Westlake Boys Premier vs Kelston Boys High School
Last Friday night our Premier team played its first game of the second round of the Auckland Premier Basketball competition against Kelston Boys High School. The first game between the teams had been a hard fought contest which Westlake had pulled away in the second half. So we knew we were in for another tough match up.
Westlake started the game strong and were able to push the ball and find the bottom of the hoop on the offensive end – guards Isaac Letoa, Reuben Fitzgerald and Marc Malingin leading the way to a 22-13 lead at the first break. In the second quarter Kelston hit back behind some great rebounding on both ends of the floor from their big men, Linus Jakzst and Kale Lawson. Westlake lacked the same defensive intensity and offensive finishing they displayed in the first quarter which allowed Kelston to chip away at the lead, cutting it to 5 points at halftime.
Kelston kept the pressure on in the third quarter but Westlake, who was hampered by foul trouble, did manage to keep the scoreboard ticking over behind some great shooting by Fitzgerald. Nonetheless, Kelston kept the scores tight and were only down 4 going into the fourth quarter.
Kelston still kept grinding away and managed to take the lead halfway through the quarter. This lead change was the spark that Westlake needed and the team started to put the defensive screws on Kelston forcing them into costly turnovers. Letoa and Fitzgerald hit big three-pointers to get Lake back in front. Thabo Manyere and James Moors started winning the battle of the boards on both ends, with both players getting 10 rebounds each for the game. Greg Vukets was doing a great job all over the court, picking up 7 assists and 11 rebounds. Westlake pulled away in the final 4 minutes of the game to get the win by 10 points, 76-66.
Reuben Fitzgerald was Westlake’s key contributor on the offensive end for the majority of the game, with his sharp shooting especially from 3-point land (4 from 8) keeping Westlake in front, he finished with 23 points and 5 steals. Greg Vukets filled up the stats sheet with a team high 11 rebounds and 7 assists to go with 7 points and 4 steals. Captain Isaac Letoa even with limited minutes due to foul trouble still managed to have an efficient game, scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.
All Basketball Results
|Premiers||Kelston Boys High School||Won 77 – 66|
|Senior A||Orewa College||Lost 65 – 72|
|Senior B||Northcote College||Won 75 – 74 (Overtime)|
|Senior C||Kristin School||Lost 32 – 81|
|Senior/Junior Dev.||Whangaparoa College||Lost 58 – 93|
|U17 A||Takapuna Grammar||Won 60 – 40|
|U17 B||Northcote College||Lost 42- 54|
|U17 C||Rosmini College||Won 51 – 34|