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Russo-Nance thwarts Rosmini

The good players score points when it matters and that’s what St Kentigern College guard Dontae Russo-Nance did on as his team prevailed 78-73 at Rosmini College on Monday night.

Russo-Nance scored 19 of his game high 40 points in the final period to ensure St Kent’s overcame a determined Rosmini in an entertaining contest that wasn’t decided until the final 90 seconds.

When Kane Murphy and Charlie Dalton scored back to back threes with less than three minutes to play the hosts had stolen the lead and momentum, 71-67 ahead .

That momentum swing was stopped in its tracks as St Kent’s scored 11 of the final 13 points to seal the win. Kazlo Evans scored in transition, Kaea Rangihaeata made an inside basket and Russo-Nance did the rest with a couple of buckets and a brace of free-throws.

Earlier Rosmini had held a three point advantage at quarter-time with Tom Beattie (28 points on the night) quickly into double figures.

Evans and Caleb Mattison got in on the scoring in the second although Cole Johns provided Rosmini with a couple of handy buckets and proceedings were tied 35 points apiece at half-time

The third frame became a grind with neither side able to gain the ascendancy – an Evans triple gave St Kent’s a narrow 49-48 lead at the last break.

Rosmini began the fourth term with a 10-2 run courtesy of the impressive Beattie and Matt Drury. However that was quickly cancelled out by the visitors as Evans and Russo-Nance wrestled control.

Murphy tied proceedings with 3:30 to play and when he and Dalton scored consecutive baskets from beyond the arc a Rosmini victory looked a distinct possibility.

The good players assert their authority when it matters – Russo Nance did just that in the closing minutes.

Rosmini 73 – Beattie 28, Dalton 12, Murphy 12, Drury 8, Johns 8

St Kent’s 78 – Russo-Nance 40, Evans 20, Rangihaeata 8

Premier League Standings

3-0 Rangitoto, Westlake, St Kentigern

1-2 AGS, MAGS, Rosmini

0-3 St Peter’s, Liston

Girls Premier League and Senior A review – Round 3

Epsom Girls lost their unbeaten record in Round 3 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League leaving Westlake Girls and Baradene College as the only unbeaten teams.

It was Westlake that spoilt Epsom’s good start to the season with an 83-71 away win.

Unfortunately the scoresheet I received didn’t have the  numbers of the scorers recorded for the first part of the game.

I can report that Westlake made a strong start getting out to a 31-15 first quarter advantage. Thereafter it was pretty close with Epsom winning the middle two periods to close to 62-57 at the three-quarter mark before Westlake pulled away again in the fourth to make it three wins in three outings.

Epsom 71

Westlake 83

Also making it three from three were Baradene College who recorded a comfortable 88-60 win at Carmel College.

An entertaining opening quarter saw Baradene carve out a 32-18 lead with Summer Faleafa and Ritorya Tamilo doing the bulk of the damage.

Baradene forged further ahead in the second – Tamilo going past the twenty points mark.

Carmel guard Jemma Cammell was outstanding as the hosts put up a spirited display in the second half. She went on to score a game high 30 points and along with Kate Linstrom gave the home support plenty to cheer.

Lilly Parke (pictured) also capped a fine display nailing 13 points in the final period to put the seal on the Baradene victory.

Carmel 60 – Cammell 30, Linstrom 13, Izzy MacGregor 7

Baradene 88 – Tamilo 26, Parke 23, Deyna Topia 15, Faleafa 14, Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs 10

The Mt Albert Grammar contest against St Mary’s College looked to be headed to an interesting finale at three-quarter time. At that stage MAGS trailed 52-46 but the final period was dominated by the visitors, St Mary’s charging away to win 76-52.

8 points in the home run from Faith Ualika and a couple of key buckets from Layla Aholelei helped St Mary’s pile on 24 points to finish with a flourish.

Earlier it had been Kodee Sefo (18 points), Ualika and Trinity Atiga (both 16 points) that had given the visitors their narrow lead with Taya Lewis and Breanna Waka both in double figures for MAGS.

MAGS 52 –  Taya Lewis 11, Breanna Waka 10, Danae Tait 8, Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie 8
St Mary’s 76 – Sefo 18, Atiga 16, Ualika 16, Jess Fleming 8

A strong opening 23-10 opening quarter from Rangitoto College set the platform for an 82-66 home win against Massey High School – 9 points for Emily Blythe in the opening period.

