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Mexicali Fresh Round 2 wrap

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In the second round of the 2019 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam, held at HoopQuarters in New Lynn, Gauchos and Blue Chips recorded wins.

Gauchos enjoyed a strong start and finish to outlast Railsplitters winning 101-89 with Sam Mennenga (39 points) and Ryan Laumatia (27 points) leading the way.

Tinashe Matambanadzo and Dru Leo Leusage-Ape scored early points for Railsplitters but they trailed 25-14 to the Dillon Boucher led Gauchos.

Casey Frank and Shalom Broughton were to the fore in the second as Railsplitters closed to within three (46-43) at half-time.

A trio of triples from Matambanadzo and a couple of athletic finishes from Broughton cancelled out triples from Matt Lacey, Kevin Gan and Laumatia – Railsplitters only two points behind (74-72) with ten minutes to play.

Mennenga, the Davidson College commit, was the go-to man in the fourth as he totalled 39 points for the second week running. With Laumatia a more than capable ally Gauchos opened up a ten point advantage early in the final period and comfortably controlled proceedings in the closing minutes to win 101-89.

Gauchos 101– S Mennenga 39, R Laumatia 27, M Lacey 13

Railsplitters 89– D Leusage-Ape 20, S Broughton 18, T Matambanadzo 17, Z Te Puni 11


In the later game Blue Chips claimed a 124-114 win against Birdmen despite trailing 73-53 at half-time.

Blue Chips unleashed a withering 23-4 run to open the second half as Alex McNaught, on his way to 32 points, Kevin Braswell, Sean Murphy and Dom Kelman-Poto wreaked havoc on the Birdmen defence.

Outscored 40-11 in the frame Birdmen did arrest the slide in the fourth courtesy of Taine Murray, Jaga Mete and Joel Vaiagina but the damage had already been done and Blue Chips maintained a double-digit lead down the stretch.

In the first half Birdmen had given a fine exhibition of team basketball as led by Jaylen Gerrand and Conor Ngan they continually found the open man to stretch the Blue Chips defence and give themselves a significant lead.

The second half was a different story.

Blue Chips 124  A McNaught 32, K Braswell 24, S Murphy 15, L Kerr 13, Z Riley 11

Birdmen 114–  T Murray 33, J Mete 16, C Ngan 15, J Gerrand 14, J Vaiagina 12

The Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam is supported by HoopQuarters, SAS and ABSL.

Mexicali Fresh Round 1 wrap


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The opening round of the 2019 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam, held at HoopQuarters in New Lynn, saw wins for Gauchos and Rail Splitters.

Gauchos, with Junior internationals Jaga Mete (21 points), Sam Mennenga (39 points) and Sean Murphy (19 points) to the fore, always headed an under-strength Birdmen eventually winning 106-95.

To their credit the Birdmen, despite being down 54-42 at half-time, stayed in the contest until the closing couple of minutes.

When Ryan Laumatia knocked down a three Birdmen were only seven points down (95-88) with five minutes to play.

Nate Wilson added further points but Tall Black alumnus Dillon Boucher orchestrated proceedings down the stretch as Gauchos continually went inside to the dominant Mennenga who scored 16 of his game high 39 points in the final period.

Birdmen guard Zach Riley lit up the opening frame draining four consecutive treys, with Jaylen Gerrand the aggressor in the second making a dozen points to keep his team’s score ticking over.

An even third quarter preceded Birdmen’s push for victory in the fourth which was stymied by Mennenga’s dominance.

Gauchos 106– S Mennenga 39, J Mete 21, S Murphy 19, O Hayward 9

Birdmen 95– J Gerrand 28, Z Riley 23, N Wilson 13, T Murray 11, F McClure 11


In the earlier game Rail Splitters earned a 90-87 win against Blue Chips.

That result appeared highly unlikely in the early stages as the perimeter shooting of Kevin Braswell and the inside presence of Dom Kelman-Poto and Zack Te Puni carried Blue Chips to a 33-14 opening quarter advantage.

