Noth­ing but net at champs

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By ES­THER LAUAKI

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.

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