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Rangitoto win Auckland Invitational

When the Covid-19 restrictions forced Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Basketball to be shut down Rangitoto College (5-0) were unbeaten at the top of the table with St Kentigern College (4-1) in pursuit. 

Fittingly the two teams contested the Auckland Invitational Final at Eventfinda Stadium on Saturday evening – the 2019 Auckland Premier Champions against the 2019 National Secondary Schools Champions.

And it was Rangitoto that gained the win, 81-74, to claim the unofficial 2020 Auckland Championship.

The two teams split 34 points in the opening term before St Kentigern embarked on a 13-2 run to begin the second quarter as Levick Kerr gained some ascendancy inside, Dontae Russo-Nance and George Turner found their range from the perimeter and Kazlo Evans made a couple of slashing drives to basket.

The riposte from Rangitoto was immediate. Zeke Priest (the Lowdown’s MVP of the Tournament) scored with some powerful drives, Zach Riley knocked down a couple of jump shots and with Daniel Powell chipping in with points the St Kent’s lead was trimmed to just two points at half-time (35-33)

Fortunes ebbed and flowed in the third but when Kerr sat down after picking up a fourth foul Rangitoto seized the opportunity – skipper Ethan Skelton’s 12 points in the period giving his team a 58-52 lead with ten minutes to play.

A pair of Russo-Nance baskets narrowed the deficit to two points at the start of the final quarter but that was as close as it got as Lucas Payne, Skelton, Riley and Priest (27 points) took the game away from St Kent’s.

Four days of entertaining basketball was certainly a positive way to finish a fragmented season especially for the numerous Year 13 players in the five participating teams.

Rangitoto 81 – Priest 27, Riley 18, Skelton 17, Payne 14

St Kentigern 74 – Russo-Nance 24, Evans 20, Kerr 10, Turner 10

Josh Kooiman and Sean Murphy ended their high school basketball careers in style in the 3rd/4th play-off game, won 102-85 by Westlake.

Westlake guard Kooiman knocked down eight threes on his way to 39 points whilst Rosmini wing Murphy was one shy of that mark with 38 points.

Rosmini 85 – S Murphy 38, Kane Murphy 13, Pita Maxwell-Topia 11, Tom Beattie 8

Westlake 102 –Kooiman 39, Reuben Natusch 13, Christian Martin 13, Antonio Leutich 9

Semi-Final Results:

Westlake 97 – Martin 22, Kooiman 16, Thompson 12, Natusch 9

Rangitoto 110 – Riley 22, Payne 21, Priest 19, Skelton 17, J Fotu 12

St Kentigern 84 – Kerr 26, Evans 19, Nance 15, Gan 11

Rosmini 75 – S Murphy 19, Beattie 18, Maxwell-Topia 12, Dalton 9

Sacred Heart show ticker, St Kentigern top table

Sacred Heart College bowed out of the Auckland Secondary Schools Invitational Tournament on Day 3 with a fourth straight loss going down 101-61 to Westlake Boys.

It was a balanced performance from Westlake as seven players scored 8 points or more. Joseph Hunter scored a game high 22 points for Sacred Heart who, despite losing four straight games, played with spirit until the end.

Sacred Heart Head Coach Mike Robinson complimented his team, who were unbeaten in the Auckland Senior A League before Covid shut the competition down, on wanting to test themselves against more accomplished Premier League players and teams.

The opposition don’t come much tougher as between them the four Premier teams taking part have won nine of the last eleven Secondary Schools National Championships.

Westlake 101 – Antonio Leutich 14, Zane Chang 14, Christian Martin 14, Boston Caldwell 12

Sacred Heart 61 – Hunter 22, Brooklyn Vile 10, Rafe Chisholm 9, Michael Stewart 6

St Kentigern College bounced back from their disappointing performance against Westlake on Thursday to dominate Rangitoto College in the other morning game winning 96-66.

Zach Riley scored 22 points for Rangitoto as they became the last Premier Boys team to give up their unbeaten record.

Young St Kent’s guard George Turner was in sublime shooting form knocking down six threes for his 18 points and Kazlo Evans was also in good scoring touch picking up 23 points.

St Kentigern 96 – Evans 23, Levick Kerr 19, Turner 18, Kaea Rangihaeta 10

Rangitoto 66 – Riley 22, Lucas Payne 15, Zeke Priest 9, Ethan Skelton 7

The evening games saw St Kentigern beat Rosmini and Rangitoto beat Westlake meaning that Rosmini finished fourth with a 1-3 record whilst the other three teams boasted an identical 3-1 record at the end of round robin play – St Kentigern earned top spot courtesy of a superior points differential.

