In the zone – Mele Latu

College Sport Media:

​The Auckland Girls’ Grammar School basketball team won the regular season title in Auckland Premier Basketball and entered Friday’s final against Mount Albert Grammar School at the North Shore Events Centre as favourites to defend their overall championship.

However for much of the game it was MAGS who led. AGGS player Mele Latu attempts to explain the difficulty in shrugging MAGS and how the coaches addressed the quandary.

“We weren’t awake. I don’t know why, maybe we were nervous. The coaches were outspoken and demanded us to lift our intensity on defence. It was defence that won it for us.”

MAGS surged to an early 22-10 lead, before Latu drained a triple to inspire a 7-0 run. MAGS regrouped and led 39-26 at halftime.

“We have played a zone defence all season. We started with a 3-2 zone, but that didn’t work so we switched to a 2-3 zone,” Latu explains.

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