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Premier men take down Atami

There are only 6 points separating top from bottom in the Canterbury Premier men’s basketball competition, and despite being on the lower rungs of the ladder, the North Canterbury side defeated the competition leaders Atami, proving just how close this competition is. The North Canterbury lads led from start to finish, with Ethan Rusbatch the top scorer with 26 points, and Nat Connell and Mason Whittaker adding 18 and 16 points respectively.

The Premier women continued their dominant form with a win over University of Canterbury 117-87. Mary Goulding was on fire with 53 points, and Esra McGoldrick scored 37.

In the men's under 20 grade North Canterbury overcame Pioneer Blue 75-70, and in the women’s u21’s St Andrews College were too strong for North Canterbury, winning 91-40. 

The U18 women’s competition round robin competition finished with North Canterbury, Rangiora High, and Avonside all on 11 points, and they go into a new top four competition, rounded out by St Andrews College. In the first round Rangiora High got the win over North Canterbury 83-61.
It was a good midweek round for the local schools in the Thompson Trophy and Whelan Trophy secondary school’s competitions, with 5 of the 6 teams getting wins.  In the boy’s division one competition Rangiora High defeated St Thomas College in a come from behind win 85-81. In division two, Rangiora New Life beat Linwood College 114-107, and Kaiapoi High got a win over Mairehau 87-69. In the girl’s division one competition, Rangiora High picked up a win over Avonside Girls 75-43, and in division two Rangiora New Life defeated Hillmorton 116-49. Unfortunately, Kaiapoi High were pipped by St Margarets 53-60.

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