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Still plenty on the line in Boy’s Senior A – Epsom are Girl’s regular season champs


Epsom Girls

Epsom Girls – Senior A Regular Season Champions

There is still plenty to play for ahead of the final round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Senior A Leagues.

In the Boy’s League Northcote College and Mt Roskill Grammar are still both at the head of the pack in a two horse race to claim the regular season title with both teams assured of semi-final berths.

Northcote host Avondale College on Friday whilst Mount Roskill entertain Long Bay College.

What happens if both teams make the most of home advantage? Simple this one as Northcote won both head to head clashes and would therefore finish top of the table.

Behind the top two St Peter’s are obviously in the box seat being one win ahead of Long Bay and Massey. However St Peter’s play Massey on Friday which makes things interesting.

Long Bay, after losing to Massey in overtime last week have left themselves plenty to do taking on Mt Roskill.

If Avondale were to upset Northcote they could potentially have the same record as Long Bay and Massey and the calculators would then come into play with a three-team tie.

 Boys Senior A Standings

10-3 Northcote, Mt Roskill

8-5 St Peter’s

7-6 Long Bay, Massey

6-7 Avondale

3-10 Pakuranga

1-12 Western Springs


Senior A Girls is all but decided.

Girls Senior A Standings

13-0 Epsom Girls

11-2 Baradene

9-4 Avondale

7-6 St Kentigern

6-7 Mt Roskill

2-1 Pakuranga, Birkenhead, Diocesan

Epsom are guaranteed top spot and will remain undefeated through the regular season should they beat St Kentigern College on Friday, although interestingly the game will be a  forerunner to a semi-final clash between the two teams next week.

Baradene are guaranteed second place and will play the third placed Avondale College in one semi-final regardless of the results on Friday.

St Kent’s have a difficult assignment at  Epsom while Mt Roskill host Birkenhead so a 7-7 record for both teams looks likely.

However if that scenario eventuates St Kentigern would still remain fourth and advance on the basis of a better head to head points differential against Mt Roskill.


Rangitoto and Rosmini win


Reihana copyMonday night saw two catch-up games played as Rosmini College entertained Liston College and Rangitoto College visited Mt Albert Grammar in the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League.

Rosmini proved too good for Liston winning 113-64 meaning Liston finish 7thon the ladder and will need to win a play-off game next April to secure Prems status unless the qualifying process is re-structured.

Despite 27 points from Liston guard Sefa Prasad the result was never in doubt once Rosmini had established a 29-10 first quarter advantage – Sean Murphy, on his way to a game high 29 points, with 8 points for Rosmini in the spell.

The second quarter proved to be a far more even contest. Prasad scored 11 points in the quarter with Marvin Williams-Dunn scoring an identical number as Rosmini led 53-33 at half-time.

Reihana Maxwell-Topia, who improved his single game Premier League best for the third consecutive game, scored 12 points in the third to stretch the Rosmini lead beyond thirty points.

James Hickey scored 13 points in the final quarter as Liston, with just seven players, kept battling to the end with captain Shawn Hickey setting a fine example.

Rosmini 113– S Murphy 29, R Maxwell-Topia 21, M Williams-Dunn 14, J Boucher 12, T Abdon 9

Liston 64– S Prasad 27, J Hickey 14, L Hamilton 7, S Hickey 6

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A massive double-double of 32 points and 16 rebounds from forward Josh Leger couldn’t prevent Mt Albert Grammar losing 69-50 at home to Rangitoto College.

Leger scored 7 points in the opening period but 8 points from skipper Harry Payne helped Rangitoto to an early 19-11 lead.

Dakota Stephens helped Leger with the scoring in the second period but Ethan Mandeno was in stunning form for Rangitoto. The shooting guard knocked down 4 from 5 threes and with Ethan Skelton chipping in with another score from beyond the arc Rangi were 39-29 ahead at half-time.

Despite threes from Leger and Phoenix Sorensen MAGS fell further adrift in the third period as Payne and Tautoko Wynyard added to their tallies, the visitors moving comfortably to a tenth win of the season.

Both teams face local derbies to finish their campaigns on Friday. Mt Albert will take on Auckland in the battle of the Grammar’s while Rangitoto will visit North Shore rivals Westlake.

MAGS 50– J Leger 32/16r, D Elia 5/8r. D Stephens 5, P Sorensen 5

Rangitoto 69– E Mandeno 17, H Payne 15, T Wynyard 10/12r, E Skelton 8/5a


Premier Standings with one round remaining:

12-1 St Kentigern

10-3 Rangitoto

9-4 Rosmini

7-6 Westlake

7-6 AGS

4-9 MAGS

2-11 Liston

1-12 Macleans

Easy wins for St Mary’s, Rangitoto and Westlake in Girl’s Prems

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Three rather one-sided games were the feature in Round 13 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League last Friday.

