St Charles end season with a bang

2014-11-18 00:00

ST CHARLES gave a good account of themselves on the basketball court on Saturday, winning a thriller 58-55 against Kearsney.

Playing in Pietermaritzburg, this was the final match of the season for both sides and it was the visitors who started stronger, pulling ahead on the scoreboard and consistent in attack and defence.

Kearsney went into the second half with a four-point 27-23 lead. They seemed to have settled down and were hitting their straps, only to have their rhythm disrupted by a string of penalties.

This enabled the hosts to hit back as they scored consistently from the fault line, racking up eight unanswered points which left Kearsney in a deep hole. This enabled St Charles to grab the initiative and a final three-pointer from Kearsney before time ran out, narrowing the final score to a mere three points.

Shining for St Charles was Kenzi Mkhabela who scored 27 points, 11 coming from the foul line, while Kearsney’s standouts were Albert Ojo with 20 points and Kane Zagar with 12 points.

The final foul count had a massive influence on the outcome of the game. St Charles enjoyed the advantage with 27 compared to Kearsney’s 12. Such an imbalance made it difficult for Kearsney to snatch a win and this is an area they will need to work on for next season if they wish to maintain their standing as one of the top basketball playing schools.

St Charles 58 Kearsney 55

Westville v Northwood

Westville Boys’ High remained unbeaten at home with a 86-51 win, having beaten the same opposition 77-44 in term one.

Glenwood, Michaelhouse and Kearsney had each failed to breach fortress Westville and Northwood were another added to the list.

Although Westville won the first jump, they failed to convert, allowing Northwood to jolt them into action with the first three-pointer of the clash.

Attacking early, Northwood forced Westville to play good pressure defence, targeting the shooters, and the hosts did this to good effect while also scoring. At the end of the first quarter, it was 19-14 to Westville.

The second quarter saw Westville tighten their defence and find the basket on numerous occasions. Captain Yuric Thambiran and Marcelle Barnard dominated at both ends, Thambiran contributing 12 points and eight rebounds while Barnard enjoyed eight offensive and 12 defensive rebounds in contributing 19 points.

Westville broke away to lead 42-26, the 16-point cushion allowing their younger players to take care of the third quarter which saw both sides score 12 points.

Keen to surpass the 77 points from their first meeting, Westville’s Michael Angelos and Tonny ­Mahlangu turned it on, Angelos scoring 21 points — 12 in the final quarter. This took his season total over the 100 mark, having achieved the milestone last year as well.

The win was enjoyed by a supportive crowd as Angelos and Thambiran registered their 50th caps.

Westville 86 Northwood 51

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