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GBL games round up for 27/07/2008

By on July 28, 2008 in League



With plenty of games to keep the crowd on hand entertained, there were a few interesting clashes taking place at the University of Pretoria Indoor basketball courts none more so than the University of Johannesburg against Panthers.


University of Johannesburg vs. Panthers (Free State) – GBL Men

Having travelled 450km to honour this particular fixture, the Panthers team were up against it facing the well oiled machine from University of Johannesburg (UJ). With UJ expecting an easy time of things they soon found out that they were up against a team that was well prepared and ready to give them a run for their money.

The first quarter was a see saw battle that had both teams exchanging body blows and matching each other’s every move. The 1st quarter score was 18-12 to UJ. The 2nd quarter started like the previous one but a hint of inside game play from both teams with Thabo Letsebe (UJ number 15) and Thabang Glass (UJ number 4) doing their thing for UJ while Panthers had number 19 and 15 to thank. UJ managed to get a run going and managed to get some breathing space with a half time lead of 10 points. If both teams were adding value to the spectacle, the referees were doing their best to get too involved by forgetting to use their whistle properly. The 3rd quarter was a defensive tussle with baskets hard to come by. But when the points seemed like a luxury in the 4th quarter, UJ went to Kgomotso Loate (UJ number 12) in the 4th quarter and he found a way to the hoop through some good penetration. But instead of lying down and letting their more illustrious opponents walk all over them, Panthers kept coming back and put up some easy baskets with the help of V. Sithole (Panthers number 7). In the end, the clock was their enemy and they ended up losing to UJ with a score of 52 – 66.

University of Johannesburg vs. University of Pretoria – GBL ladies

It seems like UJ vs. UP/Tuks has become the fixture to look out for in the ladies game in South Africa. They have already met twice this year, with UP getting the bragging rights at the intervarsity game and again winning the more important final at the USSA 2008 tournament at UCT in early July.Going into this game, UJ were looking to get some kind of pride back by trying to win the GBL while Tuks lined up with a different team to the one that had taken the gold medal in Cape Town. Tuks added Nicki de Villiers and Sibongile Masangwanye ot their roster giving them a chance to get some game time after almost 2 months of inactivity. This game had at least 6 lead changes and was a close affair throughout with Tuks relying on the one two punch of Takalani Mfamadi and Requelh Molema in the front court and the hard work and defense of Bulelwa Zondi in the back court. UJ were relying on their outside game as usual passing up some good scoring opportunities inside and preferring to pop the ball back out for the guards to take long range shots. With Lungile Mtsweni shooting well in the 1st half of the Game, and Ellen Moutlwse handling the PG position as usual; it seemed as if UJ were finally finding their groove and were going to beat Tuks at home. They went into the half with a one point lead (28 – 27). This close trend continued in the 3rd quarter which ended with score (35 – 38 ) in favour of UJ. It seemed that UJ were on the brink of victory, but as the saying goes: “The game is not won in the 1st quarter but in the last one”; and as if they were teasing their opponents, Tuks came out of the 4th quarter all guns blazing and put a run of baskets together that UJ couldn’t match. Tuks eventually won the game 48 – 44 and as usual this will be seen as another UJ failure to close out an important game…

In other games…

Bedfordview Dragons vs. Wits 2nd team (Men).

In a game that looked more like an exhibition fixture, Bedfordview Dragons trashed Wits 2nd team. It looked like someone had left the tap open with the Dragons doing lay-up after lay-up against a hapless Wits team that showed little or no experience at this level. Bedfordview Dragons kept attacking their opponents at every opportunity and they really wanted to show the watching fans what their team was all about. Final score: Bedfordview Dragons 88 – 48 Wits 2nd .

Tshwane University of Technology vs. University of Pretoria (Men).

TUT came with a different mindset and put their Tshwane rivals to the sword with a balanced display of running basketball and outside shooting. This was expected to be an easy game for the Tuks boys but they were let down by poor decision making on the floor and their over reliance on the outside shot… TUT didn’t give Tuks any rest on offense and were all over them on defense forcing them to take force issues. Despite Tuks making a late run in the 3rd and 4th quarter behind the efforts of their guards’ 3pt shooting and finally going inside against a much smaller TUT, they couldn’t close out the lead that was built in the 1st half. Final score: TUT 77 – 63 TUKS.

