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Top four all win in Boy’s Premier competition.

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Rangitoto captain Harry Payne

The Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boy’s competition featured the bottom four teams against the top four in Round 4! The results went exclusively with form as Rangitoto College, St Kentigern College, Rosmini College and Westlake Boys all chalked up wins.

Once again Rangitoto College made a fast start on their home court – Harry Payne scoring nine early points against Auckland Grammar.

Grammar found it difficult to score early on taking almost four minutes to get on the board. Once underway Jaga Mete, named to the Junior Tall Blacks FIBA U19 World Cup bound squad this week, scored 8 straight points but they trailed 24-14 at the first break.

Rangitoto were very efficient in the second, 10 points between Ethan Mandeno and Liam Judd helping them to a 19-point lead by the half (43-22).

Threes from Connor Ngan and Daniel Boyd improved Grammar’s scoring production in the third but they were unable to put much of a dent in the host’s lead, winning the quarter by just one point, as Jared Thornton and Zach Riley regularly found routes to the hoop.

Grammar found it difficult to connect from range but Ngan righted that in the final frame making three of his five triples in the spell. However the more balanced Rangi scoring effort prevailed, the hosts recording a fourth straight win.

Rangitoto 84– J Thornton 14, Z Riley 14, H Payne 13, L Judd 13, E Mandeno 9

AGS 65– J Mete 20, C Ngan 17, Blake Manning 11, Ilasia Tela 9

 

Also with four consecutive wins are St Kentigern College after a 110-65 home win against Macleans College in the East Auckland derby on Friday.

St Kent’s took a firm grip of the contest in the opening ten minutes charging to a 32-14 lead as threes from Martin Gan, Kaea Rangihaeata, Shalom Broughton and Elliot Watson rained down.

Michael Barbaran had 18 of Macleans first 23 points and although Tyson Kempton dropped a triple the St Kent’s lead was 59-30 at the break.

Harry Smith found his scoring touch for Macleans in the third but St Kent’s were relentless as Levic Kerr, McNaught and Gan, on his way to a game high 24 points that included six made threes, piled on the points for the home side as they led 96-46 with a quarter to play.

Year 9 guard George Turner had the St Kent’s bench on their feet as he dropped three triples to round out the ‘Feast in the East’.

St Kentigern 110– M Gan 24, S Broughton 20, L Kerr 15, A McNaught 15, G Turner 9

Macleans 65– M Barbaran 23, H Smith 15, T Kempton 10

 

Rosmini College, in a frenetic start, jumped out to an early 11-0 lead at the Tom Gerrard Gymnasium before Dakota Stephens got Mt Albert Grammar on the board.

Sean Murphy scored seven points either side of the quarter time break and Taine Murray six as the hosts extended their lead. Phoenix Sorenson responded for the visitors but a Murray dunk, and threes from Tyler Martin and Jayden Boucher fuelled a 15-0 Rosmini run as they entered half-time with a 43-21 lead

Forwards Josh Leger and Nate Wilson made scores for MAGS in the third but Murphy, Murray and Terence Abdon extended the advantage in front of a third consecutive full house – the biggest ovation of the day accorded Matt Drury when the young forward made his first points in Premier basketball.

MAGS will be hoping point guard Sataan Tawera makes a speedy recovery from a fractured ankle as they look for their first win of the season.

Rosmini 82– T Murray 20, S Murphy 14, J Boucher 11, T Abdon 10,

MAGS 50– N Wilson 12, Dakota Stephens 10, Josh Leger 7

 

Sam Mennenga celebrated being named in the Junior Tall Blacks team for the upcoming FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece by scoring a game high 26 points as Westlake boys protected home territory with an 80-63 victory against Liston College.

Westlake were out to a 19-10 first quarter lead thanks to a brace of buckets apiece from Mennenga, Joe Wuthrich and Caton Silbiger.

An early second quarter three from Victor Ola’aiga and additional scores from Troy Baker and Shawn Hickey kept Macleans in the hunt although points late in the half from Liam Spencer kept Lake ahead 38-25 at the break.