The Chips lead was still 51-38 at half-time but with Nick Barrow and Shalom Broughton achieving parity on the boards and Tinashe Matambanadzo and Dru Leo Leusage-Ape getting some outside shots to drop the Rail Splitters led 66-61 at three-quarter time.

Kelman-Poto and Joel Vaiagina got busy at the beginning of the fourth to give Blue Chips an 80-79 lead with under four minutes to play.

An eye-catching reverse dunk from Broughton restored Rail Splitters lead and although Braswell and Vaiagina made threes Matambanadzo, and Leusage-Ape made critical plays in the closing two minutes to clinch a meritourious win for the Splitters.

Rail Splitters 90– T Matambanadzo 25, N Barrow 17, S Broughton 14, D Leusage-Ape 14, M Williams-Dunn 11

Blue Chips 87– D Kelman-Poto 26, K Braswell 26, Z Te Puni 11, J Vaiagina 11

The Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam is supported by HoopQuarters, SAS and ABSL.

Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Preview

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It’s at a new location but the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam is back.

The 2019 edition will be held at HoopQuarters in New Lynn with the first round of games played on November 2nd.

Once again the four participating teams will showcase some of the best high school talent in Auckland with a sprinkling of Tall Blacks and NBL players out to keep the youngsters in line.

Four members of the St Kentigern College Schick National Championship winning team – Levick Kerr, Shalom Broughton Kazlo Evans Jnr and Alex McNaught will be suiting up.

Former Tall Blacks Casey Frank and Dillon Boucher will provide veteran leadership whilst Tinashe Matamabnadzo, Dominique Kelman-Poto, (both Southland Sharks) along with Nick Barrow and Jaylen Gerrand (both Super City Rangers) played in the NBL in 2019.

The opening game at 1.00pm will feature Railsplitters against Blue Chips followed by Birdmen taking on Gauchos at 2.30pm.

Railsplitters will be led by Frank, Barrow and Matamabnadzo with the young backcourt of Marvin Williams-Dunn (Rosmini College) and Kazlo Evans Jnr sure to push the pace. Tautoko Wynyard (Rangitoto College) will be the youngest forward on show.

If Wynyard is the youngest forward then 2019 U17 Nationals MVP Dante Nance is the youngest guard. Playing for Gauchos he will have the Boucher’s (Jayden and Dillon) plus Junior Tall Blacks Jaga Mete (Auckland Grammar) and Sam Mennenga (Westlake) amongst his teammates.

Blue Chips will have player/coach Kevin Braswell pulling the strings alongside Kelman-Poto, Reihana Maxwell-Topia (Rosmini) and the Rangitoto College pair Harry Payne and Ethan Skelton.

Former Westlake standout Jaylen Gerand will be at the point for Birdmen and will be joined in the backcourt by Sataan Tawera (MAGS), Zach Riley (Rangitoto) and Rosmini and Tall Blacks wing Taine Murray.

Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Co-ordinator Lindsay Tait is looking forward to the seven week season.

“Summer is when real hoopers work on their individual deficiencies to improve their future standing in the game. The players recruited are a mix of the top young talent available alongside the top available men. From our targeted pool of athletes we have selected the four most competitive teams possible in order to get better as a collective in an enjoyable, competitive environment.

“Our youngsters need to learn off our veterans. Our veterans need good quality competition during the summer period,” Tait added.

The Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam is supported by HoopQuarters, SAS and ABSL.

Povey and Franklin take Storm to Mexicali title


The combined scoring power of Tall Fern forward Deena Franklin and young Massey High shooting guard Shauna Povey carried Storm to a convincing 99-70 win against Suns in the Women’s 2017 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam final at Atlas Place on Saturday.

The pair combined for 61 points with shooting splits that Suns were unable to match – 20/32 field goals, 6/9 threes and 15 from 20 freebies.

