Basketball: Big hauls not enough

By Cameron Leslie

Not even a combination of 47 points between Maunu Light's Ethan Penney and Hayden Hill could stop the Full Blooded Whangaruru in their Super 6 march.

Penney and Hill's performances kept their team in touch for most of the match, after earlier being starved thanks to some tight defence.

Whangaruru's defence was led by the Northland Sun's Tolu Hetaraka, which kept them out in front during Friday's fast-paced game, which was taken out by 86-74.

Hetaraka was supported well by player-coach Aaron Sadler whose quick hands stole many a ball, while captain Keeghan Sadler led from the front by playing a strong game from end to end, eventually finishing up with the win and 16 points.

Liam Wilson was hot with the ball as he dropped three in a row from outside the circle on his way to 16 points.

Others to contribute for Whangaruru and Maunu were Carmen Hetaraka with 15 points and James Martinac with 10.

In the Portland Blazers and Raumanga Royals Super 6 match, it was the Blazers who came away with the result 73-67.

With both teams down players, it was the Royals who came out firing early on. However, the Blazers responded with their own fire as some good three point shooting from Ray Cameron and Harlyn Clunie gave their team an early three point lead.

It was the Royals' Beau Mackey who finished strongly, though, to end the match with a team high 23 points, supported well by Niasi Malua with 19.

For the Blazers it was Cameron who scored a game high 24 points with support from teammates Hayden Bird and Trevor Smith with 16 and 15 respectively.

In Friday night's TTT Classic match, the Portland Flames proved too strong for Pipiwai as both teams played with only five players. Portland were in control right from the start and pushed on for the 64-40 win, with Portland's Kay Wairau top scoring for both sides with 25 points.

Alyssa Rudolph also chipped in for Portland with 18 points, while Pipiwai's scoring was dominated by Kyla Moore with 22.

Unfortunately for Whangaruru Tukaiaia, they had to default their TTT Classic match to Bucks 2 after last week dominating Phoenix Takahiwai.

No results were filed for the City Hawks and Phoenix Takahiwai matches played in Kaitaia against Muriwhenua.

This weekend's Super 6 and TTT Classic games will be the final round robin matches before the semifinals kick off on February 8 and 9 at Kensington Stadium.

- Northern Advocate

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