Wrap on opening round of Girl’s Premier Grade

 

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The opening round of the Premier Boys competition saw the four games decided by the average differential of 33 points. The Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Girls opening round was even more lopsided with the differential in three of the games in excess of 50 points.

The exception was the Rangitoto College versus St Mary’s College clash in the Bays which was won by the visitors 80-68 despite Rangi leading 21-8 after the first ten minutes.

Hannah Wentworth knocked down a couple of threes for Rangi in the second quarter but it was a period that belonged to St Mary’s as they rattled up 32 points. Alex Moore, Kat Leslie, Riana Matiseni and Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu all made significant contributions as St Mary’s took a 40-34 advantage into the half-time break.

The third quarter was far more even as Rangi attempted to dent the deficit via scores from Aroha Rogers and Ella Moore. They could only claw back two points as Leata Te Nana-Williams kept St Mary’s ahead 55-51 with ten minutes to play.

Moore, Wentworth and Rogers made triples for the hosts in the closing stages but Leslie, Daneka Manase and Kailahi-Fulu ensured it would be a successful away trip for St Mary’s.

Rangitoto College 68– Wentworth 26, A Rogers 19, Moore 10, W Rogers 8

St Mary’s College 80– Leslie 19, Kailahi-Fulu 14, Matiseni 14, Te Nana-Williams 12

 

Mt Albert Grammar kept paced with Massey High in the early stages and trailed by five (17-12) at the first break.

However it was all Massey in the second quarter as Shauna Povey and Alyesha Schuster took charge of proceedings to help forge a 41-18 half-time lead.

Yzabelle Tevao and Ramona Fuaivaa continued the good work in the second half as Massey ran away with the game winning 91-35. Rikki Burgess was the best for Mt Albert scoring almost half of her team’s points.

Massey High 91– Povey 30, Fuaivaa 11, Tevao 10, Shazalea Henry 10, Schuster 8

MAGS 35– Burgess 16, Monica Kelly 4, Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie 4

 

It was one-way traffic on the Rosmini College court as Carmel College swept Auckland Girls Grammar aside winning 94-30.

The writing was on the wall for the visitors in the first quarter as Carmel raced out to a 29-8 lead. The scoring slowed in the second but it was still 50-13 in favour of the hosts at half-time and the result never in doubt thereafter.

Imogene Noble (15pts) and Sera Taei battled away gamely for AGGS but they could do little to deny Carmel who enjoyed scoring contributions across the board but most noticeably from Emily Broomfield and Tall Ferns trialist Tayla Dalton.

Carmel 94– Dalton 37, Broomfield 18, Quaizden Stephano 9, Estelle Davidson 8

AGGS 30– Noble 15, Sera Taei 9

 

The most one sided game of the round took place at Westlake where the hosts overwhelmed Botany Downs 136-14.

It was a baptism of fire for Botany playing Premier basketball for the first time and it is to be hoped they can quickly make the necessary adjustments to be competitive at this level.

For the record eight Westlake players scored in double figures.

Westlake Girls High 136– Rosalie Dil 31, Emma Pugh 19, Piper Manolas 18, Jess Moors 14, Emme Shearer 14

Botany Downs College 14– Sophia Herewini 5, Tiana Herewini 4

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Decisive victories highlight opening round of Boys Premier games

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The opening round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boys competition saw four decisive results with the narrowest margin of victory 24 points and the average differential a whopping 33 points.

The 24 points win belonged to St Kentigern College who defeated Mt Albert Grammar 76-52, although that result looked unlikely early on with MAGS establishing a 20-15 opening quarter lead – ten points from Sataan Tawera in the initial gambit.

St Kent’s bounced back in the second to lead 39-31 at the main break.

Kazlo Evans scored ten points either side of half-time but a combined dozen points from Morgan Aiono and Tawera, who finished with a game high 25 points (3/6 3PG), meant MAGS were still in the game at the three-quarter mark trailing 53-47.

However St Kent’s, led by Evans, put the defensive clamps on in the fourth restricting MAGS to just five points.

Levic Kerr and Alex McNaught sealed the win at the offensive end as the pair, along with Shalom Broughton, registered double digit contributions.

