Churchill outplayed Cornway College to win the U20 St George’s basketball tournament final 35-18 on Saturday afternoon (1-February). Churchill were first on the scoreboard and stayed ahead of Cornway the whole match. The Bulldogs who dominated the tournament, displayed some fine passes, defended their key and played well as a unit. Cornway though were no pushovers as they put up a spirited performance with some remarkable steals and rebounds.
Churchill won all their group matches, on the road to the final. While Cornway lost a group match, they “shocked” most by knocking basketball powerhouse Prince Edward out of the tourney during the quarter-final stages. Prince Edward returned from a successful tour of Canada where they were housed at Bodwell High School.
A total of 15 teams battled it out at St Georges’s College. Sixteen were expected but Mufakose 2 High did not show. Gateway made a maiden appearance at the tournament. The quarter-final stages saw St George’s win 42-31 against Watershed. Churchill beat Falcon College 51-6. Peterhouse Boys narrowly beat St John’s College 24-20. An injury to John’s captain Panashe Bera seemed to turn the game around in House’s favour, as the boys from Rolf Valley clearly missed their skipper’s presence.
In the semi-finals Churchill beat the hosts 28-18 and Cornway College overcame the Peterhouse Boys 39-26.
Participating schools at the St George’s Invitational Tournament were Churchill, St John’s College, Christian Brother’s College, Midlands Christian College, St George’s College, Cornway College, Goromonzi, Eaglesvale, Gateway, Peterhouse Boys, Falcon College, Prince Edward School, Watershed College, Harare International School and St John’s High School.
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