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NZ fall to Philippines on final day at U17 World Cup


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


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.

From James Lissaman

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



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

corey webster

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.

Junior Tall Blacks oh so close again


Photo courtesy of Jolene Cartwright

The Anchor Junior Tall Blacks are a little tired of de ja vu, as they lost a third game on the run at the FIBA U19 World Cup after showing great fight and tenacity against higher ranked opponents, this time beaten by Germany 72-65 in the round of 16.

It means the best the young Kiwis can hope for is a ninth-place finish at the tournament, which in itself is a lofty goal for a team having qualified for the first time in their history, but Head Coach Daryl Cartwright is struggling to get over the initial disappointment, knowing the effort that has gone into the campaign.

“It is really gutting, I was kind of lost for words a little in the changing room, you could see it on the guys, their heads were down and they were hurting bad. That is three games in a row now where we have been oh so close but not quite good enough, that margin for error is so small. We struggled to deal with their length and athleticism early and got rattled. But yeah, it hurts, we didn’t want to be in the bottom half of the tournament and after the run we have had, we are gutted.”

That run is not only the three losses on the bounce, but the way they have occurred and the circumstance surrounding them, with the entire team at one point or another having to overcome the effects of an energy sapping stomach illness, to the extent that Cartwright would look up during a halftime team talk and see half the team were in the toilets.

Cartwright was not using that as an excuse though, highlighting his team’s inability to deal with the early German pressure for the loss – despite a brave fightback that brought them back from 21-7 down to make it a one basket game inside the final minute.

“Our care with the basketball wasn’t good enough, their length saw them getting deflections on passes and we were over penetrating and forced into bad shots. They average 6’8” across the floor with their starting lineup and we kept the ball in the hands too much and over dribbled and we were stuttering at the offensive end and they kept piling on the pressure at the other end knocking down shots as well.”

Cartwright has a job to do now to ensure his players regroup and focus on the next task, winning their classification matches knowing that ninth place is well within their capabilities.

“I have been so proud of this team’s effort, it has been huge and we always find a way to come back and give ourselves a chance. We key on the core values of what Tall Blacks basketball is, that never say die. We pride ourselves on our defence and the effort categories like rebounding. That area of our game cannot be faulted. It was just the mental side, patience and poise under pressure. We can say we are not exposed to that level of basketball enough but that is just an excuse.

“We have made adjustments in our game through the tournament, but once again that big hole and not being able to claw it back is gutting, but I am massively proud of our guys and the group, and they can be proud of themselves and so too their families as well.”

The final moments were not without controversy, with the referees awarding Germany an unsportsmanlike foul after contact between two players before the ball was inbound with the Germans leading by just three. Cartwright felt it should have been a no-call.

“I said to the referee, we have fought back and you have kind of decided the game with that call. I thought both players were holding, there was no disadvantage to the Germans and you could have called it both ways so why not let it go and let the players decide it? That would have been much better, the gutting thing is we got the stop but bobbled the rebound out of bounds and gave them the possession.

“There were a number of ‘if only moments’ at the end there, that is gutting for me as a coach but the players are disappointed as well with a call like that, it takes the opportunity away from them to tie the game up with one possession on the clock.”

The team will now rest up for 24 hours before playing Mali on Friday (tip off time TBC) in their first classification match.

Anchor Junior Tall Blacks 65
Samuel 14, Wynyard 14p/ 9r Waardenburg 11p/ 12r, McDonald 6, Letoa 5, T Cameron 4, McWilliam 4, Clinton 3/5a, Aitcheson 2, F Cameron 2

Germany 72
Sanders 15, de Silva 12, Olinde 12

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NZ a win and a loss at FIBA 3×3 World Cup


The New Zealand men’s team have finished their first day at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup with one win and one loss.

Head Coach Anthony Corban said this first day of the tournament was a tough ask due to the heat in Nantes, with temperatures soaring to over 30 degrees on court. Corban said the conditions suited their opposition – 13th ranked Indonesia and 20th ranked South Korea – with both teams from the Asian Conference being well conditioned to the heat.

“We started slowly against Indonesia and that proved costly. As the game rolled along the heat and humidity hit us hard. We gave up five two-point shots uncontested, which was 10 of their 15 points. From there, we were playing catch up for the rest of the game and managed to close it up to 12 all with 90 seconds to go. We were down two with a minute left, but broke away from our pre-game plan and sets. We had Indonesia in the two free throw penalty, but persisted with taking outside shots as opposed to attacking the rim off the dribble. This was a game we should have won, but as a group we only have ourselves to blame,” said Corban.

Eventually the clock ran down and Indonesia won, 15 – 12.

