Basketball National League SA



The second game that concluded the Basketball National League round of fixtures for Friday evening, pitted the W.C Mountaineers against the N.C Zebras.

In the past two games these two sides have been involved in with each other, the Mountaineers have come out victorious on both occasions, beating their Northern Cape opponents 99-71 and 82-61. The Western Cape Mountaineers were no doubt favourites then going into this clash, with confidence flowing smoothly in their favour.

This definitely buoyed the men from the Western Cape, who led the game throughout its duration, always keeping a healthy gap between them and the Zebras. The Zebras did look like they were slowly finding their feet and clawing their way back into the game but in the end the W.C Mountaineers proved too much of a hassle for the Zebras, coming out 68-47 winners and make it 3 out of 3 against the men from the Northern Cape.

The W.C Mountaineers started the game with a spark and great confidence, managing to get around the court at free will, racing to an early 8-0 lead. Brendan Mettler played a big role in engineering the Mountaineers early rise. The Mountaineers eventually cruised to a 16-2 lead a few moments prior to the hooter sounding, but the Zebras rose from the ashes and played great free flowing basketball, which saw them close the gap to 16-11.

The second quarter was more of the same from the Mountaineers, who mounted attacks early on, with the Zebras just managing to keep them in sight. The Zebras could only add 6 points to their tally, whilst the Mountaineers pushed in front with 13 extra.

The last two quarters just merely saw the W.C Mountaineers increase their lead. The N.C Zebras just trailed throughout the encounter, but was put in by the Northern Cape side, but in the end the Mountaineers were just much stronger making it a sweeping 68-49 victory. The third quarter score was 46-31, with the men from the Western Cape maintaining their lead throughout the game, with the Zebras chasing shadows throughout the duration of their defeat. Bruce Lutumba was involved heavily after he got substituted on with 6 minutes left on the clock in the third quarter, where he managed to block shots, assist and score. Walter Tayali however was the one who had the last say in the game, with a lay up the wrapped matters up for the men from the Northern Cape.

That now makes it three out of three wins for the Mountaineers over the Zebras in August. The two teams will do battle once more on Saturday afternoon at the UKZN Sports Centre in Westville, in a game the N.C Zebras will be hoping to finally turn things around.

By S’fiso Nyawo