University of Pretoria vs. Charioters (Ladies).

Some games should be stopped at half time and this is one of them. This was a mismatch of immense proportion and the fact that Charioters got to 35 is a miracle in itself. Tuks were never challenged and had an easy workout out. Charioters looked like a team of the future that should be playing in a lower division and work their way up. Final score: TUKS 89 – 35 Charioters.

Vaal University of Technology vs. University of Johannesburg 2nd team (Men).

Need I say more, VUT looked like they didn’t want to be here but they quickly were made to focus on the task at hand after some good play from the UJ second string side. With their usual coach nowhere to be found the VUT boys were missing lay-ups, dunks and being made to look average by a team of upcoming stars. Despite their dismissive approach to the game, VUT did enough to stay in front of their opponents and were ahead throughout.

Vaal University of Technology vs. Tshwane University of Technology (Ladies).



VUT were still smarting from their trip at the USSAs that saw them relinquish their student championship title and they were up against a TUT team that wanted to show that they were not in GBL to make up the numbers. TUT have a take no prisoners approach and always make it really hard for opponents to play against them. VUT have an experienced roster and were never in danger of losing this game when the game started.


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  1. kim says:

    UJ showed why they are one of the top teams and they where a better and smarter team on the day.I feel basketball was a winner as most teams played their games and this is what South Africa and provinces need.Keep it up

  2. Baller says:

    and why are they chokers when coming to big matches. finally a coach who’s greatful in defeat. i missed the games this weekend.

  3. kim says:

    Are you asking why we are chokers baller?

  4. kim says:

    Well I will take it that you are saying we chokers baller and if you are not saying that then please disregard this message.For the record I dont think we showed signs of being “chokers”.I feel that we showed signs of inexperience at that level of competition.

    I dont know if you were at the game you would have said we are chokers.What I believe though as a coach is you need to be in that situation of playing tough games for our team to beat the so called big teams.If any one has to be blamed for choking(if any)then it would be me cos I wouldnt have prepared the team well enough for them to believe that they could actually beat UJ.Thats my take.

    Thats why we joined GBL to get that experience of fighting to win and ALL my players regardless of playing time DID that.If given a second chance would I have gone with the same strategy,YES.

  5. victor says:

    Hey K,

    I think baller was talking about the UJ team after what happened at the USSA competition against VUT so there is some misunderstanding.

    ciao, V

  6. Nthabiseng says:

    Kim you have a good team and i feel with more games against big teams etc. Your team is gona go far. Big ups

  7. YAYO says:

    UJ if u wanna win against VUT u must chase away your coach Simon is costing u guys games

  8. Baller says:

    Hi Kim

    sorry man, i wasn’t referring to your team..i meant UJ..hope we clear now..

  9. Katlego says:

    great reporting…

  10. kim says:

    Thanks very much for the encouragement nthabi and all that sent emails and sms’s.I think this will assist in boosting come from other ballers rather than always having the coach telling them.

    V,that was nice reporting and I am not refering to our game only but all the games.Keep up the good work to all the reporting TEAM

  11. Baller says:

    Kim, you forgot to apologise to me..haha..when are the GBL games again and where..

  12. Neo says:

    VUT is playing UJ again, only this time the stakes are a bit low. Thabang has decided to retire his #9 jersey so can UJ do it this time.

  13. Baller says:

    when is UJ playing Vaal..and the time..

  14. Katlego says:

    geeez, look at those empty seats! we need to start putting some a$$es on them…starting with me…bring your mother, uncle, father, brother, friend, anyone….it starts with us….

  15. neo says:

    Ninja look at the GBL schedule…

  16. funky says:

    I support what katleho is saying concerning the support during the games, the GBL committee should start planing how to attract the peeps to come and watch the games, coz is very empty and quite the only thing you hear is ‘sneakers’.

    On behalf of CUT, Panthers, we are very privileged to have kim as our coach and i am with him all the way and thank you FSBA for allowing our team to play at GBL you wo’nt regret it…..