Massey responded well in the second quarter, courtesy of Maya Taingahue and Zhoey Tilby-Woods, to trail by just five points at half-time (35-30).

A free scoring third frame was something of a shoot-out between Shaz Henry and Taingahue for Massey and Aroha Riley and Kellie Tawhiao for Rangitoto – the hosts ahead 60-52 with ten minutes to play.

Tahlya Waikiki kept the score ticking over for Massey in the final period but Aroha Riley put the result beyond the visitors as she knocked down four triples in the frame on her way to a game high 34 points.

Rangitoto 82 – Riley 34, Blythe 17, Tawhiao 16

Massey 66 – Taingahue 24, T Waikiki 19, Henry 10

Premier League Standings

3-0 Baradene, Westlake

  • Epsom, St Mary’s

1-2 Rangitoto, Massey

0-3 Carmel, MAGS

Senior A Results:

Northcote College 60 – Lizzie May 16, Lucy Shepherd 12, Ashley Healey 10, Bri Hadley 10

Pakuranga College 36 – Jordan Koteka 10, Eden Vaka 10, Izzy Reeve 8

Pukekohe HS 59

One Tree Hill College 71

Mt Roskill GS 52 – Tikara Jallow 16, Petra Chanchui 13, Eden Ili 10

AGGS 51 

Avondale College 59 – Maraea Whiu 26, Mercy Lemisio 10, Daphne Edwards 8

St Kentigern College 84 –  Sharmaine Tapling 16, Ashleigh Tuumaialu 14, Masha Pavlenko 14, Emma Halliday 14

Senior A Standings

3-0 St Kentigern, One Tree Hill

2-1 Northcote, Mt Roskill

1-2 Pakuranga, Pukekohe

0-3 Avondale, AGGS

Auckland Grammar blow it – Boys Prems wrap

Lindsay Tait and his Auckland Grammar team will be lamenting a squandered opportunity to inflict a defeat on Rangitoto College after going down 88-86 in the Bays.

Grammar had led by as many as 16 points at one stage but gave up a game tying basket to Zeke Priest with 14 seconds to play.

It appeared that Grammar had the final possession to engineer a winning play but poor execution presented Rangi with a game winning opportunity – a fast break layup was gleefully accepted by Ethan Skelton for the win.

Earlier Grammar had opened up a 26-16 first quarter advantage, extended to 47-33 at the interval – Caleb Landon and Jamal Todd, 23 points apiece on the night, doing most the damage. 

Captain Skelton dragged Rangi back into the contest scoring 15 points in the third as Grammar’s lead was cut to 68-64 with ten to play.

Todd continued to make buckets as Grammar protected their advantage but some poor shot selections presented the hosts with opportunities Skelton and Priest made the most of.

Rangitoto 88 – Priest 28, Skelton 24, Kaia Dryden 19, Jacob Fotu 7

AGS 86 – Landon 23, Todd 23, Cody Brown 15, Toby Caldwell 9, Luka Vea 7

*Rangitoto guard Zach Skelton was away on duty with the Auckland Huskies.

All twelve Westlake Boys High players scored at least 4 points as they overpowered St Peter’s College 122-64.

With Jack Donnelly at his elusive best and Owain Leigh making a couple of scores St Peter’s hung tough in the opening period to trail by single figures 28-19.

Thereafter it was all Westlake as Boston Caldwell dropped 30 (3/5 3PG), the promising Hamza Zahran scored 20 and Christian Martin produced another impressive stats line.

Following on from his 34 points against Rosmini last week Martin came up with a triple-double threatening 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Scott Erey gave Donnelly good support with 15 points but it was Westlake’s all-round depth that won the day.

St Peter’s 64 – Donnelly 34, Erey 15

Westlake 122 – Caldwell 30, Zahran 20, Martin 19, Rocco Chang 9

Mt Albert Grammar also had all twelve players on the scoresheet as they defeated Liston College 98-53.

Taona Chataira scored eight first quarter points for Liston but five straight points from Ron Henskes gave the hosts a 22-15 lead after ten minutes.

Aki Luamanuvae-Sua quickly took his score into double figures and Phoenix Sorensen landed  three triples as MAGS dominated the second period to lead 49-27 at the break. 

