College dig deep to win DHS International High Schools’ basketball tournament

2014-04-08 00:00

MARITZBURG College dug deep to win the DHS International High Schools’ basketball tournament held from March 29 to April 1.

Playing at the indoor facilities at the Steve Biko Campus, 16 teams took part, with College in the same group as St Alban’s who they took on in the final of the St John’s tournament earlier in the year.

The two rivals locked horns in their first game and, after a three-week break from basketball, College struggled to assert their usual dominance. They did come back to lead going into the final-quarter, but this was lost in the final three minutes as St Albans scored some quick baskets for a 53-42 win.

From there on, College produced the form they are renowned for. They blasted through New Forest 102-23 and Port Shepstone 90-18, finishing second in their group.

In the cross pool game, they came up against DHS and won a thriller 64-62. This was a match that was in the balance till the end, the final quarter starting with College 48-46 ahead.

Through to the semi-final, College met Pretoria Boys’ High and went through to the final 71-54 to meet St Alban’s.

In another close, tight affair, College pulled through 57-51, managing to maintain their advantage from the beginning. The win was testament to coach Arnold Moseya’s tireless work in getting his team to a standard of play they were able to maintain.

College’s Thoza Sineke was most valuable player of the tournament and was selected for the All Stars team with team-mates Sphe Buthelezi, Thingo Tshabalala and Njabulo Biyela.

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