Sobering experience

But Gisborne teams show promise.

But Gisborne teams show promise.

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Sobering — the Gisborne Boys’ High School Senior A and Year 9-10 basketball teams had tough losses to Rotorua Boys’ High School in Gisborne on Sunday.

The seniors lost 86-52, the juniors 72-64, but Y9-10 coach Ray Noble is pleased about his team’s development heading towards the national junior secondary schools tournament at Tauranga on September 1, and has reason to think that his boys can match and improve on their placing (16th of 60) in 2017.

“I’m happy — against a team three to four inches taller, who live on mistakes, we executed our game-plan in an environment of pressure,” said Noble, whose team were placed third of eight at the Trident High School invitation tournament in May.

“The plan on defence was to stop them in transition, contain your man, box out — allow no second shots — and get the ball.

“The plan on offence was to get fast-breaks, spread the court, create positive plays, draw double-teams and draw fouls. We did those things. We played as a team.”

The Y9-10s are led by point guard Daley Riri, who scored 18 points against Rotorua with support from Soloman Boyle-Tiatia (15pts) and Manaia McGhee (12pts).

Riri, Rikki Noble and Carew Fearnley are returning players from last year’s national tournament campaign.

Rotorua led 23-19, 42-31, 51-47 in a fast-paced game but Gisborne Boys’ High were competitive and well-structured.

Tyrese Tuwairua-Brown, captain of Gisborne Boys’ Senior A team, scored 19 points, including a three-point play in the third quarter, but — bar 6ft 5in Sam Veitch — Gisborne were outsized and struggled to score.

Rotorua led 19-14, 42-28 and 66-43 throughout.

For Gisborne, Holden Wilson scored 12 points, and Veitch and Max Scott scored seven points each.

Tuwairua-Brown said his side were good in the first half and when they pushed the ball, but they ran out of scoring options in the second half.

“We can’t afford to slow the ball down; that’s when the defence gets set,” he said.

Rotorua Boys’ High captain Thomas Kepa said: “After a game a day in the week leading up to it, with two key players injured, it took time for us to get back to our up-tempo game.

“Playing like that is big for us.”

The Gisborne A team were without head coach Dwayne Tamatea, who was on duty with the New Zealand under-15 girls’ team who won their tournament in Melbourne.

Rotorua senior A coach Doug Courtney said the Gisborne Y9-10 team were talented, quick, skilful and well-coached.

The senior team were gutsy, tough and had three crafty guards.

“Their centre was big and strong — if anything, he could perhaps be just a little bit more active on the glass,” Courtney said.

“It was a tight game early on. Your boys showed pride in that black singlet.”

Sobering — the Gisborne Boys’ High School Senior A and Year 9-10 basketball teams had tough losses to Rotorua Boys’ High School in Gisborne on Sunday.

The seniors lost 86-52, the juniors 72-64, but Y9-10 coach Ray Noble is pleased about his team’s development heading towards the national junior secondary schools tournament at Tauranga on September 1, and has reason to think that his boys can match and improve on their placing (16th of 60) in 2017.

“I’m happy — against a team three to four inches taller, who live on mistakes, we executed our game-plan in an environment of pressure,” said Noble, whose team were placed third of eight at the Trident High School invitation tournament in May.

“The plan on defence was to stop them in transition, contain your man, box out — allow no second shots — and get the ball.

“The plan on offence was to get fast-breaks, spread the court, create positive plays, draw double-teams and draw fouls. We did those things. We played as a team.”

The Y9-10s are led by point guard Daley Riri, who scored 18 points against Rotorua with support from Soloman Boyle-Tiatia (15pts) and Manaia McGhee (12pts).

Riri, Rikki Noble and Carew Fearnley are returning players from last year’s national tournament campaign.

Rotorua led 23-19, 42-31, 51-47 in a fast-paced game but Gisborne Boys’ High were competitive and well-structured.

Tyrese Tuwairua-Brown, captain of Gisborne Boys’ Senior A team, scored 19 points, including a three-point play in the third quarter, but — bar 6ft 5in Sam Veitch — Gisborne were outsized and struggled to score.

Rotorua led 19-14, 42-28 and 66-43 throughout.

For Gisborne, Holden Wilson scored 12 points, and Veitch and Max Scott scored seven points each.

Tuwairua-Brown said his side were good in the first half and when they pushed the ball, but they ran out of scoring options in the second half.

“We can’t afford to slow the ball down; that’s when the defence gets set,” he said.

Rotorua Boys’ High captain Thomas Kepa said: “After a game a day in the week leading up to it, with two key players injured, it took time for us to get back to our up-tempo game.

“Playing like that is big for us.”

The Gisborne A team were without head coach Dwayne Tamatea, who was on duty with the New Zealand under-15 girls’ team who won their tournament in Melbourne.

Rotorua senior A coach Doug Courtney said the Gisborne Y9-10 team were talented, quick, skilful and well-coached.

The senior team were gutsy, tough and had three crafty guards.

“Their centre was big and strong — if anything, he could perhaps be just a little bit more active on the glass,” Courtney said.

“It was a tight game early on. Your boys showed pride in that black singlet.”

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