Povey set the tone in the first quarter connecting with her first three scoring attempts – all dropping from behind the arc – to help Storm to an early 26-20 lead.

The lead became 48-36 at the interval with Millie Nathan complimenting the work of Franklin in the paint.

Olivia Berry and Franklin combined well in some pick and roll action early in the third but three straight scores from Luye Murphy and a drive from Tabitha Jenkins pulled Sun to within three points (51-48).

Jazz and Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu were working hard under the boards and they helped keep the Suns in touch before a late surge courtesy of Allahna Hughes and Bella Elgar took Storm to a 70-55 three-quarter time lead.

The final frame was dominated by Storm as Povey landed her fifth triple of the game, Stevee-Rose Theyers chimed in with a couple from long range and Franklin continued to dominate in the paint. 29 points from Storm in the fourth put paid to any ray of hope Suns had of a bright final quarter finish.

Storm 99 – Povey 33, Franklin 28, Berry 14, Theyers 6, Nathan 6

Suns 70 – Murphy 16, J Kailahi-Fulu 13, Z Kailahi-Fulu 13, T Jenkins 10

Braswell takes Birdmen to Mexicali title


IMG_5113.jpgKevin Braswell scored a game high 42 points to lead Birdmen to the 2017 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam title with an ultimately convincing 123-107 victory against Railsplitters.

Birdmen led at every quarter-time break but Railsplitters, with Jaylen Gerrand, Judson Seumanu and Samson Aruwa in good form, only trailed 103-95 with four minutes to play.

At that point the former Southlands Sharks and Breakers standout put the hammer down, or put more accurately put on a shooting clinic.

He reeled off 11 straight points including a couple of trademark threes buried off the dribble. An assist for a Brandon Lucas dunk sealed the deal as a tight single digit advantage was blown out to a twenty points lead in a little over two minutes.

Earlier Juan Cruz Colla, Tinashe Matambanadzo, Dom Kelman-Poto, back from representing New Zealand Maori against the Australian Indigenous team in Cairns last week, held sway in the opening half to help Birdmen to a 63-51 half-time lead.

Another NZ Maori representative Judson Seumanu along with Gerrand kept Railsplitters in touch at the last break – down 90-81.

Birdmen stretched the lead to 103-86 early in the fourth but Gerrand, Will Heather, the Aruwa brothers and Zack Te Puni responded to pull Railsplitters back to that 103-95 margin.

From then on it was all Braswell who ruled the roost as he scored 16 of Birdmen’s last twenty points.

Birdmen 123 – Braswell 42, Matambanadzo 31, Colla 19, Lucas 17, Kelman-Poto 10

Railsplitters 107 – Gerrand 24, Samson Aruwa 21, Seumanu 18, Heather 14, Sam Aruwa 12

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The Grand Finals of the 2017 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam will feature Railsplitters and the Birdmen in the Men’s competition with Suns taking on Storm in the Women’s showpiece.

It took Railsplitters an overtime period, which they dominated 22-3, to overcome a stubborn 68A Nelson Street outfit 123-104 in the late semi-final.

Nelson Street were quickest out of the blocks as Liam Thornton, Mitch Newton, Derone Raukawa and Judson Seumanu all connected from deep to spring a 30-18 advantage.

11 points in the second from Jaylen Gerrand trimmed the deficit slightly but Nelson St still held a 58-49 lead at the break.

Newton piled in 12 third quarter points for Nelson St but Ryan Laumatia and Sam Aruwa answered for Railsplitters as the lead was cut to 80-75 with ten minutes to play.

Raukawa paced the Nelson St effort in the fourth but Railsplitters finished strong to force overtime after the scores were locked at 101 apiece in regulation.

The extra five minutes belonged to Railsplitters as five different scorers contributed to a dominating finishing spell.

Railsplitters 123 – Gerrand 29, Harris 25, Laumatia 19, Sam Aruwa 16, Jenkins 10

68A Nelson Street 104 – Newton 31, Raukawa 26, Fesolai 15, Thornton 13, Seumanu 10

Birdmen convincingly defeated Breakers Development 102-64 in the first semi-final.

