Basketball - Auckland Championships - Extracts from College Sport Article
In the premier girl's final, Rangitoto prevailed 81-72 over MAGS.
Heading into the match it was level pegging as both teams had scored a win against each other during the round robin. The first quarter was level, with neither team being able to stamp their dominance, however Rangitoto went into the break with a narrow three-point lead. They then began to show their class and pulled away to a nine-point lead at halftime.
Mt Albert Grammar came out firing in the third quarter to close the gap to within two, but Rangitoto regrouped to take their lead back out to 11 by the end of the quarter.
Morgan Tupu-Roberts fought to keep her MAGS team in the hunt, shooting four three-pointers in the final quarter to take her to a match high 35 points. However, Rangitoto, led by MVP Brooke Blair who scored 30 points, kept their composition to hold on to claim the honours.
The under-15 girls gave MAGS a winning start to finals day with their 61-43 win over Avondale.
The first two quarters were tightly contested with MAGS going into the halftime break with a narrow two-point lead. However, sharp shooting from Lyric Taurua-Wolfgramm in the last half saw her with a game high 32 points and to lead her team to a 61-43 win. Top scorer for Avondale College was Lavenia Solomon with 17.
Not to be outdone by their successful under-15 team, the MAGS under-17 girls took an early 11-3 lead over St Kentigern. St Kents fought back to close the deficit to five points but a strong second half performance led by captain Luisa Roberts, who top-scored with 11 points, saw Mt Albert Grammar claim their second title with a 34-20 win.
This tournament has been a great development opportunity for new and developing players. Our more senior players have shown great leadership and perservence, this was shown with some outstanding play by Te Ao Frandi. Defence and offence work by both Jessica Nicholson (Capt) and Kerryn Poto have been exceptional, as they have needed to safeguard both ends. Lyric Taurua-Wolfgram has shown some great offence skill. Opportunities have been open to these senior players and some have shown exceptional team work. Great skills and promise have been shown by Sophie Ripton, JJ Perry, Teuila Satele, Riverlina Gavet and there have been very good development opportunities for Leilani Satele, Jonique Purcell, Kelani Patolo.
Maia Wilson joined the team on Monday, as she has just returned from her time in Australia with the NZ u16s Girls. This can only offer our team more dimensions and opportunities. Thanks to Wiki Wolfgramm and George Gavet for stepping in to coach this team, due to the Chile volcanic ash which made delayed the JK trip overseas. I believe this tournament is a good opportunity to help with development of basketball and offer vision for the school and goals for promising players in Year 9 & Year 10. It provides a great pathway towards the Senior Prems team. Wendy Nicholson (Manager, Girls Jnr Prems) PS: MAGS Boys Junior Prems has had some great wins but one of the best was against Rangitoto College Sunday.
Morgan Roberts Represents New Zealand
NZ Basketball Representative, Morgan Roberts, recently played in Tasmania in the Australian State U18 Champs.
Although their team ended up placed 11th, they narrowly lost their quarter final match against WA Country 50 - 53. A comment made on the Australian state champ website after their game against WA Country, "For the New Zealand side, Morgan Roberts had a stand out game, dropping 21 points to go with 11 rebounds."
Morgan played extremely well throughout the tournament, especially in their last three matches where she averaged 21 points per game.
Tonight, another game at MAGS fantastic new gym. We played the girls from Diocesan School. The final score was 59-32 to MAGS. A another solid game from Idaho Purcell and Ashleigh Curtis but this weeks top scorer and Player of the Game is Luisa Roberts. A well done goes out to Matia Grace who competed in her first Premier game this week.
Mount Albert Grammar Lady Lions first Premier basketball game on Friday 6th of May was against Westlake Girls, a new team in the competition. This game had great significance, as it was the first official game in Mount Albert Grammar School's new gymnasium.
While MAGS was the more experienced team, the girls struggled to get through the first game jitters and did not lead the game till the end of the third quarter. Captain Morgan Roberts lead her team to victory with strong performances coming from Ashleigh Curtis and Keziah Lewis who was playing on a badly sprained ankle.
An exceptional performance from Year 10 rookie Jessica Nicholson put the MAGS team out to a commanding 20-point lead at the end and she was named as player of the day. The final score was 68 - 48 to MAGS.
The Premier boys had a very dominant game against Dilworth college this week, with a staggering 82-6 win. The boys main goal this week was to keep their game to a high level and not drop defensive or offensive standards and they did just that. It's hard sometimes not to let your level drop when faced with a less challenging team but strong scoring performances came from Takafumi Sen and the captain Jono Evans and defensively the team didn't let up on the pressure. The boys are continuing to improve on their team chemistry and the unselfish use of fastbreaks was proof of this and it was reflected on the scoreboard. All together a good start to the season for the boys.
The team is still improving every week and great team chemistry is beginning to build. Jono Evan's has been named captain of the team and he played well in his first captaincy, leading the team to a strong win. In the first half Glendowie only managed to get through the tough MAGS defence for one lay-up and MAGS only allowed two uncontested jumpshots, with the rest of the points being scored despite the strong MAGS pressure. At halftime Glendowie had only managed to score 30 points, so after a few words from Coach Daryl Cartwright the MAGS team went straight back into the relentless defensive pressure. In the first 9 minutes of the half, Glendowie didn't land any shots. Teamwork and unselfish play had the MAGS team scoring off set plays and fast breaks equally, stretching their initial lead to 21 by the end of the game with the final score as 70-49.