Day 2 Recap - 2019 Australian School Championships

Day 2 Recap - 2019 Australian School Championships

Recap the second day of the 2019 Australian School Championships, held in Melbourne Victoria as our Championship contenders asserted themselves across the divisions.

In the Championship Men’s Division, Box Hill’s three-point bonanza led the way in a 120-65 win over Ignatius Park. The Queenslanders were no match for the Victorian onslaught as Box Hill hit a staggering 13 treys. They flew from everywhere as Josh Haywood (13 points) and Josh Carstens (14 points) hit eight threes between them. Captain Boston Mazlin (15 points) and Rory Hawke (13 points, eight rebounds) led the way for Ignatius Park.

Lake Ginninderra College continued its rampage thus far in the 2019 Australian School Championships with a 94-74 win over Sydneysiders Saint Ignatius College Riverview. Lake G’s three-piece ensemble featured some impressive work from Blake Jones (28 points, 21 rebounds), Hunter Clarke (25 points, five rebounds, seven assists) and Dhal Fieg (24 points, five rebounds). It was an emphatic performance from the Canberrans, who remain undefeated in Pool A. Archer Woodhill (36 points, 16 rebounds) toiled for Saint Ignatius alongside Thomas Roche (16 points, six rebounds).

Trinity held on in a thriller against Westfields, with the South Australians taking out an 85-78 triumph over the New South Welshmen. With high hopes of defending its 2018 title, Trinity has made good on its ambitions with a pair of victories to tip off the Australian School Championships as Kalani Sapwell (25 points, eight rebounds) has relished his time in Melbourne again while Magok Manyang (16 points, 10 rebounds),  Isaac Atuer (14 points, nine rebounds) and Ethan Bryan (12 points, 11 rebounds) all notched double-doubles. The heavy lifting from Westfields came from Ammaron Mccarthy (26 points) and captain Tomas Ramos (21 points, 10 rebounds).

Willetton (Western Australia) excelled against Sydney Boys High School (NSW) to record its first win of the campaign. Doing his fair share and then some was Tyler Kohr (39 points, 10 rebounds) who made it look easy out on the showcourt while Wesley Francis (12 points) and Michael Odingo (10 points, eight rebounds) chimed in with strong performances as well. For Sydney Boys, Adam Gordon (25 points, 17 rebounds) was everywhere on offence and defence alongside Eoin Fitzgerald (20 points, six rebounds) and captain Kwabena Brefo (17 points, seven rebounds).

In the Championship Women’s Division, Immanuel College has started impressively with three wins on the trot including today’s 71-57 victory over St Luke’s College. Isabella Stratford (20 points, seven rebounds) starred once more for the South Australia-based school alongside Gabriella Vidmar (17 points, seven rebounds) and Amy Cotton (12 points, 14 rebounds). It was an all-Henderson offensive performance from the NSW-based St Luke’s College with Fliss Henderson (18 points, nine rebounds) and Catriona Henderson (17 points, 11 rebounds) taking charge.

Hillcrest Christian College (Queensland) got on the board with a 92-61 win over Willetton (Western Australia) on Tuesday afternoon, with the star of the offence Lilly Rotunno (33 points, six rebounds, eight assists) leading the way along with Layla Cameron (12 points, six rebounds) and Mikaylah Frankland (11 points, five rebounds). For Willetton, it was hard to go past another strong showing from Emily Counsel (21 points, four rebounds) and Tia Morgan (12 points).

Box Hill Senior Secondary College continued to fly the flag for Victoria in the Championship Women’s competition with a 74-66 win over Willetton SHS. The Western Australians battled bravely as Brooke Malone (31 points, nine rebounds) put on an emphatic three-point laden performance… but in the end Box Hill had too many weapons in their arsenal as Paige Price (17 points, six rebounds), Georgia Baldwin (12 points, seven rebounds) and Rhiannon Ockwell (11 points) shared it around. When the chips were down, Price, captain Leia Hanafin (nine points, five assists, six steals) and Erin Riley (eight points, six rebounds) led from the front – with all three over 20 plus-minus for the day.