The scoring tapered off in the third before MAGS unleashed 33 points in the final frame. Deon Helu scored 10 points in the fourth to take his tally to 17 but he couldn’t prevent MAGS  cruising to victory. 

MAGS 98 – Sorensen 21, Luamanuvae-Sua 16, Harri Coker-Grey 14, Kade Cartwright 8

Liston 53 – Helu 17, Chataira 12, Dhon Lau 7

The Rosmini versus St Kentigern clash was postponed with coaching staff from both teams involved in the Auckland Huskies game on Friday night.

Standings

3-0 Rangitoto, Westlake

2-0 St Kentigern

1-1 Rosmini

1-2 AGS, MAGS

0-3 St Peter’s, Liston

Senior A Results:

Avondale 104 – Jimi Iosia-Sipeli 37, Aidan King 21, Andrew Murphy 14, Connor Gleeson 13

Sacred Heart 106 – Adam Davies 29, Preston Tuaputa, Matt Fautuaalii 15, Josh Stewart 11, Muli Ma’asi 11

Girl’s Prems and Senior A wrap

Are we witnessing a slight changing of the guard in Girl’s Premier League basketball in Auckland? Westlake Girls will be in the mix but expect Baradene College and Epsom Girls Grammar to also be in the shake-up at the business end of the season – all three teams off to a two-game winning start. 

Baradene made a strong start against St Mary’s leading 13-8 after the first ten minutes and 27-17 at half-time – Lilly Parke, Ritorya Tamilo and Deyna Topia all making telling contributions.

Kat Leslie tried to get things going for St Mary’s but 8 points in the third from Summer Faleafa ensured Baradene had an unassailable 48-29 lead at the three-quarter mark.

Baradene 68 – Tamilo 17, Faleafa 16, Topia 15, Parke 12

St Mary’s 47 – Leslie 13, Kadee Sefo 8, Faith Ualika 7

Sarah-Joy Aruwa scored 10 points in the opening quarter as Epsom Girls established a 22-16 lead at Rangitoto College.

Aroha Riley was also in double figures for Rangitoto who were still in touch at the interval trailing 33-29.

Epsom broke the game open in the third, threes from Flo Dallow, Draun Forbes and Lauren Boxall-Hunt helping them tally 30 points in the period and a 63-45 lead with ten minutes to play.

Kellie Tawhiao joined Riley on the 20-points mark but Epsom were cruising in the fourth.

Rangitoto 59 – Tawhiao 22, Riley 21

Epsom 86 – Dallow 30, Aruwa 26, Boxall-Hunt 9, Maya Fowler 9

A 31-4 opening period in favour of Westlake Girls High set the tone for a straight forward 109-20 victory over local rivals Carmel College.

The Mack Attack of Boucher and Chatfield did most of the damage for the hosts with Katie Linstrom’s 9 points the best for Carmel.

Westlake 109 – Makenzee Boucher 22, Mackenzie Chatfield 20, Amy Pateman 15, Rosie Dil 13, Jaelah Clayton 11, Amiya Fotu 9

Carmel 20 – Katie Linstrom 9, Jemma Gammell 6

Mt Albert Grammar made a strong start against Massey High School but eventually went down 70-63.

Breanna Waka, Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie and Danae Tait scored a couple of baskets apiece as MAGS forged an early 20-13 lead.

However Massey piled on 30 points in the second quarter as Aylyah Leusogi-Ape and Manya Taingahue cut loose.

The two teams went hammer and tongue in the third period sharing 40 points in a high scoring frame – Taya Lewis led the MAGS effort but Massey held firm to win the closest game of the round.

Massey 76 – Leusogi-Ape 29, Taingahue 16, Zhoey Tilby-Woods 9, Tahlya Waikiki 8

MAGS 63 – Lewis 17, Tait 14, Waka 7

Senior A Results:

St Kentigern 88 (Sharmaine Tapling 34, Emma Halliday 17), Northcote 32 (Grace Lai 11)

Mt Roskill 56 (Tikara Sallow 26, Eden Ili 10), Pukekohe 38 (Abby Crane 16, Arizona Withers 8)

Pakuranga 73 (Eden Vaka 18, Jordan Koteka 16) Auckland Girls Grammar 46 (Leah Patuwairua 33)

One Tree Hill 75 Avondale 57

Christian Martin domiates Rosmini – Boy’s Prems and Senior A wrap

Results from Round 2 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier and Senior A fixtures:

With a half-time score of 39-37 in favour of Rosmini College at Westlake Boys High it looked as if a close encounter was on the cards.

