Kapi-Mana News : June 19th 2012
64 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 19, 2012 Hoop dreams: Quietly-spoken Micah Brown, who counts the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs among his favourite teams, might continue his basketball and studies in the United States next year. By KRIS DANDO High hopes for Stateside hoops Teen is 'focused on goals' The recent loss at nationals still hurts, says Wellington under-19 basketballer Micah Brown, but the opportunity to further his career in the United States would certainly dull the pain. The point guard from Titahi Bay has been in regional sides since he was 13 and knows many of his team-mates well. They have been a force at national competitions in the past few years, winning twice. The abrupt exit from the nationals in Dunedin earlier this month -- a 104-88 quarter-final hammering at the hands of Canterbury -- has been difficult to stomach. We were pretty gutted.'' The year 13 Tawa College student is hopeful of one last hurrah with the Wellington boys before his high school basketball career comes to a close. A basketball trip to the Gold Coast is a possibility. Next year, Brown's options remain open. His parents may spend time in the US -- where his two brothers live -- so the likelihood of going to a US university and playing college hoops is high. Living in Titahi Bay and travelling into Kilbirnie for 6.30am trainings has been a challenge, but Brown's dedication has led to consistent selection in rep teams during his teens. He is also giving back some of his time to younger players -- a qualified official for two years now, he referees Tawa College junior games. This year has not been easy, balancing basketball and studies -- training or playing four nights a week, but Brown says many of his fellow year 13s are in the same boat. It is a challenge because you have more study periods and freedom. But you just have to keep focused on your goals.'' Tawa take out Petone decisively By KRIS DANDO Tawa had an emphatic first up win, while Northern United drew 10-all with Upper Hutt, as the Jubilee Cup round of Wellington club rugby opened on Saturday. In very cold conditions across the region, Tawa underlined their credentials with a crushing 37-3 win over Petone at Lyndhurst Park. The platform was laid up front by the Tawa forwards. It was 23-3 at halftime, through penalties to Randall Bishop and tries to No 8 Stephen Sasagi and lock Pati Gaualofa. In the second half, half- back Steve So'oialo scored to make it 30-3, before Gaualofa crossed for his second. Bishop ended the game with 17 points. In the gloom at Maidstone Park, Norths and Upper Hutt scored just one try each. The home side was better in the opening half, going in 7-3 up, but one of the players of the match, Dean Bruns- don, crashed over with 15 minutes left to tie the game up. It was not a day for the wingers, with some of the outside backs not touching the ball for long periods. In second-round action this weekend, Tawa travel to Wainui- omata, while Norths host Marist St Pats. Meanwhile, Norths' women's side made it four-from-four in the Victoria Tavern Trophy, beating Oriental-Rongotai 28-8.
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