Rosmini College are the favourites to take out the National Secondary Schools Boys AA basketball championships in 2018. The reigning champions have only dropped a single game this year and return to Palmerston North for an eighth consecutive time having also won in 2011 and finished second in 2012 and third in 2013.
1. Mitchell Dance
2. Kainoa Lepou
3. Kruz Perrott-Hunt (C)
4. Josephy Hylton
5. Tom Seuren
6. Marvin Williams-Dunn
7. Reihana Maxwell-Topia
8. Jayden Boucher
9. Terence Abdon
10. Sean Murphy
11. Taine Murray
12. Thomas Morgan
Head Coach: Matt Lacey
Assistant Coach: Sonny Tuaputa
Manager: Nick Turpin
Physio: Kairan Govender
Teacher in Charge: Ambrose Samuels
Mitchell Dance - NZ U17 World Cup Team
Kainoa Lepou - NZ U17 World Cup Team, Auckland U19
Kruz Perrott-Hunt - Tall Blacks, NZ U19 Asia Cup Team (Qualified for Worlds next year),
Joseph Hylton - Harbour U19
Tom Seuren - Harbour U19
Marvin Williams-Dunn - NZ U17 World Cup Team (Captain), Auckland U19
Reihana Maxwell-Topia - Harbour U17, (Upcoming NZ U17 trialist)
Jayden Boucher - Harbour U19
Terence Abdon - Harbour U17
Sean Murphy - Harbour U17, (Upcoming NZ U17 trialist)
Taine Murray - Harbour U17, (Upcoming NZ U17 trialist)
Thomas Morgan - Harbour U17, (Upcoming NZ U17 trialist)
Rosmini College have won 23 out of 24 games this season, but coach Matthew Lacey warns, “We are going to have to come out hungry. We have had a decent run into the tournament, but there is certainly no room for complacency.”
Lacey admits, “our biggest strength as a group is our depth. We are very lucky to have a number of New Zealand representatives in our squad, but I think everyone of our guys know that they may be required to step up on any given days. We have had games where it hasn’t been the guys you would expect to step up that have come in and made big plays.”
Rosmini went through the Auckland Premier Competition with a 13-1 in regular season record before beating Auckland Grammar School in the semi-final and Mount Albert Grammar School 80-48 in the final.
In the regional tourney Rosmini beat Auckland Grammar School in semi and then St Kentigern College in final to win the gold.
Lacey was very pleased with Rosmini’s form at the Regionals.
“We came through a really competitive Zone 1 tournament where all the playoff games to get into the top seven were fierce. We were really happy to get through injury free and it was the first time this season that we have played multiple games together as a group.”
However Lacey identifies the Auckland final win at the highlight of the season thus far.
“It would have to be our win against MAGS in the Auckland final in front of our crowd that has been unbelievable these past few years. To play well in front of them for the last time this year was an awesome feeling,” Lacey concluded.
Rosmini’s Regional Results
Liston College, won 93-53
Northcote College, won 162-45
Long Bay College, won 129-35
Manurewa High School, won 110-70
St Kentigern College, won 100-53
Selwyn College, won 117-30 (Quarter Final)
Auckland Grammar School, won 96-57 (Semi Final)
St Kentigern College, won 113-77 (Final)
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