North

Earlier in the day in girls quarter-final action Wellington easily disposed of Rotorua 95-43 and Waikato, in a much tighter game, beat Auckland Counties 1 51-40. Waitakere West continued their good run overcoming Taranaki 80-52 and North Harbour defeated Tasman 80-52.

In the Boys quarter finals Harbour A accounted for Auckland Counties 1 89-51 and Canterbury ditched Porirua Capital 116-68.

Central Country lost to Palmerston North and Waitakere West beat Waikato

 

Pupuke-Robati outstanding but U16 Women lose

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After a promising start New Zealand Under 16 Women came up short against South Australia Metro in the quarter-finals of the Australian State Championships in Melbourne on Thursday losing 63-56.

New Zealand kept Metro to just 14 points in the first half but leaked fourty nine in the second.

Earlier Ella Bradley had begun the scoring with New Zealand drawing four fouls from the opposition in the first 90 seconds of the game. The opening gambit was extended to 9-0 before South Australia got on the board. The first period ended with New Zealand ahead 12-6.

13 turnovers in 13 minutes were hurting the Kiwis enough for coach Angela Perrott-Hunt to call an early timeout in the second period. Five straight points to Sharne Pupuke-Robati, who also had 13 rebounds in the first half, plus a basket to Jordyn Maddix had the Kiwis ahead 26-14 at the intermission.

A 12-4 run by  Metro brought them back into the game before Maddix nailed a triple and fellow North Harbour player Gracie Hasler-Ewin nabbed a pair of baskets to keep New Zealand ahead 44-38 at the three-quarter mark.

A three from Charlisse Leger-Walker and a two from Bradley kick started the fourth. South Australia Metro then made a move scoring eight straight points to take them into the lead for the first time in the game.

Pupuke-Robati made back to back baskets to draw New Zealand to within two points, 56-54, with 2:23 to play. However it was SA that controlled the closing stages as they won the final decisive quarter 25-12 to secure the victory.

Pupuke-Robati was outstanding for the Kiwis nabbing a double double of 19 points and 16 rebounds as well as dishing 6 assists, her team left to rue 32 turnovers.

New Zealand will now play-off for places 5-8 on the final two days of the tournament.

NZ Scorers: Sharne Pupuke-Robati 19/16/6, Charlisse Leger-Walker 9/9, Jordyn Maddix 6, Ella Bradley 8, Gracie Hasler-Ewin 6/10, Isabelle Cook 2, Caitlin O’Connell 4, Rashan Smith 2

Five young players to showcase skills in Australia

Five young New Zealand basketballers will get the chance to rub shoulders with NBA coaches, NBA scouts and fellow NBA aspirants when they attend the FIBA and NBA backed Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp in Australia next month.

 The prestigious camp is an invite only opportunity for players to be put on a world stage with the best players born in 1999 from the Asian region and will this year be hosted at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium in Melbourne, from June 23-26, marking the first time that the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in Australia.  BWB will celebrate its 15th anniversary this summer.

 Attending for New Zealand will be:

 ·         Samuel Waardenburg, power forward, 208cm, 17 years old, North Harbour

·         Daniel Fotu, small forward, 192cm, 16 years old, North Harbour

·         Quinn Clinton, combo guard, 190cm, 17 years old, Canterbury

·         Hamish McDonald, guard, 185cm, 17 years old, Waikato

·         Callum McRae, centre, 212cm, 16 years old (turns 17 on May 18), Palmerston North

 Basketball New Zealand CEO Iain Potter says the invite for the five young men is further testament to the growing reputation of New Zealand as a producer of outstanding basketball talent.

 “New Zealand is highly regarded on the world stage, with all of our teams, men and women, from age group to our senior national teams. That is largely the result of our ability to consistently foot it with much bigger countries and higher ranked teams, whether it is our U18 men winning FIBA 3X3 World Championships (2011 and 2015), the Tall Blacks winning the Stankovic Cup in China (2011 and 2015) or individual players making their mark in the world such as Steven Adams in the NBA, Micaela Cocks in the Australian Women’s NBL or younger players both men and women at strong American Universities.

 “The Basketball Without Borders camp is highly regarded throughout the world, and will be supported by and attended by NBA and American College scouts, all looking to unearth the next great talent. I am proud to say that our young New Zealanders will feature high on their list of players to watch. We wish the five all the best and advise them to soak up as much experience and take on board as much as they can in what will be a whirlwind week of basketball education.”

 As well as the players attending BWB and the doors that might open for them, Junior Tall Blacks head coach Daryl Cartwright and possibly assistant coach Gavin Briggs (TBC) will also attend to further their experience on the international stage.

 “This is a fantastic opportunity for Daryl and possibly Gavin as well to further their coaching experience and to see firsthand a camp of this magnitude,” said Potter. “They will get the chance to workshop and rub shoulders with coaches from around the world and from some of the best leagues in the world, which is a further investment in them that they can bring home in their work with the Junior Tall Blacks and other teams they work with during the year.”

 The players themselves are understandably delighted at the opportunity, here is what they each had to say upon hearing the news.

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 “I’m really pleased and excited to have received this invitation to attend the BWB Camp in Melbourne in June. Training and playing with my NZ team mates as well as athletes from Australia and Asia under the NBA, NBL and FIBA coaches is going to be an amazing experience which will hopefully help me achieve my current goal of playingCollege Basketball in the United States from next year.” – Hamish McDonald.

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 “It is an honour to be able to participate in this camp, and have the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced people in basketball. I’m thrilled to be a part of this first ever Basketball Without Borders camp in Australia, and represent my country at this high level.” – Sam Waardenburg.

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 “When I found out I had been selected for the Basketball Without Borders camp I was really happy and excited. I have heard of the camp before and know what a great experience it is, to be able to train and play with such great athletes from around Asia, Australia and New Zealand it will be amazing. To be coached by NBA, NBL or Fiba coaches will be awesome and I really want to go over and take everything in and hopefully it will make me a better player and leader.” – Dan Fotu

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 “I’m really excited to be able to have the opportunity to train with and against players who are at or above my level that I don’t have in my area. I’m also looking forward to having coaches who know what it takes to reach leagues such as the NBA and who may have been in a similar position to me before. This will help my development immensely as I will be able to compare myself to other centres around my size and age in this region, also being coached by coaches who can see the areas where I need to improve on so I can take my basketball to a higher level. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to experiencing and take advantage of what they have to offer.” – Callum McRae

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 “I’m extremely excited by the thought of participating in the first ever BWB camp to be held in Melbourne, Australia. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity to represent New Zealand and compete with players from different countries while learning from world-class coaches. It’s a huge learning opportunity.” – Quinn Clinton

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