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

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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

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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

Massey pipped by St Mary’s in Girl’s Premier League Round Three

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St Mary’s College and Westlake Girls High remain unbeaten in the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Division but the pair had contrasting victories in retaining their 100% records.

Westlake cruised home against Mt Albert Grammar whilst St Mary’s can count themselves rather fortunate to snatch a win against Massey High.

There were also victories for Rangitoto College and Baradene College.

“We might not get a better chance,” were the words of Massey High School Head Coach Tim Ryan after his team were pipped at the post by St Mary’s.

Massey led almost the entire game and were up by as many as 16 points at one stage but suffered the agony of seeing there lead initially diminish and ultimately snatched away as Jess Fleming and Safena Tenana-Williams made the game tying then go-ahead scores for St Mary’s.

Despite scoring contributions from Tenana-Williams and Faith Ualika St Mary’s trailed 16-14 at quarter time.

The next period was all Massey as they peeled off 20 points – Shazaleah Henry knocked down a three but the majority of damage was done by Ramona Fuaivaa and Maya Taingahue – to lead 36-22 half-time.

Lani Robertson led a St Mary’s revival in the third frame but they still had plenty to do at three-quarter time trailing 49-42.

Zhoey Tilby-Woods and Taingahue made buckets but Massey scores were starting to dry up. St Mary’s were hardly in free scoring mode themselves but after Ualika and Fleming baskets they sensed an opportunity.

Fuaivaa made important free-throws but it wasn’t quite enough as the Tenana-Wiliams sisters and Jess Fleming made crucial scores to pinch the win.

Massey 58 – Fuaivaa 18, Taingahue 11, Tilby-Woods 6, Henry 6

St Mary’s 59 – L Tenana-Williams  14, Ualika 11, S Tenana-Williams 10, Robertson 9

 

It was a different story at Westlake as the other team boasting an unblemished record pummelled Mt Albert Grammar School 96-44.

Jess Moors was at her dominating best scoring 23 points with Rosie Dil (20 points), Emma Pugh (13 points) and Holly Williams (13 points) also in double figures.

The game started poorly for MAGS as they trailed 18-6 after the first quarter.

Shazaleah Henry scored six points for MAGS in the second quarter but Jess Moors, Pugh and Dil bettered that to carry Westlake to a 46-19 lead at half-time.

It was more of the same in the second half as Westlake moved to a third straight win and MAGS slipped to a third consecutive defeat.

Westlake 96 – J Moors 23, S Dil 20, E Pugh 13, H Williams 13, Clayton 9

MAGS 44 – Foster 11, Leger 8, Kelly 7

 

Despite getting in some early foul trouble Florence Dallow (20 points) still top scored for Epsom Girls Grammar. However in a game featuring a number of momentum swings it was Baradene, paced by 22 points from Lilly Parke, that secured a 70-60 win.

Baradene enjoyed the better of the opening quarter (19-15) but by the interval their lead was just a single point (33-32).

A three from Maya Fowler and ten points from Dallow gave Epsom the lead but Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs made a couple of key plays late in the third and with ten minutes to play the scores were tied at 47 points apiece.

Lauren Boxall-Hunt made a couple of handy scores for Epsom but the last and most vital momentum swing went the way of Baradene. Parke made nine points in the closing minutes, Ritorya Tamilo made a couple of vital scores with Deyna Topia icing the game from the free-throw line to move Baradene to 2-1 for the season.

Epsom 60 – Dallow 20, Aruwa 16, Boxall-Hunt 8, Setoga 6

Baradene 70 – L Parke 22, Topia 15, Tamilo 14, Cavanagh-Briggs 9, Faleafa 6

 

A 19-point win slightly flattered Rangitoto College as with 4 minutes to play Carmel College trailed by just 7 points (62-55). Kellie Tawhiao paced proceedings for Rangi with a dominating 23 points and 17 rebounds

Izzy MacGregor and Jemma Cammell gave Carmel a 7-0 start but Waiaria Riley got Rangitoto going and it was just a one point game at quarter time (14-13) in favour of hosts Carmel.

