Wise Owl edge Gateway in thriller

HARARE - Marondera's Wise Owl High School edged host Gateway High School 31-30 in a thrilling first team girls’ basketball friendly match in the capital on Friday.

The visitors playing in only their first match with makeshift uniforms in the form of ordinary school t-shirts and shorts did not let their predicament weigh them down.

Wise Owl showed the zeal and intent to win the match and by the end of the first quarter they were leading 16-8.

The second quarter saw the visitors extending their lead to 28-14 and at this point the neutrals had already tipped Wise Owl to wrap up the match in the final two quarters.

This was not to be however, as a spirited host fought back viciously to level the match 28-28 in the fourth quarter as baskets ran dry for the impressive Wise Owl team.

The match got into over-time after the tie and after watching his team give away a healthy 14 point lead, one would forgive Wise Owl coach, Kudakwashe Mutandwa for his emotional rant at the match official.

The visitors eventually pulled through in added time.

“Emotions always get high even at national level, the referee is my coach, the official is my national junior we all get emotional even the referee wants slammed the table and for a coach it is very normal,” Mutandwa told the Daily News after the match.

“What matters is your action after; you want to apologise to the other team, apologise to the officials and to apologise to your girls because it’s a matter of leadership.

“But I think the game was fine, few rules need to be shaken here and there but on the overall it was a good game.

“I enjoyed it, emotions always get high like I said but we played well, Gateway is a very strong team, this was just our first time to play, the girls didn’t even have a kit it’s their first game but they really tried.”

Gateway second team coach Mercutas Yobe, standing in for the first team gaffer who was away on national basketball trials with some of the team’s players, said he was using the game to build a team for next year.

“We were missing a host of the first team players who went for the Zim trials but otherwise it was a good game for us considering that we are preparing a team for next year, so it was a combination of the under 15,16s and 17s getting a go in the match,” said Yobe.

Meanwhile, in the boys’ hockey schools fixtures played at the same venue, Peterhouse beat Lomagundi 5-0 in the Under-14s before their Under-15s dismissed the same opposition 2-0.

Eaglesvale beat host Gateway 1-0 in the Under-14 boys while the Under-15s drew nil all.

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.