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Junior Tall Ferns come up short against Australia

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The Aon Junior Tall Ferns bid to claim a berth at the 2019 FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup came to an end in Bangalore, India last night.

The JTF’s were beaten 82-66 by Australia in a preliminary semi-final tie at the U18 Asian Championships on Thursday. Australia not only secured a semi-final spot but, along with the other three semi-finalists, a place at the U19 World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand next July.

Seven minutes into the third quarter the Kiwis trailed by thirty points (60-30) and looked to headed to a flogging. However, led by the outstanding Ella Bradley (14 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in a game high thirty-five minutes), the Australian advantage was slowly eroded as the JTF’s mounted a spirited riposte.

The Waikato forward scored ten straight points for NZ as they closed the third frame trailing 65-44.

Charlisse Leger-Walker opened the fourth quarter scoring but fouled out shortly afterwards. Tayla Dalton picked up the slack scoring eight straight points and the Australian lead was down to fifteen (69-54).

Bradley and Leah Mafua combined to keep the deficit at fifteen (75-60) with five minutes to play. Grace Hunter then unleashed back-to back triples and with two minutes to play, and the Kiwis closing, Australia were looking over their shoulders and needed a timeout (77-66).

The Kiwi comeback ended there as he Aussies re-grouped to close out the game and advance to the semi-finals.

Earlier the Australians, beaten by Korea in their final pool game, were in no mood to drop consecutive games opening up proceedings with the first nine points of the game before Rochelle Fourie got the Kiwi scoreboard moving.

Charlotte Whittaker picking up two personal fouls in the opening three minutes was a set back for New Zealand that trailed 23-15 at quarter-time – 6 points in the quarter from Mafua.

Whittaker made her first score of the game to open the second period before Hunter netted a triple. A Koha Lewis And-1 meant the Australia lead was just four points (27-23) but the Kiwis suffered a set back with Leger-Walker picking up her fourth foul.

Without their influential playmaker New Zealand gave up 11 straight points to trail 41-25 at half-time.

Another 19-5 Aussie run preceded the New Zealand revival, the JTF’s left to rue giving their opponents such a massive lead that they couldn’t quite reel in.

FINAL SCORE

NZ 66 – E Bradley 14/12r, L Mafua 13, T Dalton 10, G Hunter 9, K Lewis 5/6r, C Leger-Walker 5/6r, R Fourie 5, E Shearer 3, C Whittaker 2

AUSTRALIA 82

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South Island teams win 2018 Varsity Championships

 

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Last year it was Canterbury University Men and Lincoln University Women that won the New Zealand Varsity Championships.

This year Lincoln Women, with Canterbury Wildcat Connie Poletti in outstanding form, retained their title whilst Otago University, led by former Junior Tall Black Josh Aitcheson, edged Lincoln to win the Men’s Championship.

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2018 Tertiary Champs begin on Friday

The 2018 New Zealand Tertiary Championships are being held at AUT Sports Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Canterbury will be looking to defend the Men’s title with Lincoln are doing the same in the Women’s tournament.

It’s a feast of basketball with games beginning at 8.00am each day.

Tall Ferns Deena Franklin and Georgia Agnew will be lining up for Massey University and AUT respectively.

Heading back to Auckland but now residing outside the City of Sails are the likes of Josia and Ben Williams (Lincoln University) and Samson Aruwa (Otago).

Can any teams prevent the trophies heading back to Canterbury? We only have to wait a few days to find out.

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Finalists found in Canterbury Schools top competitions

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There was a good deal of excitement in the air throughout Canterbury, with the boys’ grades in particular being extremely tightly contested on semi-final night in the McDonald’s Thomson and Whelan Competitions. Rangiora High and Christchurch Boys’ played out a classic, with the visitors initially going up by ten points. Fletcher Arnold responded by hitting three straight from behind the arc to grab the lead and it was all on. CBHS managed to move ahead by six points with under five minutes to go, before Rangiora came back and tied it – setting us all up to witness this magic from Noa Price:

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The Middleton Grange boys travelled to the league favourites – Cashmere High – and also had an extremely tight game on their hands, 62-60 being the score as the fourth quarter began. The Gators quickly found themselves down by ten points and upped their pressure – hitting threes and buckets inside, but could never close the gap closer than six points, as they eventually fell 92-85. Cashmere won their opening night game against Rangiora by twenty, and without a loss on their record this year are deserving to be labelled as the favourites here, but with Rangiora being the hottest team in the competition over the past month be ready for anything in the final on Tuesday.

