Flames too hot to handle

Ettienne van Rensburg
SASOLBURG. – The Phoenix Flames and VUT were on fire over the weekend when they successfully defended their titles at the 5th Sasol-NWU Vanderbijlpark Senior Basketball Tournament in Zamdela.
The finals took place on Sunday afternoon at the Harry Gwala Multipurpose Centre where an electric atmosphere greeted the teams who did not disappoint the expectant crowd.
The tournament saw 16 basketball teams battle it out for top honours. It also saw the Sasol Amawheela Boys taking on NWU VTC in an entertaining exhibition match. The match was followed by a Amawheela Green vs. Amawheela Gold match in preparation for the 2019 IWBF Africa Paralympic Qualifiers and subsequent 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The Green won the thrilling encounter 33-30. In the women’s final a battle royal raged with the lead changing hands at regular intervals. VUT dug deep to sneak past the Braam Marines with 62-61. In the men’s final the Phoenix Flames turned up the heat from the word go and outplayed CUT. Phoenix took an early 10-0 lead and never looked back to finish the tournment undefeated. The Flames women’s also showed their mettle by defeating NWU VTC by 40-23 to finish third. NWU VTC’s men’s team won a hard fought playoff by plucking the Griffinz’s feathers by 60-54. The women’s and men’s most valuable players were Stabile Ngadini of VUT and Dyvonne Pfachi of Phoenix.
The players that made the Women’s All Star team is: Fortunate Bosega (Braam Marines), Mapule Mwale (NWU Pumla Sathula (Phoenix) and Maya Mokoto (UFS). The men’s All Star team is: Abe Maqabe (CUT), Tinotenda Chirara (NWU), M. Shanda (Griffinz), Allen Danga (Phoenix).

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