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Steven Adams Invitational brings curtain down on high school year.

Some of the best high school talent assembled at Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland for the 2020 Steven Adams High School Invitational on Thursday.

Both the girl’s and boy’s encounters were shown live on Sky Sport with the girls first to showcase their talents.

The American college bound pair of Raquel Sampson (Auburn University at Montgomery) and Jayzelee Waihi (Wichita State) ensured Team Black (TB) prevailed against Team White (TW) 75-64 in the Girl’s game.

Sampson (22 points) scored 8 points in the opening quarter which was tied 20 points apiece. Aria Cowley knocked down a pair of threes in support of Sampson whilst Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu bagged 6 points for Team White.

TW had six different scorers in the second quarter, Flo Dallow the only one to score a brace, as they forged a 35-26 half-time lead.

The tables were turned in the third quarter as TB bossed proceedings. Waihi (17 points) had been held scoreless in the opening half but she sprung to life in the third and along with Sampson, Jyordanna Davey and Safena Tenana-Williams they put together a 25-point period to lead 51-50 at the three-quarter mark.

TW were dealt a blow at the back-end of the third when live-wire point guard Alana Paewai went down with a knee injury and had to be helped from the court. Phoenix Patea revived TW’s spirits with a pair of threes, the second a Hail-Mary buzzer beater.

Waihi made the first two baskets of the third period and when Makenzee Boucher made back-to back buckets TB had enjoyed a 12-4 run. Vitolia Tuilave and Kailahi-Fulu tried to redress the momentum swing but without Paewai’s presence they couldn’t close the gap.

Cowley put the icing on a TB win with her third triple of the game.

Team Black 74:

Raquel Sampson (Sacred Heart, New Plymouth) 22, Jayzelee Waihi (Nga Taiatea) 17, Aria Cowley (Fraser HS) 9, Jyordanna Davey (Sacred Heart, Lower Hutt) 8, Makenzee Boucher (Westlake) 6, Safena Tenana-Williams (St Mary’s Ponsonby) 6, Ramona Fuaiva’a (Massey HS) 4, Melika Samia (Mount Maunganui Coll) 2, Lilly Parke (Baradene), Sarah-Joy Aruwa (Epsom Girls)

Team White 64:

Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu (St Mary’s Ponsonby) 14, Leata Tenana-Williams (St Mary’s Ponsonby) 10, Vitolia Tuilave (Mount Maunganui Coll) 8, Phoenix Patea (Wellington East Coll) 7, Savannah Cook (One Tree Hill Coll) 7, Alana Paewai (St Peter’s, Cambridge) 6, Odessa Lawson (Rutherford HS) 4, Jess Moors (Westlake) 4, Flo Dallow (Epsom Girls) 4, Kataleena Leslie (St Mary’s, Ponsonby) 

Team White (TW) turned the tables in a hotly contested Boy’s game winning 80-72 against Team Black (TB) with Carlin Davison’s 17 points the eye-catching performance.

Josh Book and Zach Riley opened the scores for their respective sides in one of the individual battles within the game that kept spectators entertained. Also providing entertainment, courtesy of some aerial extravagancies, was  New Plymouth Boys High swingman Davison who had eight points in the opening stanza as TW carved out a 27-13 lead.

The second period was a much more even affair. Sataan Tawera and Ben Gold landed a pair of threes apiece to cancel out the work of Levick Kerr, Kael Robinson and Malachi Collins as TB narrowed the deficit to 46-35 at half-time.

Aidan Tonge and Tafara Gapare reduced the arrears further after the interval. TW stopped that mini-run in its tracks with a 10-0 surge courtesy of Alex McNaught, Davison and Robinson.

KC Nwafor and Tawera combined for 11 points but an And-1 play from Collins ensured TW had a healthy 67-53 lead at three-quarter time.

Another run from TB cut the TW lead to eight (69-61) as things got a little testy between Nwafor and Kerr. Gapare made back-to back scores and with four minutes to play a grandstand finish looked on the cards.

The St John’s College pair of Akiva McBirney-Griffin and Robinson snuffed that out with TW able to withstand the TB endeavours in the closing minutes to close out an 8-point victory.