Rangitoto were only 2 points ahead at half-time but dominated the second half to beat Westlake 100-77.

Jett Thompson top scored for Westlake with 25 points but Zeke Priest bettered that by one and Ethan Skelton was close behind with 22 points.

Rangitoto 100 – Priest 26, Skelton 22, Zach riley 14, Jacob Fotu 12, Lucas Payne 11

Westlake 77 – Thompson 25, Boston Caldwell 13, Zane Chang 10, Christian Martin 6

It was a similar story in the other game as St Kentigern, up by just five points at the half, pulled away after the resumption to win 78-57.

Dontae Nance (27 points) led the scoring for St Kent’s but it was Levick Kerr that was the big difference maker. The towering centre blocked multiple shots and was a dominant interior presence throughout. 

Sean Murphy (17 points) was the only Rosminian in double figures.

St Kentigern 78 – Nance 27, Kaea Rangihaeta 14, Martin Gan 10, Kazlo Evans 9, Kerr 8

Rosmini 57 – S Murphy 17, Tom Beattie 9, Kane Murphy 8

The semi-finals will be a repeat of the last games of the round robin with Westlake looking to turn the tables on Rangitoto and Rosmini looking to do the same against St Kentigern. Both games will be played at Eventfinda Stadium at midday on Saturday.

Auckland Invitation Tournament – Day 2 Wrap

Day 2 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Invitational Tournament saw Rangitoto College and Westlake Boys remain unbeaten with a 2-0 record.

Westlake followed their victory against Rosmini on Day 1 with a deserved 104-96 win against St Kentigern College on Thursday evening at Eventfinda Stadium. Westlake led by over 20 points but had to withstand a determined St Kent’s fight back before closing out the win. 

Kazlo Evans and Dontae Nance scored 22 and 21 respectively for St Kent’s but they were trumped by Jett Thompson (23 points) and Christian Martin who impressed again with a game high 25 points.

Westlake 104 – Martin 25, Thompson 23, Josh Kooiman 18, Liam Spencer 10, Boston Caldwell 9

St Kentigern 96 – Evans 22, Nance 21, Levick Kerr 17, Kaea Rangihaeta 15, Martin Gan 8

Rosmini College bounced back from the disappointment of a single point defeat against Rangitoto in the morning to defeat Sacred Heart College in convincing fashion 102-41 with Sean Murphy (26 points) once again leading the way. 

Rosmini 102 – S Murphy 26, Pita Maxwell-Topia 15, Charlie Dalton 13, Tane Murphy 12, Cyrus Grafil 10

Sacred Heart 41 – Joseph Hooker 10, Josh Stewart 10, Cassius Reynolds 6

In the morning games Rosmini College led 77-76 inside the final minute but a jump shot from Zeke Priest (31 points) gave Rangitoto the lead with 15 seconds remaining and although Kane Murphy got a shot off before the buzzer his effort hit the front of the rim and bounced out giving Rangi a one-point win. Sean Murphy again led the way for Rosmini with 18 points.

Rangitoto 78 – Priest 31, Ethan Skelton 22, Daniel Powell 8, Zach Riley 7

Rosmini 77 – S Murphy 18, Tom Beattie 15, Matt Drury 9, Cian Emery 9 

Also in the morning Joseph Hooker scored 26 points for Sacred Heart College but Levick Kerr, with a game high 33 points, was too tough to handle – St Kentigern winning the East Auckland derby 104-80.

St Kentigern 104 – Kerr 33, Kaea Rangihaeta 16, Iaiah Lasike 13, Dontae Nanace 9  

Sacred Heart 80 – Hooker 26, Ryan Topia 19, Josh Stewart 16, Muli Ma’asi 8

Wins for Rangitoto and Westlake at Auckland Invitational

The first round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Invitational Tournament saw wins for Rangitoto College and Westlake Boys High on Wednesday night.

Rangitoto put their foot on the floor in the first quarter to open up a 30-8 lead against Sacred Heart College.

Joseph Hooker paced the Heart effort with 16 points but they were never able to threaten Rangi’s lead as they went on to win 94-62.

Zeke Priest top scored for Rangi with 28 points with Lucas Payne next best on 21 points.

Rangitoto 94 – Priest 32, Payne 21, Ethan Skelton 12, Levi Fotu 9, Jacob Fotu 9

Sacred Heart 62 – Hooker 16, Josh Stewart 10, Cassius Reynolds 8, Rafe Chisholm 7

In the second game of the round Westlake saved their best until last as they came from seven points down at the three-quarter mark to beat Rosmini 87-81.

