The first annual Slam City Cup kicked off on Sunday 16th November at The Trust Arena in Henderson, it was the first of its kind with over 120 games being played over the day and 50 teams representing their intermediate school. We had teams from all over Auckland, and it was an intense but fun day of basketball.
The day kicked off at 9:45am with teams rolling in all laced up and ready to roll, it was great to have all corners of Auckland represented from North, South, East and West. We had a great turn out of parents as well that gave up their Sunday morning and afternoon in order to support.
On the girls side of things the favourites were marked out early as a few dominating performances in pool play gave the crowd a clear idea who would be in the top four. The girls had a very even spread of talent with Manurewa School St Anne School and in Ponsonby St Mary’s squaring off in pool play and having a great battle, Murrays Bay from North Harbour came out of the gates strong and were consistent with great fundamentals and used spacing extremely well, another contender for the title was a strong Mission Heights Junior College outfit from Botany Downs, very skilled and fast team that relied on speed to get them quick baskets.
The Final of the girls came down to St Annes vs Murrays Bay and what a back and forward power struggle that game was, Murrays Bay took an early lead with the help from Moneesha Barret getting layups inside but the play of Alana Hughes from St Annes kept them in the game and pushed the score to 12 all at the end of regulation, in the shootout it was again Alana Hughes that put the nail in the coffin and helped St Annes become the Innagural Slam City Cup Champions and bring the cup to South Auckland for the year.
The Boys tournament saw some great talent over 32 different teams, we had a huge turnout and it was amazing to see some many players enjoying themselves but also getting fired up and playing hard. The front running teams started off with a bang in the first pool games with St Peters putting out a team that had some athletic players that could score in the paint and they were looking like an early favourite, Murrays bay was equally talented and also very fundamentally sound, Rosmini had depth on their roster with fundamentally equipped players mixed with athletic ability and the Glen Eden team was a crowd favourite with the ball handling skill of star guard Leo,
The Final pitted the talent filled roster of Rosmini against the fundamental depth of Murrays Bay, this final had everything you could of wanted, there were some great flashes of Brilliants from Marvin Williams-Dunn showing a strong inside game that got the Rosmini team up by as much as 5 points but the Murrays Bay contingent slowly chipped away at the lead and it was Murrays bay that hit a huge 2 point bomb to tie the game up just before the buzzer went. In the Championship shoot out it was Murrays bay who took it out and made the clutch free throws that declared Murrays bay the 3 on 3 Slam City Cup Champions.
Special Thanks to all of the volunteers that help out today and got the day to run smoothly, to the teachers involved in running the teams and getting trainings sorted for t and also to the players that worked hard.
We will see you all next year
First: Murrays Bay
Third: Glen Eden
Fourth: St Peters College
First: St Annes School
Second: Murrays Bay
Third: Henderson High
Fourth; Mission Heights Junior College
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