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By on November 9, 2010 in High School

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PRETORIA Boys’ High School preserved their 100 percent winning start in concluding the first half of the Johannesburg Schools’ Basketball League season in a match against King Edward VII School at the weekend.

The match, played at Boys’ High, will sadly also be remembered for the unnecessary heckling by some KES parents of the match officials at the end of the game.

Boys’ High maintained their unbeaten record by winning the tense match, which saw the KES coach ejected in the fourth quarter, 63-55.

Point Guard

The home side’s shooting guard Siphumle Qanya took his team to victory by hitting double figures in scoring 23 points in a brilliant individual performance, but he was followed closely by KES’s point guard, Justin Paton, who scored 22 points and produced two spectacular double handed slam dunks in the fourth quarter.

Boys’ High could have taken the lead had Simphiwe Skhosana not missed his two free throws for the hosts, who were generally poor at the line, in the first quarter of an evenly balanced game. But it was KES’s Paton who opened the scoring. But the hosts’ centre Emmanuel Shyne, who contributed 16 points to the Boys’ High victory, answered with an easy backboard lay-up.

Kutlwano Setshogoe, the  shooting guard of KES, who scored the bulk of his game total of 15 points in the first quarter, soon found himself in space to launch a three-pointer, but Boys’ High’s Qanya, also a proven scorer from outside the perimeter area, fired back for the hosts to tie the game at 7-7.

Setshogoe and Qanya went on to be the top performers of the first quarter, with 11 and nine points for their respective schools, but Boys’ High led by 18-17 at the end of the quarter. In the second period, Boys’ High seized the initiative. The home side’s zonal defence held firm allowing in only 13 points, nine of which came from Paton, around who the visitors’ offence revolved in this game.

Center play...

Centre Shyne also made his presence felt in defence as he blocked two scoring attempts by KES.  Boys’ High in attack scored 23 points to gain a break-away lead. Qanya was in his element again scoring two three-pointers and a two-pointer, while Shyne, who proved menacing with his height, chipped in with six points. Boys’ High skipper  Pearson Pretorius contributed four points, three of which came from the free throw line after he was fouled in attempting to score a three-point buzzer beater. The call incensed the KES coach, Filip Golubovic, who remonstrated with the referee, who stuck to his decision and Boys’ High finished quarter with a 40-30 lead.

Boys’ High were clearly in command of proceedings, but a demoralised KES caused the hosts to take their foot of the pedal, and Qanya made a final contribution of six points, while Zintle Twala and Dayo Morris, who both came off the bench, scored two free throws each, while Paton of KES scored three points from the line and a two-pointer as the visitors tried to stay in the game in the third quarter, but still trailed 51-41.  The home side remained in cruise control going into the fourth quarter, with Morris scoring six points and Shyne scoring three.

KES, clearly out of the contest, bowed out in style, however, with Paton scoring two dunks off the fast break. Unfortunately the match was spoilt by the KES coach’s incessant interference with the referee’s which ultimately saw him ejected from the game.

Article by Manyehlisa Lehohla

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  1. Filip Golubovic says:

    Manyehlisa, I’ve been through all your posts, you only comment on Pretoria side games and as a ‘basketball enthusiast’ one would assume that you’d mention the refereeing during the fixture. All the senior games were called by two Pretoria referees.

    Numerous requests were made that a single KES or neutral referee be included so as to erode the uncertainty from the officiating perspective, however these were ignored. The opposing coaches from PBHS were highly unconcerned with any query into the officiating which occurred prior to the game and were completely uncooperative. Their replies were simply ‘metro refs’ (despite one referee, formerly affiliated with the school, and another being in casual clothing). When games are played at KES the simple expense of numerous official referees is incurred and thus an incident like this has never occurred.