Christian Martin scored ten of his 18 points in the final period although it was Josh Kooiman with 21 points that top scored for Lake. Sean Murphy was outstanding for Rosmini scoring 40 points and Pita Maxwell-Topia scored 26 as the pair carried the Rozza scoring load.

Westlake 87 – Kooiman 21, Martin 18, Boston Caldwell 13, Jett Thompson 11, Antonio Leutich 10

Rosmini 81 – Murphy 40, Maxwell-Topia 26, Matt Drury 8

Sean Murphy the latest Rosminian headed to the States

This story was originally posted on the Basketball New Zealand website.

Sean Murphy is the latest Kiwi to accept a basketball scholarship in the USA.

The 18-year old Rosmini College and North Harbour representative will be attending the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) to play under Head Coach Kevin Lofton.

After talking at length with Coach Lofton Murphy developed a rapport with the long time UNK mentor.

“I really liked him a lot from the first time we spoke. Coach has been with UNK for 25 years and the past five as Head Coach, so I felt he had a pretty good apprenticeship with the University and he must be doing a lot right and have a true passion and respect for the school and his players.  We talk a lot and I felt the fit was good for me and my goals.

“The second thing is playing in a high level Division II Conference. When Coach told me it was ‘dog eat dog’ out there every game, I knew this would be a great challenge for me to expand on my skillset and help me develop even further.

“The third thing is the actual University. Nebraska at Kearney is a very respected academic school in the Mid-West and the major that I am leaning towards ranks very highly at UNK from right across America.  So, with a great academic programme also on tap for me this made the decision easier also.”

The UNK basketball team are known as ‘The Lopers’ and are an NCAA Division II university

and play in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Naturally, Murphy is looking forward to linking up with the Lopers.

“I’m looking forward to meeting my new coaches and team-mates and finally get down to training and playing the game I love in the States. It will be fun to feel the energy and vibe of a great university and meet new people.”

Murphy has played four years on the Rosmini Premier team during a period of unprecedented success at the college.

He began the 2020 season in good form as Rosmini were attempting to contest a fourth consecutive Secondary Schools National Grand Final. The 198cm swingman scored 39 points against Rangitoto College and was averaging 26 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists per game over the first five games before COVID-19 restrictions brought a premature end to the Auckland Premier Basketball season.

Murphy had played in the previous three finals, collecting a winners medal in 2017 and 2018.

“Sean has been an integral part of our success at Rosmini over the past four years rising up from the Juniors into playing a pivotal role for our Senior Premiers over recent seasons. 

“His opportunity in the States is a reward for the tremendous amount of work and dedication he has put into his own game,” said Rosmini Coach Matt Lacey.

Those successes certainly rank highly when Murphy assesses his career highlights to date.

“I have been blessed to be a part of a great basketball programme at Rosmini College. Great coaches and amazing teammates over the years so I would probably say winning two High School National Championships made me very proud and very happy, plus the opportunity to play for my country and making the Junior Tall Blacks.”

Murphy admits there have been countless good moments when he recalls his playing career at Rosmini.

“There are many and I will so miss it.  Apart from the winning of Nationals and Junior Prems  our  trip to Greece for the World High School Championships last year was also memorable.” 

As mentioned Murphy was named to the 2020 Junior Tall Blacks who were scheduled to play at a Four Nations International Tournament in China and the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Germany but unfortunately both events were cancelled.

When announcing the team Junior Tall Blacks Head Coach Aaron Fearne described Murphy as a wing with great international size.

“He’s very good at stretching the floor and knocking down the three ball. He understands our system well and can guard multiple positions,” added Fearne.

Having played for New Zealand at the 2019 FIBA Oceania Championships in New Caledonia in 2019 averaging 10 points and 3 rebounds per game Murphy would relish the opportunity wear the black singlet again in the future – hopefully one day for the Tall Blacks.

“That would be another dream come true, so I will never give up on that ambition and will continue to work harder to make it!”

Murphy is grateful to all who have contributed to his basketball journey and had a major impact on him as a player and a person.

“There have been many people that have helped me so much from the time I started to play basketball just over 10 years ago now.  Like I said I am blessed to have had great coaching over the years from day one.  But the most influential I would probably say would be my parents (Tracy and Rob), they have always believed in me, lifted me up when I have been down, told me how it is when I have had bad games and supported me whole heartly in my basketball journey.  

