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MARLINS DOWN WINDBREAKERS IN BNL DURBAN OPENER

The Basketball National League weekend, saw a delayed start to the commencement of the game between the KwaZulu Marlins and the E.C Windbreakers, due to transport difficulties for the Eastern Cape side in Durban.

There were however highly entertaining local high school games, ahead of the start of their season that featured Westville boys high, St Charles, Durban High School, and Maritzburg College. St Charles in the first game picked up the first victory over Westville, whilst Durban High school followed suit with a win of Maritzburg College.

The UKZN sports centre in Westville was then in a very festive mood, as home side KwaZulu Marlins stormed through for an impressive 69-54 victory over the E.C Windbreakers.

The first quarter belonged to the E.C Windbreakers, who moved around like a well oiled machine, finishing off their opportunities better than the Marlins. The Marlins however enjoyed a late flurry of points towards the end of the quarter, with Ben Constable leading from the front alongside veteran Craig Gilchrist. Senzo Langa was also pivotal for the Windbreakers, slotting the only 3 pointer of the quarter at a crucial time in the game, to keep the scoreboard pressure on the Marlins. The home sides efforts could only lead them to 11 points, with the Windbreakers enjoying the lead with their 16 points at the conclusion of the quarter.

There was very little that separated the sides in the third quarter, but the Windbreakers did get the scorer working early in the period, with a lay up to bring them within 2 points of the Marlins. Thobela Makwabe however leveled matters at 35-35, after he was fouled and managed to bag two of his free throws, only for the Marlins to hit back very quickly to regain the lead with a 2 pointer. At the conclusion of the quarter both teams had to settle on a 39 all scoreline. The fourth and final quarter was very different, with the Marlins asserting their dominance whilst being spurred on by the crowd. The Windbreakers were thoroughly outplayed, with the Marlins earning themselves a well deserved 69-54 win.

By S’fiso Nyawo