Rangitoto College raced to a commanding first half lead at home to Massey High School and never looked back from there winning 107-74.

11 points from Hannah Wentworth and 8 from Aroha Riley helped Rangitoto to pile on 38 points to lead by 19 points at quarter time.

Tahlyah Waikiki was in double figures for Massey by half-time but with Wentworth, Waiaaria Riley, Moneesha Barrett and Ella Moore raining in threes Rangi had a huge 68-31 lead at half-time.

Massey made major improvements in the second half with Ramona Fuaivaa, Shazaleah Henry and Maya Taingahue joining Waikki in double figures. Massey shaded the second half 43-39 but the damage had already been done as Rangitoto moved up to third spot on the ladder.

Rangitoto 107– E Moore 23, H Wentworth 21, A Riley 15, K Tawhiao 11, C Noom-Duckworth 10, M Barrett 10

Massey 74– T Waikki 20, R Fuaivaa 15, M Taingahue 11, S Henry 10


Auckland Grammar only scored two points in the opening quarter but had 17 points by half-time to trail St Mary’s 46-14 at half-time.

Credit must go to Imogene Noble and Leah Patuwairua who between them scored all but one of the AGGS points as they were eventually beaten 98-29.

All 12 St Mary’s players got on the scoresheet led by Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu, Trinity Atiga and Maia Malolo.

St Mary’s will likely play Massey High in the semi-finals in a couple of weeks’ time.

AGGS 29– I Noble 16, L Patuwairua 12

St Mary’s 98 – Z Kailahi-Fulu 15, T Atiga 12, T Malolo 11, J Kailahi-Fulu 8, R Matiseni 8


Carmel College concluded their 2019 Prems campaign at Eventfinda Stadium going down 110-65 to Westlake.

Tayla Dalton, at her dynamic best, amassed 48 points but other than 8 points from Qaizdon ‘Q’ Stephano had little scoring support as Westlake won at a canter after opening up a 30-15 first period lead.

Westlake head coach Bronwen Davidson was able to give good playing opportunities to her bench players – Holly Williams and McKenzie Chatfield catching the eye.

Jordyn Maddix, Emma Pugh and Rosie Dil led the Westlake scoring as they now prepare for their final regular season game against Rangitoto on Friday. Interestingly this may well serve as an entrée for a likely semi-final encounter the following week.

For Carmel, they get an extra couple of weeks to prepare for Schick Nationals Qualifiers later in the month.

Westlake 110– J Maddix 22, E Pugh 18, S Dil 18, J Moors 15, M Chatfield 8

Carmel 65– T Dalton 48, Q Stephano 8, I MacGregor 4


Premier Girls Standings:

11-0 St Mary’s

10-2 Westlake

6-4 Rangitoto

6-5 Massey

5-7 Carmel

2-9 MAGS

0-11 AGGS

Taine Murray named to Tall Blacks


Instead of fronting up for form period on Monday morning at Rosmini College, Taine Murray will be boarding a plane at Auckland airport bound for Japan.

Still only a year 12 student Murray is the bolter in Paul Henare’s 14 man pr-World Cup squad announced on Sunday.

“Taine has impressed us all these past few days and quite simply played his way into the 14,” said Henare. “He has a composure beyond his years and is going to develop into a very good player, but already at 17 has shown that he feels at home at this level.”

Murray was a little lost for words when he heard his name read out by Henare in the team meeting this morning.

“Hearing my name called was extremely humbling and I am so grateful for the opportunity that lays before me. It has been amazing learning from some of the finest players and coaches that New Zealand has to offer during the course of the camp, and I am just so excited for the next few weeks.”

The MBO (may-bo) Tall Blacks team to tour Japan and continue preparation for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup has been named, with Head Coach Paul Henare inking in 14 players from the selection camp in Auckland.

The 14 will travel to take part in a 9-day camp in Japan, including two games against their hosts, before then heading to Sydney to take on Canada. It is following those two games on August 20 and 21 that the final 12 for the World Cup will be named.

The team is led by veterans in the likes of Tom Abercrombie playing his third World Cup, while Jarrod Kenny, Corey Webster, Tai Webster, Alex Pledger, Rob Loe and Isaac Fotu are all attending their second World Cup tournament.

Finn Delany, Shea Ili, Jordan Ngatai, Tohi Smith-Milner and Ethan Rusbatch have featured heavily for the Tall Blacks and New Zealand Select over the past four years as the programme under Henare went about building depth across all positions.

Henare is delighted with the balance and depth in the roster.

“We have chosen a combination of players that complement each other on and off the floor. They understand what we stand for and what we are looking to achieve in China and will do anything for each other.