Six early points from Thomas Whyte gave Breakers the early lead but the inside presence of Dominique Kelman-Poto and some three-point ammunition from Kevin Braswell carried Railsplitters to a 45-37 half-time lead.

Zack Te Puni put up some resistance for the Breakers but it was largely one-way traffic in the third as Railsplitters rattled in 36 points as multiple players registered points.

Breakers Development – Te Puni 20, Whyte 15, Williams-Dunne 12, Langridge 9

Birdmen 102– Kelman-Poto 28, Colla 16, Matambanadzo 16, Braswell 14, Barrow 10, Clinton 10,

In the first women’s semi-final Sparks were no match for Storm going down 115-55.

Storm raced to a 27-13 first quarter lead and were never challenged thereafter.

Sharne Pupuke-Robati accumulated 23 points for Sparks but Shauna Povey, Olivia Berry, Emme Shearer and Stevee-Rose Theyers each cooked up twenty points or more for Storm.

Storm 115 – Povey 26, Berry 24, Theyers 21, Shearer 20

Sparks 55 – Pupuke-Robati 23, Schuster 9, Fiatau 8, S Dil 6

Suns, led by 20 points from Luye Murphy, eventually prevailed 95-61 against Sky after a close first half.

Hannah Wentworth and Keeley Tini scored consistently for Sky as they trailed 46-36 at half-time.

The outside shooting of Murphy and Anna Lacey coupled with the inside work of Annabelle Jenkins and Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu was working well for Sun as they stretched out to a 68-50 three-quarter time lead.

Amanda Buck was tireless for Sky but it will be Suns that will face Storm in the final on Saturday.

Sky 61 – Buck 19, Wentworth 14, Tini 14, Te Huia 8

Suns 95 – Murphy 20, A Jenkins 12, Z Kailahi-Fulu 11, Lacey 9, T Jenkins 9

Mexicali Fresh – round six wrap


Round six, the final week of round robin play, of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam saw Breakers Development register their first win of the season. Boosted by the addition of forward Mitch Newton (31 points) the Breakers outlasted Railsplitters to win 102-96.

Dan Fotu, the day after becoming the 97th SKTYCITY Breaker when making an appearance against Perth Wildcats, initiated the scoring with a triple.

However Jaylen Gerrand scored three first quarter threes to help Railsplitters to a 25-20 first quarter lead.

Newton paced the Breakers with 11 second quarter points and with Marvin Williams-Dunn landing from deep the Railsplitters lead was trimmed to a single point (48-47) at the interval.

Samson Aruwa reeled off 8 straight points for Railsplitters at the beginning of the third stanza but the two Mitchell’s – Newton and Dance – kept Breakers in touch trailing 78-76 at the end of the third frame.

Rory Fannon and Gerrand briefly extended the Splitters lead but it was 92 points apiece with 5:30 to play when Kruz Perrott-Hunt dropped a triple.

The Breakers finished the stronger down the stretch – Fotu made three straight baskets with Newton sealing the win with a couple of visits to the foul line.

Railsplitters 96 – Gerrand 33, Aruwa 26, Fannon 10, van Uden 8

Breakers Development 102 – Newton 31, Fotu 26, Dance 16, Perrott-Hunt 15

Derone Raukawa feasted on the high scoring encounter against Birdmen finishing one point shy of a half century as 68A Nelson Street ran away with the contest in the final quarter to win 136-112.

Mitch Newton, who played two games due to a number of players being unavailable, and Juan Cruz Colla got Nelson Street of to a strong start. However they were reeled in by a combination of the inside presence of Nick Barrow and the perimeter shooting of Quinn Clinton and Kevin Braswell – 61-59 in favour of Nelson Street at half-time.

Carl Buck knocked down a triple to open the scoring in the third but the second half became something of a shoot-out between Raukawa and Braswell.

