From the Vault | BBNZ Classic Matches

Looking for some basketball to watch?

With our tournaments and leagues on a temporary hiatus, we’ve gone through the archives to bring you some classic games from yesteryear to watch!

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BBNZ Classic Match: 2016 SAS Secondary School Nationals – Boys AA Grand Final | Rangitoto College vs. Palmerston North Boys’ High School


It’s highly unlikely anyone that attended the 2016 Boys AA Grand Final would have lost any memory of what they witnessed that night.

The lead, the comeback, the atmosphere, the nerves, the buzzer beater, the emotion, the haka. All of these proved to be key ingredients in what was arguably one of the most thrilling finishes to NZ secondary sport ever.

Palmy Boys’ school motto, ‘Nihil Boni Sine Labore’, which translates to ‘Nothing Achieved Without Hard Work’, was well and truly on show in the final stanza of this epic. The team clawed their way back from 25 points down to lead in the final play by one point. If it wasn’t for what happened next, a national basketball victory would have been etched into Manawatu folklore… if it had not been for the Rangitoto Coach’s son, Cameron Stone, who lobbed a prayer from outside the arc.

The rest was history. Rangitoto College were crowned back-to-back champions, winning a classic encounter 82-80.

RANGITOTO COLLEGE (82) defeated Palmerston North Boys’ High (80)

Boys MVP
Samuel Waardenburg (Rangitoto College)

Boys Tournament Team
1. Quinn Clinton (Christchurch Boys High School)
2. Daniel Fotu (Rangitoto College)
3. Thane O’Leary (New Plymouth Boys High School)
4. Isaac Letoa (Westlake Boys High School)
5. Takiula Fahrensohn (Auckland Grammar School)
6. Samuel Waardenburg (Rangitoto College)
7. Oscar Oswald (Palmerston North Boys High School)
8. Kruz Perrott-Hunt (Rosmini College)
9. Callum McRae (Palmerston North Boys High School)
10. Braden Inger – (Rangitoto College)