Tawhiao and Centaine Noon-Duckworth powered Rangi to a 34-23 lead but with Katie Linstrom and Kalea Norton making threes Carmel closed the half with an 11-2 run to trail 36-34 at the break.

It was all Rangi in the third quarter as they restricted Carmel to a measly 4 points – threes from Zaara Sain and Tawhiao helped them to a 52-38 lead.

Carmel worked hard to reduce the lead but still trailed by ten points with 5 minutes to play.

Cammell reduced the deficit to seven with 3:45 to play but from there Rangi ensured they would claim the win by scoring 16 of the final 20 points – a three at the death from Ella Moore putting an exclamation mark on the victory.

Carmel 59 – Cammell 18, MacGregor 11, Stephano 10

Rangitoto 78 – Tawhiao 23/17r, Noom Duckworth 15/9r, A Riley 13/8a, W Riley 7, Blythe

Only Rangitoto remain unbeaten in Auckland Boys Premiers

 

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Rangitoto College are the only unbeaten team after the first three rounds of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League competition with St Peter’s College the sole team looking to register a win.

Rangitoto beat Rosmini, Westlake Boys defeated Mt Albert Grammar whilst Auckland Grammar and St Kentigern College were too strong for Liston College and St Peter’s respectively.

Rosmini College, having trailed by 16 at one stage, eventually went down 87-82 to Rangitoto College with Zach Riley proving to be the difference maker in the closing seconds.

With Rosmini pushing for a comeback win the Rangitoto guard scored in transition to give his team an 85-82 lead with 43 seconds remaining. Rosmini couldn’t score on the next possession but neither could Rangi. With Rosmini once again with the ball Riley came up with a steal and calmly sunk the ensuing free-throws to seal a hard fought win.

It was a game in which four players dominated proceedings. Riley (35 points) and Lucas Payne (30 points) scored 76% of the Rangi points with Zeke Priest (10 points) the only other player to score more than four.

For Rosmini the Murphy brothers, Sean (scored a game high 39 points) and Kane (16 points), notched (67%) of the Saints points – Tom Beattie’s 9 points the next best.

After an even opening quarter the game went without a field goal for four minutes until Murphy, of the Kane variety, knocked down a three. Rangi went on to dominate the rest of the quarter (28-14) to lead 51-40 at half-time.

Kaia Dryden joined in the scoring action as Rangi enjoyed a period of dominance to lead 68-52 four minutes into the second half.

Sean Murphy then proceeded to reel off three triples leaving Rosmini down by five (70-65) at the last break.

Both teams were missing players through injuries and when Levi Fotu and Charlie Dalton both departed after picking up their fifth fouls the resources of both teams were being tested.

It was nip and tuck throughout the fourth, the scores tied at 78 points apiece with 3:30 to play after a Beattie And-1 play.

A neat finish from Payne restored the Rangi lead, Riley and Priest made free-throws but with Leo Wenham making a tumbling finish in traffic and Sean Murphy adding two more Rosmini were a point down with 90 seconds left on the clock.

That was the signal for Riley to put the seal on an outstanding individual display and a tight Rangitoto win.

Rosmini 82 – S Murphy 39, K Murphy 16, T Beattie 9

Rangitoto 87 – Z Riley 35, L Payne 30, Priest 10

 

A game high 23 points from Sataan Tawera wasn’t enough to get Mt Albert Grammar a road win at Westlake Boys. After two straight losses Westlake were in need of a win and were well served by Reuben Natusch (22 points) and Jett Thompson (21 points) as they registered the W.

Dakota Stephens had his eye-in early on making three treys for the visitors but a Ben Lewis strike from deep ensured Westlake has a 25-22 lead at quarter time.

The tempo slowed in the second but MAGS were well in contention at half-time just 42-37 behind.

Jett Thompson and Natusch featured strongly in the third as Westlake wrestled control. Tawera and Phoenix Sorensen kept MAGS in the contest but they faced a twelve points deficit in the final ten minutes trailing 67-55.

Stephens, Tawera and Morgan Aiono did their best to knock dents in the Westlake lead but Antonio Luetich, Josh Kooiman and Thompson held MAGS at bay to ensure a deserved win for Lake in front of a good sized crowd.

