Mountaineers keep winning ways

2016-10-27 06:00
 Vincent Ntunja and Sternard Mapurisa celebrating an away victory in Jozi last week.

Vincent Ntunja and Sternard Mapurisa celebrating an away victory in Jozi last week.

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Sport can take you away from drugs and danger.

This is the view of a top basketballer player Vincent Ntunja who plays for Western Cape Mountaineers.

“We chose sport over gangsterism so that we can represent our hood. The negative stories get more publicity than the positive, but we shall persevere to highlight the good in our townships,” he said.

Ntunja was move to utter these after his side won two thrilling away games in Jozi during the weekend. They won against Eastern Cape Windbreakers and Tshwane Suns.

The Western Cape Mountaineers have had themselves a very impressive season. Amongst their wins came a big 1 against the Panthers. They looked to continue their impressive run when they met up with yet another giant in the Tshwane Suns. The Mountaineers applied great pressure on the Suns and forced them into making turnovers and committing fouls, to which they unfortunately couldn’t take advantage of when they missed free throws early. With scores tied at 16 after the 1st quarter, there was no doubt that we are in for a great fight. The Suns doubled their score to take a 32-29 lead into halftime. Lucky Loate continued to play well for the Suns and his shooting was key in keeping them ahead. Everisto Pasipamire was also very big on both ends as he and Somusa Mthembu denied the Mountaineers any form of penetration. Sternard Mapurisa came alive in the 4th quarter as he made all 3 of his attempts from beyond the arc to give the Mountaineers the lead. It was all Western Cape from that point as Tshwane failed to find any answers. In the end, it was the battle on the boards which decided the game and with the Mountaineers out-rebounding Tshwane 59-45; they certainly got the edge.

The final score was 70-65 to Western Cape with Mapurisa being named MVP with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Stephen Gabriel’s 12 points and 19 rebounds were collosal as Godfrey Koti also added 12 rebounds. Loate finished with 24 points for the Suns. This certainly keeps the playoff run interesting and seeding wide open.

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