St Kentigern 76– Evans 17, Kerr 14, McNaught 12, Shalom Broughton 12

MAGS 52– Tawera 25, Aiona 11, Nate Wilson 4p/10r

 

The opening quarter of the Rangitoto College versus Liston College encounter up in the Bays was a tight affair with Rangi shading it 18-16 despite Sefa Prasad landing a couple of long threes for Liston.

Quarter two was a disaster for the visitors outscored 29-5 as Zach Riley, Harry Payne and Phoenix Leapolu made a trio of baskets apiece to propel the hosts to a 47-21 half-time lead.

Desmond Helu and Kiani Saxon led a mini Liston revival in the third but any chance of sustained resistance was snuffed out in the final quarter as the hosts scored another 27 points with Payne taking his personal tally to 20 points. Tautoko Wynyard, younger brother of Southland Sharks forward Tai Wynyard, scored twelve points on his premier debut for Rangi who ran out 94-58 winners.

Rangitoto 94– Payne 20, Leapolu 12, Riley 12, Wynyard 12

Liston College 58– Prasad 17, Desmond Helu 11, Shawn Hickey 10, Saxon 10

 

The Westlake Boys quartet of Dylan Wilkie, Jett Thompson, Josh Kooiman and Sam Mennnenga combined to make six triples in the opening quarter as the home team built a 28-20 early advantage against Macleans College.

Harry Smith and Michael Babaran counter-punched for Macleans producing 32 points in the half as the visitors hung on to trail 51-39 at the interval.

More threes from Wilkie and Thompson extended the Lake advantage to a decisive 70-39 at the third break.

Mennenga, just back from a tour of China with the Junior Tall Blacks, put an exclamation mark on the 99-69 Westlake win with 15 fourth quarter points.

 Westlake Boys 99– Mennenga 32, Thompson 13, Wilkie 12, Kooiman 12

Macleans College 69– Smith 31, Babaran 20, Tyson Kempton 6

 

Rosmini College opened its defence of the premier title with a resounding 87-44 victory against Auckland Grammar in a packed Tom Gerrand Gymnasium.

The young Grammar team, with Caleb Landon providing offensive rebounding energy and Jaga Mete and Connor Naan looking threatening in the back court, made a sound start going toe for toe with the hosts in the early minutes.

Rosmini upped the defensive tempo in the second and with Taine Murray landing four of five attempts from beyond the arc dominated the period (20-7) to lead 46-23 at half-time. Murray’s offensive salvo complimented the defensive work of his teammates led by the efforts of Sean Murphy and Reihana Maxwell-Topia.

Grammar were again kept to single figures in the third as Rosmini continued the three-point barrage – Murray made another two, Thomas Morgan one and Reimar Cruz two including the last of the quarter that hit the bottom of the net as the three-quarter siren sounded.

Daniel Boyd and Cody Brown scored some consolation points for Grammar at the death but a late Tyler Martin triple capped a dominant performance by the hosts.

Rosmini 87– Murray 30, Maxwell-Topia 10, Murphy 10

AGS 44– Mete 11, Naan 6, Lain Haku 6

Jillian Harmon playing in Italian League Grand final series

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Jillian Harmon posted 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals but her club Passalacqua Ragusa fell 69-64 to Familia Schio in the first game of the Italian League Grand Final series.

The Tall Ferns forward has been a standout for Ragusa averaging 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals across 28 games – second on the team in all three categories.

Ragusa finished third on the Serie A ladder with a 16-4 record headed in the play-offs.

In the quarter-finals they beat one of her former clubs Lucca in two straight games. The semi-final series was an epic affair – Ragusa dropped the first two games against Venezia before storming back to claim three straight wins including an 82-76 win in the decisive game five of the series.

Ragusa and Schio play game two on Saturday morning (NZT).

Tall Ferns quartet heading to 3×3 in Puerto Rico

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The New Zealand women’s 3×3 team depart tonight for the FIBA 3×3 World Cup Qualifier tournament, being held in San Juan in Puerto Rico on 4 and 5 May.

The team roster is Tall Ferns Micaela Cocks, Penina Davidson, Chevannah Paalvast and Kalani Purcell. All but Davidson were members of the team that won the 2018 FIBA Asia Cup last year. The Harbour Breeze centre replaces the unavailable Toni Farnworth.

