The Under 19 A team had a rollercoaster of a year, one of the shining stars of the team this year was Year 12 Pakuranga Point Guard Tapea Duckworth, Tapea is originally from Counties Manukau and has played representative basketball since under 15. Tapea is a dynamic guard who likes to get to the rim and attack defences with his crafty play and court vision.
Tapea supports the Boston Celtics and his favourite player is Sacremento Kings Guard Rajon Rondo who has a similar game to Tapea, He stated that he needs to work on his jumper and getting more consistant with his outside shot but ideally he wants to keep being a better floor general and see the court better every procession.
One of the Basketball highlights of Tapeas career is the progression that Pakuranga College has made in the past few years and he is very proud of his High School Team claiming that they went above and beyond expectations levels in 2014 and looking at going further in 2015.
A Coach that Tapea admires is his Pakuranga and ACM U19 2 coach Josiah Maama, Tapea spoke to us at ACM camp around his coaching saying “Always encouraging, has high expectations for teams and players. good coaching pedigree. has good understanding of the game and the way that it should be played and top notch kinda guy.”
Tapea has been a great addition to any team and we hope that he keeps improving and continuing to make his family very proud.