Westlake 88 – Natusch 22, Thompson 21, Spencer 12, Kooiman 11, Luetich 8

MAGS 73 – Tawera 23, Stephens 18, Aiono 12, Sorensen 9

 

Auckland Grammar defeated Liston College 92-55 in a game that was pretty much decided in the opening quarter which the hosts won 30-3; only Troy Lee Baker scoring from the field for Liston in the opening ten minutes.

Caleb Landon, on his way to a game high 21 points, scored seven of those in the opening frame with Josh Muggleston and Connor Ngan making five triples between them as Grammar put an iron grip on the contest.

Liston improved sufficiently enough in the second to take the quarter 22-17, with eight players contributing to the revival. Desmond Helu and Rasheed Tahiru, with triples, were amongst those eight but there was still a mountain to climb for the visitors at the break with Grammar ahead 47-25.

Langton and Muggleston pushed on with the job in the third – a triple from Helu late in the period making little impression on the AGS 68-39 lead.

Grammar were in cruise mode in the fourth as Blake Manning, Luka Vea and that man Landon extended the advantage even further.

AGS 92 – Landon 23, Muggleston 14, Ngan 11, Gibson 11, Bigio 9

Liston 55 – Ma’afu 9, Helu 8, Prasad 7, Tahiru 7

 

In the other game St Kentigern College took care of business against St Peter’s College winning 114-63. More details to follow.

 

Week 2 Girl’s Premier Wrap – Big wins for Baradene and Epsom

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Two notable wins highlighted Week 2 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Girls competition.

Pride of place goes to Baradene College who recorded their first ever win in the top echelon of Auckland School’s basketball. The other promoted team Epsom Girls Grammar School also grabbed their first win of the season whilst Westlake Girls and St Mary’s were the other victorious teams.

Baradene College and Massey High School played out an entertaining contest at Trusts Arena on Saturday afternoon prior to the Sal’s NBL game.

The score-line doesn’t tell the full story as it was only in the last quarter that Baradene were able to pull away and enjoy their inaugural Premier victory.

Ahead of that fourth quarter the Baradene lead was just seven point (62-55) but the final period would prove to be largely one-way traffic in their favour.

A 12-0 Baradene run at the start of the fourth was halted by a Ramona Fuaivaa two and a Shazaleah Henry triple but with Lily Parke, Ritorya Tamilo, Charlotte Rattray and Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs each scoring a brace of baskets the Baradene lead soon ballooned out to twenty points.

The Baradene supporters could relax and enjoy the closing stages with their team going on to win 90-66.

Early on things had looked a little ominous for Baradene as Fuaivaa knocked down three triples in the opening quarter. Another triple, this time from Parke, gave Baradene a one point quarter- time lead.

Tahlya Waikiki and Maya Taingahue each scored six points in the second frame for Massey but Deyna Topia matched that to help Baradene to a 39-35 half-time lead.

It was basket for basket in a hectic third period but 7 points apiece from Lily Parke and Tamilo tipped the scales slightly in favour of Baradene.

With the defensive qualities of Rattray and Tamilo shining through it was all Baradene in the final quarter.

Baradene 90 – L Parke 24, Tamilo 21, Rattray 15, Topia 14, Cavanagh-Briggs 8

Massey 66 – Fuaivaa 21, Henry 16, Taingahue 14, Tahlya Waikiki 12

 

Despite having just six players Epsom Girls Grammar were able to secure an 82-68 win at Mt Albert Grammar School.

It was tight most of the way at Epsom Girls as the home team eventually got the better of Mt Albert Grammar School to win 82-68.

Newly promoted EGGS only had six players but still managed to outlast MAGS, thanks largely to the efforts of Flow Dallow (31 points) and Sarah-Joy Aruwa (25 points).

There was little to choose between the two sides in the first half, EGGS leading 23-22 after 10 minutes and 44-42 after 20 minutes.

Monica Kelly and Kayla Tenana made a couple of baskets apiece for MAGS in the third period although Dallow and Aruwa shared 15 points to extend the Epsom advantage to 60-54.

Kelly and Danae Tait did their best to wrestle the initiative but Epsom, with Te Ataiti Armstrong and Te Aroha Kukutai-Wairau making key contributions, were not to be denied their first win of the season.