“A number of our decisions were very tough, with our final selection meeting going long into the night last night. That is testament to that depth we are developing, that a number of players will rightly feel unlucky not to have made the 14 today, but their time will come in the black singlet.

“We believe we have a balanced group of players, a group that is young in age but long in experience and understands the pressure we will face in the weeks ahead and the opportunity that is in front of them. Our focus is now solely on being ready to face Brazil on September 1st, we have a lot of work to do but can’t wait.”

The younger generation are led in the 14 by the likes of Tom Vodanovich on the back of a strong Sal’s NBL campaign and in particular by Rosmini schoolboy Taine Murray, clearly the bolter in the roster at this point after impressing Henare during the camp in Auckland, and while playing for his college team.

Murray is just one of many youngsters to have featured this weekend, with Henare keen to highlight the six unlucky players who average just 20 years of age.

“While the focus today is on the 14 who will move on to Japan and Australia, as a coaching and management team we have been hugely impressed by the entire group. The future of the game is in great hands with the likes of Kruz (18 years), Sam (22), Max (18), Tyrell (20), Hyrum (23) and Taylor (23) waiting in the wings, they are all tremendously talented players and impressive young men who all have great careers ahead of them, I can’t wait to see them back in the black singlet in the near future.”

Tom Abercrombie is one of the ‘young’ veterans in the team at 32 and attending his third World Cup, he will be amongst the leaders in the team and is excited for what the next five weeks holds.

“Being in the Tall Blacks environment is always energizing, I love being a part of this team and there is an added edge for a World Cup campaign, we have seen and felt that already these past few days. Of course, we will miss Mika and Reuben, that has been well documented this week, but today is about the players named and I am excited to be a part of a team that can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and in typical Tall Blacks fashion take on the world and look to upset the odds along the way.”

MBO Tall Blacks 14 to travel to Japan and Australia

Guards: Shea Ili, Wellington Saints/Melbourne United; Jarrod Kenny, Bay Hawk’s/Cairns Taipans; Tai Webster, Galatasaray; Corey Webster, NZ Breakers; Taine Murray, Rosmini College; Ethan Rusbatch, Bay Hawks;

Small Forwards: Tom Abercrombie, Wellington Saints/NZ Breakers; Jordan Ngatai, Wellington Saints/NZ Breakers; Tom Vodanovich, Southland Sharks/NZ Breakers;

Power Forwards: Isaac Fotu, Universo Treviso; Finn Delany, Nelson Giants/NZ Breakers;

Centres: Alex Pledger, Southland Sharks/Melbourne United; Rob Loe, Wellington Saints/NZ Breakers; Tohi Smith-Milner, Melbourne United;

Head Coach: Paul Henare
Assistant Coach: Pero Cameron
Assistant Coach: Ross McMains
Physiotherapist: Anousith Bouaaphone
Massage Therapist: Shelley Moana-Hiha
Doctor: Hamish Osborne
Manager: Andrew Dewhurst

St Kent’s defeat Rangitoto in OT and Rosmini beat Westlake in local derby


The penultimate round of the  Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League saw the semi-final play-off places almost confirmed.

St Kentigern College reaffirmed top spot with an 80-72 overtime win at Rangitoto meaning Rosmini, who overcame Westlake, will face Rangi in one semi-final.

Westlake or Auckland Grammar, who beat Liston College, will face St Kentigern in the other semi. On the face of it Westlake appear to have the stiffer challenge in the final round of games next Friday facing second on the table Rangitoto whereas AGS will face sixth placed Mt Albert Grammar.

It was another cracker at Rangitoto College on Friday. When the two teams met in their first match up St Kent’ squeezed home by two points. It was even closer in regulation time on this occasion with the scores locked at 67 points each after 40 minutes.

Kazlo Evans was the hero for St Kent’s with 26 points, critically making a pair of free-throws and a couple of triples in the additional five minutes. Martin Gan also knocked down a three as St Kent’s outscored their hosts 13-5 in overtime to claim the win.

The loss was tough on Rangitoto captain Harry Payne who scored a game high 31 points to keep his team in the contest.

It was tight throughout with St Kent’s leading by one at quarter time and four at half-time (38-34) – Evans and Elliot Watson 11 points and 10 points respectively for St Kent’s were bettered by Payne’s 15 with Liam Judd contributing a useful 7 points at the interval.

Rangi came back in the third to level the scores at 55 points apiece. The fourth was a tense affair with the two teams scoring just a dozen points each. Rangitoto had six different scorers in that frame but Josh Child and Alex McNaught scored a brace each for St Kent’s to force overtime.

Ethan Skelton, Tautoko Wynyard and Payne scored for the hosts in the additional five minutes but it was Gan and Evans that landed the killer blows.

