by St Paul's Collegiate School

Basketballers in the zone at Winter Tournament Week

During Winter Tournament Week, our Premier Boys' Basketball team travelled to Whanganui to compete in the 2019 Schick Central Secondary Schools Cup Boys Tournament.

Game one v Havelock North - Wednesday 4th Sep

Havelock North came out shooting the lights out, hitting five three-pointers. We managed to ride the wave and stay in the match. We pulled the game back only allowing Havelock North 13 points in the second quarter. Half-time score - St Paul's 35 - Havelock North 41. 

In the third quarter, Havelock North went on a run to push out their lead but we still we able to stay with them. In the fourth quarter, Riley Foster was able to knock down a few three-pointers. We were able to hold the lead to win the match 82 - 78. 

Jack Collins was outstanding on the court scoring 20+ points and 10+ rebounds for the match.
Game one highlights can be viewed here.

Game two v Waiopehu - Wednesday 4th Sep

In the 1st quarter, both teams come out strong. Our Year 9 boys contributed with Jack Ruske splashing two three-pointers. In the second quarter, both teams were working hard to prevent any flow on defence. Half time score - St Paul's 37 - Waiopehu 37). 

In the third quarter, no team backed down. In the fourth quarter, their playmaker took control of the match getting others involved and scoring when his team needed to. We weren't able to build any momentum, losing the match 64 - 78. 

A valiant effort by the boys, although we couldn't quite get the W against a strong roster.

Game two highlights can be viewed here.

Game three v Central Hawkes Bay - Thursday 5th Sep

A valiant effort where these boys dug deep right to the end. But in the end, Central Hawkes Bay was too good for us. Final score 51 - 61.

Game three highlights can be viewed here

Game four v Te Puke High School - Friday 6th Sep

In the first quarter, we blew Te Puke out 26 - 11 with Jae Broomfield scoring 16 points. This allowed our younger members Kaleb Mackay, Conrad Jackson, and Jack Ruske (all Year 9's) some game time which they took full advantage of. In the second quarter, Te Puke managed to claw themselves back into the game. Half time score - St Paul's 37 - Te Puke 27. 

In the third quarter, both defences worked harder allowing less scoring opportunities and players getting into foul trouble. In the fourth quarter, their shooters started to play with no fear. However, we were able to hold our nerve and win the match 64 - 58. 

Top performer Jae Broomfield with 36 points.

Game four highlights can be viewed here.

Game five v Whanganui Collegiate - Friday 6th Sep 

We came out getting a lot of good looks scoring with Kent Davidson picking up nine points. In the second quarter, we continued to work hard executing our sets with the bench rolling in and out Half time score - St Paul's 46 - Whanganui Collegiate 29. 

In the third quarter, we continued with our defence contesting every possession Collegiate had. We finished the match with the win, 90 - 59.

Game five highlights can be viewed here

Having a young team we played surprisingly well. Playing against much stronger, quicker teams, this was going to be a tough introduction for a majority of the team.

The team would like to sincerely thank Coach Jono for all the time and effort that he exerted to help the team improve and see the boys develop. It was very much appreciated.

Highlights of the tournament can be viewed here.