MAGS 68 – Tait 12, Kelly 10, Foster 10, Cocker-Lemalie 9, Pupuke-Robati 6, Tenana 6

Epson 82 – Dallow 31, Aruwa 25, Armstrong 13, Kukutai-Wairau 9

 

Westlake Girls visited Rangitoto College and it took last season’s Grand Finalists thirty-five minutes to wear down the hosts resistance.

When the game’s leading scorer Aroha Riley (28 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists) scored on the three-quarter time buzzer Rangitoto were only 5 points adrift (52-47) and an upset was a possibility.

Mackenzie Chatfield scored five quick points at the start of the fourth but after landing awkwardly had to be helped from the court and took no further part in the game.

Makenzie Boucher and Emma Pugh took over the scoring load and suddenly the Westlake lead was out to a match winning 68-52.

Aroha Riley and Ella Moore tried to peg back the deficit but Jess Moors ensured that Westlake would claim their second straight win to begin the season.

Earlier Rosie Dil ensured that Westlake were ahead 17-11 at quarter time. Rangi edged the second period 16-14 to trail at the break by four points (31-27) with the Riley sisters scoring 15 of the Rangi points.

Jess Moors stamped her authority on proceedings in the third grabbing numerous defensive rebounds and immediately initiating the offense to produce scoring opportunities for herself or her teammates.

Rangitoto hung in tough – with Aroha Riley in great scoring touch,  Moore, Emily Blythe and Kellie Tawhiao offering strong support the fourth quarter promised to be a dog fight.

Unfortunately that didn’t eventuate as Westlake put their foot down to move to 2-0 on the season.

 

Rangitoto 68 – A Riley 28, Moore 12, Tawhiao 8/16r, Blythe 6/9r

Westlake 83 – J Moors 18, Dil 13, Chatfield 13, Pugh 11, Boucher 9, Fotu 8

Kat Leslie scored 19 points and Leata Tenana-Williams added 16 points as St Mary’s College beat Carmel College for their second win of the season.

It was a third quarter demolition job by St Mary’s that clinched the contest as they outscored Carmel 22-5 in that period. Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu, Tenana-Williams and Leslie did most of the damage to swing the contest firmly in favour of St Mary’s.

Up to that point Qaizden Stephan (15 points), Lily Morgan and Kalea Norton had ensured Carmel were well in the contest, down 35-27 at half-time.

Parity was restored in the fourth quarter with the two teams splitting 34 points but from Carmel’s perspective the horse, or more accurately St Mary’s, had already bolted.

St Mary’s 74 – Leslie 19, L Tenana-Williams 15, Kailahi-Fulu 12, Robertson 9, Schmid 6

Carmel 48 – Qaizden 15, Cammell 9, Norton 9

The competition now takes a break during the school holidays with the third round to be played on Friday July 24th.

Auckland Premiers – Boys Week 2 Wrap

AGS Huddle

The  second week of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League saw wins for Rangitoto, Rosmini, Mt Albert and Auckland Grammar meaning a fortnight into the season only Rangitoto and Rosmini are unbeaten.

Most pundits would probably have picked St Kentigern College to beat Auckland Grammar School but it wasn’t to be. Grammar had six players with 9 points or more as they bounced back, after a first round loss, to record a confidence building 86-81 victory.

Connor Ngan made three triples for AGS on his way to a team high 19 points – he was ably supported by Jamal Todd and Oliver Gibson with 16 points apiece whilst Caleb Landon and Toby Caldwell both had 13.

For St Kent’s Dontae Russo, in just his second Premier League outing, led all scorers with 24 points and Kazlo Evans was also in good form with 22 points.

Grammar forged an 18-14 first quarter lead and extended that to 41-34 by half-time.  Caldwell earned himself some profitable trips to the foul line and with Landon active, the hosts were in charge at half time. Points late in the half from Russo prevented the margin from being greater.

Ngan and Caldwell scored a pair of threes apiece in an even third period – Russo, Alex McNaught and Martin Gan landing from deep for St Kent’s who trailed 67-61 at three-quarter time.

