NC record big semi-fi­nal win

Northern Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - BRUCE MARTIN

North Can­ter­bury de­mol­ished Hal­swell with a record 117-41 vic­tory in the Can­ter­bury Bas­ket­ball Women’s Premier cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal at Cowles Sta­dium on Satur­day.

NC will now meet de­fend­ing cham­pion Lin­coln Univer­sity (LU) af­ter they edged the Pioneer Pac­ers 67-64 in the other deferred semi-fi­nal.

Against Hal­swell, Te­rina Wanoa (21 points- 9 re­bounds- 15 steals) and Hay­ley Gray (25- 9-13,) set the pace for NC. Gemma Hazel­dine (18-9-11) made some strong pen­e­trat­ing runs through the Hal­swell de­fence while Char­lotte Whit­taker (15) was re­stricted af­ter pick­ing up three early fouls. Taneisha Nu­tira (13) and Ash Fane (11) also made their pres­ence felt. The Baker sis­ters from Ran­giora, Emily (7) for NC and Jess (8) for Hal­swell, had some mo­ments one on one.

It will be NC’s sec­ond cham­pi­onship fi­nal since they joined the premier com­pe­ti­tion in 2015, fin­ish­ing run­ner-up to Can­ter­bury Univer­sity in both the Pa­tron’s Tro­phy and cham­pi­onship fi­nals that year. LU knocked NC out in last year’s semi-fi­nals and beat them in this year’s Pa­tron’s Tro­phy fi­nal 60-56.

A pow­er­ful sec­ond-half ef­fort had Ran­giora HS record a mas­sive up­set in the Boy’s U17A semi­fi­nal beat­ing top seeds Mid­dle­ton Grange Green 93-88.

RHS were trail­ing through­out the first half to be down 38-49 at half­time. With two min­utes re­main­ing in the third quar­ter, RHS were 21 points be­hind at 29-40 be­fore an epic come­back.

Travis Jen­nings (19-9-8), Blake Cun­ning­hame (16) and Canaan Tarawa (14) put on 15-straight points and the mo­men­tum built from there.

The RHS fight­back con­tin­ued in the fourth quar­ter, draw­ing level at 79-79 with 3.52 min­utes re­main­ing.

Tarawa and Cun­ning­hame kept slot­ting bas­kets, then the MacFar­lane broth­ers Conor (14) and Lach­lan (11) pitched in as RHS held its nerve in the hec­tic last 30 sec­onds to take the win.

RHS will face Cash­mere Gold in the grand fi­nal this Satur­day.

Both the NC Girl’s U17 teams suc­cumbed to strong Wharenui Ga­tors teams on Sun­day in the semi-fi­nals.

NC2 was edged by Wharenui Ga­tors Green 72-66, with Elsie McRobb 20, and NC1 went down 52-86 to Wharenui Ga­tors White.

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