However Westlake, or more precisely Christian Martin, had other ideas. Westlake swept Rosmini aside 31-8 in the third period, Martin piling on 16 points of his own on his way to a dominating 34 points.

Rosmini restored an element of respectability to the score in the final quarter, courtesy of Matt Drury (22 points) and (Charlie Dalton 25 points), but were second best on the night going down 94-78.

Tom Beattie and Kane Murphy got Rosmini off to a good start (23-19 ahead at quarter time) before Martin and Wade Mackenzie began to work up a head of steam in the second.

Martin was unstoppable in the third and with Boston Caldwell and Rocco Chang lending good support the result was beyond doubt at the three-quarter mark. 

Westlake 94 – Martin 34, Caldwell 22, Chang 12, MacKenzie 7, Hamza Zahran 6

Rosmini 78 – Dalton 25, Drury 22, Murphy 15, Beattie 13

St Kentigern College had little trouble against Liston College winning 102-51 with Kazlo Evans adding a lazy 29 points to his 47 in round 1.

He received fine support from Merrick Rillstone (22 points) and Caleb Mattison (21 points) as St Kent’s built on a 31-13 first quarter lead, winning every quarter.

Desmond Helu’s 13 points was the standout performance for Liston.

St Kent’s 102 – Evans 29, Rillstone 22, Mattison 21, George Turner 7, Kaea Rangihaetee 7

Liston 51 – Helu 13, Taona Chataivon 6, Dhon Lao 5

*St Kent’s guard Dontae Russo-Nance was away on duty with the Auckland Huskies and scored 19 points against the Canterbury Rams.

Auckland Grammar came away from their visit to Mt Albert Grammar with a crucial 96-69 win. 

Louis Uru dropped a three-pointer late in the opening period to edge MAGS to a 19-18 lead before AGS put their collective foot down in the second. They won the stanza 25-12 with skipper Caleb Landon and Toby Caldwell prominent.

Ben Skelton and  Aki Luamanuvae-Sua kept MAGS in contention in the third but a timely three from Jamal Todd gave AGS a 18-point buffer (70-52) at three-quarter time.

Luamanuvae-Sua went on to record a game high 25 points but a more balanced scoring effort from the men from Mountain Road claimed the spoils.

AGS 96 – Landon 23, Todd 15, Josh Mugglestone 15, Caldwell 14, Cody Brown 7, Blake Manning 7

MAGS 69 – Luamanuvae-Sua 25, Skelton 11, Will Leger 8/11r, Dante Tapulaaia 6

Four players combined to amass 119 points at Rangitoto College as Zeke Priest’s 36 points and Ethan Skelton’s 33 trumped Jack Donnelly’s 33 and Scott Erey’s 17 to propel the hosts to a 105-64 win against St Peter’s College.

The first quarter favoured Rangitoto 26-19 but it was one way traffic in the second frame as St Peter’s were outscored 30-7. The visitors were restricted to single figures again in the third as Rangi established a vice like grip on the game and record a second straight win of the season.

Rangitoto 105 – Priest 36, Skelton 33, Lucas Payne 12, Jacob Fotu 7

St Peter’s 64 – Donnelly 33, Erey 17, Toby Cox 8

*Rangitoto guard Zach Skelton was away on duty with the Auckland Huskies and scored 7 points against the Canterbury Rams.

Senior A Results:

Macleans College 89 Avondale College 107

Mt Roskill GS 89 (Kennedy Matenga 32, Anthony Beaumont 10) Aorere College 48 (Feloni Ngata 11, Devean Danielson 13)

Long Bay College 73 (George De Felice 16, Sam Love 13, Nouh Taher 12)  Massey HS 59 (James Anderson 15, Oscar Dickson 12)

Sacred Heart 116 (Josh Stewart 34, Adam Davies 23) Northcote College 76 (Aaron Sievert 38)

Girls Premier League Roundup

Large score lines were the feature of the opening round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl Premier League fixtures.

