Annual schools’ basketball event a resounding success

2018-01-31 06:01
The PE Comets u/18 team, with coach Siyamthanda Mdutyulwa, display their medals and trophies after the tournament.                 Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

The PE Comets u/18 team, with coach Siyamthanda Mdutyulwa, display their medals and trophies after the tournament. Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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THE Raymond Mhlaba Indoor Sports Complex Centre in Motherwell was a hive of activity when the PE Comets basketball team held its fifth annual Schools’ Basketball Tournament on Saturday.

The event was originally scheduled to take place at Motherwell NU 5 Basketball Park, but the recent rainfall forced the games to be played at the Grey High School Indoor Sports Hall and Raymond Mhlaba Indoor Sports Complex Centre.

The high schools that took part were Coselelani, Khwezi Lomso, St Andrew’s College, Grey High, Nombulelo, Kingswood College, Morningside, Diocesan School for Girls (DSG), Nombulelo High and the hosts, PE Comets.

The tournament was organised for u/16 and u/18 boys, as well as for u/18 girls.

The boys’ teams in each age group were divided into two groups, while the three girls’ teams played a straight round-robin format.

The two best teams in each age group played each other in the finals.

In the u/16 boys’ finals, St Andrew’s College took the honours, while Grey High School was the runner-up.

In the u/18 girls’ finals, Kingswood College were crowned the champions, while the DSG team was the runner-up.

In the u/18 boys’ final, PE Comets defeated Kingswood College.

All the winning schools received trophies and gold medals, while the runners-up went home with silver medals.

PE Comets Basketball Club chairman Sibongile Fondini stated that the tournament turned out to be a resounding success.

“I want to thank the school headmasters, plus their schools, the supporters, match officials and local organising committees, for making this event what it is today.

“Our club does not have financial resources, but we want to develop the sport of basketball.”
The individual awards were as follows:

U/16 Boys’ All Stars: Jake Boateng-Hidoo, Lethu Ntshangase and Jonathan Shamwana (St Andrew’s College), and Lithalethu Malahle (Coselelani).

  • Jonathan Shamwana (St Andrew’s College)

U/18 Girls All Stars: Umtha Sibam, Yonela Bukula and Caris Walsh (DSG), and Phumelela Mthongana, Hlumelo Mali, Mwaka Machile (Morningside).

MVP: Yonela Bukula (DSG)

U/18 Boys All Stars: Lebone Takane (Kingswood College), Aphiwe Joja (Nombulelo High), Tafadzwa Chikwava (Kingswood College), Sonwabile Jack and Asemahle Klaas (both from PE Comets).

MVP: Asemahle Klaas (PE Comets)

Fondini also revealed that one of his top PE Comets players, Mvuzo Ncandana, had passed away last Wednesday after a long ­illness and he will be laid to rest on Saturday.

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