Lake Ginninderra College continued to soar at the Australian Schools Championships with a 94-51 triumph over Tasmania’s Don College. Maddison Wheatley (25 points), Sara-Rose Smith (20 points, eight rebounds) and a huge double-double from Agnes Emma-Nnopu (14 points, 22 rebounds) ensured Lake G would remain undefeated. Shelby Rayner (17 points) and Mya Slatter (14 points) were the best from Don College.

Lake G backed it up later this afternoon to record an emphatic 91-58 win over St Luke’s Grammar School. Sara-Rose Smith (24 points, 16 rebounds) and Agnes Emma-Nnopu (29 points, eight rebounds) shone for the Canberra school while Catriona Henderson (19 points, eight rebounds) and Fliss Henderson (11 points, nine rebounds) continued their exceptional day on court.

In the younger divisions, the Under-20 Men Division 1 Pool B is led by Flinders College (Victoria) While Newington is on top in Pool A with a 3-1 record. Their Round 4 52-43 win over Yarra Valley (Victoria) was highlighted by the duo of Angus Ole (15 points) and Ben Gill (11 points) while Yarra Valley was led by James Roche (19 points).

Willetton, St Paul’s Anglican Grammar (Victoria) and Marsden State High School (Queensland) are leading the way in the Under-20 Women Division 1/2, with the sides undefeated heading into tomorrow’s final pool games. Willetton held on in a 48-44 thriller against Redlands (NSW) with Emerson Taylor (17 points) and Olivia Hatch/Yola Reinecke (10 points each) taking the reins for their respective sides. Marsden was an emphatic 70-50 winner over Erindale College (ACT) with Patryce Ikitau (29 points) and Maya Entrop (15 points) starring for the winners while Olivia Young (14 points) and Madelyn Mclachlan (12 points) were Erindale’s best.

Rowville (Victoria) remains the only undefeated sit in the Under-17 Women Division 1 Girls competition following today’s 78-26 win over Mountain Creek (Queensland). Nyadiew Puoch (22 points) – who starred for Vic Metro at this year’s Under-16 Australian Junior Champinoships – has picked up where she’s left off this year with another strong tournament showing alongside Nihaal Saunders (14 points) and Australian representative Luisa Fakalata (14 points). Ashleigh Blake (12 points) was gallant for the Creekers in a tough day on court.

Division 1 Pool A in the Under-17 Men is quickly becoming a St Dominics College (NSW) affair following its 63-52 win over Cabra Dominican College (South Australia). St Dominics has a 3-0 record with today’s win capped off by Caleb Fetui -Faamoe (16 points) and Jonah Pares (15 points) while Cabra was led by Jackson Tucker (11 points) and Ben Carlson (11 points).

In the Under-15 Division 1 Girls, it’s hard to go past Rowville Seconday College and Berwick College Blue (Victoria) – with both sides unbeaten from three games while the highlight of the day was the Hillcrest Knights 62-61 thrilling triumph over Lowanna College (Victoria). Jessica Smith (29 points) was sensational for Hillcrest while Saachi Andrade (four points) made the winning free throw. Lowanna’s Tahni Hodgens (23 points) was also in red-hot form.

Under-15 Division 1 Boys has a Berwick College flavour to it as well with Berwick sitting 3-0 after two days with Rowville (2-0) nipping at their heels in Pool A while Marcellin (Victoria) and Newington College (NSW) are 2-0 in Pool B. Newington’s 60-43 win over Bendigo South East (Victoria) has kept them well placed heading into tomorrow’s big clash against Marcellin. Alex Peterson (16 points) and Connor Gonios (11 points) leading the way for Newington while Bendigo South East had Oliver Eaton (10 points) and Zaren Fong-Sutton (10 points) chiming in with some important points.

For stats and results for all Australian Schools Championships games and LiveStats from the Championship Division, click here.