College Sport Media:
The growing appetite for basketball at St Peter’s College is palpable.
“It’s crazy. If you walk around the school at lunchtime everyone is playing basketball – rugby players, hockey players and even the chess boys,” Whititera Parata enthuses.
It hasn’t always been that way at the Auckland catholic school. In fact Parata, a member of the First V since Year 9, often played three games a week to prop up other sides.
St Peter’s are no longer standing on wobbly ground. Competing in the Premier division for the first time, St Peter’s have toppled national powerhouses Rangitoto College and Auckland Grammar School in the space of three days.
On Friday, St Peter’s tamed reigning Auckland champions and 2017 National runners-up Rangitoto College 80-60. Two days later neighbours Auckland Grammar School were pipped 75-72. Grammar won the College Sport Auckland round-robin last year.