The KwaZulu-Natal region’s fourth round of derby weekend matches dished up some mouthwatering clashes in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, with Maritzburg College hosting Durban High School (DHS) and Northwood School visiting St Charles College.
The Knights headed into their encounter against Saints high in confidence after defeating DHS 67-64 the previous weekend. However, after a nine-point win over Westville Boys’ High, the home team also carried momentum into the contest.
In an electric first half, St Charles opened up a five-point lead over the visitors, but the second half was all about the Knights. With Callum Magurno and Siyamthanda Shabalala calling the defensive shots and Lusanda Hlongwane dominating the boards, Northwood stacked up scoring opportunities to break open a tight contest.
Magurno, alongside Chadley Hargreaves, took the game away from the hosts, with the pair regularly converting three-pointers as the Knights pulled away to a convincing 76-54 victory.
Maritzburg College, meanwhile, awaited a wounded DHS outfit following the Horseflies’ narrow loss to the Knights.
Looking for redemption, the Durban boys gave College a proper run for their money, playing a fast-paced game and supplementing it with accurate shooting. However, coach Suwi Siwila‘s College side was up for the challenge.
Exhibiting outstanding tactical awareness and skills, they defused the visitor’s enthusiastic challenge. By the time the referee blew the final whistle, College had 62 points on the board to DHS’s 40.
Westville Boys High hosted Kearsney College in a local rivalry and the two sides put together an enthralling, nail-biting encounter.
Despite a slow start to the game, the action intensified towards the latter part of the first quarter, when the home team caught the visitors napping on defence and managed to forge a 17-12 lead.
Both teams added six points each to their scorelines in the second quarter, and the defensive domination continued after half-time.
However, the final quarter was explosive as both teams, finally, found their offensive rhythm. Thanks to the trio of Luca Borragerio (14 points), Reabetswe Sithole (13 points) and Sihle Ngcobo, Kearsney managed to erase Westville’s lead.
However, Westville’s Enzokuhke Mweli (34 points) and John Dickson (11 points) made full use of their opportunities and they produced just enough offense to overcome a four-point fourth quarter deficit and secure a thrilling one-point victory.
Clifton College, after a breakthrough win over Glenwood High last week, followed that up with the scalp of Hilton College in a big victory for coach Sibu Cele‘s charges in light rain and windy conditions.
In the Eastern Cape, Queen’s College, winners over Mthatha in round three, tasted defeat in their clash with the visiting St Andrew’s College, who recorded a 38-27 victory.
Up on the highveld, Jeppe High for Boys was on the receiving end of a second successive tough loss. In round three, they had gone down 41-46 at Pretoria Boys High, and on Saturday there were, again, only five points in it as St David’s Marist Inanda took the win.
Boys High suffered a three-point loss against King Edward VII (KES), but their Pretoria neighbours, St Alban’s College, caught the eye with an emphatic 22-point win at St John’s College.
Queen’s College 22, St Andrew’s College 38
Kingswood College 17, PE Comets 23
Maritzburg College 62, Durban High School 40
St Charles College 54, Northwood School 76
Westville Boys’ High 53, Kearsney College 52
Clifton College 49, Hilton College 38
Glenwood High 33, Michaelhouse 59
St Stithians College 30, St Benedict’s College 35
St David’s Marist Inanda 50, Jeppe High for Boys 45
King Edward VII 37-24 Pretoria Boys High
St John’s College 36, St Alban’s College 58