On the road again, Peterhouse Boys 1st team basketball suffered a disappointing 45-44 loss to hosts St John’s College in Harare this afternoon (22-January-2014).
With one second remaining on the clock, and the scoreboard reading 45-43, Peterhouse’s Manase needed to score all three free throws to secure a win for his team but only managed to score one of the three. His last throw would have levelled things up by he failed to make the shot and the St John’s supporters got on their feet to celebrate.In contrast Hupenyu Hamudikuwanda – Peterhouse captain – dropped to the ground in despair.
Many might consider Manase the villain in Peterhouse’s narrow loss but frankly Peterhouse where in that position due to his exploits all afternoon. The pacey shooting guard troubled the hosts from the perimeter with his bursting runs forward but more importantly with his three point shots that didn’t make much noise going through the hoop.
Having lost a couple of senior players last year, you could tell St John’s was missing the likes of Gona and Parirenyatwa but as the skipper confirmed after the encounter, “team-work pulled us through.” “It was a tough game but the senior players inspired the rookies, and the rookies helped us take this one,” skipper Bera told SSN. The captain is confident that if they play like they did today throughout the season then they are in for a good one. “If we can keep this up we should win at least 80% of our matches this season.”
Both coaches where not totally impressed by the calls made by the men officiating the game and had to call time-outs a couple of times each to try and understand the logic of some of the calls. At the end of the afternoon sportsmanship prevailed as all parties involved – players, coaches and umpires – shook hands and applauded each other for a job well done.