St Kevin’s College will chase a third national basketball title in the space of five years later this month. The Oamaru school qualified for the New Zealand secondary schoolboys A tournament (for smaller schools) by finishing second at the South Island finals in Blenheim last week. St Kevin’s rolled through pool play with a bunch of 30-point wins, beat Greymouth High School 74-51 in the quarterfinals, and beat Dunstan High School 98-62 in the semifinals. Dreams of a South Island title were dashed by Hillmorton High School (Christchurch), which won the final 85-63. Assistant coach and former star player Matt Brien said St Kevin’s started slowly and could not get back into the game. Towering centre Jack Andrew was unstoppable, scoring 47 points in the semifinal and 26 in the final, while point guard Mark Xie stepped up on defence and led the team well on offence. St Kevin’s will head to the New Zealand tournament in Palmerston North hoping to repeat its title-winning efforts in 2013 and 2016. A young Waitaki Boys’ High School team finished 13th at the zone 4 AA tournament (bigger schools) in Invercargill. Drawn in a tough pool, Waitaki missed out on the top eight… Read full this story
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