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Michaelhouse edge Maritzburg College in basketball thriller

“There was much hype in the build-up to the first team game between home side Maritzburg College and visitors Michaelhouse as College had never managed a win against this ’House side,” says the Red Black and White’s head of basketball Jenny Orchard.

No less than 24 Maritzburg College basketball matches were due to be played on the Saturday; however the inclement weather put paid to 11 of them on the outside courts. This, coupled with the cancellation of all cricket matches ensured that the Alan Paton Hall was packed throughout the day.

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A packed Alan Paton Hall with a basketball crowd in the house is not something you will forget in a hurry – schoolboy sport at its best.

 

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“With quality players like captain JC Oelofse and his deputy Banele Sithole in the Michaelhouse side, College knew that it would be a tough encounter,” says Jenny.

“All in all it was a low-scoring match, the first period ending with College 6-2 ahead. It was in the second quarter that Michaelhouse gained a narrow lead of 4 points.

“The low score was the result of a tight defence by the College outfit with Caleb Janse van Rensburg and Qalakahle Mkhize rebounding very effectively.

“The final whistle drew an end to the match with the contest tied at 27-27. This resulted in the game going into a 5-minute overtime and it was in this period where the College offense and decision making was lacking.

 

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“With both sides on team fouls, the match outcome could go either way. Michaelhouse remained calm and managed to seal the game by beating College 34-38.”

The score is not entirely what the game will be remembered for; it was the incredible spirit and camaraderie shown between the two schools that will surely stir the memory.

“The drum-off at halftime between the two schools entertained the spectators and typified the vibrant nature of a basketball match,” says Jenny.

“At the end of the day it was basketball that was victorious.”

 

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SUMMARY OF RESULTS

Team Opposition Score Result
1st Michaelhouse 1st 34 – 38 Lost
2nd Michaelhouse 2nd 26 – 13 Won
3rd Michaelhouse 3rd 16 – 26 Lost
4th Michaelhouse 4th 20 – 36 Lost
5th Michaelhouse 5th 29 – 12 Won
6th Michaelhouse 6th 13 – 30 Lost
7th Michaelhouse 7th 0 – 0 Cancelled
2nd St Nicholas Diocesan School 1st 38 – 30 Won
U16A Michaelhouse U16A 36 – 27 Won
U16B Michaelhouse U16B 41 – 15 Won
U16C Michaelhouse U16c 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U16D Michaelhouse U16d 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U16E Michaelhouse U16e 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U15A St Nicholas Diocesan School U15a 32 – 19 Won
U15A Michaelhouse U15A 16 – 23 Lost
U15B Michaelhouse U15B 42 – 14 Won
U15C Michaelhouse U15C 28 – 16 Won
U15d Michaelhouse U15d 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U15e Michaelhouse U15e 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U15f Kearsney College U15f 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U14b St Nicholas Diocesan School U14a 29 – 5 Won
U14d St Nicholas Diocesan School U14b 37 – 7 Won
U14A Michaelhouse U14A 43 – 28 Won
U14B Michaelhouse U14B 13 – 14 Lost
U14c Michaelhouse U14c 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U14d Michaelhouse U14d 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U14e Michaelhouse U14e 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
U14f Kearsney College U14f 0 – 0 Match Cancelled
Overall Summary
Played 17
Won 11
Lost 6
Draw 0

 

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