Nothing but net at champs
Porirua hosted 32 teams and hundreds of supporters from across the country for the Under 15 Basketball National Championships at Te Rauparaha Arena last week.
The tournament kicked off on October 4 with the most talented junior players from 16 regions competing for the New Zealand title.
Organiser Willie Taurima said he saw some ‘‘nice talent’’ among the young up-and-comers.
‘‘It’s the pathway they go through if they want to go on to play at national and possibly international level. This is the stage they show their craft on. There are so many good players out there and that’s what this competition does, it brings them out.’’
National coaches and scouts were present throughout the week and local talent stood tall, Taurima said.
‘‘ Hannah Tusa [ from Porirua] is just unstoppable. She is a very exciting prospect. Playing against North Harbour she scored 50 points. That’s more than any boy or girl has seen throughout this whole tournament.’’
The girls placed seventh and Porirua’s boys finished 13th in the boys’ draw.
The boys’ final was a slam dunk for West Auckland, who beat Canterbury 98-74. In the girls’ final, Waitakere overpowered Canterbury 66-60.