Spartans claim NMBBA Mayoral Cup title

2017-11-22 06:01
The new NMBBA Mayoral Cup winners are Spartans Basketball Club.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

The new NMBBA Mayoral Cup winners are Spartans Basketball Club.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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SPARTANS Basketball Club played their hearts out when they dethroned the Nelson Mandela Bay Basketball Association (NMBBA) Mayoral Cup defending champions, Gemineyez Basketball Club, in the final game, which ended 59-56 in their favour at the Raymond Mhlaba Indoor Sports Complex Centre on Sunday.

The atmosphere was electrifying, while the local DJ played music to keep the hundreds of supporters in high spirits. The defending champions started the game as the hot favourites.

In the first quarter, Gemineyez dictated the terms in so much that they eventually led 14-10.

Everyone thought that Gemineyez would be the double champions as they registered a comfortable 33-20 lead in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, Gemineyez were 40-25 ahead. Finally, in the last quarter, Gemineyez seemed to be complacent, but their opponents clawed their way back into the game.

Gemineyez’s joy was cancelled after Spartans won the game by a close 59-56 margin.

Two players, Didier Njova and Ridwaan Jobson, played an instrumental role in Spartans’ victory.

NMBM Mayoral Cup project manager Thembinkosi Mengu said the tournament was growing more and more.

Mengu stated that their goal of mass participation had become a reality.

“We have noticed that the clubs are so interested and the games are watched by many fans.

“The sporting codes that are played are soccer, rugby, netball, basketball, cricket, boxing and volleyball. The budget has been cut from R2 million to R1,8 million, with the aim of minimising costs. Some federations are aggrieved after we announced the new budget. We are happy that the games are played,” said Mengu.


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