PE Panthers shine in SA

HARARE - The Prince Edward senior basketball team, the Panthers impressed at the just ended Durban Schools Basketball Invitational tournament where they finished second.

The Panthers failed to defend the title they won last year after they went down to Durban High School 78-55 in the final.

PE went to the second quarter break leading Durban 40-39 however the hosts came back a determined side and went on to win the remaining two quarters.

The Panthers beat Kearsney College 80-57 in the quarterfinals to progress to the semifinals where they beat St Albans College 75-56.

Other Zimbabwean schools that took part in the tournament were Gateway, Watershed and Peterhouse, who all bowed out of the tourney in the group stages.

PE Teacher In Charge of Basketball, Sledge Chinyoka said there is a lot of promising talent among the young players and stressed the need to identify develops the juniors from an early age.

“There is potential in the young players, it is only a matter of exposing the players to more international tournaments,” Chinyoka told reporters in a press conference organised by TSN Marketing yesterday.

“The tournament gave good opportunity for junior basketball players to share and exchange ideas also it builds strong relationship among Southern African schools.”

Chinyoka said his team is gaining experience from each game, citing improvement in play from their previous encounters.

“We have a new team different from that of last year however the boys are indeed showing some improvement in their quality of play and we are happy with their performance,” he said.

“We hope that we will be continuously participating in such important events which will go a long way in improving the game at grass root level.”

Meanwhile, Panthers player Patrick Nhamburo was the only player from Zimbabwe selected into the all-stars team after the tournament.  

Panthers squad: Patrick Nhamburo, Charles Wilson, Nyasha Karimakuenda, Panashe Ndewe, Tinashe Changara, Noah Pinduka, Tafadzwa Madzika, Brian Nyaude, Anesu Mavezere, Anesu Siyawamwaya, Lawrence Madzimure, Larry Takura. - Blessings Mashaya

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