Premier A Basketball

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Premier A Basketball
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:41 AM

Premier A Basketball

The 2019 Zone 3 Regionals were held in Wellington. 

Game 1 vs St Bernard’s

PNBHS started well and went out to a 24 - 8 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.  They let St Bernard’s back into the game  to only lead 58 - 53 heading into the final quarter. A 22 - 14 final quarter ensured the Prem A won 80 - 67.  
Xzavia Mason top scored with  24 points including 5 three pointers. Zavier Pearn scored 13 points. 

Game 2 vs Feilding High School

Surprisingly PNBHS hadn’t played Feilding in either the Men’s League or School competition this year. 
Up 48 - 24 at half time, the bench got plenty of game time. Final score was a comfortable 95 - 48 win. 
Xzavia Mason top scored with 27 points. Aki Luamanuvae-Sua, Zavier Pearn and Iain Cowle all scored in double figures. 

Game 3 vs Scots College

Scots were too fast and big for us. Down 12 - 29 at quarter time, Scots went on to win 102 - 61. 
Aki Luamanuvae-Sua, Tre Wihongi and Ryan Cutler were the top points scorers. 

Game 4 vs St Pat's College, Silverstream 

A must win game for both teams. With the score tied up at 45 all at half time it was always going to be a tight finish. In the end it went to the wire. PNBHS used two timeouts in the dying minutes but lost 92 - 95. Xzavia Mason and Kopere scored 19 and 17 points respectively. 

The loss dropped the Prem A out of top 8 contention and also meant that PNBHS would not be going to nationals. 

Game 5 vs Onslow College

Playing off for minor placings is always tough. Final score was a 73 - 84 loss. 

Game 6 vs St John’s

An easy win 104 - 63. 

Game 7 vs St Bernard’s 

Another easy win 76 - 54.

In the end the 3 point loss to Siverstream was crucial and defined our tournament. To add insult to injury, Scots and Silverstream, who were in our pool went on to contest the final. But that is how tournaments work, you have to win the vital games.

A big thank you to Mr Rob Hartley who stepped up and did a great job coaching the team. 

PNBHS finished 13th at Regionals.