Comets hold fourth annual schools basketball tourney

2016-09-21 06:00
PE Comets President, Sibongile Fondini, and Ndimphiwe Kona present a trophy to Cingani High School captain, Likhaya Gunya. Photo: SELBY MADIKANE

PE Comets President, Sibongile Fondini, and Ndimphiwe Kona present a trophy to Cingani High School captain, Likhaya Gunya. Photo: SELBY MADIKANE

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THE Port Elizabeth Comets’ fourth annual high schools basketball tournament, which took place at the Raymond Mhlaba Indoor Sports Centre in Motherwell on Sunday, was a resounding success.

A total of 13 school teams took part in the tournament. Some schools came from as far as Grahamstown.

The participating schools were Coselelani, Khwezilomso, Grey, Diocesan School for Girls (DCS) from Grahamstown, Nombulelo also from Grahamstown, Morningside, Cingani, and Motherwell High School.

The tournament was played on a points system by the boys’ U16, girls’ U18 and boys’ U18 school teams in the fully packed hall. The team that accumulated the most points in all the categories was declared the winner

In the girls’ U18 category, the City of Saints lasses, DCS, showed their class and as a result they became the title-holders after they accumulated the most points, while Morningside were the runners-up.

In the U16 boys’ category, Khwezilomso won the title, with Coselelani the runners-up.

In the U18 boys’ category, Cingani showed that they were made of sterner stuff when they lifted the winners’ trophy, while Grey were the runners-up after they gave a good account of themselves.

The winners received trophies and gold medals, while the runners-up went home with silver medals.

PE Comets president Sibongile Fondini said the tournament had been a resounding success.

“Our club does not have funds but we encourage participation and competition among the schools,” he said.

“I want to thank all those who made this event a success. Had it not been for all of you who are here, the standard of the tournament could not have been as high.

“We look forward to improving where we did not do our best.

“I wish all the best for the winners, but for who did not win, basketball is a winner because of them.”

Individual awards were as follows:

U16 Boys’ All Stars: Libongwe Mazosiwe (Grey High), Ayavuya Pisani (Khwezilomso High), Lithalethu Malahle (Coselelani High), Bhongolethu de Beer (Khwezilomso High) and Athenkosi Lusu (Khwezilomso High).

Most Valuable Player: Lungile Pakade (Khwezilomso High)

U18 Boys’ All Stars: Likhaya Gunya (Cingani High), Aphiwe Joja (Nombulelo High), Ayabonga Oliphant (Grey High), Sonwabile Jack (Cingani High) and Dwayne Mitchell (Grey High).

Most Valuable Player: Lebogang Malan (Cingani High).

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