Kiani Saxon and Ola’aiga led a strong Liston effort in the third as the visitors closed to within single figures (51-43) at the three-quarter mark.

Desmond Helu scored all of his 11 points in the final period as Liston fought desperately for a second win of the season but Mennenga matched that number and with Josh Kooiman, Silbiger and Dylan Wilkie making threes it was the hosts that emerged with the W.

Westlake 80– S Mennenga 26, C Silbiger 12, Jett Thompson 11, D Wilkie 9

Liston 63– S Hickey 14, V Ola’aiga 11, D Helu 11, T Baker 8, K Saxon 8

All teams get a break next week as many of the players will be attending U19 Nationals in Dunedin over Queens birthday weekend.

Premier League Standings after 4 rounds:

4-0 St Kentigern, Rangitoto

3-1 Rosmini, Westlake

1-3 AGS, Liston

0-4, Macleans, Mt Albert

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St Mary’s come from behind to beat Carmel and remain unbeaten

Tayla Dalton

A quality game of Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier basketball at St Mary’s College on Monday night saw the hosts prevail 66-63 against Carmel College – a win that takes St Mary’s to equal top of the league standings alongside Westlake.

Carmel will rue a missed opportunity as, paced by 37 points from Tayla Dalton, they led for all but the last two minutes of the game.

Eight points from Emily Broomfield helped Carmel shade the opening period (16-14) and a similar number from Kataleena Leslie meant it was still a one possession game at half-time in favour of the visitors (31-28).

Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu, Alex Moore and Leata Te-Nana Williams kept the score moving for St Mary’s in the third quarter which was just as well as Dalton helped herself to 16 points in the frame to keep her team ahead 50-48 at the three-quarter mark.

Katie Linstrom, Isobel MacGregor and Broomfield aided Dalton with the scoring in the final period but Leslie, Kailahi-Fulu and Safena Te-Nana Williams scored the important points in the closing couple of minutes to secure a St Mary’s victory.

Carmel will look to bounce back to winning ways against Mt Albert Grammar on Friday whilst St Mary’s will travel to Westlake where the two unbeaten teams will go head to head.

St Mary’s 66– Z Kailahi-Fulu 15, K Leslie 12, A Moore 10, T Atiga 8, L Te-Nana Williams 8

Carmel 63– T Dalton 37, E Broomfield 11, I MacGregor 6

 

League Standings

3-0 Westlake, St Mary’s

2-1Massey, Rangitoto

1-2 AGGS, Carmel

0-3 Botany Downs, Mt Albert

AGGS get first win plus success for Rangitoto and Westlake

 

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There were wins last Friday in the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls Premier Grade for Rangitoto College, Auckland Girls Grammar and Westlake Girls High.

Auckland Girls Grammar chalked up their first win of the season defeating Botany Downs 74-43.

Nine first quarter points from Sophia Herewini was countered by Leah Patuwairua – the AAGS lead was a slender 16-14 at the first break.

Grammar put their foot down in the second, three consecutive scores from Imogene Noble helping them to a 34-22 half-time lead.

Tiana Herewini and Jolie Tawhara picked up the Botany scoring effort in the third but six points apiece from Hina Devery and Patuwairua ensured Grammar had a game winning 57-39 lead at the three-quarter mark.

Fittingly Sera Taei, the game’s leading scorer with 19 points, scored the final basket of the game.

Botany Downs 43– T Herewini 14, S Herewini 10, J Tawhara 9

Auckland Girls Grammar 74– S Taei 19, L Patuwairua 18, I Noble 16, H Devery 8

 

Despite 22 points apiece from Rikki Fiatau and Monica Kelly, Mt Albert Grammar slipped to a third straight loss going down 112-69 at Rangitoto College.

Rangitoto were quick out the blocks racking up 30 first quarter points to establish a 14 points margin as Hannah Wentworth, Moneesha Barrett and Emily Blythe dropped triples.

