St Charles outplay Alexandra in close fight

2015-02-17 00:00

THE local schools basketball league is well under way and this weekend saw a number of tightly fought encounters — starting off with St Charles beating ­Friday the 13th hoodoo to claim a close win over Alexandra High School.

St Charles College 48-47 Alexandra High School

St Charles played host to their local rivals Alex on the hallowed Friday the 13th and the date nearly got the better of them in a closely fought affair.

In what is the traditionally the most competitive fixture between the schools, St Charles had their backs against the wall early on. Alex applied pressure early on and some good defence and fast breaks helped the visitors take an early 20-point lead at half time, leading 28-8.

But St Charles turned things around after the break thanks to some inspiring play from Joseph Walugembe and on target shooting by Siyabonga Bushili. The pair helped Saints come within 10 points at the end of the third quarter.

The hosts then managed to reduce the deficit to just one point with a minute left to play in the game. St Charles’s ­captain Nkensani Mkhabele gave his side the win with two free throws after being fouled at the death.

Alex didn’t let up though, and scored a three-pointer seconds afterwards to ­reduce the score to a one-point ball game. However, St Charles held on to win 48-47. Both sides are set to represent the capital at the St John’s Festival at the end of the month.

Kearsney 58-38 Glenwood

Kearsney played host to a strong ­Glenwood 1st team this weekend.

Glenwood started the game well ­opening the scoring and taking an early five-point lead while the hosts were unable to convert a couple of good chances.

Kearsney then came back into the game and denied Glenwood any easy baskets, and took a 10-point lead at the halfway mark.

The hosts continued to dominate in the third quarter and stretched their lead to 20 points and held that it until the final whistle.

Kearsney made full use of their bench in the fourth quarter to give some ­valuable game time — and the reserves did not disappoint holding on to the end to win 58-38. Kearsney’s captain Albert ­Ojo-Aramokudu is expected to return for his side’s final match of the season against Westville. He is recovering from an ankle injury.

Northwood 56-23 Clifton

Northwood hosted Durban neighbours Clifton and both teams got off to slow starts in the match, ending the first ­quarter 8-8.

Overcast and windy conditions made shooting difficult for both sides, while Northwood worked hard on defence to deny Clifton scoring opportunities throughout the game.

The hosts also managed to maintain possession while some quick passing allowed Northwood to score frequently through the second and third quarters.

Northwood’s Jason Daniels shot a ­couple of three-pointers to build up the pressure and the visitors struggled to cope with Northwood’s aggressive ­attacking play.

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