Braswell showed he still has an eye for the basket with 21 points, including five triples, in the third although it was still 102-94 in favour of Nelson Street at the last break.

Raukawa peeled off 15 points in the final quarter and with Dillon Boucher and Colla adding the finishing touches the Birdmen were caged going down 136-112.

68A Nelson Street 136 – Raukawa 49, Colla 26, Newton 23, Boucher 10, Buck 10

Birdmen 112– Braswell 35, Barrow 27, Clinton 25, Matambanadzo 8

Final Round Robin standings:

4-2 Birdmen, Nelson Street

3-3 Railsplitters

1-5 Breakers Development

In a free flowing encounter Sparks, thanks to a combined 38 points from the NZ U18 duo of Tayla Dalton and Sharne Pupuke-Robati, defeated Suns 73-65.

Kayla Kiriau, fresh from a successful season with Gladstone Power in the Queensland State League, scored 7 first quarter points as Sparks established an early 16-10 lead.

That advantage was extended to double figures by Dalton and Pupuke-Robati before Tabitha Jenkins and Morgan Ili hit back for Suns – 36-28 at half-time.

7 points from Anabelle Jenkins in the third countered threes from Dalton and Mikayla Blair and when Anna Lacey converted twice from beyond the arc either side of the three-quarter break the Sparks advantage was just three points (53-50).

Ili was outstanding for Suns but another three from Blair and contributions from the Westlake pair of Mareta Davidson and Sophie Dil closed out a second win of the season for Sparks.

Suns 65 – Ili 19, T Jenkins 13, A Jenkins 9, Lacey 8

Sparks 73 – Dalton 20, Pupuke-Robati 18, K Kiriau 13, Blair 6

A combined 51 points from Sky forward Ashleigh Kelman-Poto and guard Jordyn Maddix wasn’t quite enough to overcome Storm who were paced by Deena Franklin and Shauna Povey.

Maddix hit three first quarter triples for Sky but they were outscored 26-16 in the opening spell.

10 points from Kelman-Poto in the second kept Sky in the hunt but the consistent Franklin ensured Storm led 45-34 at half-time.

Povey dropped three treys in the third although regular scoring from Summer-Jean Motufoua and Kelman-Poto kept Sky in touch – 68-60 down at the three-quarter mark.

Jordyn Maddix landed a further two triples – she had six in the game – but scores from Olivia Berry and Alanna Hughes complimented the work of Franklin to ensure Storm finished with four wins alongside Suns.

Sky 78 – Kelman-Poto 29, Maddix 22, Motufoua 13

Storm 87 – Franklin 22, Povey 18, Berry 12, Hughes 7,

Final Round Robin Standings

4-2 Suns, Storm

2-4 Sky, Sparks

Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam – Round 5 wrap


Round five of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam saw wins for Birdmen and 68A Nelson Street in the Men’s competition, with Suns and Sky grabbing the victories in the women’s competition.

Nelson Street, with five players scoring double figures, led from start to finish against Breakers Development.

With Derone Raukawa (35 points) once again in good scoring touch Nelson Street were quickly out to a 30-20 lead in the opening period.

Twenty first half points from Mitch Dance kept Breakers in touch but the greater scoring productivity of Johnny Fesolai, Ana Haku and Mitch Newton propelled Nelson Street to a 53-38 lead at half-time.

Threes from Thomas Whyte, Harry Payne and Kruz Perrott-Hunt were of little consequence as Nelson Street dominated the second half to run out easy winners.

Nelson Street 111 – Raukawa 35, Haku 24, Fesolai 20, Newton 18, Jayden Boucher 11

Breakers Development 72 –Dance 24, Langridge 14, Payne 11, Perrott-Hunt 9, Te Puni 8

Aided by a 36 points haul from Kevin Braswell, Birdmen with a strong fourth quarter finish beat Railsplitters 123-113.