Monica Kelly and Rikki Fiatau had ten points apiece in the first half for the visitors but there was carnage at the defensive end as Rangitoto had amassed 75 points at the interval, 36 points coming from beyond the arc – Ella Moore and Aroha Rogers contributing to the three-point barrage.

Not surprisingly the scoring pace eased in the second half, Rangi coach Josh Davis able to give his bench players a good run.

Kaiya Tonana scored 8 fourth quarter points for MAGS but it was Blythe who had the last say nailing her fourth three of the game and the team’s fifteenth!

Rangitoto College 112– E Blythe 23, H Wentworth 19, A Rogers 18, M Barrett 20

MAGS 69– R Fiatau 22, M Kelly 22, Kaiya Tonana 8

 

Both Westlake Girls High and Massey High had a front line player missing from their lineup due to WBC commitments but it was Massey that felt the impact the most. Shauna Povey was on Auckland Dream duty and her loss was significant as the Emme Shearer (Harbour Breeze) less Westlake cantered to a 98-37 win.

Westlake were quickly into their stride forging a 26-11 lead in the opening ten minutes – forward Emma Pugh with 8 points.

Alyesha Schuster and Ramona Fuiavaa were prominent for Massey but could do little to halt the Westlake onslaught – the hosts 52-19 ahead at half-time with Jess Moors on 12 points.

The advantage extended further in the second half as Makenzee Boucher and Maia McBirney knocked down threes. Boucher was one of seven Westlake players with 9 points or more as they chalked up their third straight win.

Westlake 90– J Moors 15, H Williams 11, E Pugh 10, M Boucher 10, T Leyson 10, I Pugh 9, C Leyson 9

Massey 37– A Schuster 11, R Fuiavaa 10, K Ruiz 8

 

St Mary’s and Carmel meet tonight (Monday May 20) in the other Round 3 game.

League Standings

3-0 Westlake

2-0 St Mary’s

2-1 Massey, Rangitoto

1-1 Carmel

1-2 AGGS

0-3 Botany Downs, Mt Albert

 

St Kent’s edge Westlake as Rangitoto also remain unbeaten

 

 

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35 points scored by Nate Wilson (21)

Just two teams remain unbeaten after three rounds of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boys League. Both St Kentigern College and Rangitoto College made it three wins from three outings with victories against Westlake Boys and Mt Albert Grammar respectively.

It was an emotional occasion up in the Bays on Friday as Rangitoto played out a 76-69 win against Mt Albert Grammar, the victory dedicated to Mark Mandeno who sadly passed away late last week.

A pretty even first quarter ended with Rangitoto 21-18 in the ascendancy. Nate Wilson was in good form for Mt Albert, the power forward accumulating 16 points by half time. However Rangi guard Harry Payne went one better and his 17 points helped the home team to a 47-30 interval lead.

Wilson continued with the hot hands in the third as MAGS closed to ten points (59-49).

Josh Leger and Morgan Aiona helped ease the scoring burden being carried by Wilson as MAGS ate further into the deficit but nine final quarter points from Phoenix Leupolu, boards and points from Jared Thornton, plus a captains knock from Payne ensured a Rangitoto victory on a night when the occasion was more important than the result.

Rangitoto 76– H Payne 24, J Thornton 12, P Leupolu 9, Z Riley 7

MAGS 69– Nate Wilson 35p/14r, M Aiono 11, J Leger 9

 

The game of the round was the Westlake Boys high versus St Kentigern College encounter with the result not decided until the last possession of the game.

Inside the last two minutes St Kentigern forward Levic Kerr tied proceedings with a lay-up out of a broken play. Westlake failed to score on the next possession but from the ensuing play Martin Gan knocked down a crucial three to give St Kent’s a 74-71 lead. Sam Mennenga trimmed the Westlake deficit to a single point before Alex McNaught kept his nerve at the foul line to nail a pair of free throws.

Westlake coach Zac Fitzgerald drew up an out of bounds play with 4 seconds left on the shot clock but the potential game levelling shot wouldn’t drop and St Kent’s prevailed 76-73.

