College Sport Media:
North Shore Schools have dominated high school basketball in recent seasons, winning six of the last eight national titles.
However a new contender from the City of Sails has emerged in 2017. Auckland Grammar School won the Auckland Minor Premiership last week and will tackle National champions Rangitoto College in the premier semi-finals on Friday night.
Grammar has only won a single National title in 1979, but has beaten Rangitoto twice in three previous meeting this year.
“There is a long way to go in the season, but our goal is to win the National title,” states key forward Thomas Higgins.
“Rangitoto is a tough team. They have the likes of Dan Fotou and Zack Te Puni who can really light it up, but if we play tough defence and get our game going we can beat them.” Higgins continued.
Grammar have won both Premiership matches against Rangitoto 82-71 and 79-59. Higgins top scored in the initial meeting with 20 points, while Sam Aruwa banked 18 points in the second encounter.