Prince Edward managed to hold on to their Top Schools Basketball title despite Mutare’s threat in the tournament’s final played at Peterhouse Boys.
The crowd did not have much to jump and sing about in the early moments of the game as none of the teams managed to score but that did not take much time to change as the Harare boys opened their scoring account. It was not going to be an easy ride for the tournament favourites with Mutare Boys giving in their all to stay in the running for the trophy.. The score was 15-9 in favour of Prince Edward heading into the half-time break.
The Prince Edward Panthers extended their lead in the 3rd quarter but Mutare Boys’ Shumbaz kept the pressure on to ensure a nail-biting finish. A blanket of silence covered the court and the supporters stands when Mutare’s captain Liberty Musunzuru stepped on the line to take two free throws after a foul. Musunzuru did not disappoint as he converted both throws to bring his team up and only needing a basket to tie the match or a three-point shot to take the lead for the first time in the match with only twenty-two seconds remaining on the clock. This was not to be as Prince Edward did well to run down the clock, holding on to their 28-26 lead to successfully defend their Top Schools Basketball title.
In the ladies’ final; defending champions, Roosevelt Girls could not hold on to their title as they went down to Girls High by a point in a very unpredictable encounter. The teams were a joy to watch as they exhibited great sportsmanship despite the fierce rivalry between these Harare schools.
Prince Edward’s Billy Melusi was named “Most Valuable Player” for this year’s edition of the Tops Schools Basketball tournament.
Earlier in the day Churchill edged Peterhouse Boys in a closely contested third place play-off that ended with a scoreline of 28-30 in favor of Churchill Boys. Regina Mundi Girls went all out against Bulawayo Dominican Convent to claim a third place finish in this year’s Top Schools Basketball tournament.
Front Row caught up with Prince Edward’s new head teacher as well as Peter Mubanda who is the founder of Talent In Africa Sports Group, Marketing Rep for Harare Basketball as well as coach for Mbare Heat basketball team.
You can listen to what they had to say by visiting our Podcast page here.