Londt Park men win Mayoral Cup Wheelchair Basketball finals

2018-02-28 06:01
Londt Park skipper, Adrian Hubbard, shows off the team’s trophy and his medal. With him are EC Wheelchair Basketball secretary, Ayanda Langa, EC Sports Confederation deputy president, Jeane Miggels, and NMB Sports Confederation general secretary, Sibongile Fondini.          Photos:SELBY MADIKANE

Londt Park skipper, Adrian Hubbard, shows off the team’s trophy and his medal. With him are EC Wheelchair Basketball secretary, Ayanda Langa, EC Sports Confederation deputy president, Jeane Miggels, and NMB Sports Confederation general secretary, Sibongile Fondini. Photos:SELBY MADIKANE

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THE Londt Park Wheelchair Basketball men’s team easily outplayed their opponents, Motherwell Sky Dreamers, 51-10 in the Mayoral Cup Basketball finals, which took place at the Raymond Mhlaba Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday.

Londt Park made a bright start to the game, while the home side struggled to find their balance.

However, Londt Park showed that they were hungry for success as they took the lead by 18-3 in the first quarter.

At the start of the second quarter, Dreamers were in pursuit of the points, but the visitors increased their lead to 28-5.

Londt Park increased the pressure in the third quarter as they built a lead of 41-7.

By the end of the last quarter, Londt Park had amassed a 51-10 winning margin.

Eastern Cape Sports Confederation deputy president Jeane Miggels, who was in attendance, stated that the game was exciting and both teams played their hearts out.

Miggels said, “Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Athol Trollip told us that the sport of people with physical challenges should be included in the Mayoral Cup programme. Trollip emphasised that if the wheelchair basketball was not included in the programme of the Mayoral Cup, he was not going to allow this programme to continue. This shows how passionate our executive mayor is about the sport of the people with physical challenges.

“I want to say to the runners-up that this is not the end of the world, but sport has the benefit of making friends. I want to congratulate Londt Park for winning the Mayoral Cup because they deserved to be the champions.”

Londt Park skipper Adrian Hubbard, who has played basketball for 30 years, thanked the organisers of the event and their opponents for their good behaviour during the game.

Hubbard said, “I want to thank everyone in my team for their efforts they had put in. Our opponents showed true sportsmanship. The organisers also deserve mentioning for running this programme.”

The winning side went home with a trophy and gold medals, while the runners-up received silver medals.

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