St George’s have got their 2014 basketball season off to a good start as they posted a 56-45 win over Peterhouse Boys in an encounter played at St George’s College this morning.
The first team match proceedings kicked off with observation of a minute of silence for a student, Michael Snook. Snook who passed away yesterday was a student at St Georges College. May his soul rest in peace.
With both teams starting on some sort of a new slate due to the departure of senior players who made both teams tick last year, the first game of the season was always going to be a tough one for both the players and coaches who were venturing into the unknown. The hosts got on the board first but Peterhouse found themselves on the board as well from the free-throw line.
The Wolves(St George’s) and the Kings(Peterhouse Boys) exchanged baskets throughout the first and second quarter forcing the board to read 26-all going into the half-time break. St George’s squandered their early lead by conceding a lot of fouls which saw them on collectives as early as the fifth minute of the game. The boys from Marondera made the Wolves pay for their sins, claiming half of their first half points off the free-throw line.
The third interval of play was no different from the opening moments and the teams stayed on each others neck. It was during the last quarter, that signs of fatigue began to show on most of the lads on the court but St George’s was buoyed by the loud chants coming from their supporter’s terraces. The hosts pulled away in slick fashion – three pointers – while mounting up great defensive play that forced Peterhouse to make errors in their race against time.
Tinashe Muchena of St George’s and Peterhouse skipper – Upenyu Hamudikuwanda – were taken out of the game as they reached five fouls each with Muchena being the first one to exit. A resurgence by the Peterhouse Boys came a little to late and St Georges held on for a 56-45 sweet season-opener victory.
A bruised and tired but hopeful Hamunikuwanda caught up with SSN after the encounter. “It was a really tough game, the rivalry, the physicality and all but we all played really well,” Hamunikuwanda told SSN.”We have a good team this year and I’m sure we can go on and enjoy a great season as a team.