No Otago schools in title competition

Otago schools have had a tough time at the national basketball secondary school championships.

None of the region's five schools remains in contention for titles in Palmerston North.

Otago Boys' High School was somewhat unlucky in the AA competition.

Needing to finish in the top three of its six-team group, the school found itself in a three-way tie for second with a 3-2 record.

However, it came out fourth in the tiebreak.

The key result was an 80-76 loss to Hastings Boys' High School.

A win in that game would have taken Otago Boys' to the top of the group and given it a direct route to the quarterfinals.

It lost 96-85 to Westlake Boys' High School in its middle-eight quarterfinal yesterday.

In the girls competition, Otago Girls' High School managed one win in its group and played Fraser High School in its bottom-eight quarterfinal yesterday.

Kavanagh College had a similar three-way tie to Otago Boys' in the girls A competition.

While Manukura College went through its pool unbeaten, the remaining three teams had a win and a loss against each other, all finishing with a 1-3 record.

However, Kavanagh's goal difference was worst of those three and it came in fourth.

It fought back to make the fifth-sixth playoff.

In the boys A competition, two-time champion St Kevin's College also made the fifth-sixth playoff, while Dunstan High School played off for seventh and eighth.

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