Davidson and Purcell (Auckland Dream) will return next week for the first round of Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC) games in Christchuch whilst Cocks and Paalvast are taking a short break from club committments in Australia.

In Puerto Rico New Zealand is in Pool B along with tough opponents: Brazil, Spain and Mali.

The top three teams from this tournament will secure their ticket to the FIBA 3×3 World Cup, which will be held in Amsterdam in June this year.

Head Coach Anthony Corban says this team brings great experience from the Asia Cup and Tall Ferns campaigns, and will fight for this as they have done in the past.

“Any time these players wear that silver fern it’s important. I have just spent the past day with Tall Ferns coach Guy Molloy and understanding his belief and values in that Tall Ferns singlet. Any opportunity these outstanding young women get to perform on the world stage is one that no one takes for granted. I know we will do our best, particularly with a shot at the World Cup and beyond that Olympic qualifying berth in 2020.

“We need to advance with small steps. We just have to make the top three in our pool to secure a playoff game for a semi-final spot.  We need to improve, game by game,” says Corban.

This team has faced tough challenges off the court. Despite their gold medal win at the Asia Cup last year, their application for High Performance funding was denied. The FIBA 3×3 ranking system also plays against this talented side. Even though the New Zealand team won the Asia Cup, other teams from that same tournament that finished below have automatically qualified for the World Cup. Those include China (finished second at Asia Cup), Japan (finished fourth at Asia Cup), Indonesia (finished seventh at Asia Cup) Turkmenistan (finished 10th at Asia Cup), Iran (finished 11th at Asia Cup).

The top three teams at the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will be guaranteed a spot in an Olympic Qualifying Tournament in May 2020.

3×3 Schedule

DATES EVENT HOST CITY
May 4-5 FIBA 3×3 World Cup Qualifier San Juan, Puerto Rico
May 24-26 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup Changsha, China
June 18-23 FIBA 3×3 World Cup Amsterdam, Netherlands

The 3×3 Tall Ferns fly tonight from Auckland. They stay overnight in Chicago and then travel on to arrive in Puerto Rico 48 hours before their first game.

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Tall Ferns Training Squad includes three players still at school

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Many of the leading contenders for the Tall Ferns assemble in Auckland this week, for a high performance selection camp that will help Head Coach Guy Molloy put names in ink for upcoming tours and tournaments in July and September this year, all of which leads into the ultimate goal of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The squad of players assembled includes three players still at school – Tayla Dalton (Carmel College), Jazz Kalahi-Fulu (St Mary’s, Ponsonby) and Charlisse Leger-Walker (St Peter’s, Cambridge).

Molloy described the camp as a vital stepping stone to unearth the increasing number of players putting their names in the hat for national team selection.

“This is the only real chance that we have resource wise and funding wise to assemble the squad in New Zealand ahead of a very busy second half of the year. We have eight or nine with previous Tall Ferns experience and maybe six or seven new kids coming in for the first time at this level.”

The timing is a little awkward for Molloy in that eight US College players were invited, but because of exams only three could attend.

“We will use this camp for two purposes, an ID camp first and foremost, but it will also go a long way to selection for the team to travel to Japan and the William Jones tournament in July.”

Molloy takes a ‘roll the sleeves up’ approach to any opportunity he has to work with the wider group of players, as he continues to build on the success of the William Jones tournament title in July last year and the bronze medal won at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – all of which is achieved after again being denied any funding from High Performance New Zealand.

“In our environment and with the challenges we face, you have to be great at prioritizing what you want to do. You get used to doing more with less, we have become very adept at this and need to continue to be clever within the current model.”

On the playing front, Molloy continues to be delighted at the increasing number of quality players putting their hand up for team selection, especially when players are also tied in with other commitments such as club-contracts, college commitments or work commitments for those more semi-professional to amateur players.

“Last year we struggled to assemble a squad for the Commonwealth Games, but since then we have increased the depth chart to a legitimate 30 or so names. To more than double that depth chart in that time has been a really worthwhile and rewarding exercise. The success we had at the William Jones Cup last year really has been the catalyst for much of that.”