The other person who believed in me the most is my mentor the late Fata Letoa, whom I hold the upmost respect for. 

“Finally I just want to say thanks to BBNZ, Rosmini College, North Harbour Basketball, my team-mates over the years and all the people that have supported my journey to help me achieve where I am today.  

“Also a big shout out and thanks to Chris at Lead Scholarship’s NZ who put my profile forward to the coaches at UNK.  I appreciate it all.” 

Murphy believes the best advice ever given to him is, “Never ever give up even when everything appears down on you, believe in yourself and keep going, plus ‘work harder’.  

“I think those two things you need to live your life by always, that way you will succeed. Stay focused on your own journey. 

That journey will commence at the beginning of the Fall Semester in August 2021 when Murphy will head to UNK.

Murphy is the sixth Rosmini College student to secure a basketball scholarship in the States in the last three years.

William Heather was a member of the 2017 national championship winning team and subsequently was offered a scholarship at Dallas Baptist University to play NCAA Division II basketball.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt was a national championship winner in both 2017 and 2018 and is in his second year at South Dakota University is majoring in psychology.

Recently departed to the Sates are freshmen Marvin Williams-Dunn and Reihana Maxwell-Topia. 

Reihana is at the University of St Francis in Chicago whilst Marvin has travelled to Arkadelphia, Arkansas to begin study at Ouachita Baptist University. 

Last week Taine Murray committed to the University of Virginia and like Sean will head to the States in 2021.

Maxwell-Topia Lands in Chicago

REIHANAReihana Maxwell-Topia has this week headed to the USA on a 4-year basketball scholarship.

Reihana will be a student athlete at the University of St Francis, Illinois. He was recruited by Head Coach Ryan Marks now in his eighth season at the helm of the Fighting Saints.

Coach Marks boasts a 114-76 record during his previous seven seasons, the Fighting Saints twice being Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season champions in addition to being Tournament Champions (2018—19) under his watch.

Reihana played on the Rosmini Premier team for four consecutive years and was an integral part of the team that won back to back New Zealand Secondary Schools National Championships in 2017 and 2018. Rosmini were runners-up in 2019 with the rangy power forward scoring 15 points in the Grand Final and also named to the Tournament Team.

He is a multiple representative championship winner having also won an U15 National Title representing Hibiscus Coast and in 2019 the U19 National Title with North Harbour.

2019 was a busy year for Reihana – in April he played a pivotal role in helping Rosmini finish a highly creditable sixth at the ISF Basketball World Schools Championship in Greece.

In July he was a member of the Harbour U19 team that travelled to the USA to participate in tournaments in Phoenix and Dallas and capped off his globe-trotting year representing New Zealand at the FIBA U17 Oceania Championships in New Caledonia where the team claimed a silver medal.

He is the fourth Rosminian currently on a basketball scholarship in the States. Marvin Williams-Dunn is a fellow freshman at Ouachita Baptist University, Arkansas whilst William Heather (Dallas Baptist University) and Kruz Perrott-Hunt (University of South Dakota) are both sophomores.

All at Rosmini College and the wider New Zealand basketball community wish Reihana well on the next stage of his journey.

Westlake Girls and St Mary’s Nationals bound


Westlake Girls High and St Mary’s College remain unbeaten in the Auckland Schools Premier Competition. Both have a 5-0 record and with it a place at Secondary School Nationals guaranteed. The other three spots at Nationals will come from the quartet of Baradene College, Epsom Girls Grammar, Rangitoto College and Massey High.

A disappointing week for Carmel College finished with Westlake demolishing the hosts 132-22.

In a one-sided contest Mackenzie Boucher led the way for Westlake with 26 points. Also in double figures were Emma Pugh (17 points), Jess Moors (16 points), Simone Barnard (13 points) and Rosie Dil (13 points).

Jemma Cammell worked tirelessly scoring ten points as well as having to undertake the ball handling duties but her team were overwhelmed on the night.

Carmel 22 – Cammell 10, McCasey 4

Westlake 132 – Boucher 26, Pugh 17, Moors 16, Barnard 13, Dil 13


Once again St Mary’s College were pushed all the way before securing the win. Two weeks after beating Massey High by one point they repeated the feat, this time at the expense of Baradene College winning 70-69.

The scores were all tied at 15 points apiece at quarter time and still even (30-30) at half-time.

Baradene had much the better of the third quarter as Deyna Topia, Ritorya Tamilo and Charlotte Rattray helped them pile on 29 points to lead 59-52 at the end of the period.