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The Kaiapoi girls’ team was without the playmaking ability of Alida Pohatu-Barnes, who was battling a back issue, allowing the St. Andrew’s defence to focus the majority of their attention on NZ rep Helen Mathews. Kaiapoi never gave up, but fell further and further behind, eventually falling to the #1 seeded StAC team by twenty.

Rangi Ruru continued how they finished last game against Christchurch Girls’ High, quickly jumping out to a ten-point lead. Girls’ High never gave up and had one of their former stars, Tessa Boagni, on hand to help provide motivation and advice for George Robinson’s team. The second half was much better for CGHS, closing to six points after a Sammy Arnold three, but the initial hole they were in was too much to overcome, going down 66-57. This loss, setting us up with a #1 vs #2 matchup in the Grand Final.

St. Andrew’s has won the two previous matchups against Rangi Ruru this year by 11 and 12 points respectively, but with their opponents going for a three-peat, Sussan Graham’s team knows they cannot take the result of this game for granted.

Division Two of the McDonald’s Whelan Trophy Competition also ended up with #1 vs #2 for the Final. The Avonside Lady Eagles and Lincoln High Girls started off extremely amped up in their match, with neither team able to settle in to the groove of the game. Avonside’s team wanting to do well in what was the official last game for Avonside on their current site. After a 9-9 first quarter, AGHS was able to go on a 20-5 run, with Molly Cockburn (27) and Megan Shannon (14) being a major factor. Lincoln’s duo of Samantha McCrone (17) and Kate Herman (15) again leading their team, who had a fantastic season where they improved dramatically from their two-win record in 2017.

#2 Ellesmere had no trouble with St. Margaret’s – hitting ten three-point shots, and snagging the ball 21 times from their opponents as they ran away with the game 85-56. Ellesmere bet Avonside in their previous meeting in a very tight 63-58 win, and with Sam Irvine joining the EC team since then, this game is shaping up to be decided in the final few seconds too!

The Ashburton College Boys continued their strong season, as they disposed of Cathedral College 102-56, building a twenty-point lead inside the first ten minutes of action, and outscoring the visitors every quarter of play. Marc Juntilla was outstanding for Ashcoll, scoring 27 in the win. Papanui shocked St. Thomas 81-78, as Neville Brooker’s team just missed on two opportunities to tie the game up in the dying seconds. Papanui will be highly motivated in the final, wanting to avoid a repeat of 2017, where they fell in the final minutes last year. Ashburton has improved their play steadily since their 81-67 loss earlier to Papanui, and will have plenty of supporters from Mid-Canterbury make the trek up to Cowles to support their young men.

 

Macca’s Week Twelve Results

Whelan Division II

Ellesmere 85-56 St. Margaret’s

Avonside 81-51 Lincoln

 

Whelan Division I

Rangi Ruru 66-57 Christchurch Girls’

St. Andrew’s 69-49 Kaiapoi

 

Thomson Division II

Papanui 81-78 St. Thomas

Ashburton 102-56 Cathedral

 

Thomson Division I

Rangiora 64-61 Christchurch Boys’

Cashmere 92-85 Middleton Grange

 

Finals’ Night – Tuesday 28 August at Cowles Stadium

4:00pm Thomson Division Two Final (Court One) Ashburton College vs Papanui High

4:00pm Whelan Division Two Final (Court Two) Avonside Girls’ High vs Ellesmere College

5:45pm Whelan Division One Final (Court One) St. Andrew’s College vs Rangi Ruru Girls’

7:30pm Thomson Division One Final (Court One) Cashmere High vs Rangiora High

NZ advance to quarter-finals at FIBA U18 Asia Championship

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New Zealand made it through the Round of Sixteen at the FIBA U18 Asian Championship in Thailand on Wednesday beating India 109-76.

It took the Kiwis a while to get going as they only led by ten at half-time (52-42) but a 32-16 third quarter did the trick.

Oscar Oswald (17 points) was the main source of points for New Zealand in the early stages half with James Moors (20 points) finding his scoring touch in the second.

Matt O’Connell (15 points) put some icing on the win in the closing stages.

New Zealand will now face Iran in the critical quarter-final tie on Thursday. The winner obviously advances to the semi-finals but more importantly secures a place at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup next year.

The major concern for the Kiwis was a knee injury suffered by Max Darling who was sidelined in the first half and remained on ice in the second.

