The defending champions, Prince Edward’s Panthers are confident of putting on a good show in Marondera at this year’s Top Schools Basketball tourney. The Panthers won the tournament in 2009 and were also crowned winners in last year’s edition. Mutare Boys spoiled the party for the Harare giants in 2010 denying them a consecutive Top Schools crown when they were crowned winners after a grueling encounter against Churchill Boys in the final.
The defending champions go into the tourney as the favorites. Seven members from last year’s Panthers are part of this year’s team and they will prove vital in inspiring the rookies in the squad. The team has depth but will still face stiff competition in the likes of Churchill, Falcon, Mutare Boys, Kutama and the hosts, Peterhouse Boys. Mr Songore of Peterhouse is aware of the threat the defending champions can present but he believes playing in front of their home crowd will do them a lot of good.
Most of the participating teams arrived at Peterhouse today but the Panthers will travel tomorrow in the morning. Nonetheless their afternoon was well spent as they played against St Johns College. The Prince Edward boys fell just 14 points short of a 100 against St Johns College’s 50. Earlier in the week Prince Edward had a run on the court that will be used for the tournament when they played Peterhouse at Peterhouse on Wednesday beating the hosts 53-38.
Prince Edward captain Dexter Ganga (also captained the P.E Tigers during the inaugural Stanbic Super 9 ) believes his team will ride on their experience as well the bond they have established as a team. “Our chances are very high because we have bonded a lot as a team, we know each other.”
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