Safena Tenana-Williams and Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu led the St Mary’s fightback in the fourth. Tamilo did her best to keep the Baradene score moving but they were eventually run down by the defending champions – Kat Leslie and Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs making the telling scores at the death.

St Mary’s 70 – S Tenana-Williams 16, Kailahi-Fulu 14, Leslie 14, Robertson 6, Ualika 6

Baradene 59 – Tamilo 17, Parke 13, Topia 13, Faleafa 7, Cavanagh-Briggs 7, Rattray 7


In another close encounter Epsom Girls Grammar had just enough in the tank to hold off Rangitoto College to win 80-76.

Rangitoto actually led by three (55-52) at three-quarter time but a couple of threes from Maya Fowler and a bunch of points from Flo Dallow propelled Epsom into the lead  in the fourth.

Ella Moore made four triples (7 made threes in the game) in the final period, Centaine Noom-Duckworth and Waiaria Riley also weighed in with points in an arm wrestle that was eventually claimed by Epsom.

Sarah Joy Aruwa was in double figures by quarter time with Epsom ahead 15-12 at the quarter break.

Waiaria Riley, on her way to a game high 29 points, scored a dozen of those in the second to help Rangi to a narrow 36-35 half-time lead.

Aruwa and Fowler paced the Epsom effort in the third but with Moore finding her range and Waiaria in fine form Rangi were still ahead at the end of the third.

In a tense last quarter Epsom held their nerve to move into the top four and keep their hopes of a spot at Nationals alive.

Epsom 80 – Aruwa 24, Dallow 19, Fowler 13, Boxall-Hunt 12, Dickens 6

Rangitoto 76 – W Riley 29/11r, Moore 25, Noom-Duckworth 12/8r, A Riley 8/13r/7a


Massey High kept their hopes of a top five finish intact with a deserved 85-63 win against Mt Albert Grammar.

21 points from Ramona Fuaivaa paced the Massey effort and there were other telling contributions from Shazaleah Henry (18 points), Maya Taingahue (17 points) and Tahliya Waikiki (15 points).

MAGS were still in contention at three-quarter time trailing 61-48 but a scoring blitz in the fourth from the hosts did the trick.

Henry knocked down a couple of threes, Waiikiki added another and with Zhoey Tilby-Woods weighing in with 6 points as Massey won the fourth frame 24-15.

Things went well for MAGS early on as 8 points from Kayla Tenana meant they trailed by just two points (20-18) at the quarter mark.

Massey extended their lead to 41-30 at half-time but MAGS fought back in the third. Tenana, Shekinah Kuresa and Monica Kelly made a pair of baskets apiece to keep the visitors in touch with ten minutes to play.

From there Massey took charge of proceedings to recorded win number two for the season.

Massey 85 – Fuaivaa 21, Henry 18, Taingahue 17, Waikiki 15, Tilby-Woods 11

MAGS 63 – Tenana 14, Kelly 12, Tait 11, Leger 8, Kuresa 8

Premier Table after 4 Rounds

5-0 St Mary’s, Westlake

3-2 Baradene, Epsom

2-3 Rangitoto, Massey

0-5 Carmel, Mt Albert

Three qualifiers for Nationals found after 5 rounds of Boys Premier Grade


With the first half of the Premier Grade season (7 games) doubling as Secondary Schools National Championship Qualifiers wins on Friday to Rangitoto College, Auckland Grammar and St Kentigern College guaranteed the three safe passage to Palmerston North in October.

The fourth automatic qualifying spot will likely not be decided until Round 7 fixtures. Teams placed 5-7 will then join Whangarei Boys to battle for the two remaining spots at the National Championships.

Westlake Boys High led from start to finish but had to stave off a Pita Maxwell-Topia inspired Rosmini College comeback before closing out a solid 82-74 win.

When the impressive Hamza Zahran, playing just his second game for the premier team, knocked down a deep three with 5:30 to play Westlake appeared to be cruising to victory, ahead 75-57.

Signal a Maxwell-Topia onslaught with the Rosmini wing scoring 13 straight points for his team. Josh Kooiman  and Zahran made scores for Westlake but when Maxwell-Topia made his third trey of the quarter Rosmini were just eight behind (72-80) with two to play.

They failed with some good looks in the closing seconds allowing Kooiman and Jett Thompson to seal the win from the foul line.

Earlier Westlake made a dream start scoring the first 14 points of the game through good work from Reuben Natusch and Liam Spencer.

Zahran signaled his intentions with a couple of his six made triples in the game coming in the opening quarter that Westlake claimed 24-13.

