Westville snatch memorable victory

2014-03-04 00:00

TALK of the week in basketball circles was the Westville Boys’ High School’s first team’s thrilling 61-57 win against Maritzburg College.

College, ranked the No 1 team in the country, were unbeaten going into the match and had won the St John’s U18 invitational tournament the previous week.

In the same fixture last year, Westville were hammered 100-35 and this match was to give an indication of where Westville were going as far as building their team and the sport was concerned.

Westville went up by seven points in the first quarter, undeterred by College’s status as they concentrated on their own style of play, taking the game to their opponents.

Despite Westville pulling away, College kept coming back strongly and in the final quarter, Westville went for the win. The Boys were able to make baskets and gain fouls. With three three-point plays in the final minutes, College were on the back foot and Westville sneaked home for a memorable win.

Micheal Angelos was the top scorer on the day with 22 points. Westville’s captain Yuric Thambiran scored 18 points and made four rebounds and four steals.

The Westville team continued their winning ways this weekend, beating Northwood 77-44. With the same team that had beaten College, Westville were always dominant, Matthew Biggar scoring 15 points and Angelos nine.

Westville v College (mid week)

1st Westville 61 College 57

Westville v Northwood

1st Westville 77 Northwood 44

2nd Westville 54 Northwood 21

U16A Westville 70 Northwood 40

U15A Westville 20 Northwood 24

U14A Westville 21 Northwood 15

• College got back on track at the weekend against rivals Glenwood in a convincing 110-38 win.

After a slow first quarter, College clicked into gear to register their biggest win of the season to date.

Thoza Sineke and Brad Muil each scored 17 points.

College v Glenwood

1st College 110 Glenwood 38

2nd College 85 Glenwood 10

U16A College 46 Glenwood 5

U15A College 56 Glenwood 16

U14A College 48 Glenwood 10

• Kearsney College’s 1st team finished the best season in the school’s history with 15 wins and two losses, wrapping up fixtures with a 50-37 win against St Charles.

It was a comeback win for Kearsney who battled to find the net and trailed by 10 points as half time approached.

Substitute Myles Lundall’s arrival saw Kearsney score eight quick points to gain momentum, the team coming to life to take control of the match and win by 13 points.

At the St John’s tournament, Kearsney finished third in a field of 32 schools, beating Pretoria Boys’ High 37-27 in the play-off for third and fourth.

Winning all their pool games, including a memorable 30-24 win against St Alban’s, Kearsney played a further three matches in the top 16 round before meeting Zimbabwe’s Falcon College in the quarter-final.

A 46-22 win saw them through to the semis, meeting St Alban’s once again, the Pretoria school turning the tables to win 44-38.

Kearsney’s third-place finish was their best since they started participating in the tournament in 2009.

Morena Malakoane was selected as one of the top 10 players of the tournament, making the All Stars team.

Kearsney v St Charles

1st Kearsney 50 St Charles 37

St John’s Festival

v Enjabluweni (Swaziland) 43-15 (W)

v St Alban’s 30-24 (W)

v Bishop Bavin 49-17 (W)

v Grey PE 58-26 (W)

v Pretoria Boys’ High 43-33 (W)

v Sacred Heart College 47-40 (W)

v Falcon College 46-22 (W)

v St Alban’s 38-44 (L)

v Pretoria Boys’ High 37-27 (W)

Michaelhouse v Hilton

1st MHS 46 Hilton 39

2nd MHS 26 Hilton 38

3rd MHS 52 Hilton 19

4th MHS 43 Hilton 2

U16A MHS 31 Hilton 40

U15A MHS 32 Hilton 20

U14A MHS 20 Hilton 23

Clifton College v Pinetown Boys’ High

1st Clifton 34 Pinetown 42

U16A Clifton 16 Pinetown 20

U15A Clifton 28 Pinetown 42

U14A Clifton 34 Pinetown 26

DHS v Glenwood (Feb 25)

1st DHS 58 Glenwood 38

2nd DHS 56 Glenwood 6

U16A DHS 50 Glenwood 19

U14B/C DHS 26 U16B Glenwood 53

DHS v Alexandra (Feb 28)

2nd DHS 22 Alex 6

U16A DHS 33 Alex 16

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