St Kentigern 80– K Evans 26, A McNaught 12, E Watson 12, M Gan 11, L Kerr 9

Rangitoto 72– H Payne 31/5a, L Judd 8, E Skelton 7, J Thornton 7, Z Riley 6/11r



The Eventfinda Stadium sponsored local derby between Rosmini College and Westlake again attracted over a thousand spectators.

The Westlake supporters were in full voice midway through the third period when Josh Kooiman scored threes on three consecutive Westlake possessions to give his team a commanding sixteen points advantage (56-40).

However Rosmini re-grouped, after a hastily called timeout, to rattle off an 11-4 run and when Jayden Boucher, Sean Murphy and Reihana Maxwell-Topia combined for the last six points of the period the Westlake advantage had been trimmed to 68-62.

The Rosmini surge continued at the start of the fourth as Terence Abdon and Marvin Williams-Dunn put Rosmini ahead. Jett Thompson and Sam Mennenga restored Westlake to level terms but it was Williams-Dunn, Murphy and Maxwell-Topia that bossed the closing stages to cap a 28-points turnaround.

Earlier a thundering baseline dunk from Mennenga highlighted a first quarter won 22-14 by Rosmini.

It was largely one way traffic in favour of Lake in the second as Joe Wuthrich, Thompson and  Kooiman consistently found their way to basket. Westlake led 38-33 at half-time and increased that lead in the early stages of the second half.

Paced by Williams-Dunn, on his way to a game high 31 points, it was Rosmini that controlled affairs thereafter to secure the win and leave Westlake with work to do to make the play-offs.

Rosmini 88– M Williams-Dunn 31, R Maxwell-Topia 19, S Murphy 19, T Abdon 8, J Boucher 6

Westlake 76– J Kooiman 26, J Thompson 24, S Mennenga 16, J Wuthrich 10


Auckland Grammar proved too good for an ender-strength Liston College winning 117-67 to improve their chances of advancing to the semi-finals.

Grammar applied full court pressure defence forcing Liston into a series of turnovers which the host capitalised on to lead 27-18 by the end of the first quarter

In the second quarter Grammar continued to pull away with a combined effort from the bench. Liston however were impressive from range, particularly Sefa Prasad who knocked down four of his five threes in the first half.

Caleb Landon scored 10 points in the first half, a balanced Grammar scoring effort gave them a 54-37 lead at half-time.

Mete and Josh Muggleston stretched the Grammar advantage to 82-55 at the three-quarter mark.

Toby Caldwell helped himself to 11 points in the final quarter as the Grammar lead was pushed out to 50 points and a very comfortable win.

AGS 117– C Landon 20, J Mete 17, A Boyd 13, J Muggleston 15, T Caldwell 12, L Vea 11, C Ngan 11

Liston 67– S Prasad 15, S Hickey 11, V Ola’aiga 10, L Hamilton 8, E Cea 7


Mt Albert Grammar beat Macleans College 95-59 in the fourth game of the round.

On a night when they would make fifteen threes Mt Albert Grammar sunk five in the opening quarter via Denvor Elia, Theo Coker-Grey and Mondray Fiatau to open up a 22-13 first quarter lead against Macleans College.

Richard Jiang scored 9 points for Macleans but Dakota Stephens matched that with three consecutive triples in a quarter won 20-19 by MAGS.

Josh Leger made 7 points for the hosts after the break but Jack McGregor kept Macleans in touch down 59-44 with ten minutes to play.

The floodgates opened in the fourth quarter as MAGS piled on 36 points in possibly their highest scoring quarter of the season. Six more triples rained down from the hands of Stephens, Leger, Elia and Coker-Grey as MAGS rattled up their fourth win of the season.

MAGS 95– T Coker-Grey 25, J Leger 16, D Stephens 15, M Finlay 14, D Elia 10, M Aiono 9

Macleans 59– M Barbaran 21, J Manuel 17, R McGregor 8 K Reyes 6


Monday night will see two catch-up games being played as Rosmini entertain Liston and Rangitoto visit MAGS.

Premier Standings:

12-1 St Kentigern

9-3 Rangitoto

8-4 Rosmini

7-6 Westlake

7-6 AGS

4-8 MAGS

2-10 Liston

1-12 Macleans

Auckland Sec Schools Senior A Leagues hotting up


Things are looking interesting ahead of the last two rounds of the Auckland Secondary Schools Senior A Leagues.

In the Boy’s League Northcote College and Mt Roskill Grammar are battling it out for the regular season title with both teams boasting a 9-3 record – both assured of play-off berths.

Behind them the chasing pack of four are all in contention for the remaining two semi-final spots.

Only one win separates Long Bay College, St Peter’s College, Avondale College and Massey High School.