The Kiwis were determined to tidy their play after that disappointing loss and refocused for game two against South Korea, which was scheduled only 40 minutes after their first game defeat.

“We played tired. The heat and humidity was again a telling factor, but our group dug deep and refused to let this one slip.

“This was a game with plenty of physicality on and off the ball. We had South Korea in the 7 and 10 free throw penalty. Down the stretch we missed four key free throws, that meant we had to go to overtime to close this game out.”

Corban added there was far too much on and off the ball fouling and niggle that he wasn’t happy with, particularly for what is now and Olympic sport.

“My players did well to control themselves with that poor discipline. I was led to believe the three second rule was going to be heavily policed too, but it wasn’t, and that played right into the hands of the big man from South Korea.”

That wasn’t enough for the Korean’s though, with the Kiwis managing to run down the clock in front, eventually winning 15-13.

Corban says they will rest up with a recovery day now, which will comprise of a light gym session, shooting and a bit of sightseeing for the players. There will be no rest for Corban though, with his afternoon set for reviewing game film and looking for a way to unsettle The Netherlands (5) and USA (4), two heavy weight teams which a reputation of sliding into the playoffs with ease.

New Zealand play the United States early tomorrow morning (19 June at 00:40) and the Netherlands (19 June 02:10). Both games will be livestreamed here:

Karl Noyer looks ahead to 3×3 World Cup


I managed to have a chat with leading 3×3 New Zealand international Karl Noyer before he headed to France for the FIBA 3×3 World Cup beginning in a couple of days time.

The team also includes fellow Harbour representative Marco Alexander, Taranaki’s Aaron Bailey-Nowell and former Nelson rep Angus Riley now playing at Bryant University in the States.

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Whelan Trophy teams now sorted in Canterbury


From James Lissaman

Division I in the McDonald’s Whelan Trophy Competition was found, albeit with a negotiated change of teams, as Rangiora and St. Margaret’s mutually decided to switch divisions.

Division I games start next week, and will feature nine teams battling for semi-final spots in August: Ashburton; Burnside; Cashmere; Christchurch Girls’; Kaiapoi; Middleton Grange; Rangiora; Rangi Ruru; St. Andrew’s.

Division II expands, with six teams now competing: Avonside; Ellesmere; Lincoln; Hillmorton; St. Margaret’s; Villa Maria.

Middleton Grange once again proved their dominance, with an 85-58 win over Burnside. Aimee Book lead all scorers with 29p, and had Megan Ellis (18p) and Lauryn Hippolite (16p) join her in double figures for the Gators. Burnside’s Paige Willman led with 21p, while Sila Morris (12p) and Bridie Thompson (10p) also eeked into double figures.

In Division II of the Thompson Trophy, Linwood College and Riccarton just about had another game decided in the final seconds, as a 20 point Linwood lead almost completely vanished, before a few key baskets saw Linwood pull through 84-76. Rhoi Sanchez again scored easily (31p), but it was last week’s hero Tangaroa Faletolu who was impressive all over the court (13p 23r 5a). D’Arby Mcdiarmid-Taingahue also had a double double (14p 10r).


In Division I Middleton Grange can be proud of the way they are performing without TCU commit Angus McWilliam – just falling to the Dowson Cup holders from Burnside 87-75. Burnside’s sharpshooting duo John Quitiong (25p) and Liam Reekie (22p) did most of the damage, while Isaiah Morris (15p) calmly controlled his team’s offense. For Gators, Ben Carlile-Smith impressed with 28p, and had some nice games form Jed Rea and Joash Castillo, who had eleven points each.

Christ’s College poured it on against St. Bede’s 105-53 – no doubt providing plenty of motivation for the next time these two teams meet. Tom Hughes having another workmanlike game (23p 9r) in the loss.

All Results:

Whelan Trophy

St. Margaret’s 71-59 Avonside Girls’

Christchurch Girls’ 57-48 St. Andrew’s

Kaiapoi 63-60 Rangiora

Middleton Grange 85-58 Burnside

Villa Maria 62-46 Hillmorton

Rangi Ruru 67-59 Ashburton

Cashmere 83-65 Ellesmere

Thompson Division I

Christ’s 105-53 St. Bede’s

Ashburton 95-63 Rangiora

Christchurch Boys’ 77-66 St. Andrew’s

Burnside 87-75 Middleton Grange

(Shirley vs Cashmere scheduled for June 8)

Thompson Division II

Papanui 71-55 Ellesmere

Hillmorton 108-48 Lincoln

Linwood 84-76 Riccarton

Cathedral 131-56 Hornby

St. Thomas 117-62 Kaiapoi