Railsplitters got off to a good start courtesy of Hayden Allen and Jaylen Gerrand to lead by three points (36-33) in a high scoring opening frame.

The same two players, along with Sam Aruwa, landed triples in the second but 15 points in the period from Braswell gave Birdmen a 64-61 edge at the interval.

Railsplitters chances were dealt a blow in the third with Allen forced to retire with an ankle injury although 10 points in the quarter from James Hunter ensured Railsplitters only trailed by a point (87-86) at the last break.

Triples from Brayden Inger, Matt Lacey and Braswell sprung Birdmen into a 113-104 lead with four minutes to play. Gerrand piled in 17 fourth quarter points but TInashe Matambanadzo, Nick Barrow and Braswell ensured Birdmen remained on the top rung.

Railsplitters 113 – Gerrand 29, Allen 20, Harris 19, Hunter 14, Aruwa 13

Birdmen 123 – Braswell 36, Colla 19, Matambanadzo 19, Inger 14, Barrow 13

Current Standings:

4-1 Birdmen

3-2 Railsplitters, Nelson Street

0-5 Breakers Development

After a close first half it was a commanding second half performance that carried Sky to 79-62 win against Sparks in the women’s competition.

Sky dominated the third stanza 29-8 with Orewa College guard Hannah Wentworth and Breana Jones knocking down perimeter shots and Ashleigh Kelman-Poto scoring inside.

Sparks shaded the fourth quarter with Shanee Kiriau prominent but Sky had little trouble protecting their advantage to win their second game of the season.

Earlier Mikayla Blair had been in good scoring touch making 11 first quarter points for Sparks. An even first half ensued with Alyesha Schuster and Sophie Dil chipping in for Sparks as they entered the break 41-38 ahead – Wentworth made one of her four triples in the shadows of half-time to keep Sky in touch.

Sky 79 – Kelman-Poto 22, Wentworth 18, Jones 17, Maddix 9

Sparks 62 – Blair 17, Dil 10, Schuster 10, Kiriau 9, Davidson 8

Despite 25 points from Tall Ferns forward Deena Franklin the Suns were able to win the battle of the top two teams beating Storm 70-60.

It was 13 points apiece at quarter time but Suns broke the deadlock in the second winning the stanza 25-18 – 15 points in the half from Morgan Ili proving the difference.

Franklin scored eight straight points to open the third but the triple inside threat of Annabelle Jenkins and the Kailahi-Fulu sisters Jazz and Zaaliyah gave Suns a 54-42 three-quarter time lead.

Triples from Emme Shearer and Shauna Povey hinted at a strong Storm finish but five points apiece from Anna Lacey and Jazz Kailahi-Fulu ensured Suns have a spot in the grand final with a round of the regular season still to play.

Suns 70 – Ili 19, A Jenkins 12, Lacey 10, J Kailahi-Fulu 10, Z Kailahi-Fulu 10

Storm 60 – Franklin 25, Berry 7, Shearer 7, Povey 7


4-1 Suns

3-2 Storm

2-3 Sky

1-4 Sparks

Mexicali Fresh – Round 4 wrap


Round four of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam saw wins for Birdmen and Railsplitters in the Men’s competition, the Storm and Suns shining on the Women’s side.

Birdmen, with forwards Nick Barrow and Dom Kelman-Poto sharing 56 points, proved too strong for Breakers Development winning 90-75.

Birdmen soared to an early 13-3 lead and despite a couple of triples from Breakers forward Zack Te Puni held a 21-13 advantage at three-quarter time.

A trey from Brayden Inger and inside dominance from Kelman-Poto and Barrow kept the Birdmen advantage in double figures.

Breakers guard Harry Clarke closed the first half with back-to-back scores but his team trailed 45-30 at the interval.

Kainoa Lepou pushed the Birdmen advantage out to twenty points and a steal and score from Juan Cruz Cola added to Breakers problems as they finished the third 71-49 adrift.

