Schools basketball season comes to an fiery end

2015-03-10 00:00

THE high school basketball season came to end last week with a number of KZN schools travelling to the St John’s basketball festival before returning home for their last local games.

St Charles vs Maritzburg College

Both teams have been top contenders in the province and met twice last week before playing their highly anticipated night fixture on Friday night.

College got off to a winning start beating St Charles in both matches at the St John’s festival. The matches were close however, with College only ­winning by single-digit margins in both instances. The schools did battle for the third time in seven days in front of a packed crowd at St Charles on Friday. The match turned out to be a defensive tussle as both teams scored baskets during the first half but Saints took a two-point lead at the break.

College rallied in the second half and scored some impressive long range shots. College had a small lead in the final minutes of the game and the Saints players were forced to foul to stop the clock and buy time. But the College players were on target with their free throws and won by seven points – beating Saints for third time in a week.

College vs Westville

Following their victory over Saints, College hosted Westville on Saturday.

Perhaps the tough clash the night before slowed them down, as the hosts allowed Westville to take a 6-0 lead early in the game.

But College rallied after that and some strong defence saw them regain the lead and go 13-11 up at the end of the 1st quarter.

The lead saw the hosts rest on their laurels while still defending well. But they soon picked up the pace and some quick passing and accurate shooting saw College go 34-19 up at the half time break.

College continued their trend of slumping in the 3rd quarter and Westville kept up with the hosts at the end of the quarter, with the score reading 48-32.

The hosts then upped the tempo and scored 23 points in the final quarter — with coach Arnold Moyesa ringing the changes to give his Matric players their last few minutes representing their team for the last time.

St Charles vs DHS

After losing three times to College, St Charles travelled to Durban to take on DHS in the final match of the season.

Coming off a three losses, the visitors bounced back incredibly to win 103-25 in a one-side affair. Saints used an aggressive defensive system to put the hosts under pressure from the outset. This proved fruitful as Saints pounced on turnovers to score easy baskets — taking a big lead in the first quarter.

The visitors used the early lead as a cushion and opted to play their younger players who will make up the bulk of the ‘stayers’ team in the fourth term. They didn’t disappoint, and played well on offence to extend the lead through the match.

Other results

DHS 57-41 Northwood.

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