Sean Murphy, on his way to a game high 31 points, scored 10 of those in the second for Rosmini but a three on the half-time buzzer from Kooiman gave Lake a healthy 43-31 lead.

Thompson’s sniping cuts to the hoop kept the Rosmini defence honest but Murphy, Charlie Dalton and Maxwell-Topia ensured the home team had the better of the third – down 59-54 with ten to play.

Westlake started the third quarter at pace with Thompson and Kooiman doing the damage as they stretched out to that 18-point lead.

The Maxwell-Topia charge caused them some anxious moments down the stretch but Kooiman and young Zahran held their nerve to close out a second win of the season for The Swans and keep their top four hopes alive.

Rosmini 74 – Murphy 31, Maxwell-Topia 28, Dalton 6

Westlake 82 – Zahran 21, Thompson 19, Kooiman 18, Natusch 7


Auckland Grammar made it four straight wins with a 67-53 home victory over traditional rivals Mt Albert Grammar School.

Down 56-34 at three-quarter time Mt Albert had the better of the closing stages as Phoenix Sorensen and Morgon Aiono went to work. By then however AGS had taken a strong grip on proceedings and MAGS were in catch up mode.

Earlier a couple of triples from Toby Caldwell helped AGS to a 17-12 lead after the opening ten.

Despite threes from Sorensen and Dakota Stephens MAGS were under the pump in the second frame outscored 22-11 to trail 39-22 at the break.

Josh Muggleston provided some impetus at the back end of the half scoring 8 of AGS last 10 points.

AGS dealt almost exclusively in threes in the third frame. Connor Ngan knocked down three from deep, Luka Vea and Stefan Bigio chimed in with one apiece and the hosts were well clear at three-quarter time leading 56-34.

To their credit MAGS showed their fighting spirit in the final quarter but by then AGS had done enough to claim the points ahead of a tasty looking clash at Rangitoto College next Friday.

AGS 67 – Ngan 14, Caldwell 14, Vea 12, Muggleston 8, Landon 8

MAGS 53 – Sorensen 15, Aiono 10/10r, Stephens 8, Tawera 7, Tapula’aia 7


As has been their trait of late Rangitoto College made a fast start and it was St Peter’s on the receiving end on this occasion. David Jovanovic, appropriately wearing the No 8 singlet, had 8 points in the opening period that ended 21-10 in favour of the visitors.

Jack Donnelly failed to score in the opening spell but thereafter he was in fabulous form. The St Peter’s guard scored 13 points in the second quarter and went on to amass a mighty 36 points scoring over half of his team’s points in one of the best individual  performances of the season.

Scott Errey was the only other St Peter’s player close to double figures contributing 9 points.

Rangitoto led 42-25 at half-time, 73-49 at the three-quarter mark to eventually win 92-69. Zack Riley threatened a triple double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists and there were also significant contributions from Jovanovic (23 points), Zeke Priest (18 points) and Lucas Payne (13 points and 7 assists).

St Peter’s 69 – Donnelly 36, Errey 9, Arlove 7, Manio 6

Rangitoto 92 – Jovanovic 23, Riley 23, Priest 18, Payne 13, Powell 7


It was one way traffic at Liston College where the hosts were overpowered as they fell 116-33 to St Kentigern College.

It was 28-6 after 10 minutes and 55-17 by half-time affording St Kent’s Head Coach Aaron Young plenty of opportunity to give his bench payers extended minutes – James Chester took the opportunity to score his first points of the season.

Levick Kerr produced a huge double-double of 38 points and 20 rebounds, pounding the offensive glass for 11 ‘O’ boards.

Also enjoying a free scoring night were Alex McNaught (19 points), Dontae Nance (18 points), George Turner (17 points) and Kazlo Evans (15 points).

On an occasion when not much went right for Liston, Ryan Fabian top scored with 8 points.

Liston 33 – Fabian 8, Helu 6, Prasad 5

St Kentigern 116 – Kerr 38, McNaught 19, Nance 18, Turner 17, Evans 15, Gan 2/7a


Premier Table after 5 Rounds

5-0 Rangitoto

4-1 AGS, St Kentigern

3-2 Rosmini

2-3 Westlake

1-4 MAGS, Liston

0-5 St Peter’s

Girl’s Prems – Round 4 Wrap

Baradene pic

There were wins for the unbeaten Westlake Girls High School and St Mary’s College in Round 4 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls Premier Division.

Also on the victory dais were the two promoted teams Epsom Girls Grammar School and Baradene College.