The Breakers kept plugging away and enjoyed a good spell as Tom Whyte and Te Puni made threes while Thabo Manyere and Anzac Rissetto chimed in with inside buckets.

Clarke also landed a couple of late triple as the Breakers enjoyed their best spell of the game but it was too little too late as Birdmen recorded their third win.

Birdmen 90 – Barrow 30, Kelman-Poto 26, Colo 14, Inger 12

Breakers Development 75 –Te Puni 12, Rissetto 11, Manyere 9, Clarke 8, Whyte 8

In the second game Derone Raukawa, after thirty odd points last week, went even better in this round running up 46 points  but it wasn’t enough to carry 68A Nelson Street to the win as they were edged 108-101 by Railsplitters.

Raukawa’s Southland Sharks teammate Hayden Allens scored 34  points, closely followed by Jaylen Gerrand – the former Westlake standout put up a season high 13 three-point attempts converting eight, at healthy 62%, on his way to 33 points.

The scores were tied at quarter-time (27-27) before Nelson Street had the best of the second, with veteran Dillon Boucher leading the way (12 points and 14 rebounds), to lead 55-48 at half-time.

New, Bay Hawks signing Mitch Newton (21 points and 11 rebounds) played a strong hand for Nelson Street as they maintained an 81-77 lead at the three-quarter mark.

That advantage was quickly overturned by Railsplitters with a 17-8 run in the early stages of the fourth – Gerrand and the experienced Allen and Tipene Friday holding Nelson Street at bay in the closing stages.

Railsplitters 108 – Allen 34, Gerrand 33, Aruwa 15, Friday 13

68A Nelson St 101 – Raukawa 46, Newton 21, Boucher 12,

Current Standings:

3-1 Railsplitters, Birdmen

2-2 Nelson Street

0-4 Breakers Development

Strong performances from Annabelle Jenkins and Jazz Kailahi-Fulu took Suns to a win against team Sky.

Suns got off to a bright start forging a 9-3 advantage courtesy of Luye Murphy and Tabitha Jenkins.

Keeley Tini and Ashleigh Kelman-Poto shared the scoring load for Sky as they responded but still trailed 26-19 at the first break.

Breana Jones landed a trademark three for Sky and with Kelman-Poto and Tini working tirelessly inside narrowed to 42-38 at half-time.

Suns made the pivotal move early in the third frame – a ten points haul from St Mary’s forward Kailahi-Fulu propelling her team to a 65-54 advantage at the thirty minute mark.

Scores from Riana Rangi-Brown and Summer-Jean Motufoua threatened a Sky comeback but that was extinguished by Anna Lacey, Morgan Ili and Annabelle Jenkins as they conjured up a 12-2 run to seal a third victory for Suns.

Sky 72 – Kelman-Poto 19, Tini 13, Rangi-Brown 11, Jones 7

Suns 81 – A Jenkins 18, J 15, T Jenkins 10, Murphy 9, Ili 9

The Harbour Breeze pair of Deena Franklin (23 points) and Olivia Berry (19 points) carried Storm to a convincing 82-66 victory against Sparks to keep the pressure on the Suns at the top of the table.

In her first appearance Shinae Tuhoro scored half a dozen early points for Sparks but Stevee-Rose Theyers landed three triples in the first quarter as Storm opened a 29-25 lead.

Franklin had 15 points by half-time and Berry scored 10 points as the lead was extended to 50-38 at the major break.

Sharne Pupuke-Robati and Bella Elgar did their best to stem the scoring flow from the Storm but it was always an uphill struggle – the Storm winning every quarter in this one.

Sparks 66 – Pupuke-Robati 12, Tuhoro 10, Elgar10, Dalton 9

Storm 82 – Franklin 23, Berry 19, Theyers 12, Povey 8


3-1 Suns, Storm

1-3 Sky, Sparks

Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam – Round three wrap


Round three of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam saw wins for Railsplitters and 68A Nelson Street in the Men’s competition. Storm and Suns prevailed in the Women’s competition.

