Northern Outlook : August 27th 2014
NORTHERN OUTLOOK, AUGUST 27, 2014 39 Championship team: Rangiora High School’s premier school competition winning team. Fourth title in a row for Rangiora Rangiora High School’s girls basketball team have cemented their dominance of the Canterbury premier school competition with their fourth straight finals win. The claimed their fourth title on the trot against last year’s runnerup – Christchurch Girls High School. The Christchurch Girls team stretched Rangiora for most of the game, with energetic defence and some offensive flair. It was not until the second half that Rangiora were able to assert themselves and move away to a 63-44 win. The win gives the side their sixth Canterbury school girls title in the last eight seasons. Rangiora coach Clinton Olsen says the focus now shifts on mak- ing one of the top six spots at the South Island premierships in Nelson beginning on September 2. A finish in the top six would allow Rangiora to advance to the national finals in Palmerston North. Rangiora High’s intermediate A team also retained the Canterbury school girls years 9-11 title with a comfortable win over Christchurch Girls High. Gritty offence: Rangiora’s Chenahye Clarke makes her way to the hoop. Pictures: RICHARD CONNELLY\FACEBOOK.COM Under-17s show promise By BRUCE MARTIN Despite playing their first year in the competition, Rangiora High’s under 17 men’s basketball team is showing plenty of promise. The side reversed an earlier 22 point loss to Cashmere High by winning 71-62 with a huge team effort over the weekend to qualify for the semifinals. The semifinals take place Sept- ember 13, along with top qualifier from Pool B – Papanui High. Rangiora High has exceeded its expectations this season, epitomised by the work of Cody Alexander, who only scored four points but played stellar defence and grabbed a huge amount of rebounds, especially down the stretch in key moments. Other regular key contributions came from Ben Hall (22), Travis Montgomery (13) and Jake Millar (12 points). The Rangiora New Life Eagles put up a bold effort in its last game in the U17 competition, leading Christs College 15-9 at quarter-time only to be pegged back in the second quarter. Christs College finished more strongly with a 66-51 win, with Solomon Tarawa (18) and Montgomery Fiddyment (11) standing out for the Eagles. Although the Rangiora High men’s U20 side had finished its pool games, it ended up in a threeway tie in Pool CC with Lincoln and Papanui High schools. However, a disastrous 65-81 loss to Papanui a week earlier meant that Rangiora couldn’t qualify for the quarters and now looks likely to meet Christs College in the 9th place playoff, before heading to the South Island secondary school premierships the following week. One of the most improved sides in the boys under 15 grade was the North Canterbury side up against Christchurch Boys High. North Canterbury was humbled 49-72 in the first round, but the team took the game to Boys High in the early stages, opening out to a 10 point lead before Boys High fired up to edge ahead 32-30 at halftime. With Angus Fletcher (16) and Canaan Tarawa (12) working the boards, North Canterbury took the lead on several occasions in the second with Boys High making a strong run near the end. North Canterbury prevailed to win 58-51 with a possible quarterfinal match-up against second placed Shirley on September 6. Canterbury side makes it’s mark By BRUCE MARTIN Canterbury Country’s under 23 men’s basketball team had an impressive campaign at the national championships over the weekend. Canterbury teams have a proud record at these championships, with Canterbury Country taking third place with a narrow over-time win over Hutt Valley 83-79. In semi-final action on Friday, Canterbury Country took on Canterbury Metro, who are coached by former Canterbury Ram Dave Langrell. Country were convinc- ingly defeated 118-72. The metro team then took on Counties Manukau in the final, losing 91-99, after coming back to trail 90-93 with under two minutes remaining. Despite losing the semi- final, two Canterbury Country players – Jozef Knottenbelt and Sam Smith – made the tournament team alongside metro players Chris Duthie and Ethan Rusbatch.
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