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St Benedict’s College (u18) and Michael Mount (u15) add to their trophy tally

By Siya Pongco , in Basketball | Featured Basketball | News , at 2023-10-31 Tags: ,

St Benedict’s College continued an outstanding run of form to be crowned the champions of the 2023 Pharoah Inanda Hoops U18 Basketball Tournament, which was hosted by St David’s Marist Inanda from the 26th of October to the 29th of October.

A month after winning the Kearsney Independent Schools Stayers’ Basketball Tournament (ISSBT), Bennies added another title to their trophy cabinet. Michael Mount joined Maritzburg College, who were beaten in the final of the ISSBT, as a victim of St Benedict’s in a gold-medal match.

In Sunday’s nail-biting final, St Benedict’s overcame a tough challenge from their fellow Johannesburgers to secure a 57-50 victory and lay claim to the prestigious title.

The rivalry between the two teams was very visible as the same schools had met in the u15 final, with Michael Mount emerging as the winners of that showdown by a 50-36 margin.

The finals of both age groups marked the end of an exciting and highly competitive tournament, which brought together some of the best academies and schools in the South African basketball fraternity for four days of lung-busting competition. Included among them were the Soweto Basketball Academy, St John’s College and Parktown Boy’s High School.

A total of 16 teams competed in both the under-15 and under-18 competitions, with each playing three full round-robin games and at least two classification games over the course of the three-day tournament.

The last match, the under-18 final, was game 100 on the programme. Despite the inclement weather in Gauteng, and the hustle and bustle, noise and excitement, of the event, everything went off without a hitch.

Players from St Benedict’s and Michael Mount made up the majority of the All-Star teams, which were announced at the conclusion of the tournament, with Luca Amerseder (Michael Mount) garnering MVP honours in the under-15 age group and Ike Ekjike (St Benedict’s) being named MVP among the under-18s.

u15 All Stars 

Lesego Legoete (St John’s), Michael Okeke (King’s School Linbro Park), Leandro Varonou (St Benedict’s), Rishaan Gupta (Michael Mount).

U15 MVP – Luca Amerseder (Michael Mount)

u18 All Stars 

Lathithia Buckland (St Benedict’s), Judah Townsend (St Benedict’s), Lufuno Musisidwa (Michael Mount). Tebogo Siwisa (St David’s).

u18 MVP – Ike Ejike (St Benedict’s).

Final Rankings 

u15 Positions 

1 Michael Mount, 2 St Benedict’s, 3 St Alban’s, 4 St John’s, 5 St Stithians, 6 St David’s, 7 Sacred Heart, 8 King’s School Linbro Park, 9 Parktown, 10 KES, 11 Hilton College, 12 Jeppe, 13 St Peter’s, 14 Redhill, 15 St Andrew’s, 16 St John’s U15B.

u18 Positions 

1 St Benedict’s, 2 Michael Mount, 3 St Stithians, 4 St David’s, 5 KES, 6 St John’s, 7 Soweto, 8 Jeppe, 9 Hilton, 10 Inanda Invitation, 11 Sacred Heart, 12 St Andrew’s, 13 King’s School Linbro Park, 14 Parktown, 15 St Peter’s, 16 St John’s U18B.

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