The camp is a reflection of the truly global nature of the game and the increasing opportunities for New Zealand’s leading players to secure overseas contracts, with six players returning from Australia and a further three making the trip from their American College teams to get in front of Molloy and assistant coaches Jody Cameron and Aik Ho.

Included in the group at Pulman Arena this week are established Tall Ferns stars Toni Farnworth (nee Edmondson), Jessica Bygate, Penina Davidson, Kalani Purcell, Chevannah Paalvast and Josie Stockill, along with Stella Beck who finished second highest scorer at the 2018 William Jones Cup.

Among the newcomers are American College trio Amiee Book (18 years old and daughter of former Tall Black Ed Book), Mary Golding and Tara Manumaleuga, while Jazzmyne Kailahi-Fulu is selected from the Harbour U19 team for her first shot at Tall Ferns selection and teamate Tayla Dalton gets her first shot. Both Dalton and Sharne Pupuke-Robati were part of the New Zealand team at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Belarus last year.

There are some notable basketball family traditions being continued in this group, among them as mentioned Amiee Book (daughter of Tall Black Ed Book), Tessa Boagni (daughter of former Tall Fern Jane McMeeken-Ruscoe, sister of Tall Fern Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe and daughter of former NZ NBL import star Kerry Boagni), Charlisse Leger-Walker (daughter of NZ legend Leanne Walker and sister of Tall Fern Krystal) and Ella Fotu (sister of Tall Blacks Isaac and Dan Fotu).

St Peter’s finish 5th and Rosmini 6th at World Champs

 

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St Peter’s School, Cambridge finished fifth, and Rosmini College sixth, at the ISF World Schools Basketball Championship in Greece after contrasting results on the final day of action.

St Peter’s saw off the challenge of Chile winning 50-42 on the back of 17 points from Ella Bradley and ten points from Charlisse Leger-Walker – a couple of baskets from Waiata Jennings late in the fourth helping seal the victory. Tall Fern guard Leger-Walker was named to the Tournament All-Star Five after guiding the team to six victories in seven games – their only loss a quarter-final defeat against Greece.

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Rosmini couldn’t quite emulate the effort of St Peter’s as they were run down 71-70 by Greece in an exciting climax to their campaign. Rosmini led by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter but, hampered by the loss of Reihana Maxwell-Topia due to a first half injury, couldn’t quite hold off the fast finishing hosts.

28 points from Taine Murray and 14 points from Sean Murphy (the pair made four triples apiece) were the main contributors for Rosmini. A Jayden Boucher basket gave the visitors a one point buffer in the final seconds but a couple of foul calls later Greece were able to claim the lead from the foul line and deny Rosmini who had a game winning attempt rim out on the buzzer.

Both St Peter’s and Rosmini can reflect on successful tournaments representing their schools and New Zealand with distinction at a World Championship event.

Israel claimed the Boy’s gold medal beating Greece 79-78 in the final and Finland beat Turkey 70-60 to top the podium in the Girl’s Final.

 

St Peter’s win opening game at Schools World Champs.

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St Peter’s School Cambridge Girls opened their account at theISF Basketball World Schools Championship in Greece with a 58-41 win in a physical encounter with Greece.

Despite afew handling errors from St Peter’s in what Head Coach Leanne Walker described as a “nervous start,” the Schick National Champs were still able to forge a 15-8 opening quarter lead.

The momentum stayed with St Peter’s in the second quarter – they led 27-18 at half time and would go on to win all four periods.

Walker commented that there was some adjustments to be made as the games consisted of 4×8 minute quarters.

“It was a physical encounter with Greece adopting a determined pressing effort. This was overcome by some slick passing and good ball movement. Greece then dropped back into a zone but a corner three after some excellent inside-out action meant they switched out of that pretty quickly,” added Walker.

Unfortunately we do not have the individual scorers from the game.

St Peter’s are drawn in Group E of the girl’s competition alongside teams from Israel, Latvia as well as the Greek team and face Israel on Sunday at 5pm local time.

Team:

Charlisse-Leger Walker, Megan Bradley, Grace McGirr, Alana Paewai, Ella Bradley, Jayze’Lee Waihi, Toha Kemp, Ahi Williams, Dominique Stephens, Emma Baker, Waiata Jennings

Head Coach- Leanne Walker, Assistant Coach – Anthony Corban

Rosmini open World Schools Championship with victory

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Rosmini College has made a successful start to their campaign at the ISFBasketball World Schools Championship in Crete.