New Zealand Scorers:

James Moors 20/8r, Oscar Oswald 17/8r, Matt O’Connell 15, Kruz Perrott-Hunt 14/8r/6a, Max Darling 12/9r, Tom Higgins 11, Isaac Faamausili 6, Max De Geest 5, Flynn Cameron 4, Sam Mennenga 3/8r, Max Stephens 2

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NZ fall to Philippines on final day at U17 World Cup

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The efforts of the previous day’s hard fought victory against China took it’s toll as the New Zealand U17 Men lost 73-51 to the Philippines in Argentina today.

The result means that the Kiwis finished fourteenth at the sixteen team Fiba U17 World Cup.

Having beaten the Philippines 76-60 at the Asian Championship back in April to claim bronze at that tournament New Zealand would have been hoping to achieve a similar result in Santa Fe.

However it wasn’t to be with the Philippines winning every quarter on their way to a comfortable victory. Mitch Dance was once again the leading scorer with 12 points, Shalom Broughton the only other Kiwi in double figures with ten points.

Thanks to Anzac Rissetto, Haven Dixon and Dance New Zealand comfortably won the rebounding count 60-43 but some of the other statistical categories were not so positive.

The Kiwis gave up 18 turnovers, ten more than their opponents. Neither team shot the ball well from beyond the arc but inside and mid-rand the Philippines were a reasonably efficient 44% (33/75). In comparison the Kiwis connected with just 20 from 79 at 25%.

The team finished the tournament a very respectable eighth in the rebounding statistical category but last in shooting percentages.

Dance was the team’s leading scorer averaging 15.6 points a game with Marvin Williams-Dunn (7.9) and Kainoa Lepou (7.2) the next best.

Anzac Rissetto was a top ten rebounder at the tournament collecting 8.9 boards a game. Dance demonstrated his value with 6.6 rebounds per outing and Haven Dixon corralled 5.9 per game.

Philippines 73

NZ 51 – M Dance 12/11r, S Broughton 10, T Cowie 6, M Williams-Dunn 6, H Dixon 5/9r, E Vaigafa 5, A Rissetto 4/12r, J Mckinlay 3

Kendrew and Hillmorton see Marques Whippy off in style

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The Canterbury Secondary Schools game of the week produced two new records.

In Marques Whippy’s final game as Coach of the Hillmorton High School Tigers, captain Ihaia Kendrew was outstanding, exploding for 23 points in the first quarter. He cooled off ever so slightly from the scorching start, but when his Tigers needed him most, Kendrew responded by hitting three consecutive jumpers in the final 140 seconds.

This forged a lead after Burnside had trimmed their deficit to only one solitary point (81-80). Kendrew finished the game with a McDonald’s Thomson Trophy record 58 points, with an astounding 33 of them coming from behind the three-point line in the 91-83 win, giving him another record for most three point shots hit in a single game.

Lincoln High School was still smarting after last week’s overtime loss, this time knocking over the previously unbeaten team from Papanui High School 78-75. Once again it was Cody Wareham leading the way with 34 points, with Jeriko Selda’s 16, and James Smith’s 10 points being key in a game that featured fourteen separate ties or lead changes, including 73 apiece late in the fourth. For Papanui, Sam Clark led the way with 22p, with Louis Navarro’s 15p, Jared Neighbours 14p, and Shaquel Piripi’s 11p being welcome wingmen for Clark in the scoring department.

A late night power outage at Hornby High School forced some pretty drastic action, with their game being shifted to Middleton Grange at late notice thanks to the efforts of Faith Harrison. Kaiapoi’s Jay Garrick was especially motivated by the chance to be on Glory League, dropping 45 points, with Ryan Sangster notching 15p of his own for the visitors. Hornby’s Jerome Tuiono (19p), Tame Halloumis (14p) and Rylu Dequita (10p) never gave up, but did fall 87-61.

Shirley Boys’ High continued rolling along, with an 87-80 victory over last year’s beaten finalists from Christ’s College – and only needed one double-figure scorer to do it! Unfortunately for Mark Dickel’s Christ’s team – that double-figure game belonged to Joel Jeffrey. Jeffrey had 38 points, as he kept the Spartan’s noses ever so slightly ahead in the final quarter. Will Degeest knocked down five attempts from behind the arc as part of his 27p, with Mason Whittaker hitting for 19 points himself. Aidan Palmer’s 16p and Nale Fifita’s 15p rounded out the scoring punch for Christ’s.

