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RBL: Pretoria Boys High School vs. Jeppe Boys High School

By on October 30, 2010 in High School

IN only their second game of the season, Pretoria Boys’ High School routed visitors Jeppe Boys’ High School 89-49 at the weekend, sending a clear message that they will be the team to beat in the Johannesburg Schools Basketball League this term.

Boys’ High captain and point guard Pearson Pretorius led the game in scoring with 17 points and he was followed by teammates Kutlwano Mafuluko (15 points), Emmanuel Shyne (14 points) and Simphiwe Skosana (12 points) all recording double figures in their emphatic 40-point victory over the Johannesburg school.


It was the boys in the green and red of Boys’ High who made the strong start in the opening quarter, taking an 9-1 lead in the first five minutes of the game, with centre Shyne opening his account with a easy lay up a over visitors’ brittle defence. Shyne would later be substituted after committing two early fouls.


Pretorius joined the scoring frenzy carving an opening through the Jeppe  defence for his first two points and also showed his  agility by scoring a two-point jumper. Guard Siphumle Qanya completed a three-point play after scoring his opening two, but was fouled in the process and scored the single shot from the free throw line.


Boys’ High would score a further 23 points with Pretorius scoring nine more, including a three pointer, while forward Ludewig Gerdes, who proved to be a handful at the post position also scored nine points as the home side finished the quarter with a 32-12 lead.


With the game clearly over as a contest, Boys’ High picked up where they had left off in the second quarter, scoring 28 points, while Jeppe could only manage 14.  Boys’ High’s Mafaluko started the deluge at the free throw line and he made no mistake in slotting in his two free shots for his four points in the quarter. Pretorius helped himself to six points and also showed all round play making skills when he sublimely passed the ball to Shyne, who rose above the opposition defence for the single hand slam dunk which elicited wild cheers from the Boys’ High supporters. Shyne made himself a proper nuisance with his height, scoring four more points.


Boys’ High’s guard Skosana completed the scoring with nine points, for the home side to lead the game 60-26.


Jeppe managed a good spell in the third quarter, out scoring Boys’ High by 14 points to nine with the visitors’ forward Boni Syiothula notching eight.
Syiothula would end the game with 14 points, but the home side maintained their lead (69-40).


Boys’ High, who had a thin bench, used it sparingly and could not add points to the scoreboard in the third quarter after they lost their captain to injury.


In the final quarter Boys’ High re-asserted their dominance with Mafaluko and Skosana scoring three pointers each. They finished the quarter with five points each and the home side comfortably finished the final session with 20 points, while Jeppe could only score nine.

Article by Manyelisa Lehohla

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