  17. Baller says:

    i don’t think its about GBL planning to get supporters but more of us as bball players bringing our friends and family to the games. we are good marketers and we shouldn’t transfer the responsibility to someone else.

    at the end, it all starts with us as players watching other games. you hear people complaining that no one watches their games and my question will be, as a player or coach which games do you watch when not playing??

    if you aware, most teams come to the games an hour or less before their game and when they done, they leave immediately. then they complain about people not watching their games. in those days teams used to stay watch other games and help with keeping scores and all that. but now players want to find a table official and a ref at the game and they care less where those people are from..

    we have to create our own fan base by starting with ourselves. ask ureself, how many games do you go to in a year if you not playing??most of us will be less than many a times do we watch our national teams play in S.A. be my guest, probably 1 out of 10 000. I think somewhere in 2006, i attended a game where mozambique was playing SA (finals) at Tuks..there were more red flags, shirts from mozambique and our guys team was not even there to support the ladies..

    i believe Kimati was the coach then if not mistaken. if he was he can testify to that. who do we think will come support bball if we don’t support it ourselves..

    as players, administrators and coaches we need to do a soul seraching on that before we start putting the blame on GBL or any other organisation. we should help them market the game by being part of the solution.

    i pause cos i can go on and on with this topic. that is one topic close to my heart..

  18. TUKS SUPPORTER says:

    Hi hi. I just want to know what you mean by bragging rights in terms of uj ladies team. If my memory serves me right we beat them at intervarsity…:-) yeay tuks!!!

  19. funky says:

    I get what you are saying my man…..’charity begins at home’.

  20. kim says:

    I disagree with all those that say GBA must go out and get supporters.PLEASE guys,lets not shift everything to administrators.I think we should leave GBA continue try and build a good brand by organise games,getting refs etc.I think they are doing a good job so far.They can only improve from here.

    Its our job to get fans.When we play every week,ensure there are no forfeits and get people close to us to come to games.This week was one of the better weekends I have seen.

    Baller,I rather not talk about the Mozambique game of that year.I fealt like I was in Maputo but I here that its worse in Maputo.I feel we could have won that game if we had atleast 1 camp etc but was proud of the fight the gals gave and only going down by 12 with 4 injuries and 1 emotional injury and I am still waiting for the day we can prepare for these tournaments.The worse thing about that match was it was a Final.

  21. kim says:

    oooh sorry baller…lol

  22. baller says:

    sorry was a great game thou..i wanted to drive it home for bballers that we can’t be sitting and be outnumbered on the stands by other countries in our own mother-land. that to me doesn’t make sense..

    whenever you talk to bballers about coming to games, they always have excuses left, right and centre but then when they play to empty stands they complain that people don’t support them..

    who should support you if you not supporting others..that is the point we all missing..we have to all build the brand..imagine watching slam dunk and see the seats full at the stadium..lets be honest, kids would wanna come see whats happening..take for example bloemfontein celtics..

    when they started, it was few supporters but because now and then when u watch tv you see then singing and all that, i mean surely you tempeted to go be part of the vibe..believe you me, most people go watch them play to be part of the crowd and not necessarily watch soccer..

    lets create our own vibe..

  23. TUKS SUPPORTER says:

    Dont you think the fact that both GBL and LOP have games on sunday also plays a role in the small number of spectators. I would honestly love to go support LOP but with our own games at hand it just aint possible, and of course the transportation issue. I am not exactly a fan of public transport… 🙂

  24. baller says:

    it is not an issue unless if we saying that there are not too many ballers in pretoria to fill up Tuks indoor and not many in jozi to fill up Wits..

    to me transport issue is a lame excuse cos all the games are through around 17h00 or 18h00 anyway..what is wrong catching a taxi to go watch a game..if you really are a supporter as you say, then that shouldn’t be a problem and add to that public transport is much cheaper than driving..please find another excuse..

  25. TUKS SUPPORTER says:

    Well i am a tuks supporter as it clearly states and i am at all their games..:P. I am not south african, and i am not ashamed to say i am scared of getting into a taxi to joburg. It may clearly not be an issue to you but for me it is. And we may not have enough people to fill up halls but its a start and it does make a difference.