 Boys Senior A Standings

9-3 Northcote, Mt Roskill

7-5 Long Bay, St Peter’s

6-6 Avondale, Massey

3-9 Pakuranga

1-11 Western Springs

In key games this Friday (Round 13 ) Avondale host Mt Roskill and Long Bay plays Massey. Defeat for Massey or Avondale would almost certainly eliminate them from the play-off race and a chance of Premier League basketball next season.

The following week Northcote entertain Avondale, St Peter’s are at home to Massey and Long Bay visit Mt Roskill.

Senior A Girls is not as complicated although the top five teams are still in the hunt for the four semi-final places.

Girls Senior A Standings

12-0 Epsom Girls

10-2 Baradene

8-4 Avondale

6-6 Mt Roskill, St Kentigern

2-10 Pakuranga, Birkenhead, Diocesan

Epsom are guaranteed top spot and Baradene will join them as second seed  meaning they will play the third placed team which will almost certainly be Avondale.

That will leave Mt Roskill and St Kentigern jostling for the right to play Epsom in the semi-final.

St Kent’s play Birkenhead this week then travel to Epsom which will be tough so on form they would finish 7-7.

Mt Roskill visit Avondale then host Birkenhead so again a 7-7 record looks a likely outcome.

If that scenario eventuates St Kentigern would advance with the better head to head points differential against Mt Roskill.

Plenty to play for in the last couple of rounds.

Top four confirmed in Girl’s Premier League

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After the completion of Round 12 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League on Monday we now know the semi-final qualifiers, and in addition know that Auckland Girls Grammar will need to win a play-off game next year to remain in the top flight.

Carmel College will finish fifth and miss out on a semi-final berth unless Rangitoto College lose all three of their remaining games and Carmel beat Westlake in their final game. One scenario is unlikely, both improbable so safe to say St Mary’s are the regular season champions, Westlake are runners-up with Massey and Rangitoto claiming the other two play-off spots.

Carmel were still very much in the play-off picture with four minutes to play in their home game against Rangitoto on Monday as they trailed by just five points (72-67). Unfortunately for them Rangitoto sharp-shooter Aroha Riley made a couple of scores and when Ella Moore knocked down a three the lead was suddenly a dozen points.

Forward Qaizden Stephano reduced the arrears but another five points from Rogers (she scored 15 points in the fourth quarter), meant that a pair of threes from Estelle Davidson were rendered academic as Rangi departed with an 87-79 victory.

Earlier Tayla Dalton, Emily Broomfield and Davidson had provided the bulk of the offensive thrust for Carmel as they kept pace with the visitors.

Hannah Wentworth’s three first half triples helped Rangi to a 42-34 half-time lead before transition baskets from Kellie Tawhiao stretched the lead beyond a dozen points. Dalton and Isabel MacGregor provided the response as Carmel closed to 64-47 at three-quarter time.

The two teams exchanged baskets in the early stages of the fourth before Rogers and Moore dropped the decisive daggers.

Carmel 79– T Dalton 28, E Davidson 17, E Broomfield 14, Q Stephano 13

Rangitoto 87– A Riley 24, K Tawhiao 18, H Wentworth 15, W Riley 10 M Barrett 8


Emme Shearer, named to attend the prestigious Basketball Without Borders Camp next month alongside St Mary’s forward Jazz Kailahi-Fulu, scored 25 points as Westlake Girls confirmed second place on the table with a comfortable 85-50 win against Mt Albert Grammar School.

Shearer scored 13 points in the first half and with Jess Moors also in double figures Westlake had a 44-26 lead at the interval.

Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie and Monica Kelly, 11 points and 10 points respectively were the notable scorers for MAGS.

Danae Tait landed a couple of scoring punches for MAGS but Jordyn Maddix and Piper Manolas were equal to the task as Westlake extended their advantage to 63-39 with a quarter to play – a period they won 22-11 to earn a ninth win of the season.

Westlake 85– E Shearer 25, J Moors 20, J Maddix 14, P Manolas 10

MAGS 50– M Kelly 14, R Fiatau 14, T Cocker-Lemalie 11, D Tait 8


Massey High also confirmed a semi-final spot with an 81-65 victory against Auckland Girls Grammar.

The two teams were on even keel at quarter time with 20 points apiece – with both teams looking to the three point line for production. Allyah Leusogi-Ape and Ramona Fuaivaa landed from deep for Massey with Imogene Noble, Milika Fonohema and Leah Patuwairua successful for AGGS.

Noble, Hine Te Ao Devery, Fonohema and Patuwairua were a constant threat to the Massey defence but Leusogi-Ape, Alyesha Schuster and Shazaleah Henry ensured MAGS had a 46-43 half-time lead.

A low scoring third quarter ensued (11-10 in favour of MAGS) before the hosts broke free in the final period to clinch the win. Fuaivaa and Leusogi-Ape shared 14 points in the last ten minutes to see off a spirited AGGS challenge.