Rosmini playing in Group F, defeated their Bulgarian opponents 74-47 on Saturday, a feature being that all twelve players scored points in the convincing win. Only Taine Murray (10 points) went into double figures although three players scored 8 points (Kainoa Lepou, Reihana Maxwell-Topia and Marvin Williams-Dunn) and Sean Murphy scored 9 points.

After winning the opening quarter 20-10, Rosmini increased its advantage to 37-23 at half-time and 60-32 at the three-quarter mark.

Rozza will face the other two teams in Group F on Sunday facing China in the afternoon preceded by North Macedonia in the morning. Macedonia defeated China 52-44 on Saturday.

Rosmini Head Coach was pleased with the opening performance.

“It was good to get a win but both China and Macedonia will be tougher opponents tomorrow.”

“China is the same team from Beijing that we played last January when they visited Auckland.”

In other news St Peter’s School Cambridge made a winning start in the girls tournament beating Greece 2 58-41.

Rosmini College

Marvin William-Dunn, Jason Mittef, Jayden Boucher, Taine Murray, Thomas Morgan, Tyler Martin, Kainoa Lepou, Cian Emery, Reihana Maxwell-Topia, Sean Murphy, Terence Abdon, Tom Seuren

Head Coach – Matt Lacey, Assistant Coach – Sonny Tuaputa

St Peter’s and Rosmini on the eve of debuting at Schools World Champs

The Rosmini College Boys’ team and the St Peter’s School Cambridge Girls’ team have arrived in Greece ahead of the International School Sport Federation (ISF) 25th Basketball World Schools Championship.

The ISF Tournament, contested every two years, is being held in Heraklion on the island of Crete beginning tomorrow (Saturday).

St Peter’s will take onoe of the two teams from hosts Greece whilst Rosmini will be up against a team from Bulgaria. More details below.

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Carmel crunch Epsom to keep Premier status for 2019

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Carmel College saw off the challenge of Epsom Girls Grammar to secure its berth in the 2019 Auckland Secondary School Premier competition on Monday night. After some even early exchanges Carmel pulled away to win convincingly 95-57 in front of a good crowd on its home court.

Carmel were paced by 36 points from Tayla Dalton who was ably supported by Emily Broomfield (11pts), Estelle Davidson (10pts), Izzy Cattermole and Qaizden Stephano. Aria Todd-Pemerika and Sarah-Joy Aruwa led the way for Epsom with 14 points apiece and Florence Dallow was also in double figures with a dozen points.

From the outset Epsom coach Keith Langley employed a rarely seen triangle and two defensive strategy with a pair of guards detailed to play full court defence on Dalton whether she was in possession or not. The ploy worked initially as Dallow and Aruwa gave Epsom an early lead.

It was rather bizarre observing a passive Dalton allowing her teammates to play a 4 on 3 game. However Carmel made its numerical supremacy in the half court count as Cattermole, Broomfield and Stephano picked holes in the Epsom defence to give the hosts a 21-11 quarter time lead.

Todd-Pemerika made the first two baskets of the second period before a corner three from Mackenzie Makereth initiated another scoring surge from the hosts. Dalton countered the double teaming by regularly picking up possession deep in her own half and using her superior foot speed to outstrip the Epsom defence. The Junior Tall Fern reeled off ten points at the back end of the quarter to give her team a comfortable 42-21 half-time advantage.

The third quarter was a free scoring affair – Aruwa provided some joy for the Epsom followers with ten points and Alice Roy and Todd-Pemerika also made multiple scores.

Carmel shaded the stanza by a point (23-22) thanks to a balanced offensive effort.

Scores early in the fourth from Georgia Green, Davidson and Dalton, plus a deep three from Broomfield, ensured there would be no late charge from Epsom Girls who will now look to win the 2019 Senior A competition to secure automatic Premier status the next year.

For Carmel, developing nicely under coach Gareth Teahan, a spot in the Premier Grade top four looks a realistic goal ahead of the 2019 season.

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