Evans scored 10 points in the final period for St Kent’s but Grammar weren’t going to let this one slip – Todd, Landon and Ngan getting the job done in the fourth to seal a notable win for AGS.

St Kentigern 81 – Russo 24, Evans 22, Kerr 12, NcNaught 10, Gan 10

AGS 86 – Ngan 19, Todd 16, Gibson 16, Landon 13, Caldwell 13, Vea 9

 

Rangitoto College scored the first 11 points of the game and were 33-20 to the good at quarter time. Westlake battled away bravely but conceding such a lead proved too difficult to overcome – the hosts holding the lead throughout to win 101-84.

A full gym, with plenty of travelling support for Westlake Boys, were warmed by a fast paced encounter.

In the early stages of the final quarter it appeared as if Westlake might make a charge as Josh Kooiman, Jett Thompson and Antonio Leutich made scores – with 5 minutes to play Lake trailed by just nine points (77-86).

Critically Lucas Payne scored on the next possession and with Zeke Priest, Ethan Skelton and Zach Riley also adding to their personal tallies Rangitoto controlled the dying stages with a 15-7 finish.

Earlier Zach Riley nailed a triple on the opening possession to set the tone for Rangi, as they quickly established an 11 point lead before Christian Martin gave the Lake fans something to cheer about. The Chang brothers Zane and Rocco combined neatly for a score to help Westlake but Riley scored a dozen points in an opening quarter dominated by the hosts.

The two teams exchanged baskets in the second frame but when Rangitoto gave up possession for Leutich and Reuben Natusch to score easy baskets coach Kenny Stone needed a timeout.

Kala Dryden and Skelton settled things down for Rangi and with Riley throwing down an athletic dunk they were ahead 55-42 at the interval.

Westlake settled on a 1-2-2 zone in the third and for a while it paid dividends as the Rangitoto scoring slowed.

Priest landed a deep three but Kooiman and Boston Caldwell went back-to back from long range for the visitors. Payne then scored off a lovely heads-up pass from Priest and with 10 to go Rangi led by 10 (77-67).

Jacob Fotu scored on the resumption before the brief Westlake run but it was Rangitoto that prevailed, recording a second straight Premier League win.

Rangitoto 101 – Riley 31, Priest 16/12r, Ethan Skelton 20/8a  Payne 14, Powell 7, Jovanovic 7

Westlake 84 – Martin 14, Caldwell 13, Kooiman 12, Z Chang 12, Leutich 9

 

Liston College made the slightly better start forging a 19-15 lead – James Hickey, Safa Prasad and forward Troy Lee Baker causing Rosmini some problems.

A little sluggish in the opening period Rosmini had the best of the second quarter with Leo Wenham and Charlie Dalton to the fore. Des Helu knocked down a three-pointer close to half-time but Liston trailed 40-35 at the break.

Helu was again on the scoresheet early in the third but Taine Murray and Sean Murphy began to boss proceedings. With Cyrus Grafil contributing a couple of baskets Rosmini were sitting comfortable at three-quarter time leading 67-48.

Baker and Prasad posted points for Liston but it was Tom Beattie and Murphy that had the final say in an eventually comfortable Rosmini win.

Liston 67 – Prasad 18, Helu 14, Hickey 12, Baker 10

Rosmini 89 – Murray 20, S Murphy 20, Dalton 10, Beattie 8, K Murphy 8

 

Sataan Tawera, with 29 points, was the star of the show for Mt Albert Grammar as they recorded a convincing 87-57 win against St Peter’s College.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for MAGS as St Peter’s were well in touch at half-time only trailing 36-29.

Tawera and Denvor Elia were already in double figures for MAGS at that point, with Jack Donnelly the leading scorer for St Peter’s who must have liked their chances at that stage.

The third period was all MAGS.  Kuresa Tapula’aia posted three quick baskets at the start of the quarter, Tawera maintained the momentum and when Dakota Stephens converted from long range MAGS had outscored their opposition 25-7 in the frame and with a lead of 61-36 assured themselves of victory.

Mitch Lancaster and Donnelly posted points for St Peter’s in the fourth but Morgan Aiono, on his way to a massive double-double, and Mondray Fiatau helped cap off a fine MAGS performance.