A fourty point’s second quarter barrage from Railsplitters did the damage against the Breakers Development. The feast of points, served up mainly by Jaylen Gerrand and James Hunter, carried Railsplitters to a commanding 72-44 lead at the interval.

To their credit the young Breakers team, staring down the barrel of a drubbing, responded well in the third quarter as Zack Te Puni and Caleb Langridge spearheaded a strong response. Breakers won the third period 29-18 and continued the good work in the fourth.

Five Breakers players, led by Thabo Manyere’s 19 points, scored in double figures as pride was restored in the second half.

Earlier Daniel Green (4/5 3PG) and Hayden Allen had got Railsplitters off to a fast start, a prelude to a dominant second in which the Breakers transition defence was sadly lacking. An alternative viewpoint was that Hunter and Gerrand were simply unstoppable.

Railsplitters 117 – Hunter 29, Gerrand 25, Green 16, Allen 15, Fesolia 14 Aruwa 11

Breakers Development 107 – Manyere 19, Perrott-Hunt 17, Dance 16, Langridge 14, Te Puni 13

In the second game 68A Nelson Street inflicted a first loss of the season on the Birdmen with a 113-89 victory. The win was achieved on the back of a 31 points scoring effort from Derone Raukawa who shot the ball at a tidy clip – 15 from 21 (71%). Brooke Ruscoe and Ana Haku ably supported him with 20 points and 21 points respectively.

Nick Barrow was the best for the Birdmen, the power forward flirting with a double -double as he finished with 26 points and 9 rebounds.

Birdmen actually led through the opening skirmishes, ahead 24-22 at quarter time before Nelson St eased ahead 51-48 at half-time.

Nelson St made the decisive break at the back end of the third frame extending a ten-point lead (65-55) to a more comfortable 81-67 three-quarter time lead.

Birdmen 89 – Barrow 26, Kelman-Poto 15, Colla 13, Lucas 10, Friday 10

68A Nelson St 113 – Raukawa 31, Haku 21, Ruscoe 20, Boucher 16, Seumanu 13

In a game of significant swings Storm, with major contributions from Deena Franklin (25pts) and Shauna Povey (22pts), proved too good for Sky winning 95-74.

The pair, with help from Sarah Scoular, propelled Storm to a 14-3 lead before Ashleigh Kelman-Poto, Amanda Buck and Riana Rangi-Brown hit back to narrow to 22-17 at the first break.

A couple of triples from Povey countered Rangi-Browns’ efforts to keep Storm ahead 43-40 at half time.

Storm, as they had in the first half, opened the second with a strong run to stretch out to 57-41 before Summer-Jean Motufoua brightened the outlook for Sky. When Hannah Wentworth knocked down an open look the lead had been trimmed to single figures (62-53).

However a 12-2 rumble by Storm with Stevee Theyers and Millie Nathan contributing took the game away from Sky – 73-55 at three-quarter time.

The spoils were shared in the last period with the Storm lead unchallenged.

Sky 74 –Rangi-Brown 23, Kelman-Poto 18, Motufoua 13, Te-Huia 8, Buck 6

Storm 95 – Franklin 25, Povey 22, Scoular 10, Berry 8, Shearer 6

A combined 54 points from guard Luye Murphy and forward Tabitha Jenkins defused the Sparks and took Suns to a second consecutive win.

Murphy landed the first of her four triples in the opening spell as Suns led 21-17 after the first period and 39-33 at half-time despite 15 first half points from Sharne Pupuke-Robati.

Murphy scored 8 points in the third but half a dozen from Sophie Dil kept Sparks alive – down 57-48 with ten minutes to play.

Alyesha Schuster and Mareta Davidson landed a couple of shots apiece for Sparks but Jenkins and Murphy ensured the Suns finished brightly.

Sparks 61 – Pupuke-Robati 21, Davidson 10, Dil 9, Schuster 8

Suns 77 –Murphy 28, A Jenkins 26, Roberts 9