Westville’s payback

2014-11-11 00:00

HAVING lost 58-37 against Kears­ney in the first term on the basketball court, Westville Boys’ High were keen to prevent the Botha’s Hill boys from pulling off the double on Saturday.

Having added Glenwood and Michaelhouse to their list of conquests in recent weeks, Westville were hungry to add more, especially against the unofficially number two ranked team in the country.

Westville won the jump ball and got the scoreboard working with an early opening basket as both sides looked cautious.

Hesitating on the drive and sloppy passing by Westville allowed Kearsney to make their fast break count and after the first quarter, Westville enjoyed a slender one point advantage.

Defence was the theme of the second quarter as both sides battled for points. Despite Kearsney changing their defence a few times, Westville kept their composure and held onto a 18-14 lead at half-time.

The third quarter saw Westville get the distance they wanted between them and the opposition as the racked up 15 points. Captain Yuric Thambiran and Marcelle Barnard were strong under the hoop, while Tony Mahlangu and Devon Muller were solid and aggressive in defence.

Kearsney tried to haul in Westville’s 11-point lead in the final quarter, opting for the full court press which did on occasion allow Westville to break away and score crucial hoops. Towards the end, Kearsney’s shooters found their mark and came back hard but time was the enemy and the clock thwarted their brave efforts.

The final score of 40-33 to Westville ended an entertaining fixture between two rivals who gave their all until the final whistle.

OTHER RESULTS

Hilton 8 Northwood 11, DHS 72 Michaelhouse 32, College 67 Glenwood 31.

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