EARLY deficit, great comeback, one point in it at half-time, decisive third quarter to the hosts, and just 3 points in it at the end.
Billed as a KZN box office winner, so it proved to be.
Feature image: Kearsney’s Dillon Wimbush takes the high road. Tracey van den Aardweg
Kearsney suffering a 0-7 deficit, pulling back to within 2 points, taking the second quarter by 3 points, going into half-time 25-24 up.
A great St Charles College third quarter re-established a 6-point lead and despite Kearsney winning the fourth quarter, it was a case of one single three-pointer shy of parity.
On Saturday Kearsney travelled to St Charles for the penultimate match of the 2018 basketball season.
The oppressive heat in the indoor centre didn’t deter either team, who had been relishing the clash.
The game started well for St Charles, as they raced out to a 7-point lead with Kearsney not being able to halt the Saints’ offence onslaught or score themselves.
Kearsney weathered the storm, managing to make up the deficit with some determined defence and accurate shooting, leaving the visitors marginally behind hosts St Charles by 13-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter belonged to Kearsney, but it was clear to the spectators who had braved the heat that this was going to be a close contest.
Half-time had Kearsney 25-24 ahead, setting up the prospect of a closely contested second half.
St Charles looked to be in control at the end of the third quarter, having managed to outscore the visiting Kearsney team by 19 points to 12.
True to the Kearsney team’s character, they continued to fight hard and managed to win the final quarter 14-11 but it was not enough to secure the game.
St Charles shaded visitors Kearsney by 3 points in the final analysis.
The return match next term promises to be a good one and KZN10.com wishes both sides well in the new year’s first school term of basketball.
Kearsney’s top guns were Siyabonga Mpontshane (15 points), Loyiso Mabude, Dillon Wimbush and Kyle Trail (8 points each).