Kearsney record first-ever win against DHS side

2013-10-29 00:00

BOTH Kearsney and Maritzburg College had matches on Friday followed by Saturday games.

St Charles played the touring St Benedict’s on Saturday, after the latter played Kearsney on Friday.

During the recent school holiday, St Charles had met St Benedict’s in a tournament in Johannesburg.

St Benedict’s easily accounted for St Charles after the latter had just had two practices.

On Saturday, with training and match experience, St Charles romped into an early lead as they piled pressure on the visitors and posted an 11-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.

This was consolidated in the second and particularly third quarters so that the Saints went into the final quarter with a healthy lead.

The visiting “Bennies” were having none of that and put up a massive challenge as they steadily reduced the deficit in the final quarter.

The home side were able to hang on and win the game 52-43.

Maritzburg College took on Glenwood in Durban on Saturday following the match against their neighbours Alexandra on Friday.

In this game College gradually got on top of Alex as they increased a 19-13 lead after the first quarter to 55-26 at the halfway point. This lead further increased to a final 90-61 win for College.

On Saturday afternoon, a game on an outdoor court played in a strong wind, saw a low-scoring match result.

Players from both sides struggled to pass accurately and find the hoop. The first quarter was tightly contested and saw College with a slender 10-8 point lead.

This they increased slightly to 22-16 at half time.

The third quarter again saw the visitors outscoring their opponents to lead 30-21, while in the last quarter Glenwood pushed strongly but they were too far behind and College ran out 38-30 winners.

In both matches Thoza Sineka was the leading scorer with 18 points against Alex and 12 against Glenwood.

Kearsney lost their game against St Benedict’s 45-50 but they made up for this loss by beating DHS on Saturday for the first time ever.

In what was a closely contested game with the lead changing hands on a number of occasions, neither side able to pull away in the first two quarters.

In the first quarter Kearsney led 14-12; and in the second quarter they were able to extend their lead to four points.

Both teams were good on defence and limited the opposition’s shots during the first half.

In the third quarter Kearsney managed to get a 10-point lead only to see it evaporate as they allowed DHS to close the gap with some quick transition baskets on the fast break.

The quarter ended with DHS trailing by two points, 35–37. It would come down to which team held their nerve.

DHS quickly pulled away in the fourth quarter but late in the quarter, with the clock winding down, Kearsney stole the ball twice and made a crucial free throw to give themselves a chance of winning the game.

With one second left on the clock, Kearsney scored a three pointer to give them their first victory (50-49) over DHS in the school’s history.

Available results: St Charles 52 St Benedict’s 43; Maritzburg College 90 Alexandra 61; Glenwood 30 M College 38; Kearsney 45 St Benedict’s 50; Kearsney 50 DHS 49; Clifton 27 Pinetown 30;

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