MAGS 87 – Tawera 29, Aiono 13/17r, Elia 11, Fiatau 11, Tapula’aia 9

St Peter’s 57 – Donnelly 20, Lancaster 8, Sula 7, Arlove 7, Errey 7

Teams will now take a break during the school holidays with fixtures to resume on July 24th.

Wrap on Week 1 of Auck Secondary Schools Premier Action.

Massey huddle

Ramona Fuaivaa had the distinction of scoring the first point in Auckland Secondary School’s Premier Basketball on the North Shore in 2020 as she gave Massey High School the lead at Carmel College on Friday night.

The Massey captain would go on to score a game high equaling 26 points to lead her team to an 89-85 victory.

Carmel guard Jemma Cammell also notched 26 points in an end-to-end, entertaining encounter that could have gone either way but eventually fell the way of the visitors.

Massey got off to a fast start opening up a 9-1 lead but that was quickly erased as Qaizden Stephano scored inside and Lily Morgan and Katea Norton struck from deep to give the home side a 17-11 lead at the first break.

Carmel had seven different scorers in the second quarter but Massey weren’t going away and trailed by just two points, 34-36, at half-time.

The third quarter told the story of the game. Maya Taingahue and Tahlya Waikiki sprung Massey into a lead before Mackenzie MacKereth obliterated that advantage. Cammell put Carmel ahead but Fuaivaa put a stop to that with a pair of threes. The lead kept changing in a period that produced 67 points – Massey ahead by the narrowest of margins (69-68) at the three-quarter mark.

Izzy MacGregor converted a long three but it was Cammell carrying the scoring load for Carmel. She notched a dozen of her team’s 17 points in the final period but it wasn’t quite enough to see off the efforts of Shazaleah Henry, Fuaivaa, Taingahue and Waikiki.

Carmel 85 – Cammell 26, Stephano 16, MacKereth 8, Morgan 8

Massey 89 – Fuaivaa 26, Taingahue 19, Waikiki 17, Henry 17

 

Double-doubles from Aroha Riley (15 points/13 rebounds) and Kellie Tawhiao (13 points/16rebounds) propelled Rangitoto College to a 20-point win at Mt Albert Grammar School.

MAGS made the better start – a couple of baskets apiece from Danae Tait (18 points) and Breanna Waka helped the home team to an 18-10 lead after 10 minutes.

That lead was quickly erased in the second quarter as Rangi guard Ella Moore dropped 10 points in the period – her team 37-26 ahead at the interval.

Scoring continued to be a struggle for MAGS in the third and Rangi took full advantage. Riley and Emily Blythe both struck from long range as the visitors put up 21 points in the period to lead 58-37 at three-quarter time.

Exchanges were even in the final quarter with Monica Kelly, Letiara Foster and Tait advancing the MAGS score. Moore capped off the Rangitoto win with her fourth triple of the game.

Rangitoto Coach Josh Davis was happy with his team’s first up effort “I was pleased with our toughness in a physical game, particularly Maddy Smith on her Premier debut.”

MAGS 52 – Tait 18, Foster 16, Waka 6, Kelly 6

Rangitoto 72 – A Riley 15/13r, Moore 15, Tawhiao 13/16r, Noom-Duckworth 9, Blythe 8

 

Baradene College, promoted as 2019 Senior A Champions, made a promising start to the Premier season but eventually went down 65-50 at home to Westlake Girls High School.

“It was not a bad effort, but we ran out of steam,” reflected Baradene Head Coach Andrew Parke.

His team made a promising start with Deyna Topia putting the finishing touches to a 15-14 quarter-time lead.

Holly Williams knocked down a three for Westlake and the ‘Mac-Attack of Mackenzie Chatfield and Makenzee Boucher were prominent as the visitors built a 32-25 lead by half-time.

Lily Parke and Ritorya Tamilo amassed 42 of Baradene’s 50 points and despite their best efforts Westlake were 49-32 to the good at three-quarter time.

Jess Moores and Rosalie Dil ensured there would be no late comeback from the hosts – Westlake off to a solid start with a first up win.