Team White 80:

Carlin Davison (New Plymouth Boys) 17, Akiva McBirney-Griffin (St John’s Coll) 13, Malachi Collins (Tawa Coll) 11, Kael Robinson (St John’s Coll) 9, Alex McNaught (St Kentigern Coll) 8, Josh Book (Christ’s Coll) 7, Ezekiel Stallworth (Scots Coll) 5, Clifton Bush III (Napier Boys HS) 5, Levick Kerr (St Kentigern Coll) 5, Tommy Ferguson (Napier Boys HS)

Team Black 72:

Sataan Tawera (Mt Albert GS) 19, Sam Gold (Tawa Coll) 12, KC Nwafor (Rotorua Boys HS) 11, Zach Riley (Rangitoto Coll) 10, Tafara Gapare (Scots Coll) 6, Kazlo Evans (St Kentigern Coll) 4, Sean Murphy (Rosmini Coll) 4, Finn Lally (St John’s Coll) 4, Aidan Tonge (Rotorua Boys HS) 2, Ezra Smiler (Fraser HS)

City too slick for Shore

The Girl’s edition of Battle of the Bridge was held at St Mary’s College on Saturday evening with City running out winners 81-64.

Shore were quickest out of the gate and led by double figures at the mid-point of the first quarter as Aroha Rogers, Rosie Dil and Makenzee Boucher made an immediate impact on the game.

City worked their way back into the contest at the backend of the period – five straight points from Lily Parke giving them a 22-21 quarter time lead.

Once ahead City steadily built their advantage to lead 44-34 at half-time and 64-51 at the three-quarter mark.

MacKenzie Chatfield made some eye catching plays for Shore but City always had the answers with MVP Flo Dallow, Parke, Odessa Lawson, and the Tenana-Williams sisters, Leata and Safena, all impressing.

As with the Boy’s game the previous day another good crowd was in attendance for what will hopefully become an annual celebration of girl’s high school basketball. Saturday evening was just that, congratulations to the organisers and all the players that provided the entertainment.

City 81 – Parke 20, Dallow 11, Lawson 8, Tyla Tevaga 8, Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu 8, S Tenana-Williams 5, Imogene Noble 5, Lelani Robertson 5, Monica Kelly 4, L Tenana-Williams 4, Ramona Fuaivaa 4, Maria Tatupu 2

Shore 64 – Chatfield 18, Boucher 8, Dil 7, Kellie Tawhio 7, A Rogers 7, Waiaaria Rogers 7, Emma Pugh 5, Centaine Noom-Duckworth 3, Qaizden Stephano 2

City win Battle of the Bridge

City retained the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ Trophy at St Kentigern College on Friday night with a 127-105 victory against their Shore rivals.

The free scoring tone was set in the opening quarter as the two teams threw down a combined 67 points – unfortunately for the Shore, City amassed 42 of them. Connor Ngan (six threes on the night) and Levick Kerr asserted early dominance with 13 points apiece in the frenetic start.

Christian Martin, Zach Riley, Taine Murray and Sean Murphy, on his way to a game high 36 points, redressed the balance in the second but City were sitting pretty – 72-56 ahead at half-time.

Any chance of Shore narrowing the gap in the third was snuffed out by Luka Vea and Dontae Russo-Nance.

Murphy continued his scoring ways but Theo Coker-Grey and Dakota Stephens put the exclamation marks on the win.

In front of a good sized crowd, and playing 12 minute quarters, the game was a fitting way to end Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier basketball for 2020. 

City 127 – Ngan 23, Russo-Nance 23, Vea 20, Kerr 17, Coker-Grey 12, Alex McNaught 11, Caleb Langdon 6, Sataan Tawera 6, Stephens 5, Kazlo Evans 4

Shore 105 – Murphy 36, Riley 18, Martin 13, Jett Thompson 10, Murray 9, Zeke Priest 6, Lucas Payne 5, Ethan Skelton 4, Josh Kooiman 2, Cian Emery 2

The Shore boys were able to turn the tables in the Junior game defeating City 73-67. Westlake’s Hamza Zahran led all scorers with 23 points.

It looked like another City win at three-quarter time as they were ahead 58-53 but held to just 11 points in the final ten minutes Shore charged home – threes in the final minutes from Zahran, Malachi Book and Jimmy Kim snatching momentum.

Harri Coker-Grey (18 points) and George Turner (11 points) were prominent for City.

Shore 73 – Zahran 23, Book 11, Michael Ropotini 10, Elyas Taher 8, Kim 7

City 67 – Coker-Grey 18, Turner 11, Noah Martin 9, Kade Cartwright 7

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

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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