THE St Charles College basketball fraternity were all smiles after the final round of Saturday fixtures this year, on 10 November 2018.
Saint won the majority of matches against Kearsney College, including the 1st team match (54-51), the 2nds, U15A and U14A games.
Dean Riley feature image: The chuffed Saints basketball team after a job well done.
The Saints first team win by 3 points owed much to the quality of their benchies.
Here is a take on home side the Saints 1st team game, as reported by head coach Darren Holcomb:
“Both teams have long been considered as two of the best basketball schools in the province and therefore the tension was high as the schools clashed for the third time this season.
“The two previous encounters had come down to the wire with the Saints winning both by single-figure margins.
“Saturday’s clash was also extremely close from the outset as both teams jostled for supremacy.
“Both St Charles College and Kearsney used a variation of zone defence, man defence and full-court presses in order to force turnovers.
“After 37 minutes of play, there was only a single point separating the two teams.
“However, the difference between the two teams had to be their bench.
“The St Charles College bench provided quality back-up minutes, which allowed the starters to rest. They also provided important scoring to ensure that the Saints maintained their small lead.
“With less than a minute on the clock, Lifa Jafta knocked down a massive three-point shot, which gave the home team the breathing space required to secure their third win of the season.
“The St Charles College team is young and are sure to continue improving in the first term of 2019 as they look to take on the best in the country at the annual St John’s College Johannesburg Tournament.”
KZN10.com is looking forward to following the progress of Saints and Kearsney basketball next year.