Baradene 50 – Parke 22, Tamilo 20

Westlake 65 – J Moors 20, Dil 11, Boucher 8, Chatfield 8

 

St Mary’s College got their 2020 campaign off to a good start with a 73-49 win against newly promoted Epsom Girls Grammar School.

It was a balanced performance from the defending champions with seven players contributing six points or more.

A tight opening frame, won 11-7 by St Mary’s, preceded a scoring rush in the second as both teams scored over twenty points.

Florence Dallow scored 8 points for Epsom and on the other side of the ledger Kodee Sefo, Leata Tenana-Williams, Zaliyah Kailahi-Fulu, Faith Ualika , Safena Tenana-Williams all scored multiple baskets as St Mary’s built a 39-27 half-time lead.

Sarah-Joy Aruwa kept the score ticking over for Epsom after the break but St Mary’s added another 20 points to be 59-36 ahead with ten minutes to play.

Te Aroha Kukutai-Wairau posted 6 points for Epsom in the final term, a tally matched by Sefo as St Mary’s eased to a comfortable victory.

Epsom 49 – Dallow 16, Aruwa 12, Kukutai-Wairau 8, Roy 5

St Mary’s 73 – Sefo 14, L Tenana-Williams 14, Kailahi-Fulu 9, Ualika 9, S Tenana-Williams 7

A dominant third quarter eases St Kentigern past Westlake Boys.

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In possibly the first ever Auckland Secondary Schools Premier game played on a Saturday, St Kentigern College eventually proved too good for Westlake Boys High School winning 107-82 at Trusts Arena.

The two teams split 54 points in the opening quarter with the scoring almost as high, and even, in the second frame – Westlake trailing by a single point (50-49) at half-time.

The opposing coaches, Westlake’s Tony Webster and St Kentigern’s Aaron Young, will feature in NBL Showdown on Sunday with the pair assistant coaches for Franklin Bulls and Auckland Huskies respectively.

In the Saturday showdown it was Young who found the winning formula in the third quarter with his team dominating Westlake in the period to lead 80-65 at three-quarter time. With Levick Kerr (26 points) a handful inside and a plethora of threats on the perimeter Young’s charges moved through the offensive gears scoring 30 points in the period.

Kazlo Evans was at the heart of the good things happening for St Kent’s, the shooting guard knocking down six three’s on his way to a game high 29 points.

Westlake were unable to make any impression on St Kent’s advantage in the fourth quarter, the 2019 national champions easing to a comfortable victory. Josh Kooiman, Liam Spencer, Antonio Leutich and Jett Thompson all made double digit contributions for Westlake but the Swans could do little to quell St Kent’s second half charge.

Much interest surrounded the Premier debut of St Kentigern’s Dontea Russo. The promising Year 11 guard made an encouraging start to his career for the ‘Blue and Whites’ contributing 20 points and showing commendable poise.

With Russo, Evans, Alex McNaught, Martin Gan and Kaea Rangiehaeata combining to make 14 threes in the game St Kentigern’s have served notice that they are likely to be the team to beat in 2020.

St Kentigern 107 – Evans 29, Kerr 26, Russo 20, Gan 13, McNaught 8

Westlake 82 – Thompson 21, Kooiman 18, Spencer 13, Leutich 11, Martin 7

Auckland Prems Basketball returns

 

Rozza Huddle

Live Secondary Schools Premier Basketball returned to Auckland on Friday night. Defending champions Rangitoto College narrowly avoided defeat beating Mt Albert Grammar School 73-66, Liston College held off the challenge of St Peter’s College to win 90-76 and Rosmini College got a road win at Auckland Grammar winning 86-66.

The Westlake Boys versus St Kentigern College game is being played at Trusts Stadium, Waitakere on Saturday, tip-off 2.15pm.

In an encounter that looked as if it would go down to the wire Rosmini College kept Auckland Grammar scoreless for five-minutes in the fourth quarter enabling them to pull away for a decisive 86-66 victory.

Early on it was all AGS as they attacked the boards with glee, troubled Rosmini with their transition play and penetrative driving.

Caleb Landon scored six quick points and when Stefan Bigio dropped a three late in the opening frame the hosts led 22-15.