Rangitoto College got off to a flying start at St Mary’s College leading 22-13 at quarter time. However, despite 32 points from Aroha Riley, it was all downhill for the visitors thereafter with St Mary’s running out 81-56 winners.

Kodee Sefo scored a fine 19 points for the hosts who had four players in double figures.

St Mary’s 81 – Sefo 19, Kat Leslie 17, Faith Ualika 14, Alex Moore 13, Trinity Atiga 9

Rangitoto 56 – Riley 32, Emily Blythe 9, Kellie Tawhiao 9

Baradene College began their campaign with a solid 81-50 victory against Mt Albert Grammar School. 

Danae Tait posted 18 points for MAGs whilst Baradene, paced by 26 points from point guard Deyna Topia, never looked back after taking the opening ten minutes 18-9.

Baradene 81 – Topia 26, Lilly Parke 20, Ritorya Tamilo 15

MAGS 50 – Tait 18, Tiger-Lilly Cocker-Lemalie 14, Valana Pupuke-Robati 11

Westlake Girls High School proved far too good for Massey High School recording a 118-68 victory.

Westlake enjoyed a bunch of major contributions with Mackenzie Chatfield’s 21 points the highest score. Allyah Leusogi-Ape matched that but Massey were always struggling after incurring a 10-point deficit in the opening period.

Massey 68 – Leusogi-Ape 21, Maya Taingahue 18, Tahlya Waikiki 11

Westlake 118 – Chatfield 21, Rebecca Moors 20, Rosalie Dil 17, Simone Barnard 14, Sarah Moors 12, Makenzee Boucher 12

Also clocking up a century of points were Epsom Girls Grammar in their 111-56 win against Carmel College.

Flo Dallow and Sarah Joy Aruwa scored 32 points apiece as EGGS controlled proceedings from start to finish.

In a solid all-round performance Katie Linstrom logged 19 points for Carmel.

Carmel 56 – Linstrom 19, Jemma Cammell 16, Izzy MacGregor 7

Epsom 111 – Dallow 32, Aruwa 32, Lauren Boxall-Hunt 17, Draun Forbes 14

Kazlo Evans scores 47 points in Prems opener

The highlight of Week 1 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boys Premier League competition undoubtedly came at St Kentigern College where Kazlo Evans scored a stunning 47 points against Mt Albert Grammar School.

The St Kent’s guard dropped a remarkable 12 three-pointers, six of them in the first quarter in a 106-81 win. It may not be the most points scored in a single game but it is the highest individual tally for a number of seasons.

Phoenix Sorensen battled his way to a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors.

St Kent’s 106 – Evans 47, Dontae Russo-Nance 15, George Turner 14, Merrick Rillstone 11, Caleb Mattison 8

MAGS 81 – Sorensen 16, Aki Luasmanuvae-Sua 16, Harri Coker-Grey 12, Louis Uru 7

In a one sided affair Rangitoto thumped Liston College 102-43 for an emphatic road win with a 26-4 opening quarter setting the scene for the contest.

Zeke Priest led the way for Rangi with 31 points with the victory achieved without the services of Zach Riley.

Liston 43 – Rasheed Tahiru 9, Preseti 8

Rangitoto 102 – Priest 31, Lucas Payne 17, Ethan Skelton 16, Jacob Fotu 14, Baxter Riley 9

Westlake Boys also recorded an away win defeating Auckland Grammar 88-73.

Boston Caldwell was the star of the show for Westlake knocking down six shots from beyond the arc to record a game high 30 points. Luka Vea scored 22 for AGS biut it was a night when they were always second best.

AGS 73 – Vea 22, Josh Mugglestone 10, Cody Brown 9, Will Shortt 8

Westlake  88 – Caldwell 30, Christian Martin 22, Liam Spencer 13, Rocco Chang 8

Rosmini College got their season off to a winning start defeating St Peter’s College 94-70.

Jack Donnelley and Scott Errey combined for 51 points for St Peter’s but the collective efforts of Rosmini led by Tom Beattie (19 points) carried the day.

Rosmini 94 – Beattie 19, Kane Murphy 16, Charlie Dalton 15, Pita Maxwell-Topia 12, Lucas Schnuriger 10

St Peter’s 70 – Donnelly 28, Errey 23, Jacob Nola 5

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