WBH, Kearsney on top

2014-10-21 00:00

WESTVILLE Boys’ High School pipped Michaelhouse in a thriller, College proved too strong for St Charles and Kearsney came out top against Hilton on the basketball courts this weekend.

Kearsney 61 Hilton 29

Kearsney hosted Hilton in the first match of the fourth term, the clash starting slowly as both teams looked for their rhythm.

The more physical Hilton approach saw Kearsney rewarded with numerous free throws, but the hosts were unable to be convert, the lost opportunities allowing the sides to remain close on the scoreboard.

An even first quarter saw Kearsney stir from their slumber in the second as they began to show glimpses of their form and capabilities. It was here that they managed to gain control of the match and despite some smart coaching strategies from Hilton in the third quarter, Kearsney had already pulled ahead, where they were to remain until the final whistle.

College 60 St Charles 39

Supporters were not disappointed in an entertaining clash played at the Alan Paton Memorial Hall at College.

The first quarter was a tight affair, with College slightly ahead 11-9 against a St Charles side not afraid to take the game to the hosts.

This trend continued in the second quarter with College’s defence having to tighten up and look sharp to prevent valuable hoops being found. It was another low-scoring stanza, College ahead 24-19 at the halfway stage.

College coach Arnold Moseya kept his team active at the break, getting them to practise lay-ups rather than taking them to the change-room, and the move paid off as the team found their accuracy in the third quarter.

This was where they broke away to enjoy a 40-28 lead going into the final quarter, two three-point scores crucial to their advantage.

A further three three-pointers from College in the final quarter and some solid defence prevented St Charles from gaining much ground and College held out for a hard-won victory.

Westville Boys’ High 52 Michaelhouse 44

Team work, grit and determination saw Westville home in this one, avenging their one-point loss from the first term.

Michaelhouse found the basket first but the quarter was littered with unforced errors and a cautious approach from Westville. Michaelhouse were ahead but had also missed opportunities through some sloppy finishing.

Westville pulled back in the second quarter, enjoying a 12-point advantage but hoops continued to be missed, resulting in a shooting change being made.

Calvin Thorne did the business making three from three beyond the arc, while Marcelle Barnard and captain Yuric Thambiran kept the hosts in the game.

Michael Angelos gave some shape to Westville’s offence and at the break, Westville were 22-20 to the good.

Michaelhouse came back strongly in the third quarter, their shooter finding the mark as Westville looked untidy in letting the visitors take a 32-20 lead into the final quarter.

Stepping up their defence, Westville produced a supreme fightback, Devon Muller unstoppable on attack, testing Michaelhouse under their own hoop. Angelos scored nine of his 17 points in this quarter and with Tonny Mahlangu generating some quick steals, Westville were on attack more than defence.

It worked a treat as they rustled up 22 points to Michaelhouse’s 12 to take a hard-fought win.

“Stepping up their defence, Westville produced a supreme fightback, Devon Muller unstoppable on attack, testing Michaelhouse under their own hoop.”

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