Nayland College outlasted Nelson College to win 66-60 in a hard-fought derby match at the New Zealand secondary schools national basketball championships last night.
In front of a large crowd at Nelson's Saxton Stadium, Nayland gained an early lead in their boys' AA clash by pressing Nelson and gaining three turnovers to establish an early 11-4 lead.
Despite two three-point shots by Nayland's Jonas Kale, which helped stretch their lead, Nelson worked their way back into the game with a combination of outside shooting from Sam Briggs, inside scoring from Finn Delany and outstanding defence on Nayland's Gus Riley by Zac Columbus.
Very effective work around the offensive hoop by Laughlan Campion kept Nayland ahead.
But pressure by Nelson resulted in runaway layups for Jasper Irvine to eventually level the scores at 44-all.
In the final five minutes, Nayland managed to gain a 10-point lead when Scott Cameron finally found his range with two three-point shots. Nelson continued to fight back but time ran out for them.
Nayland will now play Christchurch's Burnside HS at 4pm today in their top eight quarterfinals, while Nelson will play Hamilton's Fraser HS at 12.30pm in their middle eight quarterfinal.
Garin College will meet Dunstan HS in their boys' A semifinal at the Trafalgar Centre at 10.45am.
Results - Boys' AA: Nayland 67 Cashmere 61, Tauranga 100 Nelson 72, St Kentigern 73 Lynfield 72, St Patrick's 78 Aranui 62, Melville 70 Hutt Valley 90, Otago 56 Auckland 63, Westlake 68 Fraser 61, Massey 50 Hastings 63, Onehunga 86 Burnside 92, Rosmini 88 New Plymouth 87, Palmerston North 67 Wanganui 36, Otumoetai 56 St John's 74, Cashmere 68 St Kentigern 62.
Girls' AA: St Peter's 49 Waikato Diocesan 55, Hawera 50 Rangitoto 110, Rangiora 48 Auckland 60, Wellington 71 St Mary's 29, Christchurch 67 Wanganui 38, Tauranga 57 Fraser 61, New Plymouth 49 Rotorua 39, Cashmere 75 Westlake 72, Kristin 44 Kavanagh 57, Hamilton 87 Mt Albert 55, Marlborough 59 Hastings 58, St Cuthbert's 32 Buller 100, Rangitoto 85 Rangiora 70, Waikato Diocesan 50 Hawera 54.
Boys' A: Waimate 29 Dunstan 67, Michael Park 52 Nga Taiatea 80, Buller 69 Greymouth 79, Te Aroha 73 Mana 63.
Girls' A: Taumarunui 42 Paeroa 59, Te Aroha 49 Melville 54, Nga Taiatea 105 Greymouth 20, Waimate 31 Mana 93.
- The Nelson Mail