Rangi, Cash­mere take the ti­tles

Christchurch Mail - - SPORT - JONATHAN LEASK

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.

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Rangi Ruru cel­e­brate win­ning back-to-back Whe­lan Tro­phy ti­tles

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