In a low scoring opener Baradene College edged Mt Albert Grammar 10-7.

Baradene picked the pace up in the second as Lilly Parke and Ritorya Tamilo moved their personal contributions into double figures and pushed the advantage out to 27-15 at the half.

Tamilo was putting on a shot blocking exhibition for Baradene although Danae Tait and Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie did find the net with a couple of baskets apiece for MAGS. However they were in a hole at the three-quarter mark trailing 43-27.

A triple from Tait and back-to-back scores from Abbie Leger raised MAGS hopes but they were quickly quashed. Deyna Topia sunk a three and then Parke reeled off 11 straight points on her way to a game high 26 to secure a third win for Baradene.

Baradene 64 – Parke 26, Tamilo 11, Topia 9, Faleafa 5

MAGS 39 – Tait 14, Waka 8, Cocker-Lemalie 6


The previous week Massey High went within a whisker of beating St Mary’s College, the joint leaders of the Premier Division. Fellow leaders Westlake, Massey’s opponents on Friday, were given far less trouble by the girls from out West.

Having said that at the end of the first half Massey were hanging tough down just 41-28.

Guard Shazaleah Henry scored 13 of the Massey points and Maya Taingahue had half a dozen at that stage. Jess Moors and Rosie Dil did most of the damage for Westlake in the opening term.

Dil carried on her merry-way and when Jelah Clayton rounded out the third quarter scoring Lake were twenty points clear (62-42).

Ramona Fuaivaa offered some resistance in the final ten minutes but Moors and Amiya Fotu posted 8 points apiece as Westlake moved to a comfortable 89-52 victory.

Westlake 89 – J Moors 22 R Dil 17, Boucher 11, Williams 8, Fotu 8

Massey 52 – Fuaivaa 17, Henry 14, M Taingahue 10, Waikiki 9


Last week St Mary’s were forced to come from behind in the closing seconds to beat Massey. This week the comeback was a second half effort as they fought back from 34-28 down to eventually prevail 67-59.

Rangitoto’s half-time lead was built around double digit scoring efforts from Ella Moore and Centaine Noom-Duckworth.

St Mary’s coach Tui Matiseni, standing in for Jody Cameron away on Tall Ferns duty, obviously came up with the right message during the interval as they dominated the third quarter taking it 17-8. Kat Leslie’s six points in the period were an important contribution as were the same number from Aroha Riley for the visitors.

Saints guard Tyla Tevaga and Rangi’s Ella Moore were in good shooting form. Tevaga’s fifth triple of the game kept her team in the ascendancy but Moore nailed her fourth from behind the arc to keep Rangitoto in touch.

Noom Duckworth was a tower of strength for Rangi but key contributions from Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu and Safena Tenana-Williams got St Mary’s over the line.

St Mary’s 67 – Tevaga 17, Kailahi-Fulu 14, Leslie 14, S Tenana-Williams 14

Rangitoto 59 – Noom-Duckworth 16, Moore 14, A Riley 11, Tawhiao 9


Epsom Girls got off to a good start at Carmel leading 21-8 at quarter time.

Katie Linstrom knocked down a three for Carmel as they narrowed to within four points but Maya Fowler answered from deep, and with Mihi Tangihaere doing good work Epsom were up 30-20. An 11-1 Epsom run wrapped up the first half action.

Livewire guard Kalea Norton came off the bench to provide some spark to the Carmel effort. However Flo Dallow and Sarah-Joy Aruwa had all the answers as the Epsom lead grew to 61-41 at three-quarter time.

Qaizden Stephano and Lani Rawle ensured Carmel had the better of the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough to inconvenience Epsom as they recorded a second win of the 2020 campaign.

Carmel 59 – Stephano 15, Cammell 11, Norton 8, Rawle 7

Epsom 77 – Dallow 30, Aruwa 19, Fowler 13, Kukutai-Wairau 8

Premier Table after 4 Rounds

4-0 St Mary’s, Westlake

3-1 Baradene

2-2 Epsom, Rangitoto

1-3 Massey

0-4 Carmel, Mt Albert

Boy’s Prems – Round 4 Wrap

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Levick Kerr in action earlier in the season

Rangitoto College remain the only unbeaten team in the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier Division after a convincing 106-63 win against Liston College. Other winners were Auckland Grammar, Rosmini  College and St Kentigern College.

Mt Albert Grammar School were left to rue a slow start at St Kentigern College. St Kent’s piled on 24 points in the opening ten minutes courtesy of 10 points from Levick Kerr and half a dozen from Dontae Nance. In response MAGS could make just 11 points.

