DHS crowned champs for the third time

2013-03-12 00:00

DURBAN High School’s first basketball team recently took part in the SA Schools basketball championship at St Johns’ College in Johannesburg.

There were also teams from Kearsney, Hilton, Michaelhouse, Alexandra and St Charles among the 31 teams from all over the country that participated.

The DHS team arrived knowing they had to defend the championship they had won twice since its inception in 2011.

They were drawn to play against Western Cape Schools in their first game, in which they had the additional challenges of altitude and fatigue. The game went to “over time” and DHS lost by two points.

The second match against St Benedicts was won 55-18. In the third game, DHS had difficulty raising the bar against Michael Mount, due to the altitude and the high temperatures.

They ended up winning against a team who finally crumbled against the constant DHS pressure defence, the final score being 47-32.

On the second day, DHS played well again, despite the height of some of the other schools’ players and reached the finals.

Here they beat Pretoria BHS, winning 65-46 in a highly entertaining game.

Against the American International School Johannesburg they won 53-18.

In their final pool game they narrowly beat KES 58-56, but it was enough to win their pool.

In the quarter-final, they beat St Peters 50-27 to advance to the semis, where they met the side that had beaten them in the first match, Western Cape Schools. This time they were up for the match and won convincingly 56-42.

This put DHS in the final, where they had to play Pretoria Boys’ High. The latter had beaten St Johns from Zimbabwe 55-36 in the other semi-final.

DHS were confident after having beaten them in the first round, but the Gauteng side raised their game, sinking a number of three pointers. DHS pushed hard, eventually winning 57-54.

RESULTS OF OTHER KZN SCHOOLS

Round 1: Kearsney 41 St Johns 29; Michaelhouse 28 Enjabulweni 42; Alex 62 St Davids 34; Michaelhouse 26 St Johns 28; Kearsney 51 Enjabulweni 30; St Charles 23 Royal Bafokeng 15; Alex 29 KES 19; Hilton 21 St Peters 18; Kearsney 28 Michaelhouse 23; St Charles 26 St Johns (Zim) 43; St Charles 35 St Johns 43; Kearsney 37 St Johns (Zim) 43; Hilton 27 Enjabulweni 44; Kearsney 25 Waterford 18; St Charles 28 Pretoria BHS 48; Alex 40 Royal Bafokeng 41; Michaelhouse 46 Pinelands 28; Hilton 32 Jeppe 60

Playoffs: St Charles 33 St Andrews 34; Michaelhouse 35 Pinelands 34; Kearsney 36 Jeppe 38.

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