Massey 81–  A Leusogi-Ape 21, R Fuaivaa 19, A Schuster 16, M Taingahue 11

AGGS 65– I Noble 27, L Patuwairua 20,  M Fonohema 10, Hine Te Ao Devery 8


Premier Girls Standings:

10-0 St Mary’s

9-2 Westlake

6-4 Massey

5-4 Rangitoto

5-6 Carmel

2-9 MAGS

0-10 AGGS

Joy for Macleans and wins also for St Kentigern, Rosmini and Westlake

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There was plenty of action in Round 12 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League on Monday with Macleans College winning their first game of the season, Rangitoto College losing just their second game of the campaign and St Kentigern College all but securing the regular season title.

It’s been a tough season for Macleans College but with a healthy squad in action for virtually the first time this season they held off Liston College to win 75-73 for a welcome victory.

Macleans led by as many as 12 points in the fourth period but had to endure a nervy last few minutes as Liston closed to within two points in the closing stages. Liston had opportunities to tie proceedings in the last two minutes but couldn’t get shots to drop much to the relief of Adrian Boyd and his charges.

Early on Macleans guard Kraus Reyes scored 7 points but it was Liston who led at the quarter mark (19-13) thanks to 10 points from Preston Karatau.

Threes from Emannuel Cea plus buckets from Desmond Helu kept Liston briefly in the ascendancy but with Michael Babaran finding his range Macleans had a 56-48 lead by three-quarter time.

Jesse Manuel and Reyes extended the lead before triples from Helu and Kiani Saxon sparked a Liston revival. Karatau scored six straight points but Harry Smith and Sam Voykovich made critical free-throws to edge Macleans to that long awaited win.

Liston 73– P Karatau 22, D Helu 22, K Saxon 15, E Cea 6

Macleans 75– M Babaran 23, J Manuel 12, K Reyes 11, T Kempton 8


Auckland Grammar have suffered two agonising defeats in four days after going down 78-74 at St Kentigern College on Monday after losing 86-88 to Rangitoto on Friday.

Running the top two sides on the Premier League table so close shows that Grammar are capable of beating any team on their day but the two defeats means their top-four prospects are in the balance.

A win behind both Westlake and Rosmini, Grammar will need to win both of their remaining games and hope other results go their way.

St Kent’s made the brighter start with Martin Gan knocking down a three and Alex McNaught scoring six points to forge a 21-16 first quarter lead.

Jaga Mete and Daniel Boyd kept the scoring moving for AGS in the second but Levick Kerr was causing them some problems inside – the St Kent’s big man scored 11 points in the quarter to propel his team to a 44-30 half-time lead.

Grammar enjoyed much the better of the third spell as Connor Ngan, Mete and Boyd all connected from behind the three-point arc to trim the St Kent’s advantage to 60-56 with ten minutes to play.

There was nothing in it in the fourth – Ilaisa Tela, Boyd and Mete sharing the scoring load for AGS with Kerr, McNaught, Kazlo Evans and Elliot Watson doing the same for the league leaders. Eventually it was St Kent’s that prevailed but only just. The result means St Kent’s will win the Minor Premiership if they can win at Rangitoto College on Friday night.

St Kentigern 78– L Kerr 28, A McNaught 16, K Evans 15, S Broughton 7, E Watson 6

AGS 74– J Mete 29, D Boyd 17, C Ngan 11, I Tela 11


Rangitoto College suffered just their second defeat of the season after going down 85-74 at Rosmini College.

Taine Murray was the chief architect of the Rosmini win scoring a game high 30 points, the Tall Blacks triallist had 13 in the opening quarter which the hosts won 25-21.

Jared Thornton was prominent for Rangitoto – his 8 points plus 10 from Harry Payne meant the margin was still four points at half-time (43-39).

Rangi opened the second half with an 8-0 run with Payne and Zach Riley scoring a couple of baskets each but Rosmini countered with an identical run courtesy of Jason Mittef and Marvin Williams-Dunn. Reihana Maxwell-Topia scored the last six Rozza points in the quarter to keep his team in the ascendancy – ahead 62-56 at the third break.

Cian Emery dropped a corner three for Rosmini but Ethan Mandeno, Thornton and Payne kept Rangi on track who were down just 72-67 with four minutes left to play.

However Reimar Cruz and Williams-Dunn then converted back-to back triples and Rangi coach Kenny Stone required a timeout.

The resumption didn’t go to plan as Murray made two more threes to stretch the Rosmini lead to 81-67 Although Ethan Skelton made a couple of neat baskets Rosmini eased through the closing couple of minutes to solidify their top four place.