    You saw the game, you saw the calls and you make no mention of the clear inconsistency in the referee’s issuing of technical fouls/un-sportsmanike fouls and personal fouls in general, this is very disappointing. Things still haven’t change with basketball here and something as petty as the non-existence of neutral, professional referees (of whose behaviour again nothing has been mentioned) can ruin the great game. A one-sided perspective from a journalist and basketball enthusiast is not doing the game any favours but what’s new. Congratulations on the article and thank you for bringing basketball to everyone but your view on the proceedings, while you tried to be fair, is slightly ironic given your affiliation with Pretoria Basketball. Try to see the game as a baller not a fan.

  2. mike g. says:

    Manyehlisa,three different KES coaches ejected by PBHS FRIENDLY REFS in the last three years in Pretoria …That would be very difficult to defend.That is already a tradition,but what a shamefull one…KES parent

  3. Joseph Mangadi says:

    From the posts it is evident that proper referee structures are required to hold the refs accountable. Maybe “RBL” (I am still not comfortable with the name) should discuss this with thier members.

  4. Manyehlisa says:

    Filip I appreciate the constructive criticism, but as I am based in Pretoria and I work a for a newspaper in the city my mandate is to report on teams in the city.
    I agree referees should be nuetral, and ideally it would be better if the schools where not involved in the appointing of match officials as to eliminate any suspicion of refereeing bias. But is not the case and thats why you find the situation that happened in the game againts Boys High and KES.
    Yes some of the calls where appalling and yes some did not appear in the story for both schools. I highlighted some of the talking points in the game.
    But it does not justify the unsporting behaviour that was on display during and after the game from the parents of KES. But then games of this nature are always emotionally charged ones and they stoke up emotions when wrong calls or unfavourable decisions get made by officials, you yourself should know that being a player and a coach.
    You also know the incedents that lead to you being ejected from the game in full view as of your players. Would you say you were an example for your players and all those watching? Did you do the game any favours?
    Neither me or you are bigger than basketball but we all have the responsiblity to uphold the integrity of the sport. Yes in future I will try to give a balanced view of things as a journalist thats what I try to do all the time. Again thanks for the constructive criticism.

  5. Filip Golubovic says:

    I understand your mandate. I wasn’t criticising you on it either.
    However, the behaviour, reaction and comments by the parents are completely irrelevant. It’s a part of the game that will never disappear and shouldn’t. Why does the behaviour of spectators have anything to do with the game itself? there was no incident of violence or anything of the sort. In any case I have heard many different versions of the ‘crowd situation’, for example, that it began between parents of the two respective schools. In any case this should be disregarded, games in Gauteng are generally played in good spirit, perhaps the ‘unsporting’ behaviour you mention was incited precisely by the state and organisation of the game?
    The integrity of the sport will be upheld by all who have a genuine love and interest in the game, not by corrupt referees, officials and other such characters who are exploiting the game of basketball for their own monetary purposes.
    As for myself, my behaviour clearly was not exemplary and I take responsibility for that however it was justified, there is no accountability on behalf of the refs and you and I both know that I can’t let my player’s accept that. Also I merely questioned the decisions, you were not on the court and I don’t blame you either but the behaviour of the referees was outrageous, the logic they used and the content of what they told me and my staff was primitive to say the least. I have never encountered a situation where I have been forced to do behave like that before. I tried to resolve the issue well before the game with the coaching staff of PBHS, however they were entirely uninterested.

  6. Sangoma says:

    Gents as much as I find your debates and banter interesting, I believe this is not the right forum.take it up with the league u play in. I also believe both of you have a good case in point, and would want to add my observations. Firstly, refs are appalling in ball generally( no clinics etc), secondly as mentioned there must be an independent body to appoint referees to the games, thirdly , it show serious lack of knowledge on those involved. I wonder the parents/coaches that were contesting the calls, have actually got good grasp of the rules. This is also for the refs that handled the match. Metro ref’s?? My fourth point is, if you have decided to be a journalist then the there are certain basics that one should follow. Obviously well researched , balanced articles are a must, so that the reading public get a true sense of what transpired. There are serious obligations that come with journalist endeavors. Having said this, we do need journalists in the game of basketball, and I must commend his attempts.