The remaining three-quarters were remarkably close with just a single point separating the two teams over the final 30 minutes.

The second quarter was a low scoring grind with just 21 points scored in total allowing St Kent’s to carry a 35-21 lead into the interval.

Nance and Kazlo Evans carried the scoring load in the third for St Kent’s – Kuresu Tapula’aia and Sataan Tawera doing likewise for MAGS. St Kent’s were ahead by the same margin (52-38) after the two teams slit 34 points in the stanza.

The highest scoring quarter of the game ensued. Kerr, Evans and Kaea Rangiehaeata (8 points in the quarter) kept the score moving for the hosts. Tawera and Dakota Stephens knocked down threes and Morgan Aiono chipped in with handy points but MAGS couldn’t reel in the early lead they had given up and went down 73-61.

St Kentigern 73 – Evans 21, Kerr 16, Nance 11, Rangiehaeata 10

MAGS 61 – Tapula’aia 16, Tawera 14, Aiono 14, Sorensen 9


Auckland Grammar came away with the spoils after their trip to Westlake Boys but the outcome of the contest wasn’t decided until the closing minutes.

At the three-quarter mark Westlake trailed 60-53 but AGS held sway in the fourth with their relentless rebounding earning them some valuable additional possessions.

Connor Ngan and Stefan Bigio gave Grammar the perfect start to the final period with a couple of threes before Josh Kooiman produced his sixth three of the game to keep Lake in touch.

An athletic finish by Luka Vea followed by a put back from Blake Manning gave AGS a 73-61 lead with five minutes to play. More points from Vea helped Grammar on an 11-0 run that effectively decided the contest.

Reuben Natusch ended the Grammar surge but Lake found themselves 79-61 behind with three minutes to play. Liam Spencer and Kooiman added to their tallies but there was no way back for the hosts.

Earlier it was Westlake that bossed proceedings winning the opening frame 22-15 on the back of Kooiman draining three from deep.

Jett Thompson, in front of his Otago Nuggets NBL teammates, enjoyed a productive second quarter but Caleb Landon and Vea shared 15 points to propel Grammar to a 40-38 half-time lead.

Grammar built on their lead after the interval – Toby Caldwell and Ngan prominent as they carried a 60-53 advantage into the final ten minutes.

You couldn’t fault the Westlake effort in the closing minutes but Grammar were in no mood to relinquish their lead and improve their record to 3-1 ahead of the local derby against MAGS next Friday.

Westlake 71 – Kooiman 25, Spencer 16, Thompson 12,

AGS 84 – Vea 20, Ngan 19, Landon 12, Bigio 9


It wasn’t the most convincing of performances from Rosmini College but they eventually proved too good for St Peter’s College winning 84-50.

Jack Donnelly scored a game high 28 points for St Peter’s, the energetic guard knocking down a couple of threes in the opening quarter. Forward Dorian Sula also scored half a dozen points in that initial period but Charlie Dalton bettered both with 11 points as Rosmini forged a 27-17 lead.

Sam Wooley made a couple of baskets at the outset of the second frame to the delight of the visiting fans but Cian Emery was in good touch – three consecutive triples from him  propelled Rosmini to a 45-30 half-time lead.

Sula and Donnelly were the only scorers for St Peter’s in the third as they fell further behind – Tom Beattie, Kane and Sean Murphy doing most the damage in a period won 18-11 by the home side.

Matt Drury rattled up some quick points early in the fourth, Scott Errey replied with a couple before Cyrus Grafil rounded out the scoring for Rosmini.

Rosmini 84 – S Murphy 20, Dalton 14, Emery 14, Drury 13, Beattie 9

St Peter’s 50 – Donnelly 28, Sula 12


Rangitoto College dominated Liston College to record a 106-63 win. Zach Riley scored 23 points whilst David Jovanovic (21 points), Daniel Powell (15 points), Zeke Priest (13 points) and Lucas Payne (11 points) weighed in with double figure offerings for Rangitoto.

A big first half from Rangi decided the contest as they raced to a 28-14 lead at the quarter break and a massive 64-30 advantage by the interval.

Troy Lee Baker was outstanding in a losing cause scoring a game high 24 points whilst  Sefa Prasad (17 points), Desmond Helu (9 points) and James Hickey (6 points)  were the other main contributors for Liston.

Premier Table after 4 Rounds

4-0 Rangitoto

3-1 AGS, Rosmini, St Kentigern

1-3 MAGS, Liston, Westlake

0-4 St Peter’s