Middleton Grange’s Sofia Kennedy recorded 23p against Rangi Ruru, and tied the game with a big three at 73-73 in the final quarter, only to have Connie Taylor (10p) answer with her own trey. Alice Sproat’s 14 and Sophia Harrison’s 12 points helped the home team to a tough 63-58 win, guaranteeing them a place in the top four portion of the competition that starts in Term Three.

Week eight sees all grades back in full action (except for two deferred games). St. Andrew’s will face Cashmere’s Whelan team on Monday, in a game that was rescheduled due to the passing of North Canterbury’s Mark Whittaker. The Cashmere boys’ will have the Dowson Cup up for grabs again – this time against a Burnside team that has been struggling of late, while the Cashmere girls have a chance to lift the Phil Burns Cup from Rangi Ruru.

Our #McDsWT Game of the Week has two 4-2 teams in Christchurch Girls’ and Middleton Grange pitted against each other, while in the #McDsTT #GOTW Rangiora (4-3) has a chance to move into the top four as they face the 5-2 Shirley Boys’ Spartans.

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Week Seven Results

Whelan Division II
St. Margaret’s 115-28 Te Pā

Whelan Division I
Rangi Ruru 63-58 Middleton Grange

Christchurch Girls’ 66-52 Kaiapoi

Rangiora 84-62 Ashburton

Thomson Division II
St. Thomas 88-74 Cathedral

Ellesmere 75-50 Rangiora New Life

Ashburton 89-59 Riccarton

Kaiapoi 87-61 Hornby

Lincoln 78-75 Papanui

Thomson Division I
Christchurch Boys’ 80-69 Rangiora

Middleton Grange 88-76 St. Bede’s

Hillmorton 91-83 Burnside

Shirley Boys’ 87-80 Christ’s

Auckland Schools Premier Grade wrap including overtime win for Mt Albert Grammar

 

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Harry Payne scored 33 points for Rangitoto v Avondale

In Round five of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boys’s Premier competition it took overtime for Mt Albert Grammar to secure the win against Westlake and in an equally tight encounter Auckland Grammar beat St Kentigern College. There were also victories for Rangitoto College and Rosmini College.

In a thriller at MAGS the hosts held off Westlake Boys to win by the narrowest of margins 93-92 in overtime.

MAGS guard Ryan Laumatia, the game’s top scorer with 28 points, proved to be the difference maker.

After a free scoring game the scores were locked at 84 apiece in regulation but in the extra period scoring became much more problematic. In the end MAGS shaded the additional five minutes 9-8 with Laumatia making five of the points including the ultimate game winner.

Westlake had shaded the opening period 20-19 as Tom Cowie (23 points) and Sam Mennenga (27 points) got into their work.

Laumatia scored 10 points in the second period to give the hosts a 39-37 lead.

MAGS opened up a decent lead in the third thanks to good work from Sataan Tawera and Dakota Stephens who both landed threes – MAGS out to a 70-54 lead.

The lead reached twenty points but any thoughts of a comfortable MAGS win were dispelled by Westlake captain Jackson Port. The shooting guard nailed three triples in the fourth stanza and with Josh Kooiman also chipping in from long range Lake roared back into contention to force the game into overtime.

The dependable Cowie and Mennenga scored all Westlake’s points in the extra period but Tawera, Chayse Pinono and that man Laumatia had the ultimate say as MAGS recorded a third straight win to stay tied second on the ladder.

Mt Albert 93 – R Laumatia 28, C Pinono 16, S Tawera 16, N Wilson 13

Westlake 92 – S Mennenga 27, T Cowie 23, J Kooiman 17, J Port 13

 

It was an equally tight affair at Grammar where AGS prevailed by a single possession to beat St Kentigern 73-71.

The visitors made the better start, up 26-14 at the first break with Max Shorter (23 points) quickly into double figures.

Anzac Rissetto (24 points) and Ilaisa Tela led the AGS response as they trailed by just four points (40-36) at half-time.

Teacum McCarty (15 points) helped Grammar have the better of the third frame to lead 51-49 at the three-quarter point.

Levic Kerr and Alex McNaught threatened to give St Kent’s a valuable away win but Tela and Rissetto did just enough in the closing stages to clinch a fourth win for Grammar and stay second on the table with MAGS.

AGS 73 – A Rissetto 24, I Tela 19, T McCarthy 15, C Ngan 9

St Kentigern 71 – M Shorter 23, S Broughton 14, L Kerr 12, A McNaught 9

 

Visitors St Peter’s made a 5-2 start against Rosmini, playing a first home game at Carmel College.

