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THE TALE OF TWO CITIES - AND THREE TEAMS

Mackenzie Chatfield and Allyah Leusogi-Ape demonstrated a more than commendable commitment to the game in a busy 24-hours last Thursday and Friday.



Development Players with the Northern Kāhu, the pair flew down to Wellington for the Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa fixture against Tokomanawa Queens on Thursday. Unfortunately for the Kāhu the game was lost 80-79 but there was little time to dwell on the result for the teenage twosome.


The pair were on a 6am flight out of the capital on Friday morning in order to suit up for D League games beginning at 9.45am at Eventfinda Stadium.


Mackenzie was in action for Harbour Breeze in their semi-final loss to Auckland Dream Black and Allyah for Northland Phoenix in their matchup with Auckland Dream Blue.


Following the games there was still little time to rest for our intrepid pair of Year 13’s!


At 4.30 Allyah was back on court for Massey High School in an Auckland Secondary Schools Senior A semi-final tie. Whilst she top scored for Massey with 20 points her team were defeated by Northcote College.


90 minutes later it was Mackenzie’s turn to play her third game in 24-hours as Westlake Girls took on St Kentigern College in a Premier Grade semi-final. Mackenzie whistled up a game high 33 points as Westlake coasted to victory.


Either side of the frenetic 24 hours outlined above Mackenzie would end up playing seven games in five days and Allyah six.


On Wednesday they had played two D League Pool games and suited for the final games in that competition on Saturday (although Allyah didn’t take the court after playing all 40 minutes for Massey High the night before).


The curtain came down on the five day frenzy on Sunday afternoon when they were back in Kāhu colours for the 84-71 victory against Mainland Pouākai.


The pair will fly to Nelson later this week for the Kāhu’s semi-final clash with the Whai on Friday.


Before that Mackenzie and Westlake have a Schools Premier Grand Final appointment with Mt Albert Grammar on Thursday at Eventfinda.

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