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SA’s top teams set for St John’s College Basketball Tournament

St Charles College celebrates winning the 2023 St John's Basketball Tournament u19 title after a 40-36 victory over St David's Marist Inanda in the final.
St Charles College celebrates winning the 2023 St John’s Basketball Tournament u19 title after a 40-36 victory over St David’s Marist Inanda in the final.

With the basketball season hitting its stride, many of the country’s leading teams are beginning to cast an eye towards the biggest boys’ basketball event in Southern Africa, the St John’s College Basketball Tournament.

From 22 to 24 February, 768 players, from three countries and four South African provinces, will gather on the courts to showcase their skills across three age groups. Among the teams travelling to St John’s College are Waterford Kamhlaba, from Eswatini, and Falcon College and St George’s College, from Zimbabwe.

Those teams will be competing in the u19 boys’ competition, facing tough opponents like Maritzburg College, from KwaZulu-Natal, and St Benedict’s College, from Johannesburg, who will be among the top contenders.

Towards the end of 2023, at Kearsney College’s Independent Schools Stayers’ Basketball Tournament (ISSBT), Bennies beat College in the final, and both have been in impressive form this year.

Just last weekend, St Benedict’s won the American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) Invitational High School Basketball Tournament, convincingly defeating St John’s College 54-30 in the final to keep their unbeaten tournament record intact.

Meanwhile, Maritzburg College’s high-pressure game has been producing highly entertaining and match-winning basketball. Most recently, College visited Michaelhouse, where they powered their way to a big 67-39 win. Their fast-paced play, especially their suffocating defence, makes them a difficult challenge.

Some other KZN schools could be in the running for the title, too. St Charles College is the defending champion. They have a rich pedigree in the sport, and it would be foolhardy to overlook the challenge they pose. In Taite Hendricks and James Wucherer, they have two extremely exciting talents.

Northwood School, meanwhile, can hang with the best of them, as they showed when they beat Maritzburg College 49-35 in the final of the Kearsney Invitational Basketball Tournament, which followed the ISSBT. They had previously gone down 71-81 to College in a regular season fixture.

If the Knights can find their rhythm and consistency, led by Chadley Hargreaves and Lusanda Hlongwane, coach Kent VanderYacht‘s team could pose a real problem for any opponent.

St John’s College dominated the u16 competition at the recent AISJ Invitational, showcasing outstanding skills as they outplayed ESCA 57-39 in the final. One of their standout performers was Reza Creamer, their talented point guard, even though he had moved up an age group for the event. With terrific ball-handling skills and a silky-smooth shot, he will bear watching in the u15 competition.

For those unable to attend the event at St John’s College, the tournament will be broadcast on the SuperSport Schools App, the official media partner of the St John’s Basketball Tournament.

With an exciting and entertaining event anticipated, and the cream of South Africa’s young basketball talent in action, enthusiasts of the sport will be able to enjoy the action from the comfort of their homes.


Thursday, 22 February

Main Court

13:00                                  u13SahetiMangaung
14:10                                   u19St John’sParktown
15:20                                   u19MaritzburgSt Alban’s
16:30                                   u15SahetiSt John’s
17:40                                   u13St John’sSt Benedict’s
18:30                                   u15MichaelhouseSacred Heart
19:20                                   u19MichaelhouseWaterford

Court 2

13:00                                  u13St Andrew’sThe Ridge
14:10                                   u19St CharlesPretoria Boys
15:20                                   u19JeppeSt David’s
16:30                                   u15KearsneyClifton
17:40                                   u13St StithiansSoweto Academy
18:30                                   u15St David’sSt Alban’s
19:20                                   u19Michael MountClifton

Court 3

13:00                                  u13Michael MountSt Peter’s
14:10                                   u19HiltonNorthwood
15:20                                   u19KearsneySt Benedict’s
16:30                                   u15St Andrew’sKing’s Linbro
17:40                                   u13St David’sSacred Heart
18:30                                   u15St CharlesMangaung Knights
19:20                                   u19St David’sMaritzburg

