PE bag Nash b/ball tourney

HARARE - Prince Edward (PE) were on Sunday crowned Nash Top Schools’ Basketball champions for the second consecutive time after edging rivals Mutare Boys High (MBHS) 28-26 in a thrilling final in Marondera over the weekend.

The Harare school won the tournament in 2009 and last year.

Mutare were champions in 2010.

However, it was a case of so near and yet so far for the Manicaland giants, who failed to stop the the Panthers, as PE’s basketball team is nicknamed.

In a match that could have gone either way, it was the Panthers who got off to a flyer in the final of the two-day tournament, staged at Peterhouse College.

PE point guard Warren Tegama and Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament Billy Melusi combined well in the early exchanges to help PE take a 15-9 lead into the half time break.

MBHS came back strongly from the breather with captain Liberty Musunzuru inspiring his side in the third and fourth quarter.

However, some good individual play from Panthers forward Dexter Ganga, who weighed in with 11 points, ensured PE would sail through for a third title.

Ganga is also Prince Edward’s first team rugby captain.

Mutare Boys had booked their place in the final after dispatching Serima High School 50-30 in the semifinals.

They had earlier dismissed hosts Peterhouse 32-25 in the quarter-finals.

PE, who were beaming with confidence after winning their invitational tournament last Saturday, dismissed Goromonzi 44-26 and Churchill 42-23 on their way to the final.

In the girls category, Harare’s Girls High emerged champions after beating perennial rivals Roosevelt Girls High in the final.

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