Maritzburg College basketball team off to a winning start in Glenwood clash

2015-01-27 00:00

MARITZBURG COLLEGE 68

GLENWOOD 27

MARITZBURG College got the basketball season off to a winning start.

As would be expected at the start of the season, the game started off slowly as both teams looked to find some rhythm. It was the Pietermaritzburg side who edged ahead 10-8 at the end of the first quarter.

College extended that lead in the second quarter thanks to their substitutes, who added some extra pace to the attack.

Glenwood managed to land two three-point shots, but College went 30-14 ahead at the half-way mark.

It was somewhat downhill from there for the Durban side, as College cruised to 48-22 at the end of the third quarter, despite the sweltering heat inside the indoor hall.

The final quarter saw a couple of fast breaks and some good movement of the basketball by the hosts, seeing them to a comfortable 68-27 win.

Bandile Ntombela was College’s top scorer with 15 points.

KEARSNEY 74

HILTON 48

Hilton hosted Kearsney in their season opener but couldn’t quite contain the boys from Botha’s Hill, losing 74-48.

The hosts took an early six-point lead to get ahead of Kearsney, who are notorious slow starters. But the visitors shook off the early season rust and began to play good basketball.

Kearsney began to dominate on either end of the court thanks to the rotation of their players, which was crucial in the hot conditions.

The hosts fought back in the fourth quarter and scored some good baskets, but it proved too little to late.

Kearsney’s U16 side also got off to a winning start at Michaelhouse’s U16 tournament.

They beat Alexandra High School 28-14 in their first pool game, before going down 19-20 to College in the second match. They beat the hosts Michaelhouse 30-19 to move into the semi-finals.

Another close match saw Kearsney beat Treverton 26-23 to move into the final.

Taking on St Charles in the tournament decider, Kearsney held on to win 27-20 and claim top honours in Balgowan.

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