An even first quarter was punctuated by threes from Josh Kooiman and Dylan Wilkie for the hosts and Kazlo Evans and Gan for St Kent’s.

The visitors had marginally the better of the second to lead 38-32 at half-time.

St Kent’s appeared to be running away with the game in the third as they established an eighteen points advantage courtesy of Evans, McNaught and Kerr.

10 points in the final quarter from Mennenga plus triples from Antonio Luetich, Willkie and Kooiman had the home support on its feet as a Westlake come-back win looked on the cards. However it was St Kent’s who would have the final say in a pulsating finish.

Westlake 73– J Kooiman 23, S Mennenga 19, D Wilkie 11, C Atkinson 6, A Luetich 6

St Kentigern 76– A McNaught 20, K Evans 19, L Kerr 12, J Childs 8, S Broughton 8

 

A dominant second half performance carried Rosmini College to an 88-55 victory against Liston College after the scores were tied 36 all at half-time.

Kiani Saxon and Shawn Hickey were prominent for Liston as they went toe to toe with the defending champions in the opening period – 9 points from Sean Murphy the highest individual tally.

The scoring virtually ground to a halt in the second spell – just four points scored by each team in the quarter.

Saxon scored half a dozen points in the third but it was a period dominated by Rosmini as Taine Murray and Reimar Cruz found their scoring touch. Terence Abdon and Thomas Morgan knocked down threes and with ten minutes to play Rozza had stretched out to a 62- 48 lead.

Ten points in the last period from Murphy preceded four points for Jett Marshall on his premier debut as Rosmini returned to winning ways after the loss to St Kentigern last week.

Liston 55– K Saxon 13, S Hickey 11, S Prasad 7, D Helu 7

Rosmini 88– S Murphy 21, T Murray 21, R Cruz 10, R Maxwell-Topia 6, J Boucher 6

 

A couple of threes from Connor Ngan and additional scores from beyond the arc from Stefan Bigio and Jaga Mete took Auckland Grammar out to an early 23-11 lead against Macleans College.

Harry Smith scored a dozen first half points for Macleans but further scoring damage from Ngan, Blake Manning and Daniel Boyd stretched the Grammar lead to 73-46 at the last break.

MacLean’s’ Shawn Hickey took his tally into double figures but Ngan took his personal three-point tally to seven, collectively Grammar made 18 triples, as they eased away in the fourth for a comfortable win – Josh Muggleston helping himself to 11 late points.

Macleans 56– H Smith 19, M Babaran 18, R Dio 6

Auckland Grammar 101– C Ngan 22, J Mete 20, S Bigio 11, J Muggleston 11

 

Premier League Standings after 3 rounds:

3-0 St Kentigern, Rangitoto

2-1 Rosmini, Westlake

1-2 Auckland Grammar, Liston

0-3, Macleans, Mt Albert

Wins for Massey and St Mary’s in Girls Prem Grade

Massey High bench

There were just two games played last Friday in the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls Premier Grade competition.

Despite missing Tayla Dalton, away on Harbour Breezed duty, Carmel College had slightly the better start against Massey High edging the first quarter 14-12 during which time a nice battle developed between standout forwards Quaizden Stephano (Carmel) and Yzabelle Tevao (Massey) as the two wrestled for rebounding supremacy.

Massey scored eight of the last nine points in the half to lead 31-26 at the break – Alyesha Schuster prominent in that run. Emily Broomfield led the Carmel scoring with 8 points in the half.

Another Massey run (this time 11-2) after the interval gave the visitors the points buffer it had been seeking. Ramona Fuiavaa orchestrated the surge allowing Shauna Povey and Tevao to dominate the scoring as Massey stretched the advantage to 47-34 at three-quarter time

Izzy Cattermole was prominent in the second half but Carmel could do little to stop Massey recording a second straight win.

Carmel College 49– Emily Broomfield 14, Cattermole 14, Estelle Davidson 9, Stephano 9

Massey High 73– Tevao 20, Povey 17, Schuster 17, Ramona Fuiavaa 10

 

Pania Dowd and Riana Matiseni exchanged early threes as St Mary’s took a 13-11 lead into the first break.