Mitchell Dance and Marvin Williams-Dunn made treys in reply to a Luke Buckingham triple to put Rosmini ahead but St Peter’s via Phoenix Leupolu and Isaiah Franklin were keeping pace. .

A quartet of baskets from Taine Murray, recently returned from the Basketball Without Borders Camp in India, plus a steal and dunk from Joe Hylton turned the tide in the hosts favour as they led 28-23 at quarter time.

Leupolu made an off-balance three as the shot clock expired to open the St Peter’s account in the second frame but Dance, Kruz Perrott-Hunt and Kainoa Lepou all scored in quick succession necessitating a Leyton Haddleton timeout with his team suddenly 42-28 behind.

They were cut further adrift as Dance quickened the pace although an And-1 from Buckingham and inside basket from Whititera Parata helped the St Peter’s cause.

Murray had the final say of the half with a tumbling drive – Rosmini ahead 62-41 at half-time.

A Hylton triple initiated a 7-0 Rosmini run before Franklin made an acrobatic score for St Peter’s. Consecutive And-1 plays from Dance and Sean Murphy took the Rozza lead to thirty (80-50), stretched to 88-54 at three-quarter time.

Hard working forward Jacob Errey set the tone for the St Peter’s resistance in the final stanza with a couple of inside baskets and Boston Schuster showed good touch but Lepou was able to bring up the century of points for Rosmini who picked up a fifth straight win.

Rosmini 121 – M Dance 31, T Murray 23, K Perrott-Hunt 17, M Williams-Dunn 15, K Lepou 13

St Peter’s 78 – W Parata 19, P Leupolu 17, B Schuster 8, I Franklin 6

 

Both Rangitoto College and Avondale College headed into their game on the North Shore without a win but paced by Harry Payne (33 points) it was the boys from the Bays that registered a solid 90-68 win.

Payne showed his intent from the outset scoring 16 points in the opening period to lead Rangi to a 24-17 advantage.

Jaga Mete and Armand Donaldson scored six points each in the second quarter for Avondale but that was matched by the same output from Logan McIntosh and Ethan Mandeno – Rangitoto had a commanding 51-31 lead at the interval.

Preston Karatau landed a three early in the third but there were meager pickings for Avondale as Obadaiah Paea and Joon Back extended the home advantage to 72-43 at the last break.

Avondale had the better of exchanges in the fourth but fittingly Payne scored the final Rangi basket to post the highest individual score of the round.

Rangitoto 90 – H Payne 33, E Mandeno 15, O Paea 12, L McIntosh 10, E Skelton 10

Avondale 68 – J Mete 17, A Donaldson 16, J Childs 8, P Karatau 7

 

Premier League Standings

5-0 Rosmini

4-1 Mt Albert, Auckland Grammar

3-2 St Kentigern

2-3 St Peter’s

1-4 Westlake, Rangitoto

0-5 Avondale

Senior A Results

Western Springs 93 Northcote 85

Pakuranga 75 Massey v Massey 84

Liston 103 Kelston 68

Macleans v Birkenhead – result unknown

There are a full round of games being played in both Premier and Senior A Divisions on Monday June 11th.

U19 National Finals wrap

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Charlisse Leger-Walker and Max Darling are destined for bigger and better things in the basketball world but right now they are the Aon Under 19 Tournament MVP’s.

Both played major roles as their respective teams won National titles.

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Webster brothers in good form in Europe

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The Webster brothers led the scoring for their respective club teams in Europe at the weekend but there was a contrast in the outcomes of their games.

Older brother Corey made 18 points – including four from seven threes – but Ironi Nahariya were defeated 72-69 by Bnei Hertzeliya. Nahariya have slipped to eighth in the Israeli League with a 6-9 record.

Tai Webster scored a game high 21 points (6/13FG, 8/8FT) and also posted 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for German side Frankfurt Skyliners. The Skyliners struggled against bottom club Walter Tigers before eventually winning 65-57 to improve to 11-8 and eighth spot on the Bundesliga table.

One place above the Skyliners are Ratiopharm Ulm (11-7) after an 87-72 victory over Jena. Isaac Fotu produced 11 points (5/9FG), 6 rebounds and 4 assists as Ulm secured a second straight win.

In Italy Jillian Harmon came up with a big double-double of 28 points (12/25FG) and 14 rebounds to lead Napoli to a 71-67 win against Broni. The victory pushes Napoli up to fourth on the Italian League ladder with a 9-7 record.

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