Rosmini 85– T Murray 30, R Maxwell-Topia 15, R Cruz 10, M Williams-Dunn 10, S Murphy 7

Rangitoto 74– H Payne 24, L Thornton 14/9rebs, T Te Puni 11, Z Riley 11, O Pae 6


Westlake kept their top-four hopes alive with a solid 90-68 win against Mt Albert Grammar, 36 points from Sam Mennenga the most telling contribution.

The Junior Tall Black had 11 points in the first period as MAGS, despite threes from Phoenix Sorensen, Denver Elia and Theo Coker-Grey found themselves 25-22 behind at that stage.

Westlake put their foot down in the second winning the quarter 28-11 with Christian Martin, Reuben Natusch and Dylan Wilkie notable contributors.

MAGS fared better after the interval with Josh Leger and Ben Skelton combining for ten points. Wilkie, Martin and Mennenga  converted from deep as Westlake led 73-50 at three-quarter time.

MAGS shaded the last quarter but Westlake’s seventh win of the season was never under threat.

Westlake 90– S Mennenga 36, D Wilkie 9, C Martin 9, C Atkinson 8

MAGS 68– J Leger 14, P Sorensen 12, D Elia 12, T Coker-Grey 8


Premier Standings:

11-1 St Kentigern

9-2 Rangitoto

7-4 Rosmini

7-5 Westlake

6-6 AGS

3-8 MAGS

2-9 Liston

1-11 Macleans

St Mary’s beat Westlake to stay top of Premier League – wins also for Carmel and Rangitoto.

Jazz Kailahi-Fulu

Jazz Kailahi-Fulu

St Mary’s College strengthened its grip on top spot of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League with a 73-63 home win against nearest rivals Westlake Girls on Friday.

In other Round 11 games there were wins for Carmel College and Rangitoto College.

Jazz Kailahi-Fulu has missed much of the season due to injury but she was in dominating form against Westlake scoring 30 points as St Mary’s won a tenth straight game.

Westlake got the better of a low scoring first quarter to lead 14-8 but it was St Mary’s that dominated the second period.

Whatever St Mary’s coach Tui Matiseni, assuming head coaching duties whist Jody Cameron is in Taiwan with the Tall Ferns, said to his charges at quarter time worked a treat.

Kailahi-Fulu and Leata Te Nana-Williams went to work and although Tabitha Leyson knocked down a three for Westlake it was St Mary’s in the ascendancy at the interval leading 29-23.

The third period was much tighter. Jess Moors, Rosie Dil and Jordyn Maddix kept the scoreboard ticking over for the visitors with Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu, Riana Matiseni and Te Nana-Williams pacing the St Mary’s effort as they led 52-44 at the three-quarter mark.

Westlake tried desperately to close the gap in the closing minutes but they had no answer for the Kailahi-Fulu’s who scored 18 points between them in the fourth quarter.

St Mary’s 73– J Kailahi-Fulu 30, Z Kailahi-Fulu 14, L Te Nana-Williams 12, R Matiseni 6

Westlake 63– S Dil 15, J Maddix 15, J Moors 11, P Manolas 10, T Leyson 6


Carmel College maintained their quest for a top-four spot with a comfortable 81-42 victory at Mt Albert Grammar School.

As usual Tayla Dalton, with 41 points, was the chief architect of the win but she received good support from Estelle Davidson and Qaizden Stephano who scored 9 points each.

Dalton had 22 points in the first half and although Rikki Fiatau scored 9 points for MAGS they trailed 42-21 at the interval.

Destiny Leef-Milner knocked down her second three of the game for MAGS in the third but Izzy Cattermole, Mackenzie MacKerath and Dalton also connected from beyond the arc as Carmel took a 61-30 lead into the last break.

Both coaching tandems utilised their bench players in the fourth quarter ahead of further action on Monday.

MAGS 42– R Fiatau 9, H Brown 8, T Cocker-Lemalie 7, D Leef-Milner 6, M Kelly 6

Carmel 81– T Dalton 41, E Davidson 9, Q Stephano 9, T McAsey 7


In the other game Rangitoto Collegedefeated Auckland Girls Grammar110-64. The leading scorers for Rangitoto were Aroha Riley (19pts), Hannah Wentworth (17pts), Ella Moore (17pts), Moneesha Barrett (11pts), Tiana Hudson (10pts) and Emily Blythe (10pts). Unfortunately no other details are available.

On Monday Massey High will face AGGS, Westlake will play MAGS and in a game that will have a major bearing on their respective semi-final aspirations Carmel will entertain Rangitoto.

Premier Girls Standings:

10-0 St Mary’s

7-2 Westlake

5-4 Massey

5-5 Carmel

4-4 Rangitoto

2-8 MAGS

0-9 AGGS

Round 11 news from Boys Premier League

Levick Kerr

Levick Kerr

The Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League resumed on Friday after the July recess.

St Kentigern College were too good for Macleans College winning 96-48 with centre Levick Kerr scoring a game high 29 points.