Eight second quarter points from Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu countered the efforts of Tiger-Lily Locker, Breanna Waka and Anna Teu as St Mary’s took a 29-18 lead into the interval.

Alex Moore and Kailahi-Fulu scored six points apiece in the third frame as St Mary’s extended their advantage to 47-23.

Triples from Maia Malolo and Trinity Atiga in the final quarter put the icing on a comprehensive win for St Mary’s who, like Massey, have made a 2-0 start to the season.

Mt Albert Grammar 26– Tiger-Lily Locker 7, Waka 5, Dowd 4

St Mary’s College 75– Kailahi-Fulu 16, Moore 14, Malolo 12, Atiga 11

 

The Westlake Girls High versus Auckland Girls Grammar fixture has been postponed to a later date as it clashed with the AGGS Ball.  In addition Westlake had a number of their squad playing for Harbour Breeze and Harbour Zephyr at the Women’s Basketball Championship in Christchurch on Friday.

Unfortunately Botany Downs defaulted its game against Rangitoto College.

Round 3 fixtures on May 17:

Westlake (2-0) v Massey (2-0)

Botany Downs (0-2) v Auckland Girls Grammar (0-2)

St Mary’s (2-0) v Carmel (1-1)

Rangitoto (1-1) v Mt Albert (0-2)

St Kentigern, Rangitoto and Westlake move to 2-0 in Boy’s Premier Grade

St Kent's huddle

St Kentigern College demonstrated that they will be a championship contender this season as the second round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boys competition produced wins for Westlake Boys, Rangitoto College and Liston College as well as the men from East Auckland.

St Kentigern, paced by the back court duo of Alex McNaught and Kazlo Evans, made the better start with a 25-18 first quarter effort in front of another full house at the Tom Gerrard Gymnasium.

Suffocating defence from the visitors stifled the Rosmini offence that could only muster 30 points in the opening half. In contrast the inside presence of Levic Kerr, penetrative drives of Shalom Broughton and perimeter shooting of McNaught and Evans constantly found holes in the hosts defence – St Kent’s ahead 51-32 at the interval.

Josh Child helped stretch the lead to thirty in the third before Sean Murphy and Marvin Williams-Dunn led a Rozza mini revival – St Kent’s still 73-51 to the good at the last break.

The Rosmini revival, on the back of some full court pressure, gathered further momentum in the final stanza as the St Kentigern guards were forced into several errors. Williams-Dunn knocked down back to back threes, Terrence Abdon also scored on consecutive plays and Taine Murray got in on the scoring action but Broughton and Child did enough to ensure Rosmini didn’t get too close as St Kent’s secured a deserved victory.

Rosmini College 86– Williams-Dunn 28, Murray 18, Murphy 16, Reihana Maxwell-Topia 10

St Kentigern College 96– Broughton 27, Kerr 18, Evans 17, McNaught 16

 

Jaga Mete produced the highest individual scoring performance of the season to date but his 41 points were not quite enough to see Auckland Grammar across the line as they suffered a 93-84 home defeat against Westlake Boys.

Eight early points from Grammar point guard Connor Ngan were eclipsed by  Josh Kooiman who made 14 points as Westlake forged a 31-23 lead.

Mete and Cody Brown wrestled control back for Grammar in the second as the hosts carved out a narrow 47-44 advantage.

The two teams went toe to toe in the third – six points from Cam Atkinson helping Westlake tie the game at 63 points apiece with ten minutes to play.

Despite Junior Tall Black forward Sam Mennenga being sidelined with a rolled ankle for all but the opening five minutes Westlake finished the stronger putting on 30 points in the closing quarter.

Kooiman took his made threes to six – Jett Thompson and Dylan Wilkie also landed from beyond the arc – and with Joe Wuthrich making important buckets Lake were able to hold off Mete and Toby Caldwell down the stretch.