Threes from Cian Emery and Pita Maxwell-Topia quickly erased the deficit, Toby Caldwell struck from deep for AGS but it was a quarter that belonged to Rosmini as they led 45-35 at half-time.

Taine Murray had been well marshalled by the home defence but he peeled off three straight baskets to keep Rosmini ahead. However AGS’ enthusiasm on the offensive boards was paying dividends, the work of Christian Ward, Oliver Gibson and Luka Vea earning Grammar extra possessions and reward on the scoreboard – Rosmini’s lead a narrow 61-56 with ten minutes remaining.

That lead was down to three when Vea opened the fourth quarter. Sean Murphy scored six straight points for the visitors but Gibson and Jamal Todd countered for the hosts and with 5:30 to play the Rosmini lead was still five points (68-63).

From there it was all Rosmini – some starch was applied to their defence and at the offensive end Murray, Emery, Murphy and Maxwell-Topia prospered. Maxwell-Topia’s fourth three of the game meant Rosmini had strung together a 15-0 run. It was a run that stretched the score line to a margin that didn’t reflect the Grammar effort but it was one that did please the many former Rosmini senior players in the good sized crowd.

AGS 66 – Landon 16, Ngan 10, Vea 10, Caldwell 7, Todd 7

Rosmini 86 – Murray 21, Murphy 19, Emery 15, Maxwell-Topia 13

AGS Huddle

A third quarter dominated by home side Mt Albert Grammar School appeared to give them a springboard to topple Rangitoto College on Friday. However the experience pair of Zach Riley and Ethan Skelton scored 10 points apiece in the final quarter as Rangitoto composed themselves to overcome a six-point deficit and win an entertaining contest 73-66.

An even first quarter was shaded by Rangitoto 16-14 before the second period became a grind. That was particularly so for hosts MAGS who managed just one field goal in the quarter, courtesy of Phoenix Sorensen, to trail 27-20 after a low scoring first half. David Jovanovic had 6 points at the break for Rangi, Ben Skelton 5 points for MAGS.

The second quarter scoring famine was replaced with a feast in the third – MAGS consuming the greater portions. Tucking in the most was Dakota Stephens (three triples) with Sataan Tawera and Morgan Aiono also grabbing healthy portions.Riley didn’t leave the table empty handed – his 11 points keeping the visitors in touch, down 49-43 at three-quarter time.

The intensity went up a notch in the fourth and again MAGS found their scoring touch elusive. Stephens scored his fourth triple of the night but it was Rangi gaining momentum.

Lucas Payne scored from beyond the arc and when Riley did the same on two occasions the visitors had wrestled the lead.

Tawera and Sorensen fired a couple of late shots but it was Skelton and Kaia Dryden putting the finishing touches to a hard fought victory for the defending champions.

MAGS 66 – Tawera 19/10r, Stephens 12, Aiono 11, Sorensen 10

Rangitoto 73 – Riley 27/11r, Skelton 13/7a, Payne 10, Jovanovich 8

 

 

Liston College have made a good start to the season. After comfortably disposing of Long Bay College in the promotion/relegation tie last week they travelled to St Peter’s College and came away with a 90-76 win on Friday night.

They made a solid start winning a quiet opening quarter 12-9 then stretching that advantage to 36-27 by half-time.

Centre Troy Lee Baker did most of the damage, dominating inside with 18 first half points. Jack Donnelly was in good form for St Peter’s and he came close to matching Baker, notching 15 points before the interval.

Donnelly continued to shine for St Peters, as did Mitch Lancaster. The pair tallied 18 points between them in the third period but it wasn’t enough to prevent Liston pulling further ahead.

Safa Prasad enjoyed a 14 points haul in ten minutes and with James Hickey and Desmond Helu in good form the Liston advantage was 68-54 at the three-quarter mark.

The two teams exchanged baskets in the fourth, St Peter’s unable to threaten the visitors lead.

St Peter’s 75 – Donnelly 32, Lancaster 13, Manio 12, Wooley 5

Liston 90 – Baker 26, Prasad 21, Helu 19, Hickey 16

Girls Prems reports published tomorrow.