Josh Child was prominent early and when Gabriel Nolan scored from beyond the arc St Kentigern were 19-8 ahead after ten minutes.

Harry Smith, Kraus Reyes and Jesse Manuel made a brace of scores apiece for Macleans but Kerr poured in 14 points in the second quarter to extend the St Kent’s lead to 48-20 at half-time.

Alex McNaught led the St Kent’s scoring in the third frame as the league leaders stretched out to 71-36.

Manuel kept battling away for Macleans but it was an uphill battle, St Kent’s tenth win of the season, which keeps them top of the table, iced by a Ryan Morrissey three.

Macleans 48– J Manuel 16, Harry Smith 11, Kraus Reyes 7, S Voykovich 6

St Kentigern 96– L Kerr 29, A McNaught 21, J Child 13, K Evans 7


In the game of the round, and possibly the game of the season thus far Rangitoto College beat Auckland Grammar 88-86.

In a contest that was close throughout the two standout performances belonged to Grammar’s Jaga Mete who scored 38 points and Rangitoto guard Zach Riley who scored 34 points including a game clinching 13 points in the final quarter.

In a sign of what was to come just a single point separated the teams in an opening period won 18-17 by Rangitoto – 8 points from Riley were a sign of things to come.

It was still a one point game at half-time but this time in favour of Grammar (38-37) with Caleb Landon and Ilasia Tela making their mark.

The two teams went toe-to toe in the third. Harry Payne reeled off eight straight points to open the Rangi scoring in the second half followed by a pair of threes from Ethan Mandeno and with Phoenix Lepou making a couple of buckets Rangi accumulated 27 points in the stanza.

AGS, with Mete unstoppable, matched that number. The Junior Tall Black guard dropped 20 points in ten minutes and entering the final ten minutes the lead was still a single point in favour of Grammar (65-64).

Daniel Boyd and Mete shared 15 points in the last period but it was Riley that made the most telling contribution as Rangi closed out a thriller to remain second on the table.

AGS 86– J Mete 38, D Boyd 15, C Landon 12, I Tela 10

Rangitoto 88– Z Riley 34, H Payne 20, L Thornton 8, P Lepou 8


Westlake Boys, propelled by 21 points from Josh Kooiman and 20 points from Sam Mennenga, came away from Liston College with an 87-70 victory.

Kiani Saxon scored half a dozen points as Liston kept pace with the visitors in the opening exchanges trailing by just three points (20-17) at the first break.

Westlake bossed the second spell as Kooiman and Dylan Wilkie dropped threes to help Westlake to a 43-30 half-time advantage.

Liston bounced back in the third with Preston Karatau, Desmond Helu and Shawn Hickey providing scoring impetus. Regular scores from Mennenga and Reuben Natuscha ensured the visitors maintained the lead at three-quarter time – ahead 64-50.

Triples in the fourth period from Victor Ola’aiga and Matt Manese kept Liston in the hunt but 12 points in the quarter from Kooiman sealed the Westlake win.

Liston 70– P Karatau 19, D Helu 14, K Saxon 10, S Hickey 10, V Ola’aiga 10

Westlake 87– J Kooiman 21, S Mennenga 20, R Natusca 16, D Wilkie 12


The opening quarter at Mt Albert Grammar suggested a close contest with Rosmini College but it turned out to be anything but as the visitors cruised to an 87-49 win.

Unluckily for MAGS Taine Murray poured in 13 early points to give Rosmini a 19-16 first quarter lead.

Nate Wilson led the MAGS response scoring 11 straight points for the hosts either side of the quarter time break to propel his team into the lead.

Back-to back threes from guard Reimar Cruz initiated a 10-0 Rosmini run and when Sean Murphy sunk a three as time expired in the first half the visitors lead was 42-27.

Josh Leger scored six points for MAGS after the interval but they were slim pickings as Rosmini bossed the third period 28-10, Murray and Reihana Maxwell-Topia doing most of the damage.

Ben Skelton went coast-to-coast in the fourth to the delight of the home fans before Cian Emery and Brandon Robb completed the scoring for Rosmini.

MAGS 49– N Wilson 22, J Leger 10, D Elia 5

Rosmini 87– T Murray 28, R Maxwell-Topia 12, R Cruz 10, S Murphy 9, M Williams-Dunn 7

There will be a full round of games on Monday with St Kent’s entertaining Auckland Grammar, Westlake hosting MAGS, Rangitoto visiting Rosmini and a bottom of the table clash sees Macleans taking on Liston.

Premier Standings:

10-1 St Kentigern

9-1 Rangitoto

6-4 Rosmini

6-5 AGS, Westlake

6-4 Rosmini

3-7 MAGS

2-8 Liston

0-11 Macleans