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The quarter final line-up has been resolved at the National Secondary Schools' AA Championships in Palmerston North. Defending Boys champions Rangitoto College and 2015 Girls winners St. Peter's Cambridge are on course to retain their titles, but will face stiff competition over the coming days.
In a replay of last year's boys final, Rangitoto easily accounted for Westlake 101-79 yesterday. Rangitoto (Zone One champions) have won all five matches and their smallest margin of victory was a 67-46 win over Otago Boys' High School. Rangitoto will face Auckland Champions Rosmini College in the last eight. Rosmini won four games in their pool comfortably, but slipped to Palmerston North BHS 76-73. Palmerston North is 5-0 and has emerged as a potential contender with seven-footer Callum McRae proving hard to contain.
In Pool B Wellington and Zone 3 champions St. Pat’s Town have been eliminated with New Plymouth BHS proving tough to foil. New Plymouth has won all five games, also taming top four Auckland side Auckland Grammar School. Christchurch BHS have always appeared to be the strongest South Island side and have proven so with five resounding wins. Quinn Clinton is having an outstanding tournament.
12:30pm: New Plymouth BHS v Kelston BHS
12:30pm: Christchurch BHS v Auckland GS
2:15pm: Rangitoto College v Rosmini College
2:15pm: Palmerston North BHS v Westlake BHS
St. Peter's Cambridge won the tournament undefeated in 2015 and have started 2016 in stellar fashion. Their smallest victory thus far is 27 points against Auckland Girls' Grammar School while the most points they have conceded in a match was 36 against Napier GHS. Mount Albert Grammar School (Zone 2 runners-up), Hamilton GHS and South Island Champions, Waimea College have all come through group play unbeaten.
12:30pm: St. Peter's Cambridge v New Plymouth GHS
12:30pm: Hamilton GHS v Auckland Girls' Grammar
2:15pm Mount Albert Grammar School v Melville HS
2:15pm: Waimea College v Westlake GHS