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Otago schools have had a mixed start in their bid for a national basketball title this week.
Title contenders have emerged in the A tournament for smaller schools, although the AA premierships have proven a tough challenge in Palmerston North.
Both St Kevin's College and Kavanagh College have been dominant on the first two days of the A boys and girls competitions respectively.
St Kevin's finished the second day with four wins from as many matches.
That included a 61-52 win over North Island champion Opunake High School.
Centre Jack Andrew was second among the tournament scoring leaders, averaging 28.25 points per game.
Kavanagh was equally dominant in the girls, winning its three opening matches and being challenged in only one.
It played again last night.
On the boys side, Kavanagh battled to three competitive losses.
Meanwhile in the AA competition, Otago Boys' High School has also fought well, although it came up short in its first three pool games.
Mitchell Hughan ranked fourth in the competition for scoring with 28.33 points per game.
Otago Girls' High School has also been unable to claim a win.
All teams, aside from St Kevin's, played again last night.