Rangi, Cashmere take the titles
Rangi Ruru and Cashmere claimed the top honours in the Canterbury secondary schools basketball league on Tuesday night.
In the girl’s Whelan Trophy, Rangi Ruru made it back to back titles beating Christchurch Girls’ 51-37.
It was a rematch of the 2016 final and had the same result, as Junior Tallfern Esra McGoldrick and MVP Alice Sproat led Rangi Ruru to a comfortable victory in the end.
CGHS had led for most of the match, and held a seven point lead at 31-24 in the third quarter but were shut out in the fourth quarter.
Starting the fourth quarter down 34-35, Rangi Ruru went on a 17-point run to seize control.
CGHS were only able to score two points in the final 10 minutes as Rangi Ruru dominated the quarter to defend their title.
McGoldrick top scored with 20 points and 17 rebounds, with Sproat chiming in with nine points and 15 rebounds.
The boy’s Thompson Trophy final was much closer with top seeds Cashmere holding on for a 62-60 win over Christ’s College.
It was a close contest throughout with neither side able to take control.
Christ’s led 32-31 at halftime but the sides were all square at 44-all heading into the fourth quarter.
After five minutes things were still even at 53-all after Christ’s had their seven-point lead wiped away but a resurgent Cashmere, who produced the stronger finish to come up trumps.
Cashmere’s Connor McLaughlin had a big night with 19 points, five rebounds, and seven assists, with support from Ruben Stanley (11) and Nic Wenmoth (10).
Christ’s College was again led by the impressive Max de Geest with 16 points and Will Harrison (13).
In the Thompson Trophy division 2 final, a 23-point haul from Ihaia Kendrew guided Hillmorton’s come back win over Papanui 56-52.
Maharoni Tauiliili-Pau also had 18 points for Hillmorton while Papanui’s efforts were led by Ben Hussey (16) and Sam Archibald (13).
Eniselina Pale scored 20 points as St Margaret’s got the better of Avonside in the Whelan Trophy division 2 final 65-56.
Molly Cockburn and Bella Digby both finished with 16 points for Avonside.
Rangi Ruru celebrate winning back-to-back Whelan Trophy titles