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It’s Championship Sunday at the St John’s College Basketball Tournament!

By Siya Pongco , in Basketball | Featured Basketball | News , at 2024-02-25

The stakes are at their peak at the St John’s Basketball College Tournament, with titles on the line on Sunday.

On Saturday, during the playoffs, the level of intensity was ratcheted up as the event proved, once again, why it is recognised as the most prestigious schools’ basketball tournament in Southern Africa.

Defending champions into the semi-finals

The defending champions, St Charles College, are eyeing back-to-back titles after setting up a semi-final showdown with King Edward VII School (KES).

The Johannesburg locals look primed for the clash after beating ESCA Wanderers 57-40 in the last eight, with a combination of good teamwork and individual brilliance.

It has been a relatively untroubled trip for KES, on their way to the semis, but Saints won’t be surrendering their title without a massive fight.

St Charles accounted for their KZN rivals, Michaelhouse, beating them 64-49 to secure a final four spot. That victory followed a hard-fought 57-45 win over St David’s Marist Inanda in the top 16.

Northwood to face St Albans in the final four

Northwood School remains unbeaten in this year’s tournament, although they had an all-too-close 39-36 win over Pretoria Boys High in the top 16. That was merely a scene-setter for an incredible showing against their close rivals, Maritzburg College, who recently defeated them in the final of the 2nd edition of the Jenny Orchard Basketball Tournament in Pietermaritzburg.

This time around, there was only one team in it as the Knights swept College aside by a shocking 80-41 margin to grab a semi-final spot. That result would have sent shockwaves around the schoolboy basketball scene.

St Alban's beat St Benedict's 52-46 to move on to the semi-finals. Photo: ActionPix
St Alban’s beat St Benedict’s 52-46 to move on to the semi-finals. Photo: ActionPix

St Albans is another team that has displayed considerable charisma and talent. They play as a unit, take care of the ball, move it swiftly, and they’re blessed with players that can both dribble and shoot. They’re also backed up by an incredible fan base, which is hard to ignore. St Alban’s brings team spirit in bucketloads.

Their semi-final against Northwood brings together two unbeaten sides, both undoubtedly with the ability to go all the way. For many, the winners of this clash will be the favourites to lift the title.

St John’s College u15 to the Final 

The St John’s College’s first team lost out to Maritzburg College in the last 16, but the St John’s u15s progressed to the semi-finals on Saturday, setting themselves up for a tilt at Michael Mount, with a place in the final the prize for the winners.

St John’s and St Stithians College met in the quarterfinals in a very evenly contested match, with the tigerish defences of both sides standing out. There were next to nothing in it and the game entered the fourth quarter with the teams level at 29-29.

With the pressure at its greatest, St John’s edged ahead and pulled out a 41-38 victory, with Sechaba Masithela and Reza Creamer leading the way against their determined Johannesburg rivals.

RESULTS

u19

Top 16

St Charles College 57-45 St David’s Marist Inanda
Michaelhouse 50-46 Hilton College
King Edward VII 63-29 Sacred Heart College
Kearsney College 34-49 ESCA Wanderers
Maritzburg College 51-43 St John’s College
St Alban’s College 56-41 Michael Mount
St Benedict’s College 28-26 St Stithians College
Northwood School 39-36 Pretoria Boys High

Quarterfinals

King Edward VII 57-40 ESCA Wanderers
St Charles College 64-49 Michaelhouse
St Benedict’s College 46-52 St Alban’s College
Northwood School 80-41 Maritzburg College

17-24

Clifton College 37-30 Jeppe High
Falcon College 22-25 Waterford Kamhlaba
Parktown Boys’ High 40-33 St Peter’s College
St George’s College 45-47 St Andrew’s College

u19 Semis

King Edward VII vs St Charles College
Northwood School vs St Alban’s College

u15

Top 16

St John’s College 46-29 St Charles College
St Stithians College 46-41 Sacred Heart College
St Benedict’s College 44-35 Northwood School
Michael Mount 42-29 Soweto Basketball Academy
Kearsney College 28-32 King Edward VII
Michaelhouse 40-25 Pretoria Boys High
Hilton College 45-29 Mangaung Knights
Maritzburg College 59-30 St Alban’s College

Quarterfinals

St John’s College 41-38 St Stithians College
St Benedict’s College 31-33 Michael Mount
King Edward VII 38-27 Michaelhouse
Hilton College 71-59 Maritzburg College

17-24

King’s Linbro 12-15 St Peter’s College
Redhill School 24-37 Jeppe High
St Andrew’s College 29-25  Saheti
Clifton College 20-40 St David’s Marist Inanda

Semis

St John’s College vs Michael Mount
King Edward VII vs Hilton College

 

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