Tactical Westville outsmart Glenwood

2014-11-04 00:00

WESTVILLE Boys’ High School did the work on the basketball court against Glenwood at the weekend, racking up an impressive 66-28 win at Westville.

In this, their fourth match of the season, Westville were focused from the start against a Glenwood side that had given promising performances against Kearsney and DHS in previous weeks.

Despite having won with room to spare in the first term, Westville knew better than to take their Durban counterparts lightly and their determination and purpose showed in the final score.

Both sides observed a minute’s silence before the game in memory of Westville Grade 9 pupil Mark Johnston, who had died the previous day.

From the opening phase of play, Glenwood took the jump ball and scored on their first offensive forage.

Westville opted to start with caution, preferring to eye out the opposition rather than rush at them in attack.

It was a shrewd tactic that paid off in the final minutes of the first quarter as Westville changed gear and scored a succession of unanswered baskets.

Glenwood, after their lively start, began to look a touch lethargic and their zone defence failed to shift.

Still being cautious, Westville failed to convert opportunities in the second quarter, while Glenwood tightened their defence, restricting the hosts to 10 points.

At the halfway stage it was 24-7 to Westville with Glenwood needing to ask the questions.

Substitutions, changes in positional play and a defensive change saw Westville accumulate a series of converted steals.

Their running style of play proved a handful for the visitors, who began to look weary as they gave away 17 points to fall further behind.

Calling on their bench to perform, as some players were in foul trouble, Westville continued to stay ahead, enjoying many turnovers and steals.

With determination and teamwork, Westville pushed forward at every opportunity, scoring a healthy 25 points in the final quarter.

The final score was testament to a solid, thinking game that brought rich dividends.

Other results: Clifton College 26 Hilton 63. DHS v College - rained out.

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