Auckland Grammar 84– Mete 41, Ngan 12, Langdon 8

Westlake Boys 93– Kooiman 22, Atkinson 19, Wilkie 15, Wuthrich 12

 

The shooting of Desmond Helu was the difference between the teams as Liston College won 70-59 at Mt Albert Grammar School. Helu scored 33 points – a shooting performance that contained seven triples including three in the decisive last quarter.

It looked promising early on for MAGS as they built a 19-6 early lead and 33-22 at half time as Josh Leger, Nate Wilson and Dakota Stephens posted regular scores.

Momentum changed after the break as MAGS were outscored 18-6 in the third with George Peyroux and Helu doing most the damage as Liston edged ahead 40-39 at the three-quarter mark.

Buckets from Peyroux and Wilson gave MAGS encouragement but it was the blitz from beyond the arc from Helu aided by scores from Karatau and Victor Ola’aiga that earned Liston the win.

Mt Albert Grammar 59– Leger 16, Wilson 14, Peyroux 9

Liston College 70– Helu 33, Karatau 13, Kiani Saxon 9

 

Rangitoto College pretty much settled the tie at Macleans College in the first quarter racing to a commanding 38-6 advantage with nine Rangi players getting on the scoresheet in that opening spell.

Harry Smith scored ten first half points for Macleans and Michael Barbaran chipped in with a couple of baskets but Rangi were totally dominant leading 61-18 at half-time.

Daniel Powell had a good night for Rangi pumping in a premier high 26 points on the back of 5 made threes from 6 attempts. He was well supported by Harry Payne, Liam Judd, Jared Thornton and the Ethan’s – Mandeno and Skelton – who all scored in double figures as Rangitoto won every quarter.

Smith and Tyson Kempton were the double-digit scorers for the hosts but the boys from the Bays have made a flying start to the season with two big wins.

Macleans College 52– Smith 19, Kempton 10, Barbaran 9

Rangitoto College 116– Powell 26, Payne 18, Judd 16, Thornton 12

Wrap on opening round of Girl’s Premier Grade

 

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The opening round of the Premier Boys competition saw the four games decided by the average differential of 33 points. The Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Girls opening round was even more lopsided with the differential in three of the games in excess of 50 points.

The exception was the Rangitoto College versus St Mary’s College clash in the Bays which was won by the visitors 80-68 despite Rangi leading 21-8 after the first ten minutes.

Hannah Wentworth knocked down a couple of threes for Rangi in the second quarter but it was a period that belonged to St Mary’s as they rattled up 32 points. Alex Moore, Kat Leslie, Riana Matiseni and Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu all made significant contributions as St Mary’s took a 40-34 advantage into the half-time break.

The third quarter was far more even as Rangi attempted to dent the deficit via scores from Aroha Rogers and Ella Moore. They could only claw back two points as Leata Te Nana-Williams kept St Mary’s ahead 55-51 with ten minutes to play.

Moore, Wentworth and Rogers made triples for the hosts in the closing stages but Leslie, Daneka Manase and Kailahi-Fulu ensured it would be a successful away trip for St Mary’s.

Rangitoto College 68– Wentworth 26, A Rogers 19, Moore 10, W Rogers 8

St Mary’s College 80– Leslie 19, Kailahi-Fulu 14, Matiseni 14, Te Nana-Williams 12

 

Mt Albert Grammar kept paced with Massey High in the early stages and trailed by five (17-12) at the first break.

However it was all Massey in the second quarter as Shauna Povey and Alyesha Schuster took charge of proceedings to help forge a 41-18 half-time lead.

Yzabelle Tevao and Ramona Fuaivaa continued the good work in the second half as Massey ran away with the game winning 91-35. Rikki Burgess was the best for Mt Albert scoring almost half of her team’s points.

Massey High 91– Povey 30, Fuaivaa 11, Tevao 10, Shazalea Henry 10, Schuster 8

MAGS 35– Burgess 16, Monica Kelly 4, Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie 4

 

It was one-way traffic on the Rosmini College court as Carmel College swept Auckland Girls Grammar aside winning 94-30.

