Over the past two weekends the U19 Northern Region Qualifying Tournament took place at Allan Brewster Leisure Centre and AUT North Shore. U19 Reperesentative teams from Northland, Hibiscus Coast and Harbour took on our Basketball Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitakere West Auckland teams. Only three qualifying spots were available for the U19 Aon National Championships which will be held in Dunedin in early June.
With nine teams fighting for three qualifying spots, each game was a do or die situation for all. All ABSL teams competed and played hard in every game during round robin play and playoffs.
In the 3rd/4th playoff Waitakere West Auckland Prems took on a well-drilled Northland team who were looking to cause a huge upset. Waitakere West Auckland ended up winning a close game 90-82. In doing so they claimed the 3rd and last qualifying spot. A great game and tournament from Northland who are proving to be a tough team to beat each and every year.
In the Grand Final, Basketball Auckland Premiers went on to play Harbour A. A classic Battle of the Bridge contest. The game was close throughout all four quarters, but Basketball Auckland Premiers claimed 1st place in a hard fought 89-81 win. A huge result and confidence booster for the team as they look to prepare for Nationals.
A huge congratulations to both Basketball Auckland Premiers and Waitakere West Auckland Prems for qualifying! Heads up to both Counties Manukau teams and the Basketball Auckland Reserves team as they look to prepare for next season and the Auckland Super City Easter Slam over the Easter Weekend.
Pool 1 Results -
BA Auckland Reserves 86 - 55 CMBB Reserves
BA Reserves 78 - 87 Harbour B
Harbour A 102 - 66 CMBB Reserves
CMBB Reserves 88 - 93 Harbour B
Northland 92 - 63 CMBB Reserves
Harbour A 98 - 48 BA Reserves
Pool 2 Results -
BA Premiers 102 - 42 WWABi Prems
Coast 66 - 94 CMBB Metro Premiers
BA Premiers 103 - 57 CMBB Metro Premiers
WWABi Prems 112 - 79 Coast
5-8 Semi Finals -
Northland 94 - CMBB Metro Premiers
WWABi Prems 85 - 80 Harbour B
7/8th Place Playoff -
BA Reserves 88 - 56 Coast
5/6th Place Playoff -
Harbour B 92 - 66 CMBB Metro Premiers
3/4th Place Playoff -
WWABi Prems 90 - 82 Northland
Grand Final -
BA Premiers 89 - 81 Harbour A