Over 400 secondary school players gathered in Tauranga this week to compete in the 2018 Secondary Schools 3X3 Champs. After a huge increase in the number of participating teams than the previous year, all four titles were closely contested. Saint Kents took out the junior boy’s category, edging past Rosmini in overtime. Both teams were consistent through the three days and deserved their spot in the last game of the tournament. St. Peter’s Cambridge were too good in the senior girl’s competition, running away with the win in the final over Massey High School.
In the junior competitions, Tauranga Boy’s showed out on their home court beating Scot’s College 8-6 in the boys final. On the girls side of the competition, Westlake beat Te Kura Kokiri 15-7 in the final to claim the junior girls national title.
In the senior girls final, St. Peter’s were too good for Massey running away with the game 18-6. Led by Tall Ferns new addition, Charlisse Leger-Walker, St. Peter’s Cambridge got off to a hot start and never looked back. Massey competed hard and played well throughout the tournament but ultimately fell one game short. St.Peter's Cambridge dominated the senior girl’s category and deserved their top finish.
The senior boy’s final saw a classic battle of the bridge match up with heavyweights Rosmini and Saint Kents going head to head. In a physical encounter, both teams had opportunities to win. In the end it came down to a pair of free throws of which Shalom Broughton had to make one. Broughton nailed the second and with it, the national senior boy’s title. Broughton claimed the Dunk Contest earlier in the day and left the tournament with two titles.
Newly appointed, New Zealand Under 18 men’s coach, Karl Noyer was impressed with the overall standard of play.
“It was great to see so many teams turn up, it meant the tournament was really competitive. It was encouraging to see such a high level of play, especially on the last day.”
When asked to pinpoint any particular areas that impressed, Noyer was quick to mention the developing athleticism in Kiwi players.
“The overall athleticism was awesome, it’s something that we’re not normally known for so to see it coming through in some of our younger players is promising.”
Basketball New Zealand would like to thank host association, Tauranga City Basketball for all their work behind the scenes. 3X3 is growing fast in New Zealand and it was encouraging to see so many of the country’s young talent embracing the street-based format.
Junior Girls Final
• Westlake Girls Red 15 vs Te Kura Kokiri 13
• Officials: Bree Grant & Tamati Nicholas
Junior Boys Final
• Tauranga Boy’s 8 vs Scot’s College 6
• Officials: Taki Bates & Tamati Nicholas
Senior Girls Final
• St. Peter’s, Cambridge 18 vs Massey High School 6
• Officials: Alexandria Pou Poasa & Adrian Taylor
Senior Boys Final
• Saint Kents 15 vs Rosmini 13
• Officials: Tamatea Bennett & Brad Clive
Skills Competition Champions
- Shalom Broughton (St Kents, Senior Boys)
- Miguel Falqueza (Northcote, Senior Boys)