College and DHS in tight basketball duel

2013-09-17 00:00

A SECOND summer sport began this past weekend when the first basketball fixtures were played. Linked to the cricket fixtures, the two interesting matches were at Maritzburg College and at Kearsney where they played DHS and Glenwood respectively.

Basketball, unlike the other sports, does not use the Grade 12 boys in most schools in the fourth term and the team is then composed of “stayers”. Perhaps the main reason is that interprovincial basketball takes place at the end of the first term, whereas in cricket and waterpolo the interprovincials are at the end of the year.

DHS have ruled KZN schools’ basketball for over a decade. College faced their first fixture of the “stayers” season with much trepidation. The one advantage was that it was in front of their home supporters. They were also motivated, dedicating the game to a team-mate, Njabulo “Slow” Ngcobo, who was killed in a home invasion early in the third term.

Playing in front of a large and vocal crowd, College were quickly on attack and they went into a 12-2 lead after the first quarter. The visitors upped their game as they became better acclimatised, outscoring College 11-8 in the second quarter, but the lead at half time was 20-13 to College.

DHS pressed hard in the third quarter and again outscored College 12-6, leaving College one point ahead going into the final quarter. College had more in reserve as DHS had used much energy in the last two phases and it was College who stormed ahead, scoring 22 points to 19 by DHS to win the game 48-44.

Kearsney had a convincing 71-27 win against Glenwood.

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