St Charles win unexpectedly

2011-03-08 00:00

THE only two basketball matches reported were played on a hot and humid Saturday morning that saw Maritzburg College play with determination and St Charles win unexpectedly.

College showed grit and determination against Durban High School, arguably the top schools basketball team in the country, and definitely the top team in the province.

They were neck and neck in the first quarter, with honours even at eight-all going into the second.

At the halfway stage DHS had moved just two points in front. The tiring College team then began falling further behind and DHS’s skill started counting as they led by 17 points after the third quarter. College never gave up and scored two points fewer than DHS in the final quarter, but eventually lost 40-59 in a good match. Perhaps the match on Friday evening, when College had beaten Carter 74-51, had taken a lot out of them.

Westville, arguably the third-best side in KwaZulu-Natal after DHS and College, came up against a feisty St Charles side.

At half-time St Charles were trailing by a single point 35-36, after matching Westville basket for basket.

In the third quarter the home supporters’ war cries lifted their team and St Charles went ahead 55-51. In the final quarter Uli Fischer and Lizwe Duma ran rampant over their taller opponents, taking St Charles to a satisfying 72-62 win.

Both these games were played in a good spirit and were a good advert for school basketball in the province.

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