After hosting a successful u18 Interprovincial Basketball tournament in 2023, Basketball South Africa is preparing to host an u16 National Championships, which will be played in Durban from 24-29 March.
It marks an important step forward for the game in South Africa.
When the u18 inter-provincial tournament was held in July 2023 in Bloemfontein, Gauteng dominated the girls’ and boys’ competitions.
It was, however, a back-and-forth battle for the girls’ title between the Western Cape and Gauteng. The Capetonians came close to pulling off a victory, scoring 61 points, but they came up just five points shy of Gauteng, who came away with a 66-61 victory.
Another epic battle was fought for the boys’ title between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Both teams brought it, producing 148 points between them, but it was Gauteng who edged the result, winning 76-72.
Those u18 National Championships were a turning point for Basketball SA, which had last hosted an u18 inter-provincial tournament in 2014.
It has taken time to rebuild the sport since then, primarily due to Basketball SA facing funding issues. However, support from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), through allocations from the Department of Sports, Art and Culture, has ensured the return of the u18 event and the introduction of the u16 National Championship.
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