Tennis 1

13:00                                  u13RedhillSt John’s
14:10                                   u19St StithiansSt Peter’s
15:20                                   u19St George’sSacred Heart
16:30                                   u15Michael MountMaritzburg
17:40                                   u13SahetiSt Andrew’s
18:30                                   u15RedhillSt Benedict’s
19:20                                   u19JeppeSt Alban’s

Tennis 2

13:00                                  u13St StithiansSt Benedict’s
14:10                                   u19Michael MountMichaelhouse
15:20                                   u19ESCAFalcon
16:30                                   u15Pretoria BoysNorthwood
17:40                                   u13Michael MountThe Ridge
18:30                                   u15Soweto AcademyJeppe
19:20                                  u19Pretoria BoysParktown

Long Walk

13:00                                  u13St David’sSoweto Academy
14:10                                   u19WaterfordClifton
15:20                                   u19St Andrew’sKing Edward VII
16:30                                   u15St StithiansSt Peter’s
17:40                                   u13PridwinSt Peter’s
18:30                                   u15King Edward VIIHilton
19:20                                   u19St John’sSt Charles

Friday Fixtures

Main Court

08:00                                 u13St John’sSt David’s
09:10                                  u19NorthwoodSt Stithians
10:20                                  u15CliftonSaheti
11:30                                   u15NorthwoodSt Stithians
12:40                                   u13Michael MountSaheti
13:50                                   u19St Alban’sSt David’s
15:00                                  u19St George’sKearsney
16:10                                   u13St Benedict’sSacred Heart
17:20                                   u15JeppeHilton
18:30                                   u15St Andrew’sMichael Mount

Court 2

08:00                                 u13St Benedict’sRedhill
09:10                                  u19St Peter’sHilton
10:20                                  u15St John’sKearsney
11:30                                   u15St Peter’sPretoria Boys
12:40                                   u13The RidgePridwin
13:50                                   u19MaritzburgJeppe
15:00                                  u19Sacred HeartSt Benedict’s
16:10                                   u13St John’sSoweto Academy
17:20                                   u15Soweto AcademyKing Edward
18:30                                   u15MaritzburgKing’s Linbro

Court 3

08:00                                 u13Soweto AcademySacred Heart
09:10                                  u19FalconSt Andrew’s
10:20                                  u15Michael MountKing’s Linbro
11:30                                   u15Sacred HeartSt David’s
12:40                                   u13MangaungSt Andrew’s
13:50                                   u19HiltonStithians
15:00                                  u19FalconKing Edward VII
16:10                                   u13RedhillSt Stithians
17:20                                   u15MangaungSt Benedict’s
18:30                                   u15KearsneySaheti

Tennis 1

08:00                                 u13PridwinSaheti
09:10                                  u19King Edward VIIESCA
10:20                                  u15MaritzburgSt Andrew’s
11:30                                   u15St Alban’sMichael House
12:40                                   u13RedhillSt David’s
13:50                                   u19St Peter’sNorthwood
15:00                                  u19St Andrew’sESCA
16:10                                   u13PridwinMangaung
17:20                                   u15RedhillSt Charles
18:30                                   u15St John’sClifton

Tennis 2

08:00                                 u13St Andrew’sMichael Mount
09:10                                  u19Sacred HeartKearsney
10:20                                  u15JeppeEdward VII
11:30                                   u15St Benedict’sSt Charles
12:40                                   u13St StithiansSacred Heart
13:50                                   u19St CharlesParktown
15:00                                  u19MichaelhouseClifton
16:10                                   u13The RidgeSaheti
17:20                                   u15St Peter’sNorthwood
18:30                                   u15St Alban’sSacred Heart

Long walk

08:00                                 u13MangaungSt Peter’s
09:10                                  u19St Benedict’sSt George’s
10:20                                  u15HiltonSoweto Academy
11:30                                   u15MangaungRedhill
12:40                                   u13St Benedict’sSoweto Academy
13:50                                   u19Pretoria BoysSt John’s
15:00                                  u19WaterfordMichael Mount
16:10                                   u13St Andrew’sSt Peter’s
17:20                                   u15Pretoria BoysSt Stithians
18:30                                   u15MichaelhouseSt David’s


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