Despite having two players, Mary Goulding and Helen Matthews, in the Tall Ferns Camp this week, the North Canterbury Premier women’s basketball team were able to continue their unbeaten run, with a win over Lincoln University, 73-65. Esra McGoldrick top scored with 32 points, and Hannah Crabtree added 12. In the men’s Premier League, the North Canterbury team had another close loss, this time an 84-88 defeat to Pioneer. They had a narrow 2-point lead at the end of the first quarter but had extended that to 6 points by the halftime break. At the end of the third quarter there was only a point in at, and in a heartbreaking fourth quarter, Pioneer had taken the lead by four. The North Canterbury U21 women had a good win over University of Canterbury, 80-56, and the U18’s defeated Checkers, 69-54. The men’s U20’s also had a good win 84-78 over St Thomas. In the youth A grades, the Rangiora High School U17 boys defeated Cashmere Blue, 102-70, and the U15 boys went down to St Thomas, 58-68. In the U15 girls, North Canterbury Maroon got over Selwyn 62-53, but the White team suffered a hefty defeat 27-77 at the hands of Checkers. The U13 boys saw the North Canterbury Lions and Cheetahs defeat Selwyn and Pioneer Blue, 75-55 and 64-56 respectively, while the clash of the North Canterbury teams went the way of the Pumas, 68-64 over the Tiger. Midweek, the Rangiora High girls team suffered their first loss of the season, when they were defeated by Middleton Grange 57-70, in the Whelan Trophy division one competition. They now drop to equal second, behind St Andrews College. In division two, Kaiapoi High were beaten 76-94 by Cashmere High, and Hagley defeated Rangiora New Life, 50-43. In the boys Thompson Trophy division one competition, Rangiora High School suffered a one-point loss, 76-77, when they were narrowly defeated by St Thomas. And in division two, Rangiora New Life defeated Te Pa o Rakaihautu, 82-73. Two North Canterbury lads have been representing in the National Basketball League. Former Rangiora High School basketballer, Jack Exeter, and North Canterbury representative, Mason Whittaker, were part of the Canterbury Rams basketball team. Unfortunately, they were knocked out of the semifinals by the eventual winners, the Otago Nuggets, but both players got game time throughout the competition.