The Spartans, under the watchful eye of coach Relton Booysen, defeated the hosts, the Hout Bay Hurricanes, on Sunday evening to be crowned the Cape Basketball Cup champions.
During the round-robin stage of the competition, both finalists dominated and powered their way to decisive wins. When they met in the preliminaries, however, the Hurricanes recorded a convincing 61-47 victory.
In their next game, the Spartans redeemed themselves against Delft Umoja, running out 46-39 winners, to secure a place in the playoffs.
Coach Booysen said it was not an easy competition for his young Spartans’ team, adding that it was a big challenge to face the hosts for the title after they had decisively lost to the same side in the group stages.
He explained that it was very important for his charges to stick to their game plan in the final, and to work hard.
Booysen said he believes that the result of the title game, a six-point win for the Spartans, was a true reflection of what his team was capable of producing. They were deserved winners, and he was proud of them, he said.
Group Stages Results
Game 1: Hout Bay Hurricanes 58 vs Delft Umoja 43
Game 2: Spartans 65 vs Hout Bay Snipers 40
Game 3: Hout Bay Hurricanes 61 vs Spartans 47
Game 4: Hout Bay Snipers 64 vs Delft Umoja 60
Game 5: Hout Bay Hurricanes 90 vs Hout Bay Snipers 56
Game 6: Spartans 46 vs Delft Umoja 39
In the final four, the Hout Bay Hurricanes withstood a strong Delft Umoja bid for an upset to reach the title decider after a 71-69 win. Meanwhile, a lopsided 56-32 Spartans’ victory over the Hout Bay Snipers saw them through to the final.
In an eagerly awaited rematch, the Spartans outlasted the Hurricanes 54-48 to claim the silverware.
With both teams well-prepared and delivering high-intensity performances in the championship game, the winners were made to fight to the final whistle by their never-say-die opponents. In the end, just two three-pointers separated them.
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