Age Group: 1st Team Teams: Prince Edward vs Gateway Venue: Prince Edward Date: Fri 8 February 2013
PRINCE Edward School basketball team had to dig deep to rally from behind and edge out Gateway High School 61-55 in an entertaining Harare Schools Basketball League match yesterday. Shooting guard Charles Wilson proved to be the man apart for PE with his exquisite conversion rate being the pinnacle of the team’ victory.
Wilson’s 22 priceless points and Patrick Nhamburo’s 12 carried the day for the side popularly referred to as the Panthers, in a tightly contested match that could have gone either way. The encounter pitting the Harare sides got to a nervy opening with both teams sharing the spoils at 13 apiece at the end of the first quarter. By the end of the second quarter the game had swung into Gateway’s favour with the Panthers trailing 26-13 to the visitors. At this stage, the duo of centre Nathan Shava and shooting guard Tinotenda Manase who shot 16 points had seemingly put Gateway into the driver’s seat with their superior height and incisive play.
Prince Edward would come from the breather a more determined side putting up 22 points in comparison to Gateways 17 points for the third quarter. The Panthers then put the game beyond the visitors reach sealing the fourth quarter by adding 16 points to their third quarter score whilst Gateway could only manage 12 points.
But this is a match in which the Panthers will look back and thank the defensive exploits of Patrick Nhamburo and Blessing Makomborero for shutting out Gateway’s offensive raids to get P.E back into the match. “They were bigger than us and were very strong on the rebound, but our penetration play and some good shooting carried the day for us,” said P.E shooting guard Nhamburo after the match.