The writing was on the wall for the visitors in the first quarter as Carmel raced out to a 29-8 lead. The scoring slowed in the second but it was still 50-13 in favour of the hosts at half-time and the result never in doubt thereafter.

Imogene Noble (15pts) and Sera Taei battled away gamely for AGGS but they could do little to deny Carmel who enjoyed scoring contributions across the board but most noticeably from Emily Broomfield and Tall Ferns trialist Tayla Dalton.

Carmel 94– Dalton 37, Broomfield 18, Quaizden Stephano 9, Estelle Davidson 8

AGGS 30– Noble 15, Sera Taei 9

 

The most one sided game of the round took place at Westlake where the hosts overwhelmed Botany Downs 136-14.

It was a baptism of fire for Botany playing Premier basketball for the first time and it is to be hoped they can quickly make the necessary adjustments to be competitive at this level.

For the record eight Westlake players scored in double figures.

Westlake Girls High 136– Rosalie Dil 31, Emma Pugh 19, Piper Manolas 18, Jess Moors 14, Emme Shearer 14

Botany Downs College 14– Sophia Herewini 5, Tiana Herewini 4

Decisive victories highlight opening round of Boys Premier games

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The opening round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boys competition saw four decisive results with the narrowest margin of victory 24 points and the average differential a whopping 33 points.

The 24 points win belonged to St Kentigern College who defeated Mt Albert Grammar 76-52, although that result looked unlikely early on with MAGS establishing a 20-15 opening quarter lead – ten points from Sataan Tawera in the initial gambit.

St Kent’s bounced back in the second to lead 39-31 at the main break.

Kazlo Evans scored ten points either side of half-time but a combined dozen points from Morgan Aiono and Tawera, who finished with a game high 25 points (3/6 3PG), meant MAGS were still in the game at the three-quarter mark trailing 53-47.

However St Kent’s, led by Evans, put the defensive clamps on in the fourth restricting MAGS to just five points.

Levic Kerr and Alex McNaught sealed the win at the offensive end as the pair, along with Shalom Broughton, registered double digit contributions.

St Kentigern 76– Evans 17, Kerr 14, McNaught 12, Shalom Broughton 12

MAGS 52– Tawera 25, Aiona 11, Nate Wilson 4p/10r

 

The opening quarter of the Rangitoto College versus Liston College encounter up in the Bays was a tight affair with Rangi shading it 18-16 despite Sefa Prasad landing a couple of long threes for Liston.

Quarter two was a disaster for the visitors outscored 29-5 as Zach Riley, Harry Payne and Phoenix Leapolu made a trio of baskets apiece to propel the hosts to a 47-21 half-time lead.

Desmond Helu and Kiani Saxon led a mini Liston revival in the third but any chance of sustained resistance was snuffed out in the final quarter as the hosts scored another 27 points with Payne taking his personal tally to 20 points. Tautoko Wynyard, younger brother of Southland Sharks forward Tai Wynyard, scored twelve points on his premier debut for Rangi who ran out 94-58 winners.

Rangitoto 94– Payne 20, Leapolu 12, Riley 12, Wynyard 12

Liston College 58– Prasad 17, Desmond Helu 11, Shawn Hickey 10, Saxon 10

 

The Westlake Boys quartet of Dylan Wilkie, Jett Thompson, Josh Kooiman and Sam Mennnenga combined to make six triples in the opening quarter as the home team built a 28-20 early advantage against Macleans College.

Harry Smith and Michael Babaran counter-punched for Macleans producing 32 points in the half as the visitors hung on to trail 51-39 at the interval.

More threes from Wilkie and Thompson extended the Lake advantage to a decisive 70-39 at the third break.

Mennenga, just back from a tour of China with the Junior Tall Blacks, put an exclamation mark on the 99-69 Westlake win with 15 fourth quarter points.

 Westlake Boys 99– Mennenga 32, Thompson 13, Wilkie 12, Kooiman 12

Macleans College 69– Smith 31, Babaran 20, Tyson Kempton 6

 

Rosmini College opened its defence of the premier title with a resounding 87-44 victory against Auckland Grammar in a packed Tom Gerrand Gymnasium.

