“I was grateful for the opportunity to build relationships in South Africa and we were impressed by SID ladies”, said Karyn Blaire who is the assistant coach for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) women’s basketball.Blaire was speaking after her side played a friendly game with the Skill and IQ Development Foundation (CB SID XII) and the Gugulethu Hustlers Basketball Club at the Sports Complex last Wednesday. Hustlers vice chairman Linz Mbeyiya said the game gave local players a chance to show off their skill.“A mixture of nerves, excitement coupled with doses of curiosity was clearly visible on each side at the sound of the first whistle blow to signal the start of the game,” said Mbeyiya. The SID XI ladies started strong and led feistily in the first few minutes of the game. It wasn’t long when skill, experience and better communication took charge on the VCU side and translated into a rain of baskets against the local ladies ending the first half at 18-12.When asked to comment on their experience after the game, Karyn Blaire said she was looking forward to welcome some of the ladies that will be going to the US in October. She says she will gladly lend a hand where she’s needed.“VCU identified talent and selected one of the SID ladies to receive sponsorship to attend a program in the US at VCU,” she said. The SID team comprises of a selection of ladies from surrounding so-called black and coloured communities around Cape Town. The objective of the friendly game was to expose local young ladies to international competition and to build relations with the VCU for possibilities of scholarships.After being formed a few weeks ago, it’s unheard of in the Cape Town Basketball fraternity that such a strong synchronicity can be conjured up after only a few training sessions together especially to play against an established and esteemed team such as VCU.The flood of layups cemented the score gap and made it hard for SID to recover from the lashings, 2 points at a time. At the final whistle the score was 76-38 in favour of the visitors“The sheer determination, enjoyment and passion made the game a pleasure to watch. These engagements are essential for the growth of the sport,” said Mbeyiya.