The young Grammar team, with Caleb Landon providing offensive rebounding energy and Jaga Mete and Connor Naan looking threatening in the back court, made a sound start going toe for toe with the hosts in the early minutes.

Rosmini upped the defensive tempo in the second and with Taine Murray landing four of five attempts from beyond the arc dominated the period (20-7) to lead 46-23 at half-time. Murray’s offensive salvo complimented the defensive work of his teammates led by the efforts of Sean Murphy and Reihana Maxwell-Topia.

Grammar were again kept to single figures in the third as Rosmini continued the three-point barrage – Murray made another two, Thomas Morgan one and Reimar Cruz two including the last of the quarter that hit the bottom of the net as the three-quarter siren sounded.

Daniel Boyd and Cody Brown scored some consolation points for Grammar at the death but a late Tyler Martin triple capped a dominant performance by the hosts.

Rosmini 87– Murray 30, Maxwell-Topia 10, Murphy 10

AGS 44– Mete 11, Naan 6, Lain Haku 6

St Peter’s finish 5th and Rosmini 6th at World Champs

 

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St Peter’s School, Cambridge finished fifth, and Rosmini College sixth, at the ISF World Schools Basketball Championship in Greece after contrasting results on the final day of action.

St Peter’s saw off the challenge of Chile winning 50-42 on the back of 17 points from Ella Bradley and ten points from Charlisse Leger-Walker – a couple of baskets from Waiata Jennings late in the fourth helping seal the victory. Tall Fern guard Leger-Walker was named to the Tournament All-Star Five after guiding the team to six victories in seven games – their only loss a quarter-final defeat against Greece.

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Rosmini couldn’t quite emulate the effort of St Peter’s as they were run down 71-70 by Greece in an exciting climax to their campaign. Rosmini led by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter but, hampered by the loss of Reihana Maxwell-Topia due to a first half injury, couldn’t quite hold off the fast finishing hosts.

28 points from Taine Murray and 14 points from Sean Murphy (the pair made four triples apiece) were the main contributors for Rosmini. A Jayden Boucher basket gave the visitors a one point buffer in the final seconds but a couple of foul calls later Greece were able to claim the lead from the foul line and deny Rosmini who had a game winning attempt rim out on the buzzer.

Both St Peter’s and Rosmini can reflect on successful tournaments representing their schools and New Zealand with distinction at a World Championship event.

Israel claimed the Boy’s gold medal beating Greece 79-78 in the final and Finland beat Turkey 70-60 to top the podium in the Girl’s Final.

 

St Peter’s win opening game at Schools World Champs.

St P's v Greece

St Peter’s School Cambridge Girls opened their account at theISF Basketball World Schools Championship in Greece with a 58-41 win in a physical encounter with Greece.

Despite afew handling errors from St Peter’s in what Head Coach Leanne Walker described as a “nervous start,” the Schick National Champs were still able to forge a 15-8 opening quarter lead.

The momentum stayed with St Peter’s in the second quarter – they led 27-18 at half time and would go on to win all four periods.

Walker commented that there was some adjustments to be made as the games consisted of 4×8 minute quarters.

“It was a physical encounter with Greece adopting a determined pressing effort. This was overcome by some slick passing and good ball movement. Greece then dropped back into a zone but a corner three after some excellent inside-out action meant they switched out of that pretty quickly,” added Walker.

Unfortunately we do not have the individual scorers from the game.

St Peter’s are drawn in Group E of the girl’s competition alongside teams from Israel, Latvia as well as the Greek team and face Israel on Sunday at 5pm local time.

Team:

Charlisse-Leger Walker, Megan Bradley, Grace McGirr, Alana Paewai, Ella Bradley, Jayze’Lee Waihi, Toha Kemp, Ahi Williams, Dominique Stephens, Emma Baker, Waiata Jennings

Head Coach- Leanne Walker, Assistant Coach – Anthony Corban

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